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Attractions for all in exciting England

With sprawling countryside dotted with postcard-perfect villages and cutting-edge cities brimming with history and innovation, England hardly requires an introduction. For every traveler who makes a beeline for Big Ben or the gardens of Windsor Castle, there's another who heads straight to Liverpool's revitalized waterfront, the ancient remains of Stonehenge or the mythical landscapes of the Lake District. With its sporting prowess, lively arts scene and royal appeal, England serves up a little something for everyone. Whether you're looking for a plush city pad or a cozy country cottage, England vacation rentals are equally diverse.

Things to do

Natural delights in England

Away from the bustling capital and quirky seaside resorts, the green countryside, fine scenery and grand views offer a different flavor of England. The Lake District National Park, the country's largest, earns its stripes as a World Heritage Site, courtesy of a landscape of high fells and glistening glacial lakes. Further south, Dartmoor National Park features stone circles, iconic wild ponies and swaths of moorland carpeted in heather. For fun-loving families, a trip to the award-winning Trentham Estate in Stoke-on-Trent offers open-air art, fairy hunting and the chance to walk alongside the Monkey Forest's Barbary macaques.

Activities

London sights and seaside escapes in England

Want to check out London's landmarks before heading elsewhere? Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament and the opulent Buckingham Palace are all to be found in the capital. Guided walking tours exploring the top spots are always available, with alternative routes offering the chance to discover the city through the eyes of the infamous Jack the Ripper or the brutal Kray twins. If an escape from city life is on the agenda, England vacation rentals in the coastal towns of Southwold and Bournemouth, set against a backdrop of brightly-painted beach huts, fish and chips and cheeky postcards, are just the thing.

Weather

England is an all-season destination

The weather in England may not have the best reputation, but visitors in the summer months shouldn't have too much to worry about. The temperature is often at its highest in the south, making England vacation rentals in Cornwall and Devon a good bet for sunseekers. For those whose top priority is getting a great deal, off-season travel between November and March, combined with the country's diverse selection of indoor attractions, make winter a viable option. Visits in spring and fall also have plenty to offer, not least comfortable temperatures and reasonable rental rates.

Natural features

Find pristine landscapes in England

England's landscape is undoubtedly one of its finest features. Beach lovers find nirvana at sandy spots such as Devon's Woolacombe Beach and Norfolk's Burnham Overy Staithe, while travelers keen to catch a glimpse of the country's charming countryside could do worse than take a train ride on the Cotswold line, an 86-mile route between Oxford and Hereford that boasts views of the River Severn and the Malvern Hills. Additional treats for outdoors types include the naturally-formed Brimham Rocks in North Yorkshire and Somerset's Cheddar Gorge, a spectacular ravine serving up show caves, climbing and cliff-top walks.

Where to stay around England?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 71,008 vacation rentals near England. From 20,987 Cabins to 20,987 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near England for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in England?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in England. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • London: 11,935 vacation rentals
  • Central London: 6,684 vacation rentals
  • Kensington: 4,008 vacation rentals
  • Cornwall: 10,402 vacation rentals
  • Covent Garden: 932 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in England! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in England?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in England:

  • London: 11,935 rentals
  • Oxford: 344 rentals
  • York: 800 rentals
  • Bath: 889 rentals
  • Cambridge: 281 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to England?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in England are:

  • Heathrow Airport (LHR): 11,542 vacation rentals
  • Gatwick Airport (LGW): 631 vacation rentals
  • Stansted Airport (STN): 183 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in England?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in England. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • London (ZEP-Victoria Train Station): 11,912 rentals
  • Bath (QQX-Bath Spa Train Station): 1,159 rentals
  • Hyde Park: 8,016 rentals
  • London Bridge: 9,900 rentals
  • London Paddington Station: 11,957 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around England listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around England

London
11,935 vacation rentals
Oxford
344 vacation rentals
York
800 vacation rentals
Bath
889 vacation rentals
Cambridge
281 vacation rentals
Manchester
639 vacation rentals
Liverpool
504 vacation rentals
Brighton
815 vacation rentals
Saint Ives
2,069 vacation rentals
Bristol
1,472 vacation rentals
Port Isaac
1,880 vacation rentals
Southampton
478 vacation rentals
Windsor
506 vacation rentals
Windermere
1,876 vacation rentals
Canterbury
1,145 vacation rentals
Whitby
1,960 vacation rentals
Settle
350 vacation rentals
Birmingham
569 vacation rentals
Bournemouth
1,217 vacation rentals
Leeds
1,075 vacation rentals