With its 950 km of coastline and nine picturesque and charming regions, England is the largest country in Great Britain. A look round this essential destination.
4 unmissable cities
London: Effervescent and multicultural, London is unlike any other capital city. Full of history and culture, the city vies for attention with imposing monuments such as Buckingham Palace, seat of the monarchy, or the Palace of Westminster and its famous Big Ben. Museum lovers won't feel left out with the National Gallery, which has one of the world's best collections of the paintings of the masters of Western Europe. Undoubtedly, night owls won't hesitate in going for the Soho district.
Liverpool: Known as the birthplace of the Beatles, Liverpool has the wind in its sails. In addition, after London, it is the city with the most museums, theatres and listed monuments. Fans of the Beatles will start off their visit by going to the eponymous museum (The Beatles Story) and by crossing the most famous road in Liverpool: Penny Lane. The city holds many other treasures such as the Albert Dock (a complex of buildings and warehouses that now houses an array of restaurants, pubs and museums), the Royal Liver Building, the Metropolitan Cathedral, St George's Hall, etc.
Bath: Not very well-known by tourists visiting England, Bath is however one of its most attractive destinations. In addition, it has the advantage of having the only natural hot water spa in Great Britain. Whilst you can't bathe in the magnificent Roman baths, you can however go and relax in the splendid Thermae Bath Spa complex. You can then meander along Great Pulteney Street and cross the bridge of the same name over the Avon.
Cambridge: If there is one city that resembles the England that you see on postcards, then it's Cambridge: elegant buildings, students in gowns coming in and out of the imposing King's College,the Round Church and of course, a museum worthy of its name housing an exceptional collection of portraits: the Fitzwilliam Museum.
Countryside that takes your breath away
Between the rolling countryside and the honey-coloured houses of the Cotswolds, the picturesque villages of Cornwall, the elegant countryside of Kent and the amazing English coastline (the Jurassic Coast to name but one), it's almost an impossible choice. There's only one solution: go on more trips so that you can take it in turns to visit England's nine regions.
Events all year round
Olympic Games: From 27 July to 12 August, London will be hosting the 30th Summer Olympic Games. A unique opportunity to watch the most popular sporting event from the banks of the Thames. To make a booking: http://www.tickets.london2012.com/
Festivals: Music and performing art lovers, come to Brighton from 5 to 27 May, Liverpool from 12 to 19 May, Bath from 30 May to 12 June, the Isle of Wight from 22 to 24 June, York from 6 to 14 July, Hyde Park (London) from 13 to 15 July, Cambridge from 26 to 29 July, etc.
Exhibitions: Whilst the Tate Britain (London) will be showing 150 works retracing the history of the links between Picasso and Great Britain between 15 February and 15 July, the Tate Liverpool will be devoting itself to works by Turner, Monet and Twombly from 22 June to 28 October.
Breakfast: No stay in England would be complete without a real English breakfast of sausages, eggs and bacon! For a 100% full English breakfast, try out What's Cooking ? in Liverpool. Frenchies are mad about this ultra-typical address.
Fish 'n' Chips: Impossible to escape traditional Fish 'n' Chips (deep-fried breaded fish served with chips). If the capital city is full of good (and not so good) "chippies", the top spot has to go to George's Portobello Fish Bar.
Pub food: England is overflowing with great pubs offering more or less original menus. For a 100% typical culinary experience, visit the Garrick's Head in Bath. On the menu: baked Somerset camembert with chutney, deep-fried battered pike and a grilled pork and apple sauce sandwich; all washed down with beer.
To find out more: http://www.visitengland.com/en/EN/