We're spilling the beans on the coolest places to visit in England and sharing expert advice from those in the know. Stick with us as we get under the cobbled streets, rolling fields and beaches that make up this fine country, showcasing the country's hidden gems and reminding you about the famous sites and experiences that are on your doorstep.

The real history of rugby

by Katie Rowe

November 22 2013 in History & heritage

Today marks the 10th anniversary of England’s big win at Rugby World Cup 2003. A decade on from this momentous moment, sports fans are now looking forward to 2015, when Rugby World Cup comes to English shores. Here, we proudly present The Real History of…

Mad about the Bard: An interview with Gregory Doran

by Katie Rowe

November 13 2013 in Expert insights

Living and breathing The Bard, Gregory Doran is the Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He lives, of course, in Stratford-upon-Avon, both the birth and death place of the William Shakespeare. Here, he shares his favourite cultural haunts in…

Chugging along in the snow ©Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company

Christmas steam trains

by Katie Rowe

November 11 2013 in Things to do

Get into the Christmas spirit in style and jump on board any one of these classic steam train experiences in England. Kids will have an unforgettable time sharing the journey with a certain Mr Claus before he returns to reindeer power in time for the big day...   All…

Expert insights: Westonbirt Arboretum

by Katie Rowe

July 31 2013 in Expert insights

VisitEngland’s Katie Rowe catches up with Simon Toomer, tree expert and Director of Westonbirt, The National Arboretum in Gloucestershire. Once a wealthy Victorian’s pleasure park, it’s now part of the Forestry Commission and is home to some of the rarest…

Forget doggy paddling ©Wightlink Pawprint

Dog-friendly breaks

by Katie Rowe

May 14 2013 in Things to do

Can you imagine a world where Wallace went on a big adventure by himself, without Gromit? Nope, nor can we. Plasticine or not, we think every man or woman’s best friend should be free to join in with the holiday fun. Check out these dog-friendly holiday…

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