Which Way Will You Go?
England can be divided into nine different regions, ranging from the major metropolitan area of Greater London to the pastoral countryside of areas such as South West England. These are the East Midlands, the East of England, Greater London, North East England, North West England, South East England, South West England, the West Midlands and Yorkshire and the Humber.
Whether you're seeking the bright lights of big city nights, a solitary hike across desolate moors, a quiet stay in a quaint village or a combination of something somewhere in between, here's a brief rundown of England's nine regions to help you to better plan your visit.
• East Midlands
Highlights to this mostly rural region include visits to the Peak District, Sherwood Forest and cathedral town of Lincoln.
• East of England
From some of London's most exclusive suburbs to traditional village life, seaside resorts such as Southend-on-Sea, the birdwatcher's paradise of the Fens and Cambridge's hallowed halls of academia – there's something for everyone along England's eastern edge.
• Greater London
The cosmopolitan capital and by far the largest city in Britain, London is in fact the biggest and most diverse city in the whole of Europe. Attractions range from Buckingham Palace to the 2012 Olympic Park with an assortment of historic and modern landmarks and some of the world's most highly regarded museums and cultural institutions.
• North East England
Home of Hadrian's Wall, the Durham Cathedral and Castle World Heritage Site as well as Newcastle with its world famous and youthful nightlife, England's north east offers a taste of the best in Britain and serves as an excellent gateway to Scotland.
• North West England
Bucolic Lancashire, rockin' Manchester, Liverpool, Chester, the Lake District and more: there's more than one great reason why this is England's most visited region outside of London.
• South East England
Stretching beyond the outer fringes of London to classic and fun seaside towns like Brighton, historic sites such as Windsor Castle and Oxford University and family friendly attractions along the lines of Legoland, South East England is an ideal vacation destination within easy reach of London's major airports just without the urban grind.
• South West England
The land of Cheddar cheese, Cornish pasties, Devonshire clotted cream and more – south-western England is as delicious as it is scenic. What to do when you're not dining on the local delicacies? Visit one of this area's vast stretches of isolated beaches, ramble through a twee village or simply relax while taking in some of the best weather in the UK.
• West Midlands
The so called Heart of England and with good reason! From the Black Country and the “cradle of the Industrial Revolution” to Shakespeare's hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon and the bustle of Birmingham, the West Midlands present the opportunity to travel back in time and discover the roots of English culture without giving up on modern conveniences.
• Yorkshire and the Humber
Outdoor enthusiasts and fans of history will love a visit to the northern region of England. Yorkshire and the Humber is home to the magnificent York Minister, ancient Viking settlements and Roman ruins, the Dales, the Moors and an evocative coast.
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