Join our England tours and partake in an adventure exploring this famous and beautiful country! Our small-group trips start & finish in London, and visit a variety of locations; from famous sites like Bath and Stonehenge, to charming countryside in the Cotswolds and Cornwall.
Think of England and picture green rolling hills, pretty countryside and charming cottages. For this is the country of Shakespeare, the Beatles and the Queen, where people are polite, love standing in queues and drinking tea. Whilst here you’ll find some of the world’s most recognisable sights, from Big Ben to Stonehenge and we hope you join us to explore England…
The first modern humans inhabited the island of Britain over 40,000 years ago, but continuous occupation can be seen since around ten thousand years ago, following the last Ice Age. In early history in England, we can trace human activity from the beginning of the Pre-historic Stone Ages, through to 4,500BC when Stonehenge was constructed, all the way to the Bronze and then Iron Ages.
However, the recorded history of England begins with the arrival of the invading Romans in 43AD. They set about to establish control all of what is now England and Wales, as far north as the border with Scotland, where they constructed Hadrian’s wall in 122AD. However, with their empire crumbling, the Romans departed in the 5th century and the next invaders were the Germanic Angles, the group from which the name ‘England’ derives.
Yet ‘England’ was still not formed. With numerous invasions to follow the Angles, including by the Saxons and Vikings, this land mass became separated into a number of different Kingdoms. It wasn’t until the 9th century, and King Alfred the Great of Wessex who started a series of battles and negotiations that began the process of unification. Finally, in 937, under King Athelstan England became united as one country.
Over centuries, England gradually grew to become one of the world’s most influential nations. It was of course the centre of the British empire, which during the Victorian era was largest empire in history. It is the home of modern democracy, following the signing of the world’s oldest constitution, the Magna Carta, in 1215. It’s also the birthplace of arguably modern history’s most important event; the industrial revolution.
Some of can some of the world’s most important inventions are from England including the Jet Engine, Penicillin and the Worldwide Web. As are famous figures in history. From legend see King Arthur and Robin Hood, from royalty see King Henry VIII et al, from literature see William Shakespeare and from music The Beatles. It is also home of the English language, one of the major world languages today.
Currently England is an economic power that defies its size and with a leading influence in many areas, from science and medicine to popular cultures like music and television. England’s population is approximately 53 million, and it’s capital city is London, one of the world’s great cities. England patron saint is St George, its animal the Lion and the country remains a constitutional monarchy, led by HM Queen Elizabeth II.
If you would like to explore the beauty and history of England, then why not join one of our small-group England tours? Our trips are one and five days long and include the services of our professional Tour Leaders who are experts on the all of the places you’ll visit. Tours start and finish in central London.
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