A family holiday in England can be almost anything you want it to be – even beautifully warm and sunny, if you’re lucky.
Coast after coast of beaches cover every angle from wild surfing to traditional seaside fun.
Some of the most spectacular countryside in Europe is contained in English national parks.
There are cities packed with museums and galleries; towns where history’s part of every day life; cute villages with sinister tales to tell.
And the length and breadth of the country is traced by road, rail, river and sea, so nothing’s more than a few hours travel, lots of the best stuff is free and almost everywhere deserves more than a quick visit.
The country has just under 360,000km of roads running around even the wildest spaces.
8 of England’s top 10 attractions are public museums and they’re all free.
Of the hundreds of beaches ringing the coastline dozens have Blue Flags and many are trimmed with the country’s prettiest towns.
17 of the UK’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites are in England including Stonehenge, the City of Bath and Dorset’s Jurassic Coast.
England has Britain’s three largest cities: London, Birmingham and Manchester.
There are over 100 islands scattered around England, not counting the Scilly Isles and the mysterious Lake District islets.
From camping to glamping, treehouses to legendary London Hotels, heritage guesthouses, stately homes and country cottages, England has one of the widest choices of family holiday accommodation in Europe.
This is the area for huge dramatic landscapes, wild moors, mighty fells, historic villages and grand – but down-to-earth – cities like Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds and Liverpool.
The heart of England is where to find big, bright Birmingham and Shakespeare’s hometown, Stratford-upon-Avon. It’s also the land of ancient Cambridge and magical sailing holidays on the Norfolk Broads and the enchanting Suffolk Coast.
From resort towns and legendary coastal cities to fabulous forests, white-knuckle theme parks and world class zoos, the south of England has lots going on above and beyond London.
Bustling Bristol is loved for kids’ festivals, spectacular sights like the Clifton Suspension Bridge and masses of green space that’s free to play. Further south, the Dorset Coast is fossil-central and Cornwall and Devon still top England’s list for the best family holidays ever.
The south east is where Kent is called the Garden of England and the captivating coast is covered in marvels up to an including the phenomenal White Cliffs of Dover.
England’s extensive road network makes driving anywhere possible. Motorways are easy to avoid if you want a more leisurely pace or you can hand the driving over to someone else altogether and take the train. Public transport in towns and cities is the best way to get around day and night.