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England is the largest nation of the British Isles and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. The history of the nation runs through its many ancient buildings and castles and the scenery provides a backdrop that is both varied and unique.

Why go?

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Airports have grown and increased their services so flights to England have been bringing more visitors each year. Internal flights also make the rest of the United Kingdom and Channel Islands more accessible.

The largest airport is London Heathrow (LHR), which handles the most long-haul flights into the country, closely followed by Gatwick (LGW). These two airports provide connections internally and externally and are ideal for those visiting the south of the country.

However, the airports at Luton (LTN), Stansted (STN), Southend (SEN) and City (LCY) are all within easy reach of the capital and are good alternatives, depending on the origin of your flight.

London is famous for its museums, theatres and art galleries as well as the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace, but there is more to England than its capital city.

England flights to regional airports now make travel further afield a possibility and have opened up the country to new visitors. William Shakespeare's birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, is easily accessible from Birmingham (BHX) and so are the beautiful Cotswolds.

Explore the northern moors and industrial landscape by means of Manchester Airport (MAN), which also provides access to the Peak District and the towns of Bakewell and Buxton.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LP) is the destination for many Beatles fans. You can visit the Cavern Club, where the Fab Four started out, and the Beatles Museum. There's also the famous Mersey Ferry and, further up the coast, the glitzy lights of Blackpool. You can book direct flights to Blackpool, which has its own international airport (BLK).

East Midlands Airport (EMA) is close to Nottingham, the city of Robin Hood and fine Nottingham Lace. Further north, there's Leeds/Bradford Airport (LBA), the gateway to the wild and desolate Yorkshire Moors which were home to the famous Bronte sisters.

In Yorkshire the coastline is as rugged as the moors and Robin Hood Airport (DSA) will take you to the towns of Whitby and Scarborough.

Holy Island, or Lindisfarne as it's also known, lies off the Northumberland Coast, which is one of the wildest stretches of beach in the country. Nearby is Bamburgh Castle, which stands sentinel over wild windswept dunes. Newcastle Airport (NCL) provides access to this beautiful and natural coast and the countryside leading to the border with Scotland.

If the milder South Coast is more to your liking then Southampton Airport (SOU) is a good starting point. The Isle of Wight ferry leaves from Portsmouth, which is home to HMS Victory and the Historic Dockyard. Bristol Airport (BRS) and Exeter Airport (EXT) cover the western region and Exmoor and Dartmoor. The historic city of Bath, with its famous Roman Baths, is close by.

Newquay Cornwall Airport (NQY) is the gateway to the idyllic beachscapes, rolling surf and cream teas of gorgeous Cornwall, in the south-west.

To the east is Norwich Airport (NWI). The city has a lovely cathedral and is not far from the east coast and classic seaside towns such as Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.

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How to get there

With many flights connecting England to the wider United Kingdom and beyond there is lots of choice for flyers...

Domestic flights are dominated by British Airways, flybe, easyJet, Eastern Airlines and Cityjet.

For international services Ryanair, easyJet and British Airways are the largest operators to Europe along with leisure companies such as Monarch, Thomson, Thomas Cook and Jet2. British Airways and Virgin Atlantic also have extensive long haul services into London and Manchester.

Many international l airlines fly to the UK, with big carriers including Emirates, the major US airlines, Air France, Lufthansa and the Far East giants such as Singapore.

Getting to and from the airport

England's airports are well connected to nearby towns and cities, as well as to the wider transport network...

You won't have any problems getting to and from the airport, wherever you touch down in England. Planning onward travel in advance is the best way to save time once you've arrived with your luggage and an appetite to see the sights.

Local bus services are one of the cheapest methods of getting from airport to destination, though you obviously can't travel door to door. If you want the convenience of leaving the airport terminal and being whisked straight to your hotel, you can either pay for a taxi or use a hotel shuttle service, if your accommodation provider offers such a facility. Taxi rates are on a par with destinations in Europe and most airport taxis use meters to calculate the final fare. Many taxis in England accept credit or debit cards, too, so look out for this facility if you don't have British pounds to hand. 

The major airports have railway stations. Using the train is a fast way to get around; save money on tickets by booking in advance. 
Car hire in England is a popular option with overseas visitors. Unless you plan to see the central sights in London only, having a car gives you the freedom to experience so much more, whether you fancy a day at the beach, the races or a spa, or any other dream day you could imagine.

Where to stay?

City or beach? Historic or modern? Big or small? Whatever kind of break you desire, your choice of hotel should match your holiday dreams...

In London, hotels come in all shapes and sizes, though - in the central areas in particular - you'll have to pay a premium for the very best hotels. Luxury hotels in London, however, are some of the finest in the world. From top-notch service and city views to stylish rooms and excellent restaurants, the best London hotels offer a taste of the high life. You can also find budget hotels in London, though cheap rates are hard to come by in the heart of the city.

The same rules apply in many English cities. If you're looking for a budget hotel, consider chain brands such as Travelodge and Premier Inn, as well as independent B&Bs, guest houses and hotels. At the top end of the price range big and small brands have the market covered, though you'll find many one-offs that never fail to wow guests.

In England's glorious countryside, look for golf and spa resorts or hotels in manor houses and country lodges. Budget travellers will find a plethora of good-value hotels close to major road networks and in town centres.

If you're looking for accommodation in a typical holiday destination, such as the Lake District, Devon, Cornwall or Blackpool, you'll discover many B&Bs, guesthouses, self-catering homes and apartments, seaside hotels, plus country house hotels. If you're looking for hotels in the Channel Islands, following flights to Guernsey or Jersey, you'll be equally spoiled for choice.

Booking in advance is the best way to secure a great deal on hotels in England, especially in holiday hotspots during the summer months.

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