The Slow Traveler's Guide to England Q&A
For many travelers, England is the ultimate home away from home. After all, who wouldn’t fall in love with thatched roofs and cobblestone streets? The over-the-top blue and red Tudor-style housing? Those cute cottages with window boxes? The Gothic cathedrals and castles? And of course, the royal palaces—especially the ones that have a ghost or two roaming around. Did we leave anything out? Oh yes, there’s also that quintessentially British sense of humor and all things Harry Potter. For any intrepid slow traveler, England is a place where you can immerse yourself in culture, history and nature. You can take a stroll through gardens filled with gorgeous blooms or spend an afternoon discovering quaint villages. You might even find secluded beaches perfect for relaxing after a long day of sightseeing. With so many options to choose from, how do you know where to begin your journey? Below are answers to your questions.
What is the history of England?
For a start, England has been occupied for over 10,000 years. Most archaeologists believe that the first settlers arrived from continental Europe during the Neolithic period. They were hunter-gatherers who lived in pit houses and made tools from flint stones. When the Romans began to expand their empire, they set their sights on Britain. Julius Caesar's two failed campaigns to invade Britain led him to send a third invasion force in 55 BC under the command of his nephew, General (and future emperor) Claudius. The Romans defeated the Britons and made the island part of the Roman Empire.
What are the best places to visit in England?
London – This is one of the most exciting cities in the world, a hub of creative energy, a place where old meets new in a chaotic swirl. London is also a city that’s easy to fall in love with, a place where you can spend weeks exploring and still find new corners to explore. Cornwall – Cornwall is one of the most magical places in England. The dramatic coastline, with its surf-pounded cliffs and colorful seaside towns, is one of the most beautiful in the world. Oxford – Oxford is one of those rare cities where you can almost feel the weight of history pressing down on you as you walk its cobbled streets. It’s the sort of place where you can spend hours wandering through the winding paths of the world-famous university, stopping to admire the buildings that date back to the 16th century. Guildford – This charming town is the perfect place to discover English culture. Wander down the pedestrianized High Street where you can sample English cuisine at its finest.
What is the history of Stonehenge?
This is one of the most famous places in the world, and it’s also one of the most puzzling. No one knows for sure what this mysterious structure was built for. What we do know is that Stonehenge stands on the edge of Salisbury Plain, a vast expanse of nothingness in the southwest of England. Believed to have been built around 2300 BC, this ring of giant rocks is thought to have been erected as a temple or a place of worship. Archaeologists have discovered the remains of dozens of human skeletons buried beneath the rocks, leading some to believe that passers-by were sacrificed as a way of thanking the gods.
What are the must-see places in London?
Buckingham Palace – The official residence of the Queen, Buckingham Palace is a must-visit for any royal fans. You can tour the State Rooms, including the famous balcony where the Royal Family waves to the crowds on special occasions. Houses of Parliament – Westminster is the historic heart of London, and it’s also home to the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the Westminster Abbey, the site of British monarch coronations since 1066 London Eye – Standing nearly 130 meters tall, the London Eye is one of the world’s most recognizable landmarks. British Museum – This is one of the world’s greatest museums, and it’s free to enter. Discover 5000 years of human history and culture, from ancient Egyptian mummies to priceless artworks by Leonardo Da Vinci.
What is the cost of living in London?
The good news is that you can find cheap hotels, even hostels, that cost around thirty dollars a night. The bad news is that food and drinks can be somewhat expensive. You can find cafes where sandwiches cost around eight dollars and a drink in a pub can be as much as eight dollars. You can find much less expensive places, but they will probably be less touristy. If you plan your trip during a less busy time, you can save money by staying in hostels. Food can be inexpensive if you eat at places like Subway. For example, two dollars can buy you a sandwich and a drink at some places. You can also find many less expensive places to eat. If you plan your trip during a less busy time, you can find lower prices on hotels, food, and transportation.
What are the top places to visit in Manchester?
Manchester is the perfect place for music lovers and football fans alike. Visit the Hacienda club and see where the Madchester scene all began. Take a walk along the River Irwell and take in the view of Salford Quays and the Manchester Ship Canal. If you’re visiting during one of the many football games, make sure to stop by the Etihad Stadium. It is the home of the Manchester City Football Club, and they play many of their games there during the Premier League Season. You can also see the Etihad Stadium from above by taking a ride on the Manchester Ferris wheel. It’s a great place to take photos of the stadium and the surrounding city.
Which premier league clubs have the best stadiums?
For the best stadiums, we would recommend visiting Chelsea or Tottenham Hotspur. Chelsea’s stadium, Stamford Bridge, is one of the most historic places in the Premier League. It was built in the 1890s and has been the home of Chelsea Football Club ever since. Spurs’ new stadium, which is still under construction, is set to be one of the most impressive stadiums in the world. When it’s completed, it will have a capacity of 61,000 people.
What are the best places to visit in Newcastle?
The Quayside - Newcastle is a city of culture and history, and the Quayside is its beating heart. Take a stroll along the River Tyne, passing pubs, shops and restaurants all the way to the iconic Tyne Bridge. Newcastle Upon Tyne - Once the center of the North-East, Newcastle Upon Tyne is now one of the most vibrant cities in England. Explore the streets of the city center and see the famous Grey’s Monument, a spectacular monument designed to look like an Egyptian Obelisk. Newcastle Beaches - Newcastle Beaches are some of the most beautiful and unspoiled beaches in England. Explore the beaches of North, South and West beaches and discover hidden coves and stunning views of the surrounding coastline.