For the first time visitors
If you are visiting England for the first time there is some good basic information on the following websites -
Heathrow Airport - useful information on their website Heathrow Airport
Visit Britain the official tourist website - Visit Britain
Visit England - The official tourist board for England - Visit England
Tripadvisor - Visiting the UK
For advice on visas see the UK Boarder Agency
Most overseas tourists to the England will visit London - it has such a lot to offer - but for a small country we pack a lot in - Please take a look at what the rest of England and Wales has to offer - Castles, Grand Houses and Gardens - We have rolling green hills, mountains, lakes, and a beautiful coast - which includes some of the most accessible wildlife in the world - History, Culture and Architecture, we have a number of UNESCO World Heritage sites see unesco.org.uk and a fantastic literary heritage - visit some of the homes, museums, libraries and sites linked to our literary past and more contemporary - visit some of the sites used in the making of both British and Hollywood movies.
Is History your thing?
These islands have a long history
From the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age there are Standing stones, henges as in Stonehenge, earthworks and burial mounds.
There are many examples of the Romans time here, many of our historic cities have Roman ruins and artefacts, some of the finest examples in Northern Europe.
The Celts, Saxons, Vikings and Normans have all left a legacy in our culture and landscape. Evidence can be found in place names, customs and in the surviving buildings.
If you have an interest in our history then we have some fine Museums which have exhibitions, displays and recreations covering this diverse range.
We also have some of the top world ranking museum and art collections to visit from our long history of overseas exploration and trade.
However you don’t have to visit museums to feel the history about you simply walk through the old streets of some of our historic cities and it surrounds you – Suggestions away from London include Bath, Cambridge, Chester, Lincoln and Oxford.
Fossil hunting on the coast
Fossils of ammonites, dinosaur and reptiles can be found on some beaches and shore lines, notably Lyme Regis in Dorset, in the area known as the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site it stretches over 95 miles and 185 million years
Herne Bay in Kent is known for fossilised Shark teeth as is Walton-on-the-Naze in Essex and Bracklesham Bay in Sussex.
Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire for ammonites, dinosaur and reptile fossils, nearby Whitby is known for ammonites, reptiles and shell fossils
Please be aware of the dangers of fossil hunting on the coast, be mindful of tide times and the risk of cliff falls, always seek local advice and permissions if required
There are many more known fossil sites, for more on this subject see the ukfossils.co.uk website