Very green, English landscapes have always been praised by poets for their changing decors punctuated by rivers, lakes and hills with curves softened by erosion. The famous landscape painters of the XVIIIth and XIXth centuries - Gainsborough, Constable, and Jongkind - gave them letters of nobility.
Bordered by the Irish sea in the east, the Channel in the south and the North sea in the west, the English coast is suprisingly diverse. Discover in turn lichen-covered cliffs jutting out over gulls, ruined donjons dating back to the Middle Age and seaside resorts with quaint charm, where you can try your luck in casinos and enjoy yourself in amusement parks.
England is an ideal destination for lovers of Egyptian and Roman Greek antics. It is known worldwide that British Museum collections are only a glimpse of the art work exhibited in the palaces and monuments of London. Plan one week to see eveything, or limit your visits to seeing only the most popular pieces held by the Museums.
Baroque, Classical, Gothic, or Edwardian, English monuments tell the history of the country through façades imprinted with majesty. The most popular achievements are found in London or in the Thames Valley.
Yes, London is fabulous, but England's other cities are putting up a good fight in the stakes for top shopping destination. Check out this (by no means exhaustive) list of popular places to barter for a bargain.
England is a land of parks and gardens designed to mirror nature in the middle of its towns and cities, with an attractive combination of thick bushes, century-old trees, acres of lawns, lakes, ponds and flowerbeds. An impressive 39% of London is given over to natural, open green spaces.