Villages of England

Traditional England at its best

Beautiful villages


English Areas of outstanding natural beauty

Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty




Ancient ruins & Georgian splendour...


Heritage sites

Heritage Sites of England

Discover England's historical heritage

Heritage Sites


National parks in England

Enjoy the great outdoors

National Parks



Walk in Shakespeare's footsteps


Travel in England

England has a fascinating and diverse variety of places to explore, from castles to countryside, from picturesque villages to mountain scenery, as well as the famous towns and cities such as London, Bath and Stratford-upon-Avon.

On England This Way we focus on providing tourist information for the most popular areas and regions of England by looking at the National Parks, the Heritage Sites, the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the popular and most visited counties and the best of the towns, cities and villages - see villages of England for some of the most beautiful villages and small towns across the country.

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Tideswell / Lake District / Arlington Row

Where to go in England?

An 'ideal' itinerary for a visitor from another country wanting to experience all that England has to offer in a relatively short period of time would perhaps include an important historical town (such as Bath, Chester or York), a visit to couple of unspoiled English villages in the region, and a couple of days exploring the countryside in one of the National Parks or perhaps along the coast.

Many international visitors would also include a couple of days in London in a visit to England (see cheap London if you are visiting on a budget). You can use our detailed England Map to help with this initial travel planning. Visitors from elsewhere within England won't need to squeeze in so many places and activities and can relax exploring a smaller area!

If you don't know where to start planning, visit 'Places in England' for hundreds of ideas and possibilities. We're confident something will tempt you - and remember every individual place review also has a local map showing other places of interest to visit nearby.

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Dartmoor / Jurassic Coast / Wembury

National Parks

* There are 10 National Parks in England: Dartmoor, Exmoor, Lake District, New Forest, Norfolk Broads, Northumberland, Peak District, South Downs, Yorkshire Dales and Yorkshire Moors.

Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

There are more than 40 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England: Arnside & Silverdale, Blackdown Hills, Cannock Chase, Chichester Harbour, Chilterns, Cornwall, Cotswolds, Cranborne Chase & West Wiltshire Downs, Dedham Vale, Dorset, East Devon, Forest of Bowland, High Weald, Howardian Hills, western part of the Isle of Wight, the Isles of Scilly, Kent Downs, Lincolnshire Wolds, Malvern Hills, Mendip Hills, Nidderdale, Norfolk Coast, North Devon, North Pennines, Northumberland Coast, North Wessex Downs, Quantock Hills, Shropshire Hills, Solway Coast, South Devon, Suffolk Coast & Heaths, Surrey Hills, Tamar Valley, Wye Valley.

*** The Jurassic Coast, a Heritage Site along the coast of southern Dorset and Devon, is also a scenic region popular with visitors.

English Counties

Some of the most popular counties that you might visit in England include Cornwall, Devon and Dorset, while the Isle of Wight is another very popular destination - see the menu for lots more counties).

Saunton/ Lacock / Lynton

We also have a selection of feature articles broadly related to English history, travel, holidays and trivia - see articles about England

Europe This Way

England This Way is part of a series of travel sites that explore much of western Europe including Italy, France and Spain. See Europe This Way for details.