Tourist & Leisure Information - England
Reviews and ratings of quality, hand-picked, UK websites

Britain Express
There is a wealth of tourist and travel information for England, Scotland and Wales on this site, including links to all the tourist information offices in the country. There is information on historical, cultural and countryside attractions as well as city guides and virtual tours. Excellent site.

Council for National Parks - Park Websites
Headers: National Parks
Click on any of the parks and you will get information on where to stay, what to do and see, travel and where to eat. There are also publications for sale with more detailed information on various aspects of the parks.

Discovering Fossils
Headers: Fossil Locations, Resources
This site is a very useful resource for interested fossil hunters. There are details of specific fossil locations on the site plus loads of fossil information.

Headers: Latest news, Events in the region, Exploring the Region, Culture, Short breaks
Major resource for anyone either living in the North East or planning a trip or holiday in the region. You can also book accomodation on the site.

English Heritage
Headers: Places to visit, Membership, Education, Policy, Publications, Around our regions, Conserving historic places, Archaeology, Public archive
English Heritage is a government body that has responsibility for the protection and promotion of the historic environment of England. They maintain over 400 properties throughout England, and details of these are on the site. You can also become a member here and this entitles you to free entry to Heritage properties. Examples of English Heritage properties are Stonehenge, Tintagel Castle and Hadrians Wall.

English Nature
Headers: Wildlife, Publications & Maps, Special sites, Nature on the Map, Lathkill Dale NNR virtual tour, SSSI information, Volunteer information, Geological sites, Nature for Schools
English Nature is a government agency with the aim of conserving wildlife, geology and wild places in England. There is detailed information on all areas of England. Click on special sites for access details of national and local nature reserves, geological sites plus details of guided walks and events.

London for Seniors
Headers: Basic Facts, Entertainment, Travel, Sightseeing, Days Out
First off, you don't have to be a senior to use this website! In fact, it will be of interest to anyone spending time in London. There are plenty of ideas for sightseers from museums to markets plus some "out of London" places to visit such as Hampton Court and towns such as Bath, Stratford, etc. In addition there is much useful travel information. Sign up for their free newsletter to get all the latest news and information.

Headers: London Tourism
Located in the centre of London 's Leicester Square, the London Information Centre is open every day from 8am until midnight. Providing tourist information, accommodation advice, sightseeing tours and free maps. The centre can also be contacted by telephone on +44 (0) 20 729 22 333
Headers: London Toursim
London 's original tourism site, very popular for events, sightseeing and accommodation reviews. Also provides free telephone booking services seven days a week on +44 (0) 207 437 4370 plus has a Best Price Guarantee on its online hotel booking service that refunds you four times the difference if you find it cheaper elsewhere.

Mammals Trust UK
Headers: About mtuk, Project funding, Press releases, Projects, Mtuk magazine, Wildlife watching, Conferences, Mammals facts, Mammals surveys, Kids page, E-postcards, Wildlife reserves, Shop, Support us
The aim of the Trust is to conserve British mammals. Clearly lots of information on the habits and distribution of UK mamals here, including online videos. If you join (£36 pa) or donate to the Trust you get their magazine and the opportunity to take part in wildlife watching events.

Pictures of England
Headers: Regions, Counties, England Map, Towns A-Z, England Hotels, History, Attractions, Travel Guides
Literally loads of photographs of English towns, countryside and coastline. And if you feel that your town is not adequately represented, just email your photos and they will put them on the site.

The Ramblers Association
Headers: Newsroom, Info, Join, Walking Groups, Campaigns, Scotland, Wales
Fancy a walk? Join the Ramblers Association here.

Headers: Birds, Gardens, Countryside, Reserves, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is a wildlife conservation charity founded in 1889. Part of its aim is to protect and restore important wildlife areas across the UK. At present there are over 150 RSPB reserves in the UK covering more than 240,000 acres. Each reserve is described with details of opening times and charges. The site contains an A-Z of UK birds with images, descriptions and habits. If you are new to birdwatching, there is also a section on watching birds, which contains useful tips and advice. Membership of the society is £30 per year for one adult or £38 per year for 2 adults. Family membership is £48.

The National Trust for England, Wales & Northern Ireland
Headers: News, Places to visit, Environment & conservation, Helping, Historic properites & collections, Hiring, Holidays, Learning, Membershiip, Campaigns
Founded in 1895, The National Trust, a registered charity, now manages over 6000,000 acres of countryside, 600 miles of coastline and and more than 200 buildings and gardens of importance in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The loacations are very diverse in character, from the Conwy suspension bridge to Craigside House in Northumberland to the Downhill Estate in Londonderry. For each property there is essential visitor information such as opening times, how to get there and so on. It is also possible to hire some of the Trust's buildings for holidays and private functions. If you wish, you can join online.

Visit England
Headers: Things to do, Where to stay, Planning a trip, Special Offers
The official English tourism site. There are an enormous number of activities and places to visit described here by region, including eating out. Maybe you fancy fossilling or possibly you prefer a little retail therapy. Whatever your taste, you should be able to find it here. You can also search for accomodation, order a brochure or sign up for a newsletter. All of the local tourist information offices in England are also listed.

Headers: Boating Walking, Cycling, Waterways Guide, Holidays
Owned by British Waterways, Waterscape offers plenty of advice, news, information and ideas for enjoying the canals and rivers in Britain. The site has competitions and a special section for children that includes games, features, news and events.

The Woodland Trust
Headers: Our magazine, Our woods, Campaigns, Get involved, Support us, Publications, Discovery
The Woodland Trust (President: Clive Anderson) is a conservation charity dedicated to the protection of the UK's native woodland heritage. Click on "Our Woods" to get information on over a thousand woods in England, Wales and Scotland. You can also buy woodland guides online.


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