Essential Information when Visiting England

Botallack Mine in Cornwall

Location

Visiting England can offer so much diversity to a trip from its sandy beaches through to the dramatic Lake District, there is something for everyone!

England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Wales to its west and Scotland to its north. 

 

England has ten national parks packed with diverse landscapes, from dense woodlands of the New Forest in the south to the mountainous Lake District in the north. 

 

For more information to plan your visit, check out the Visit England website HERE 

 

Best time to visit

England, much like its Welsh and Scottish counterpart, is notorious for its wet and unpredictable weather regardless of the season. 

 

In England, summers can be hot, especially in the southern regions and winters are usually moderate, often receiving only a sprinkling of snow each season. 

 

The shoulder season (September to October and April to June) is a great time to visit England to avoid the crowds and get cheaper accommodation paying particular attention to the dates of school holidays. 

 

But always keep in mind the weather is unpredictable, so pack waterproofs and shorts and everything in between. 

Getting Around

England is a compact country, and unlike its neighbours, Scotland and Wales, all areas, even those classed as more rural, are easily accessible.  

 

Car or Campervan

 Travelling by car is the most convenient with major motorways between most country areas, meaning you can get from A to B. But costs of fuel are high, and there is nearly always traffic jams to contend with. 

 

Also, to consider is the cost of parking in most towns and cities can be high, so this needs to be drawn into your budget when planning your trip. 

 

For some, it may be the better choice to use public transport. 

 

 

Public transport – Train & Bus

England has an extensive rail network reaching north to south as well as comprehensive bus routes. However, public transport costs are among the highest in Europe, so it pays to ensure you plan into discounts or passes you can book before setting off.  

 

By choosing public transport, however, you avoid traffic jams and parking costs, so it is worth weighing up both options carefully. 

Currency

England uses the Pound Sterling, which is the currency used throughout the United Kingdom.

Plug sockets

In England, the power plugs and sockets are of type G. The standard voltage is 230 V, and the typical frequency is 50 Hz.

Travel insurance

It is always advisable to get travel insurance no matter where you are jetting off to!

We have an annual travel insurance policy with Journeys Travel Insurance who have been very fair with their pricing for us and also have some good coverage.

The link is below if you want to try them for a quote:

https://www.journeystravel.co.uk/?promo=UK44245919

Language

English is the most widely spoken language in England, but you will likely hear many other languages due to its diverse, multicultural communities.

To check out how to spend a weekend in Cornwall – 

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