England Travel Tips
When to Visit?
What's the best time to visit England? This is a question I'm being asked a lot, but there's no right or wrong answer to it. The best time for you might be the very worst time for someone else.
If you love roaming the countryside and visiting ruined castles and grand country houses, then visiting in the winter won't do you an ounce of good.
On the other hand, the cooler months may be your perfect choice if you love to explore England's great cities, visit galleries and concerts...
So, here, I've collected together information about the weather, general 'busy-ness' of resorts and attractions and England's public holidays for the coming year to help you plan your England travel.
English weather has a reputation that is far worse than it deserves! Yes, the weather in England can be damp and grey; yes, it can change quickly. But it can also be sunny, bright and, at the height of summer, very balmy.
Generally, the temperature is pleasant for being out and about from April until October. Of course, we cannot guarantee that it will be sunny. But a little rain has never hurt anyone. Just bring a rain cape or umbrella and you'll be fine.
England is a magnet for visitors from all over the world and the summer period, especially the school holiday months of July and August, tend to be very busy. Visitor numbers drop during the winter and many attractions, such as stately homes and castles, are closed for repairs and renovations.
City breaks, however, can be more rewarding in the winter, with plays, concerts, museum and art exhibitions widely available.
School Holidays and Public Holidays
Prices are highest - and attractions busiest - during the school holidays and at bank holiday weekends.
School holidays vary from county to county, but bank holidays in England are fixed. These are public holidays where all banks and most businesses are closed. Petrol stations and some convenience grocery stores tend to remain open, as do some retail stores.
In 2011, everyone in the UK gets and extra bank holiday. Prince William of Wales, the eldest grandson of Her Majesty the Queen, will marry his fiancee Kate Middleton on Friday, April 29th. And to mark the happy occasion, the whole UK has been invited to the party. Nice!
2011 Bank Holidays in England
|New Year's Day||Saturday, January 1st|
|Good Friday||Friday, April 22nd|
|Easter Monday||Monday, April 25th|
|The Royal Wedding||Friday, April 29th|
|May Bank Holiday||Monday, May 2nd|
|Spring Bank Holiday||Monday, May 30th|
|Summer Bank Holiday||Monday, August 29th|
|Christmas Day||Sunday, December 25th|
|Boxing Day||Monday, December 26th|