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England Travel Tips & Resources

What to Expect When Traveling to Great Britain

England is a major world travel destination. It is one of four countries that make up The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is mostly surrounded by water with Scotland to the north and Wales to the west. A multicultural hub, England is home to 54 million, making it the 25th largest country in the world by population and the fifth largest in Europe. England’s population accounts for 84% of the United Kingdom.

Places to Visit in England

London

London

The nation’s capital boasts so many attractions you are guaranteed to stay busy. London is vibrant with history, politics, and art, with attractions including the British Museum, the Tate Modern, the West End Theatre, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Royal watchers head straight to London’s Royal residence, Buckingham Palace and the pomp and ceremony of the Changing of the Guard.  Westminster Abbey, site of many Royal weddings is also a must see. Visit the Tower of London, the Tower Bridge, and the Jewel House, home to the Crown Jewels. Another famous landmark is the Palace of Westminster, the Houses of the Parliament, and its iconic clock tower known as Big Ben.

Abbey Road

Abbey Road

Discover two of London’s most iconic music attractions during a visit to Abbey Road, Abbey Road Studios and the famous Beatles zebra crossing. In April 1969, The Beatles came to Abbey Road recording studios to make their final album. The Abbey Road pedestrian crossing is famous worldwide as the spot captured on The Beatles Abbey Road album cover. The cover, which shows an image of each of The Beatles crossing Abbey Road, has become one of the most famous album sleeves of all time. Beatles fans and visitors replicate the  “Fab Four’s” Abbey Road cover picture.

Stonehenge

Stonehenge

Stonehenge has been a place of pilgrimage and worship for more than 4,500 years and ranks among the world’s most mysterious places. Stonehenge is one of the most important and most visited ancient sites in England. For thousands of years its massive stones have dominated the landscape that is unusually rich in pre-historic monuments from the Stone Age and Bronze Age. This set of stones laid out in concentric rings and horseshoe shapes on the Salisbury Plain, is one of the oldest, and certainly best preserved, megalithic (ancient stone) structures on Earth.

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Common Costs
Pint of beer £4
Stonehenge admission ticket £17.50
Afternoon High Tea at Fortnum & Mason £17.50
Heathrow Express £18
Quick Facts
Currency British Pound (GBP)
Capital London
Largest City London
Official Language English

U.S. Embassies & Travel Information

England

England Flag

33 Nine Elms Ln, London SW11 7US, UK
Tel: +44 20 7499 9000
Hours of Operation: M-F, 8:00AM – 5:30PM

About the Area

The name “England” is derived from the Old English name Englaland, which means “land of the Angles”. The Angles were one of the Germanic tribes that settled in Great Britain during the Early Middle Ages. With a story that stretches back more than 5000 years (and likely long before), England is a place where the past is a constant presence. Castles perch on lonely hilltops. Medieval cathedrals, regal palaces and ostentatious mansions abound. Every English town and village has its own individual tale to tell.

Travel Tips

  • U.S. citizens do not need a visa for tourist or business travel to the United Kingdom for a stay up to 6 months. A valid U.S. Passport is required.
  • The British Pound is the oldest currency still in use today and the fourth most traded currency in the world. The Pound is sometimes referred to as the Pound Sterling or the Sterling. The Pound is also the currency of British Overseas Territories, the South Sandwich Islands, and the British Antarctic Territory, as well as Tristan de Cunha.
  • There are 100 pence (p) to the pound (£). Notes come in denominations of £5, £10, £20 and £50. Coins come in 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2.
  • All British currency features an image of the Queen’s head on one side.
  • Please note: While Scotland and Northern Ireland both use pound sterling, their bank notes are different from those issued in England.

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