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Guide to Visiting England

Guide to Visiting England

Those planning a trip to England will have a lot to look forward to seeing and doing. The most important thing is that you prepare for the experiences that await you by understanding a few things that make England unique. Use this guide to visiting England as a tool for learning a little more about one of the most visited countries in the world.

Guide to Visiting England

View of London Bridge

What should I know before visiting England?

When traveling to England, you should first have a good understanding of the United Kingdom. England is the country itself, Great Britain refers to England, Scotland and Wales, and the United Kingdom is all of Great Britain along with Northern Ireland

You don’t need a car when you are in England. Nearly every place you would like to go can be traveled to via the Underground or by train. Tickets are available in train stations (can be purchased in person or through an automatic machine) and you can find train times online.

It’s common knowledge that everyone drives on the left. What you may not realize that you should also walk on the left (this includes escalators & stairs).

When it comes to etiquette, you will want to make sure that you mind your manners. This is especially true when you are lining up. Brits call waiting in line “queuing” and they have no tolerance for line jumpers.

What Currency does England Use?

The official currency of England is the pound sterling (£).  Bank notes are available in £5, £10, £20 and £50 denominations. Each note has a distinct color. Coins come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 pence, £1 and £2 increments. Visa and Mastercard are also widely accepted.

Unlike Europe, It is customary to leave 10-15% tip when dining out. No need to tip at a bar.

What are the different dialects in England?

While England does speak English, there are different regional dialects including Cockney, Scouse, and Geordie.  Think of it from an American perspective it is like having a Southern , Midwestern or Boston accent.

British vs. American English: 63 Differences (Infographic)

And while they do speak English, some words hold different meanings in England than they do in the United States.

England Travel Tips
Shakespeare Theater in London

Touring Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London

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Hampton Court Palace Day Trip

Hampton Court Palace of Henry the VIII

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Tower Bridge Exhibition in London

London Tower Bridge Exhibition Tour

By touring the Tower Bridge Exhibition, you will be able to learn the fascinating history of the structure, see how the bridge opens and see impressive views of London and the Thames from the top of the bridge.

Watching Changing of the Guard in London

St. James’s Palace Changing of the Guard Ceremony

While you can’t tour the Palace, you can visit to see the changing of the guard at St. James’s Palace at Friary Court.

Hadrian's Wall

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Tower of London Tour

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4 Day London Trip Itinerary

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Big Bus London Tour

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Canterbury Cathedral

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Bolsover Castle

Tour of Bolsover Castle in Derbyshire England

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Somerset England Sites to See

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Great London Day Trips by Car

Best Day Trips from London by Car

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Day Trip to Dover Castle in England

Things to do in Dover England for the Day

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Best 3 Family Restaurants in London

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London One Day Itinerary

One Day in London: Itinerary of What to See

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Tips for London West End Shows

London West End Theater Tips

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Touring Shakespeare sites in Stratford upon Avon & London

Shakespeare Tour: Stratford upon Avon & London Sites

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Glastonbury England Day Trip

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Canterbury in Kent

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Wells England Trip Tips

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Southern England Sites

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Spending the Weekend in York England

Weekend in York Itinerary

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York Chocolate Story

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Windsor England List of Things to Do

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Places to Visit in England

13 Best Places to Visit in England

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Visiting York England

Best Things to do in York, England

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Spending the Day in Windsor England

Windsor Castle Tour: What You Will See

If you are visiting London, you should certainly make time to do a Windsor Castle tour. It will give you a rare chance to see the inside.

View of Bath England

10 Things to See in Bath, England

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Cathedral in Salisbury

Best Things to do in Salisbury UK

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Stonehenge Site in England

Visiting Stonehenge & Avebury (Day Trip from London)

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Buckingham Palace Guard

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The London Pass

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Pultney Bridge in Bath England

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Touring Oxford England

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Oxford Christ Church University

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