England is a country belonging to the United Kingdom. The first inhabitants of England were traced back to the Upper Paleolithic Period. At the turn of the 18th century, England saw the rise of the Industrial Revolution making the country one of the first industrialized countries in the world. If you travel to England, you will be able to bear witness to a host of attractions spanning historical, cultural and natural sights.
The terrain in England is mostly hilly and comes with several plains, particularly in the southern and central parts. London, the capital city of England, is the largest metropolitan area in the country. The over 53 million population in England comprises up to 84% of the entire population in United Kingdom.
Currency: Pound Sterling
Official Language: English is the official language of England.
Wi-Fi Availability: The main service providers in the UK provide Wi-Fi access in public areas. Therefore, getting connected is easy anywhere in England.
Airport/s: The London Heathrow Airport is one of the busiest airports in England. Other major airports for travel to England are Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Manchester Airport.
Visa Required: EU nationals can travel to England visa-free. Citizens from some other countries can travel to England without visa for up to 6 months. For holiday working visa, you can apply if you are aged 18-30 and you have at least £1600 in your bank account.
Driving: In England, you must drive on the left hand side of the road.
International Driver’s License Accepted? You can use foreign-issued driver’s license to drive in England for a limited time period.
Crime: England is generally a safe place for travel. However, there has been a surge in cybercrimes over the past few years.
Electrical Adapters: In England, they use 230 volts of electricity at a frequency of 50 Hertz.
Trivia: The English people are the largest consumers of tea in the world. In fact, they consume tea 2.5 times more than Japanese, the next on the list.
The cuisine of England has several unique attributes but it shares a lot of similarities with the rest of British cuisine. There is also a variety of foreign influences to the English cuisine such as curry (from the Indians), as well as a combination of Italian, French and Chinese cuisines.
Cafes and tea shops are aplenty in England. In fact, those who travel to England should never miss a visit to one of the local tea shops. After all, tea is highly embedded into the English culture. Traditional cafes in England are known for serving breakfast food all the day such as mashed potato, bacon, fried egg and black pudding.
Pubs are also quite popular in England. Pub foods are therefore a favorite among the locals. The emphasis with pubs though is on the drinks served; hence, most of the food served at pubs are snack foods that range from burgers to pizzas to pork scratchings. Fish and chips is also a popular fare in England, especially in pubs.
Where I’ve Been to in England
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the United Kingdom
- Blaenavon Industrial Landscape
- Blenheim Palace
- Canterbury Cathedral
- Castles and Towns of King Edward in Gwynedd
- City of Bath
- Cornwall West Devon Mining Landscape
- Dorset East Devon Coast
- Frontiers of the Roman Empire
- Giants Causeway Coast
- Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City
- Greenwich, London
- New Lanark
- Westminster Abbey
- Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
- Kew Gardens
- Tower of London