England

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Perhaps no other country on earth is as culturally, financially and naturally well-endowed and as steeped in history and starry eyed in their royalty – as England, the largest country that makes up, and gets easily confused with, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Inhabited by prehistoric homos, settled by the Celts, colonized by the Romans, invaded by the Germanic tribes of Angles (from which ‘Angle-land’ was derived), Saxons and Jutes, briefly ruled by the Danes, and finally conquered by the Normans, England has a history as long as the distance that spans Hadrian’s Wall near the Scottish border to the north, and the White Cliffs of Dover that stands guard to the south. With such a vast expanse of history to discover, a favourably located bed and breakfast or hotel accommodation in England will put you in close touch to ruins, monuments and remnants scattered across the land.

England’s top attractions

Culturally, England has given the world an overwhelming share of its genius, from the literary to the musical to the most high-technology, and from both sides of the gender fence. Its royalty populated its museums and galleries with priceless works of Old and New Masters and every artist in between. Not surprisingly, England’s vast storehouses of knowledge and arts – the British Museum holds some 8 million objects – will drown you if you let them.

As home to one of the most powerful capital cities on earth, England is not only the financial command centre of the world; it is also one of its most fashionable, highly educated, medically sophisticated, culturally diverse, and gastronomically overwhelming alpha countries. It is also sufficiently equipped to handle millions of visitors with well-established tourist facilities and thousands of hotels in England that range in price and comfort from budget and sensible, to prohibitive and lavish.

Despite the incessant chatter that pervades urban life in one of the busiest cities in the world, locals and visitors alike can easily muffle static with a few hours’ ride outside of the capital, London. England has an impressively long and varied list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites that deciding where to begin requires separate travel planning.

England’s lay of the land

England puts out a smorgasbord of scenery that makes one feel small but wide-eyed and open-mouthed. If you crave for some alone time with nature and overwhelmed with where to stay, vacation in a rustic bed and breakfast in England in Solway Firth to the northwest, the brooding moorlands of Yorkshire to the northeast, the exactly-what-it-sounds-like Jurassic Coast to the south, and the achingly beautiful White Cliffs of Dover to the southeast.

To the west near the Welsh border are historic ports that transported people and goods to the New World, and eventually, to the country’s overseas territories and colonies. This side of England bade farewell to pilgrims and explorers who discovered and settled new frontiers. Immediately to its south where the English Channel separates the British Isles from continental Europe lies the English Riviera of Devon and the surf capital that is Newquay.

At the southeast foot of England where the English Channel is at its narrowest stands sentinel the White Cliffs of Dover that deterred invasion from France. As the blitzkrieg of WWII quieted, the distinctive palisades of Kent became a welcoming sight for those coming back from a jaunt to the port of Calais. But given the wealth of attractions in England, you may not even think of leaving.