Tours around England are becoming increasingly popular with families as not only a way to gain an education about this fascinating land but also a way to have a fun and enjoyable travel experience. With such a wide selection of things to see and do whilst on tours of England however it can be difficult to devise the perfect vacation itinerary; hopefully the following article, detailing some of the most fun and interesting sights and sounds in England will help those embarking on tours to create the ideal itinerary.
Families naturally have different needs than those travelling as a couple or even on their own. When journeying with children it is important to find a balance between educational activities and those that will be enjoyable. Thankfully England is blessed with a variety of attractions that can fulfil both criteria with ease.
One of these attractions that should be included in all tours of England is Warwick Castle. Many consider Warwick to be the best preserved medieval castle in the land, this is because the site managed to avoid the most tumultuous moments in English history; despite the fact that the Earl of Warwick played an important role in the Wars of the Roses, being colloquially known as the Kingmaker during this period. Today the castle offers those on tours the chance to see real life jousting and archery events, giving children the opportunity to learn as well as view a true medieval spectacle.
If history is likely to be a considerable element to your England tours it is vitally important that a visit to the Tower of London should be made. Another medieval castle that represents the power of ruling monarchies throughout the island's history it is a vivid reminder of exactly how the English have been subjugated by foreign peoples and how traitors and treasonous persons have been dealt with over the centuries. Visiting the Tower today gives the tourist a valuable insight into some of the most pivotal moments in English history. For instance the exhibition detailing the lives and subsequent execution of great names such as Anne Boleyn, Katherine Howard and Lord Hastings show exactly the methods of controlling the populace whilst detailing the power struggles of the early Tudor period.
If travelling with children on England tours there is a toy shop in the heart of London that is a must see for all visitors to the capital. Hamleys has a rich history as a store that has been a retailer of toys for over three hundred years, although its current premises have only been in use since the eighties. Today it is considered to be one of the world's most beloved and largest toy shops and children will be fascinated and enthralled by the sheer variety and range of toys on offer. In addition, kids will have hours of fun playing with the many live displays and toys, even adults however are likely to enjoy these displays.
For those instilling an understanding of literature to the younger members of their party the inclusion of Dickens World is worthy on all tours. This new attraction gives visitors the chance to step back in time to Dickensian England, showcasing life in Victorian times as well as characters and images from the great writer's many novels. An exhibition especially worthy of note is the haunted house giving visitors the chance to be visited by the ghost of Christmas past although Fagin's Den is also worth seeing.
Hopefully this information has given those embarking upon England tours and idea of some of the attractions within this magical land. Families are brilliantly catered for on this quaint or picturesque island, ensuring all visitors leave a little better educated as well as relaxed and rejuvenated.
Travel specialist Thomas Pretty looks at four of the best attractions to include on England tours for families and those travelling with younger children.