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 of seaside entertainment, from wild surfing to traditional paddling-and-sandcastles 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 is part of everyday life; cute villages with sinister tales to tell.
And the length and breadth of the country is criss-crossed by road, rail, river and sea networks, 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 over 300,000km of roads, running around even the wildest spaces.
Five 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.
From camping to glamping, treehouses to venerable London hotels, heritage guesthouses, stately homes and country cottages, England has one of the widest choices of family-holiday accommodation in Europe.
England has Britain’s three largest cities: London, Birmingham and Manchester.
There are more than 100 islands scattered around England, not counting the Scilly Isles and the mysterious Lake District islets.
Seventeen of the UK’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites are in England, including Stonehenge, the City of Bath and Dorset’s Jurassic Coast.
England’s extensive road network makes driving almost 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.