This is the online Guide to England
Explore England and visit places of natural beauty, historical importance and world renowned British architecture. Choose from hundreds of hotels and book on-line, search England's most popular towns and find the most popular attractions.
Whilst visiting England you may wish to cross the borders and visit Scotland, Wales or even have a short flight to Ireland. By following the links above you can visit these sister sites and plan a visit.
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Conservation (See areas of outstanding beauty)
Our objective is to conserve and enhance England’s natural environment - including the landscape, biodiversity, geology and soils, natural resources, cultural heritage and other features of the built and natural environment.
Many areas of England are protected in National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and other designated areas, and the condition of our very best wildlife sites is slowly improving. However, many of our landscapes are continuing to lose their ecological richness and their distinctive character.
The natural environment is a provider of a wide range of environmental services, including clean water and air, healthy food, recreation and inspiration. However, in many areas the natural environment is in poor condition, reducing the quality of these environmental services.
Ensuring that future generations can enjoy England’s rich geology, landscapes and biodiversity means that we must significantly improve the protection and management of what we have today. Improving the condition of the natural environment is required to ensure that everyone benefits from the services it provides.
No city claims a more prestigious place in England’s history than ancient Winchester. This was the 9th century capital of King Alfred the Great and an administrative capital of William the Conqueror, the Duke of Normandy who invaded and took the kingdom in 1066. Its highlights today include the Great Hall, which displays a Round Table whose history is linked to the legendary King Arthur and a lovely cathedral, founded 900 years ago. Nearby Salisbury, in Wiltshire, is another magnificent cathedral city. Its 13th century cathedral is a masterpiece of English Gothic architecture, surrounded by a maze of medieval cathedral close.
All are newcomers in comparison with the ceremonial circles and standing stones which have kept their silent watch over Wiltshire’s empty plains and open, rolling downlands for over 5,000 years. Raised with primitive tools by early man, these awe-inspiring monuments include the famous Stonehenge, the massive ditch and stone circle at Avebury and the towering mound of man-made Silbury Hill.
In contrast, you’ll find a solid sense of luxury about the historic houses of Rural Southern England. Their prestigious ranks include Longleat, near Warminster, Wilton House, near Salisbury with 17th century state rooms designed by Inigio Jones and Highclere Castle new Newbury, home to the fifth Earl of Carnarvon, who discovered Tutankhamun’s Tomb. Other local residents also made their mark on history: Stratfield Saye, near Romsey was home to the Duke of Wellington who led the allied armies of Europe against Napoleon; Clouds Hills was the home of TE Lawrence, known as "Lawrence of Arabia"; 15th century Athelhampton House, in Dorset, is associated with the 10th century King Althelstan, the first King of all England.
Coast of England
The Lincolnshire Coast of England doesn't exactly attract traveling surfers or magazine photos. Most British surfers wouldn't even be able to point to it on a map let alone say they have surfed it but it's there and so are a small bunch of hard-core UK surfers.
Don't go thinking you've been overlooking some true UK surf potential reeling pointbreaks it isn't. What you'll find is a harsh environment both the weather and water get as cold as anywhere in the UK; add to this long flat spells; shifting sandbars; huge tidal variations and longshore drift on onshore days. Still that's not to say that on some days it can still come together just right.