England Travel Guide

My England is one of wide-open countryside, frosty autumnal mornings, National Trust properties and overgrown meadows. The taste of sea salt in the coastal air, the smell of freshly cut crops in summer, diving songbirds, woodlands picked out of a Tolkien novel and history going back centuries under every footstep. Each season holds something new.

England is my home and I love it.

As you can tell I am a country boy at heart but have spent alot of time working some of our most magnificent cities: Oxford, London and Manchester.

Whilst I love being abroad I could spend a lifetime exploring this diverse and ever-changing country and not feel short-changed.

Unfortunately, I haven't been writing this blog my entire life so there are alot of place to catch up on and write about so keep checking back for regular updates on the best places to visit in England.

Map of England

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Here are the counties and key cities/town of England. Use this map to help you navigate the articles below

England Travel Information

ℹ️ Information and Stats

LOCATION

England is in western Europe and comprises two thirds of the island of Great Britain which also includes Wales and Scotland. It is also part of the United Kingdom (UK) which includes Northern Ireland.

It has a coastline to the east and south and is bordered in the north and west by Scotland and Wales respectively.

There are also around 1,000 islands that are part of England - the largest of which is the Isle of Wight.

POPULATION

England has a population of around 53 million (December 2017). England's population makes up around 85% of the total population of the UK.

Around 9 million of the people in England live in London.

LANGUAGE

It probably won't surprise you to hear that the main language spoken in England is English!

TIME DIFFERENCE

England is at GMT during the winter but observes daylight saving in the summer to make the most of the sunlight.

During the summer England moves an hour ahead of GMT which is known as 'British Summer Time'

The clocks change forward 1 hour on the last Sunday in March and 'fall back' in autumn (or fall) by 1 hour on the last Sunday in October.

THE FLAG (St George's Cross)

The legend of George slaying the dragon dates back to the 12th century. Saint George became England's patron saint during the 13th century. The Red Cross first appeared in the crusades and is one of the earliest known emblems used to represent England. The earliest record of St George's flag being used at sea as an English flag was in 1545.

Many people are unaware that the Cross of St George is the flag of England, and not the more familiar Union Jack. The Union Jack is the flag of the entire United Kingdom, including Great Britain (England, Scotland, and Wales) and Northern Ireland. The cross of St. George, however, is incorporated into the Union Jack.

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