Spotlight on England

There is so much to explore in this land of historic cities, dramatic moorlands and gentle, rolling pastures. Incomparable theater, beautiful cities, country lanes, castles and the quintessential English garden -- England has it all. Each area of England offers something new and unique: Cornwall’s quaint fishing villages and rugged coastline…the magical New Forest and the mysterious Stonehenge…romantic Cotswolds villages…stunning lakes and mountains in the Lake District…historic cities, ancient cathedrals, charming villages…Shakespeare and Wordsworth, Jane Austen, Robin Hood, Keats and Beatrix Potter…china and cream teas, crumpets and cricket…there is just so much waiting for you to explore.

London is undoubtedly one of the world’s finest cities. In addition to numerous monuments from its more glorious past, London is equally well-known for its pageantry and tradition. London has something for everyone - wide boulevards buzzing with excitement far into the night, quiet squares and explorable alleyways. Visit this famous city's parks, museums, galleries, monuments, abbeys and churches, skyscrapers and ruins, Georgian squares. Take in such events as the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower, or the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, or even one of the many theatrical productions. Some of the most exclusive shops are found along Oxford, Bond and Regent Streets. An old favorite and one of the world’s premier institutions is Harrods - offering everything from Chanel suits and sliced salmon to caviar and even pets.

Bath – When the temperature rises in Bath, join the crowds to picnic or laze around in Royal Victoria Park, just below the Royal Crescent, with a duck pond, botanical gardens and a grotto to explore. Alternatively, Parade Gardens is picturesque spot next to the river and in the heart of the city. You can sit in a deckchair and enjoy views of the Weir and Pulteney Bridge. Then there is the more secluded Sydney Gardens Jane Austen often visited. Take a free walking tour around the centre of Bath or hire some bicycles from Avon Valley Cyclery behind the railway station and cycle along the canal. Visit Prior Park - a Capability Brown landscape garden on a hill above Bath with views of the city and a remarkable Palladian bridge. Choose from boat trips on the river and the canal, while the boating station of Forrester Road hires out punts for a quintessentially English experience.

The Cotswolds – Historical attractions in the Cotswolds include Blenheim Palace, Warwick and Sudeley Castles, Tudor and Jacabeon Manor Houses and Stately Homes. You will also find Shakespeare's birth place and Roman heritage sites including the famous Roman Baths at Bath. The magnificent Cathedrals at Worcester and Gloucester are included as well as the homes of such famous people. The Cotswolds are centered on the gentle slopes of Cotswolds Hills and are designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the largest in England and Wales. Visit other attractions including villages train rides, animal parks, green parks and gardens, water parks, abbeys and churches, model parks, museums, and castles.

The Lake District - This is an area rich in heritage with a wonderful range of family attractions and the mildest climate in the North of England, providing a marvelous experience for all ages - including aquariums, parks, museums, gardens and guided walks, animal farms and nature reserves, artisan factories and shops, religious centers, castles, abbeys, and markets.

Oxford is home to a world famous university, and most of the colleges and university buildings are located in the centre of Oxford, within easy walking distance. Don't miss the Bodleian Library, which has its own shop, and nearby the Radcliffe Camera, which is not open to the public, but is well worth a view from the outside. Also nearby, in the Broad, is the Sheldonian Theatre, venue for official University functions as well as concerts. The University also owns the Botanic Garden, founded in 1621 as Physick Garden for the study of plants for medicinal and scientific use - peace and quiet from the city just two minutes down High Street.

York – Explore 2000 years of history in the street, buildings and museums that chronicle York's outstanding beauty and vibrant heritage. Witness the beauty of Yorkshire with ease. The city's night clubs, themed pubs and restaurant offer a variety of activities and York has major events for cultural events and conferences. Visit the famous York Minster, award-winning Jorvik Viking Centre, National Railway Museum, Yorkshire Museum and Castle Museum. York offers a unique shopping experience and a lesson in history. Shop Victorian in Swinegate Walk and be entertained by street performers in Coppergate.

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