England is the perfect location for exploring self-drive package options. Many travelers find the country easy to navigate and being able to forget about the sometimes-hectic schedule that comes with train or air travel allows for freedom, exploration, and relaxation. Visit the idyllic towns of the Cotswolds, meander through the majestic Lake District, or get to know the Land of Shakespeare - in England history unfolds among meticulous gardens, captivating landscapes made famous by the likes of Wordsworth, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Bronte sisters, and charming villages. Whatever your reason for exploring with a self-drive package, our itineraries can help you make the most of it!
Explore quintessentially English villages of honey-colored stone; take in splendid, lively market towns, and visit some of the country`s greatest castles and country houses in the Cotswolds, a collection of small, rural villages with acclaimed reserves and some of the most breathtaking landscapes available in England.
The Lake District, located in Cumbria in England`s northwest, is a mountainous region famous for its forests, waterfalls, its literary traditions, and of course its lakes. The Lake District National Park, spread out across 911 square miles, is the United Kingdom`s most-visited national park, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Thames River flows for 215 miles, making it the longest river in England. The area along the Thames has been at the epicenter of much of England`s military and economic history, and has served an important role in the growth of England since the time of the Romans, evidenced from cities such as London, Oxford, and Windsor.
The history of East Anglia (Norfolk, Suffolk, and Cambridgeshire) is vivid and rich; the oldest structures still standing in England, dating from the Bronze Age, are located in East Anglia. A number of large, ornate former monasteries-turned-cathedrals dot Cambridgeshire, from Peterborough to Fenland and the Isle of Ely.
Yorkshire is the quintessential Northern English travel destination. Yorkshire is known for its scenic landscapes, especially at the North York Moors, the Peak District National Park, and the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It is also known for its bustling cities such as York, Sheffield, Leeds, and Bradford.
The Bard, William Shakespeare, is arguably the greatest writer in the English language, and the towns of Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick couldn`t be prouder to have been his stomping grounds. Today the towns are home to the Royal Shakespeare Company and a number of theatres and performing arts centers.
London, long one of the world`s most dynamic cities, is a blend of old and new. From high tea at Brown`s to the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, the city abounds with the culture and charm of days gone by. Over 30,000 shops, world class galleries and museums, and dramatic landmark buildings are located here.
The English Midlands are often overlooked but are alluring to travelers. The region is full of history; many cities were founded over two millennia ago, and are some of the oldest cities in England. The Midlands was the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, helping to cement the British Empire`s global influence.
North West England is the second-largest urban area in England, which includes Manchester, the UK`s third-largest city; Liverpool, on the River Mersey, known for its seafaring traditions and The Beatles; Blackpool, one of the most popular seaside resorts in England; and Chester, perhaps the best-preserved walled city in Britain.
The British Isles has a rich history of literary excellence. The history, fantasy, politics, romance, and tradition of the isles have been brought to life and evaluated by authors who span centuries. The canon of literature produced by authors from the British Isles illuminates historical narratives and literary innovations.
Seaside resorts were the forerunners to today`s British tourism industry, and they still welcome millions of tourists annually after over 150 years in existence. Arguably the most popular of the seaside resorts in England are Brighton, Bournemouth, and Blackpool. Llandudno, a short car ride away in Wales, is also very popular.
England is a country which combines geographic beauty, architectural splendor, and rich history to create a tourist experience which will stay with you for the rest of your life. Together, the three historic cities of Bath, Oxford, and Cambridge are the true Charms of England, and must be experienced to be truly appreciated.