Most travelers who visit England book flights to the country. England has many airports and airfields, but many England flights arrive at the two international airports in the London area: Gatwick and Heathrow. Gatwick handles flights to England via 90 different airlines, including Virgin Airlines and British Airways. Tourists who book airfare to England and land at Heathrow may arrive at one of the five available terminals. Guests who are visiting other areas of the country may be able to find cheap flights to England regional airports.
The public transportation that is available to tourists depends on the area of England they are visiting. Visitors to London can take a quick ride to area hot spots on the underground subway, commonly called "The Tube." Taxicabs, rental cars, trams, and buses are also common forms of transportation around the city. Train service is also widely used in England. The London Overground rail system operates within the greater London area, and passengers can travel to other areas of England such as Manchester and Liverpool via National Rail or Rail Europe. Smaller cities and towns in England generally have public bus systems or taxis, but if guests are planning to visit the English countryside, they may find it best to rent a car for easy travel.
When it comes to attractions in England, many tourists think of visiting London's Big Ben or Buckingham Palace, but there are many other popular tourist destinations on the island. The Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford displays historical collections from around the world, while Hove Lagoon in Brighton offers wakeboarding for water sport enthusiasts. Animal lovers might enjoy a trip to Owl and Monkey Haven on the Isle of Wight and fun seekers will love the carnival atmosphere of Paultons Park in Southampton. Being an island, England has many beaches for visitors. In 2010, 150 English beaches received awards for cleanliness.
Fashion fanatics will love the high-end shopping district in London, with names such as Harrod's and Stella McCartney. Eclectic shoppers may enjoy the experience of shopping at one of the city's many open-air markets such as Camden Market. Beatles fans can get their fill of nostalgia at the Beatles Shop in Liverpool. England offers many luxurious dining establishments, including celebrity chef Michael Caines' restaurant at the Abode Hotel in Manchester. Guests looking for traditional British cuisine will appreciate the menu at The Kensington Arms, a classic European restaurant in Bristol. The London nightlife district is considered one of the best in England, featuring bars such as Claridge's Mecanudo Femoir and dance clubs such as the "Ministry of Sound."