The eyes of the world are currently trained on England as a global audience tune in around the clock to see all the drama of the London 2012 Olympics unfold.
Watching the Games being staged in England is probably prompting some people to plan a visit, but what should they see and do when they arrive?
Check out our top 5 things to do…
Explore the Yorkshire Dales
The beautiful Yorkshire Dales offer tourists the chance to escape into some of the most stunning countryside in the whole of Europe. Travel from town to town and village to village sampling what life is like in this unique part of England or if you’re feeling a little more energetic try and scale one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks. Brimham Rocks and Malham Cove are also must-visit attractions, while if you’re looking for examples of the type of charismatic accommodation Yorkshire has to offer, visit sites like www.yorkshire-cottages.info.
Discover what London has to offer
No trip to England is complete without spending a few days in the capital city. Even if you’ve visited before, there is no end of new places to tick off the London checklist, from chilling out in the many parks and open spaces to being a culture vulture and wandering around the museums and galleries, from catching a West End theatre show to attending a major sporting event.
Catch some waves in Cornwall
Located at the south-west tip of England, Cornwall is a prime spot for the four s’s – sun, sea, sand and surf! Towns like Newquay become a mecca for surfers during the summer and even if you can’t ride the waves yourself, you can still sit back and soak in the splendid surrounding while enjoying the sunlight.
Head to Shakespeare country
Serene Stratford-upon-Avon was the birthplace of playwright and poet William Shakespeare and, as such, attracts high visitor numbers throughout the year who are keen to catch a performance of one of his pieces of work. Failing that, leisurely float downstream on the river or go bargain hunting in the numerous boutique shops selling all manner of weird and wonderful items.
See Northumberland’s world-famous castles
At the opposite end of the country to Cornwall is the northerly county of Northumberland, home to iconic castles like Alnwick and Bamburgh. Harry Potter fans should instantly recognise Bamburgh as this coastal castle provides the setting for Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry in the most-successful film franchise of all time.