England remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Its wealth of cultural and historical attractions are what bring tourists from around the world to her shores. Over and above the buzz of major cities like London and Manchester, visitors are also attracted to the serene English countryside, with miles and miles of green, rolling fields, babbling brooks and streams, country estates, historic castles and palaces, quaint country villages and ancient forests.
The best time to visit England is during their short summer months of June to September when the days are extra long and sunny. Rain is always a distinct possibility no matter what the time of year however the wonderful variety of cultural attractions make England is a year-round destination.
- Visit Buckingham Palace
- Visit Stonehenge
- Haridans Wall
- Lake District
- New Forest
The overall climate in England is called temperate maritime. This means that winters are generally mild with temperatures generally not dropping lowers than 0ºC and in the summer they rarely exceed 32ºC. Rainy weather is ordinary in England regardless of the season so always ensure you have an umbrella close at hand. July and August are the warmest, but wettest months, while January and February are the coldest months of the year and sometimes snowfalls are experienced.
Essential Travel Information
- Always have an umbrella close at hand
- Wear layers of clothing as it’s not uncommon to experience all four seasons in one day
- If renting a vehicle it is advisable to book and pay for it prior to your departure from South Africa
- Be aware their units of measurement are gallon’s and miles not liters and kilometers
Passport and Visa Information
- Passports must be valid for no less than six months beyond the period of intended stay.
- Visitors must ensure they have a minimum of three blank pages in their passport ( for entry and exit stamps ).
- Tourists must hold proof of a valid onward ticket. The travel date of this ticket may not exceed three months from the first date of entry.
- Tourists must be able to prove they have sufficient funds for the duration of their stay in the country
South African passport holders require a visa for entry or transit through the UK. South African temporary passports are not recognized.
There are no compulsory vaccinations required for travel to the UK and food, and tap water is considered safe for consumption. The health system is excellent, but you are advised to take out comprehensive medical insurance as healthcare is costly.
Safety and Security
Customs and Dress Code
Daylight Saving time ( April to October ) GMT +1
England has vast transportation resources which make traveling around the country relatively painless. You can go sightseeing around London on one of its red double-decker buses or escape to the countryside on one of its luxury motorcoaches, a rental car or train.
New Years Day – 1 January 2018
Good Friday – 30 March 2018
Easter Monday – 2 April 2018
May Day – 7 May 2018
Spring Bank Holiday – 28 May 2018
Summer Bank Holiday – 27 August 2018
Christmas Day – 25 December 2018
Boxing Day – 26 December 2018