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Big Ben, London

Photo by Alfredo De Simone

A family holiday in England is as much about Big Ben, double-decker buses and afternoon tea as it is about standing stones, rights of way and royalty. Start a trip in London, England's cosmopolitan capital, and let the kids plan the visit. Photograph the great clock known as Big Ben. Journey round the world at the British Museum. Take an open-top bus tour. Ride the London Eye. See the Changing of the Guard. Eat curry and fish and chips. Enjoy afternoon tea. Travel beyond the big city and explore the country poetically known as Albion. Visit Windsor Castle. Reward tolerant tots with a day at Legoland. See the cathedral town of Canterbury. Stroll the streets of Oxford. Experience offbeat Brighton. Take to the trail in the Cotswolds or West Country - Devon, Summerset and Cornwall. Track time from Stonehenge to Bath. Traveling with literary teens? Chart the Hardy Trail from Dorchester to Weymouth. Immerse yourself in Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon. Read Wordsworth out loud in the Lake District. Follow in the footsteps of Sherlock Holmes. Discover Dickens' London and the London of Oscar Wilde.
For exploring by car, arm yourself with an up-to-date atlas, such as the AA Big Road Atlas Britain, or plot your route online with the AA route planner. AA road atlases are widely available from bookshops or online purchase. For exploring by bike and on foot, the Ordnance Survey publishes detailed paper and digital maps in the OS Explorer series at a scale of 1:25 000. The OS series is available from tourist offices and bookshops as well as online purchase. For getting round cities and towns, pick up a free map from the tourist office or hotel concierge. For country and historical maps, check out the Perry-CastaƱeda Library Map Collection at UT Library online. Not only are maps are a great travel planning resource, they're a great way to get kids involved in a family vacation.
Books are a great way to introduce young children to a new adventure and get teens and tweens ready for a family trip. We've compiled a list of books about England and books by English authors for children of various ages and with varying interests. Find classics, historical novels and fantasies. Discover books by English authors including James Herriot, Frances Hodgson Burnett, C.S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Thomas Hardy and George Orwell. What better why to begin a journey that a trip through literature?
Read British newspapers online and, in addition to brushing up on British current events, find out what's happening from London to Birmingham and discover what the Brits are reading about. There's a wealth of insight in newspapers as well as listings of local happenings.
Kids' Stuff
Online resources make learning lots of fun. Did you know that England is 74 times smaller than the Unites States and 3 times smaller than Japan? That French was the official language of England from 1066 until 1362? Do you know the meaning of the English saying Mind your P's and Q's? Do you know how it came about? Use online resources to get the low-down on England and the skinny on English folktales and sayings. Test your knowledge before you depart and again when you return. Print the information you find fascinating and take it with you on your family trip. Explain your findings to your family members and use the things you learn to make your travel scrapbook really cool.
Associations and non-profit organizations are a valuable resource as well as a means to get involved. Learn about organizations dedicated to preserving the UK's special places, including historic homes, gardens and ancient monuments, and protecting wildlife for the future in the United Kingdom. Find out about entities that promote access to open country and protect the rights of way for walkers in Britain.
Travel Trivia
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Books for Kids about England
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