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England is notorious for its wealth, yet visiting the country as a tourist is surprisingly affordable. Its largest museums are free and its grand architecture and beautiful universities can be appreciated from the outside. Stay within a budget while seeing London’s sights.
London is filled with grand buildings constructed from the wealth of England’s once vast empire. The Elizabeth Tower, otherwise known as the Big Ben clock tower, crowns the massive 19th-century Parliamentary building of Westminster Palace on the River Thames. Head downriver to find the iconic Tower Bridge, a drawbridge supported by two tall Victorian towers. Drop by Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s stately London residence.
Finish your London trip with a visit to any of its major museums. The extensive British Museum, the Tate Modern, the luxurious Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Gallery all feature free admission to their permanent exhibits.
Leave London to explore England’s two nearby university towns of Oxford and Cambridge. Cross the ancient courtyards and well-cropped lawns of Oxford University. Tour Bodleian Library, which at over 400 years old is one of England’s oldest libraries. The library’s monumental Radcliffe Camera rotunda is an Oxford icon. Afterward, drive up to Cambridge and visit its many universities. Cruise down the River Cam and float under the Bridge of Sighs, a covered bridge patterned after one in Venice.
Travel southwest to find Stonehenge in the British countryside. Despite its fame, the circle of rock formations from the 31st century B.C. is still a mystery to behold. The best time to visit is during the winter or summer solstice when the stones line up with the rising sun, although huge crowds can take away from the magic of this experience.
Arrive in England via one of its international airports - London alone has six. Get around the cities on the extensive public transit network and travel around the country by train or rental car. Most travelers like to take at least one of England’s iconic cabs during their stay as well.
Located in City of Westminster, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Covent Garden Market and Piccadilly Circus. London Dungeon and Big Ben are also within 1 mi (2 km). Charing Cross Underground Station is 5 minutes by foot and Covent Garden Underground Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Waterloo, this spa hotel is steps away from Southbank Centre Book Market and Florence Nightingale Museum. St. Thomas' Hospital and Sea Life London Aquarium are also within 5 minutes. Waterloo Underground Station is only a 4-minute walk and Westminster Underground Station is 6 minutes.
Located in The Westside, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of International Convention Centre, Library of Birmingham and Arena Birmingham. The Mailbox and Birmingham Cathedral are also within 15 minutes. Birmingham Five Ways Station is 11 minutes by foot and Birmingham Snow Hill Station is 15 minutes.
Located in Hillingdon, this luxury hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Stockley Park, London Motor Museum and Windsor Castle. Legoland is 11.9 mi (19.2 km) away. Heathrow Terminal 5 Station is 11 minutes by foot.
Located in The City of London, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of St. Paul's Cathedral and London Stock Exchange. Old Bailey and Globe Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Blackfriars Underground Station and London City Thameslink Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Hillingdon, this spa hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Brunel University, Windsor Castle and Twickenham Stadium. Griffin Park Stadium and Twickenham Stoop are also within 9 miles (15 km).
Located in Hillingdon, this hotel is 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Stockley Park and within 6 miles (10 km) of London Motor Museum and Brunel University. Windsor Castle and Frogmore House are also within 9 miles (15 km).
Located in Kings Cross St. Pancras, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of City, University of London, University of London and University College London. British Library and Russell Square are also within 1 mile (2 km). King's Cross St. Pancras Underground Station is 7 minutes by foot and London King's Cross Station is 5 minutes.