England is one of those countries that automatically brings a movie strip worth of images to mind. You might picture medieval England and the stories of kings and queens, court secrets and mysterious figures. Or perhap something a little more modern day like the home of a happening live music scene and cutting-edge street fashion that leaves the world behind season after season. Either way the country is full of surprises at every twist and at every turn.
Most first-time travelers to the UK will find themselves heading into London, the capital city. The city is vibrant and multicultural with a backdrop oozing of royal charm. For an eagle's eye view of the city you can head to the River Thames and hop on the London Eye - this famous ferris wheel is a must. Follow that up with a lunch and a traditional chippy to get the real English experience, what's a chippy you say? Chippy joints are specialists at creating the world's best fish and chips, once you have fish and chips at a chippy, you will have to return to the England the next time you need a fish 'n chip fix. Shopping in the city is renowned and in particular a trip to the famed and opulent Harrod's Department Store is on most itineraries. No visit to the city is complete without a visit to Buckingham Palace to see the changing of the guards. This old tradition continues today with men in dapper uniforms riding upon steeds that might as well have come straight out of a fairytale about brave knights and their horses. After the changing of the guards head over the the Parliament buildings for an explore and one of the best things about visiting London is taking in the galleries and museums, many of which are free and just require that you leave a donation.
Outside of London thousands of kilometers of beautiful countryside and sea escapes await. Visit Dorset for a lovely beach holiday - yes, it is hard to believe but a beach holiday is possible in the UK. Head to Essex for an idyllic weekend of lovely little cottages and walks along the riverside. To take a step into the country's past explore any one of the old castles that dot the country - you might even hear a ghost story or two. Many travelers to the country also make it a priority to head out to Wiltshire, which is the location of Stonehenge, a UNESCO world heritage site. This mysterious circle of standing stones have been dated to 3100 B.C. The country's weather may play a factor in your visit. The winter's can be very cold and wind gusts making them colder, the coldest period is December through February, after which the weather starts warming up. However, the rainy stories you've heard about England are all true, so pack those galoshes regardless of when you decide to go.
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