Backpacking England

When referring to England, we all think of the Queen and, maybe, of her sweet grandchildren. Most people connect a trip to England to a city trip to London. However, there is so much more to see than the big city and even then, the planned backpacking trip can be perfectly combined with a city trip to London.



For those who are already panicking because they have to drive on the “wrong” side of the road, we got you covered! Public transportation is particularly well developed in the south of the country and, most of the time, you can get from one city to the next without changing train or bus. A rental car is therefore not necessary at all. In addition, trains and buses offer you the possibility to enjoy the landscape much more.

Unfortunately, a trip to England is not that cheap. The exchange rate from Euro (€) to British pound (£) is now almost 1:1, meaning that prices are relatively high compared to the rest of Europe.



While England is beautiful and worth seeing in every season of the year, the most pleasant period range between April and October. Rain should be expected at any time of year; therefore, a good rain jacket and sturdy shoes are absolutely a must. Summer months are generally pleasantly warm and in June the rose gardens are in full bloom, making it an absolute highlight to travellers.



Your round trip will start in the capital London, where you will immerse yourself in the big city life. The city has everything your heart desires. Art, culture, shopping and nightlife – you can find all of it in the 8 million-inhabitant city.

You will also be enchanted by the steep coastline and enjoy the sight of the countless bays with picturesque fishing villages. This impressive scenery and the inspiring nature, in fact, represent a much-used motif for the painters of the region. If you are looking for a souvenir, you will definitely find one in one of the small art galleries.



While England is not incredibly famous for its cuisine, the traditional English afternoon tea is a really cosy experience that you should not miss out on. There are small bakeries along the Cornish coast where you can escape the rain with scones and Earl Grey. On Sunday, you can enjoy the traditional Sunday Roast in literally any typical restaurant. In the evening, you can end your day by relaxing with a pint of beer in the pub next door.



See below for the perfect England itinerary for an unforgettable journey:


Important Basics

Official Language

English

Capital City

London

Form of Government

Parliamentary System and Constitutional Monarchy

Phone Country Code

+44

Currency

British Sterling/Pound

Climate

Highest temperature by day: 8 to 20 degrees Celsius

Highest temperature at night: 3 to 13 degrees Celsius

Summer is from June to September, winter is from December to February

Fun Fact

In England, it is a criminal offense to place a stamp on an envelope the wrong way round

Cities

London

Your trip starts in London, of course: this is simply because the city is a must-see, regardless of what you plan to do in your trip to England. It doesn’t matter if you want to go sightseeing, or if you prefer to get to know the musical and cultural offers of this multicultural metropolis, every activity will be worth your money. From the tower of London, over the Tate Modern, to the Royal Albert Hall, your days will never be boring. You could also put some time aside for shopping in the high streets or in Camden market. Those who prefer to stay alone will find peace and nature in one of the numerous parks that the city offers, such as Kensington or the Royal Botanic Gardens at Richmond. At the end of the day, you can go and grab a beer in a pub around just about any corner, which will make you feel exactly like a Londoner.

The accommodation in London is usually on the expensive side. However, at the Generator Hostel it is possible to sleep in a dorm for only €17 per night.

Brighton

The public transportation routes in the South of the country are well-developed, as many people commute to work. Therefore, from here, your journey continues by bus or train. It only takes approximately 1 hour to reach the city port of Brighton; during the travel time you can enjoy the landscape undisturbed.

Because of its proximity to the big city, Brighton is a popular weekend-getaway and, with its long pebble beach and its pier, it provides an immediate holiday feeling. The main attractions are the pier and the marina. At the many food trucks and playgrounds, you can simply relax the day away whilst people watching and having fun. In the afternoon, you can stroll through the shopping streets of “the Lane” and “the North Lane”.

There is so much more to do in Brighton though; one of the things you should definitely check out is the Royal Pavilion, an enormous building in which George IV used to live before becoming king of England in the 18th century.

In the Seadragon Backpackers, you have the possibility to sleep in one of the typical, small and colourful Brighton houses. Here, a bed in a dorm is available for €22 per night.

Stonehenge

The journey continues westward to one of the most important ruins worldwide. The best way to reach the destination is to rent a car, which will allow you to get to know even the most remote corners of southern England.

What would be a trip to southern England without a visit to Stonehenge?

Everybody knows what the most famous stone circle in the world looks like; however, what it stands for is still a mystery for experts nowadays. The monument was erected around 3000 BC and it is believed that the site was used for ritual purposes and it is often associated with druids, myths and legends. You should take your time to enjoy the sight in all its glory, especially during the morning and evening.

Since the stone circle attracts many visitors and the maintenance of the site must be guaranteed, an admission price is required. The price of the ticket for adults is €20.

There is no accommodation available in the immediate vicinity of the Stonehenge, meaning you will spend the night at the Huntsman Tavern in Salisbury. A double room costs approximately €39 per night.

Dorset

Your next stop is only about 1 hour away. Dorset is dominated by chalk and limestone cliffs; the most famous stretch of coastline is the Jurassic Coast, which has now become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, through the layers of the rock, it is possible to trace back the history of the earth over millions of years. You can also find Stone Age fossils at the Ammonite Cemetery, in Lyme Regis, or in the Petrified Forest of Lulworth. The white Portland Stone, which is often found on stately homes in London, is also mined in this region.

In Christchurch, you’ll feel like you’re being transported into a Rosamunde Pilcher movie, as picturesque sceneries of the steep cliffs surround the harbour and Avon beach. The old town is quaint and quiet, as many English people move to Christchurch to enjoy their retirement.

You can sleep in Bournemouth, where you can find a bed in The Prime Backpackers hostel for only €21 per night.

Dartmoor

2 hours further west there is even more nature waiting for you. The region and the Dartmoor National Park are known for their hilly and moorland landscapes, offering you the possibility to take long walks. One of the most beautiful hiking trails leads from Drogo Castle to Fingle Gorge. The Castle was only completed in 1930 and makes it the most recently built castle. The way leads you along the Hunter’s Path, from where you can enjoy an incredible view over the river valley.

If you think you’ve had enough of walking and you’d prefer to see an attraction of a slightly different kind, then you should visit the former Dartmoor prison, a terrifying granite building which was converted into a museum many years ago.

Don’t worry, you won’t be sleeping in the prison; instead, you can find a comfortable bed in the dorm at the YHA Dartmoor for €17 per night.

Cornwall

If we ignore London, the county of Cornwall is probably the most popular tourist destination in the country. Cornwall stretches over the entire south-western tip of the English peninsula from Plymouth to Lands’ End. In order to visit everything here, you’ll definitely have to spend a few days, as there’s just so much to see.

Along the south coast, also called the Cornish Riviera, you can find one idyllic fishing village after the other. You can visit the westernmost point of the island at “Land’s End”, as well as going to Newquay, which is further to the north, for a perfect surfing spot. On the beach Fistral Bay, a lot of surf beginners cavort during the summer months and try to catch the wave of their life.

The Palace Surf Lodge in Newquay offers you a charming accommodation in a dorm for just €22 per night.

Bristol

The last stop of your backpacking trip is the former port city of Bristol. From Cornwall, the journey takes approximately 3 hours.

The city has developed considerably over the last decades and shaken off its industrial-city vibe. In fact, nowadays Bristol is the cultural centre of the region and is a popular destination for young people to settle down.

Your trip to the city starts on the Harbour Side, where particularly on sunny days lots of people go to one of the many cafes here, where you can relax and watch the passing sailboats and the colourful hustle and bustle. At the waterfront, you can also find the Arnolfini, an old teahouse that has been converted into a centre for modern art. Here, you will have the possibility to not only visit exhibitions in the classical sense, but also to interact with the exhibition, which will make your visit much more memorable.

The Wapping Wharf, which is the city’s shipyard district, is the new fancy district of the city, where you can get a cocktail and a bite to eat in one of the trendy shops.

The Full Moon Backpackers, the accommodation in Bristol, is just as hip as the city and provides a bed in a dorm for only €21 per night.


London

London

Your trip starts in London, of course: this is simply because the city is a must-see, regardless of what you plan to do in your trip to England. It doesn’t matter if you want to go sightseeing, or if you prefer to get to know the musical and cultural offers of this multicultural metropolis, every activity will be worth your money. From the tower of London, over the Tate Modern, to the Royal Albert Hall, your days will never be boring. You could also put some time aside for shopping in the high streets or in Camden market. Those who prefer to stay alone will find peace and nature in one of the numerous parks that the city offers, such as Kensington or the Royal Botanic Gardens at Richmond. At the end of the day, you can go and grab a beer in a pub around just about any corner, which will make you feel exactly like a Londoner.

The accommodation in London is usually on the expensive side. However, at the Generator Hostel it is possible to sleep in a dorm for only €17 per night.

Brighton

Brighton

The public transportation routes in the South of the country are well-developed, as many people commute to work. Therefore, from here, your journey continues by bus or train. It only takes approximately 1 hour to reach the city port of Brighton; during the travel time you can enjoy the landscape undisturbed.

Because of its proximity to the big city, Brighton is a popular weekend-getaway and, with its long pebble beach and its pier, it provides an immediate holiday feeling. The main attractions are the pier and the marina. At the many food trucks and playgrounds, you can simply relax the day away whilst people watching and having fun. In the afternoon, you can stroll through the shopping streets of “the Lane” and “the North Lane”.

There is so much more to do in Brighton though; one of the things you should definitely check out is the Royal Pavilion, an enormous building in which George IV used to live before becoming king of England in the 18th century.

In the Seadragon Backpackers, you have the possibility to sleep in one of the typical, small and colourful Brighton houses. Here, a bed in a dorm is available for €22 per night.

Stonehenge

Stonehenge

The journey continues westward to one of the most important ruins worldwide. The best way to reach the destination is to rent a car, which will allow you to get to know even the most remote corners of southern England.

What would be a trip to southern England without a visit to Stonehenge?

Everybody knows what the most famous stone circle in the world looks like; however, what it stands for is still a mystery for experts nowadays. The monument was erected around 3000 BC and it is believed that the site was used for ritual purposes and it is often associated with druids, myths and legends. You should take your time to enjoy the sight in all its glory, especially during the morning and evening.

Since the stone circle attracts many visitors and the maintenance of the site must be guaranteed, an admission price is required. The price of the ticket for adults is €20.

There is no accommodation available in the immediate vicinity of the Stonehenge, meaning you will spend the night at the Huntsman Tavern in Salisbury. A double room costs approximately €39 per night.

Dorset

Dorset

Your next stop is only about 1 hour away. Dorset is dominated by chalk and limestone cliffs; the most famous stretch of coastline is the Jurassic Coast, which has now become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, through the layers of the rock, it is possible to trace back the history of the earth over millions of years. You can also find Stone Age fossils at the Ammonite Cemetery, in Lyme Regis, or in the Petrified Forest of Lulworth. The white Portland Stone, which is often found on stately homes in London, is also mined in this region.

In Christchurch, you’ll feel like you’re being transported into a Rosamunde Pilcher movie, as picturesque sceneries of the steep cliffs surround the harbour and Avon beach. The old town is quaint and quiet, as many English people move to Christchurch to enjoy their retirement.

You can sleep in Bournemouth, where you can find a bed in The Prime Backpackers hostel for only €21 per night.

Dartmoor

Dartmoor

2 hours further west there is even more nature waiting for you. The region and the Dartmoor National Park are known for their hilly and moorland landscapes, offering you the possibility to take long walks. One of the most beautiful hiking trails leads from Drogo Castle to Fingle Gorge. The Castle was only completed in 1930 and makes it the most recently built castle. The way leads you along the Hunter’s Path, from where you can enjoy an incredible view over the river valley.

If you think you’ve had enough of walking and you’d prefer to see an attraction of a slightly different kind, then you should visit the former Dartmoor prison, a terrifying granite building which was converted into a museum many years ago.

Don’t worry, you won’t be sleeping in the prison; instead, you can find a comfortable bed in the dorm at the YHA Dartmoor for €17 per night.

Cornwall

Cornwall

If we ignore London, the county of Cornwall is probably the most popular tourist destination in the country. Cornwall stretches over the entire south-western tip of the English peninsula from Plymouth to Lands’ End. In order to visit everything here, you’ll definitely have to spend a few days, as there’s just so much to see.

Along the south coast, also called the Cornish Riviera, you can find one idyllic fishing village after the other. You can visit the westernmost point of the island at “Land’s End”, as well as going to Newquay, which is further to the north, for a perfect surfing spot. On the beach Fistral Bay, a lot of surf beginners cavort during the summer months and try to catch the wave of their life.

The Palace Surf Lodge in Newquay offers you a charming accommodation in a dorm for just €22 per night.

Bristol

Bristol

The last stop of your backpacking trip is the former port city of Bristol. From Cornwall, the journey takes approximately 3 hours.

The city has developed considerably over the last decades and shaken off its industrial-city vibe. In fact, nowadays Bristol is the cultural centre of the region and is a popular destination for young people to settle down.

Your trip to the city starts on the Harbour Side, where particularly on sunny days lots of people go to one of the many cafes here, where you can relax and watch the passing sailboats and the colourful hustle and bustle. At the waterfront, you can also find the Arnolfini, an old teahouse that has been converted into a centre for modern art. Here, you will have the possibility to not only visit exhibitions in the classical sense, but also to interact with the exhibition, which will make your visit much more memorable.

The Wapping Wharf, which is the city’s shipyard district, is the new fancy district of the city, where you can get a cocktail and a bite to eat in one of the trendy shops.

The Full Moon Backpackers, the accommodation in Bristol, is just as hip as the city and provides a bed in a dorm for only €21 per night.

England Route Map

Itinerary and Stops.

Tag
Route/Station
Transport
Unterkunft
1. Home - London
Home - London
Flight
50
ten bed-dorm
17
2. London
London
-
ten bed-dorm
17
3. London
London
-
ten bed-dorm
17
4. London
London
-
ten bed-dorm
17
5. London - Brighton
London - Brighton
Bus
15
four bed-dorm
22
6. Brighton
Brighton
-
four bed-dorm
22
7. Brighton
Brighton
-
four bed-dorm
22
8. Brighton - Stonehenge
Brighton - Stonehenge
rental car
double room
39
9. Stonehenge
Stonehenge
-
double room
39
10. Stonehenge - Dorset
Stonehenge - Dorset
rental car
dorm
21
11. Dorset
Dorset
-
dorm
21
12. Dorset
Dorset
-
dorm
21
13. Dorset - Dartmoor National Park
Dorset - Dartmoor National Park
rental car
dorm
17
14. Dartmoor National Park
Dartmoor National Park
-
dorm
17
15. Dartmoor National Park
Dartmoor National Park
-
dorm
17
16. Dartmoor National Park - Cornwall
Dartmoor National Park - Cornwall
rental car
eight bed-dorm
22
17. Cornwall
Cornwall
-
eight bed-dorm
22
18. Cornwall
Cornwall
-
eight bed-dorm
22
19. Cornwall - Bristol
Cornwall - Bristol
rental car
six bed-dorm
21
20. Bristol
Bristol
-
Nacht (6er Dorm)
21
21. Bristol - Home
Bristol - Home
Flight
75

Total price.

Flights 127,00
Transportation 213,00
Tours 0,00
Accommodation 434,00
Total774,00

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Dos and Donts, Food & Drinks, Costs.

Breakfast

A “Full English” breakfast: the English breakfast consists of bacon, sausage, egg, beans, toast, mushrooms, grilled tomato, and often black pudding too. It is very different from what you are used to eat in Germany and, in a way, very opulent.

Soups

Mulligatawny Soup: This English curry soup is very popular, and it is characterized by its spicy taste.

Main courses

Fish and chips: one of the most classic British meals is fish and chips. Whether cod or salmon, which is your choice, it usually comes with a good portion of chips. And they are extra greasy.

Chicken Tikka Masala: the chicken is served with a curry side dish and it is usually accompanied by a spicy sauce.

Roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, and gravy: this is a classic combination in England. The tender meat is served together with the Yorkshire pudding drizzled in gravy, and the English just eat it up (literally!)

Pastries: this dish consists of hearty crusts made from puff pastry, which are filled with meat or spinaches. It is a small snack in between meals.

Baked potatoes: baked potatoes are often served as a side dish, however, sometimes, you can find it as a main course and they taste simply delicious.

Sunday Roast: this plate is a mix of potatoes, vegetables and a meat (usually chicken, beef, or pork). It is served with gravy and, often, it is accompanied by Yorkshire puddings.

Drinks

Tea: English people love tea and, therefore, they have a large selection. The most common is, of course, the English Breakfast.

Cider: in England, whether apple cider or pear cider, you really have plenty of choices.

England

The exchange rate for is approximately 0.66 Euros (as of March 2020) Below is the cost of sourcing some items or living expenses in England.

Cost of Living

Food

Free Time

Personal Hygiene

Dos

Formal forms: in England, a great deal of emphasis is placed on the formal address, which means that Mr. or Mrs. are an absolute must for everyone you meet.

Teatime: 5 o’clock is the English teatime. It is a great experience if you incorporate it into your daily routine, thus experiencing an important part of the English culture.

Tipping: tipping is also expected in England, and it usually ranges between 10-15% of the total price.

Cheers: in England, the world “cheers” is often used. It is mainly used when toasting a drink, but is also a very common way to say “thank you” informally.

Don'ts

Staring: English people give great importance to their privacy. Staring is therefore inappropriate, and it would put you in unpleasant situations.

Eating and talking: talking with your mouth full is absolutely a no go for Brits and it is considered basic manners to not do so.

Monarchy criticism: never speak out against the monarchy or the Royal Family, or at least don’t if you are not entirely sure what your counterpart thinks.

Visa, Visa, Passport & Vaccinations

Passport

Yes

Temporary passport

Yes

National ID

Yes

Temporary national ID

Yes

Child’s pass

Yes

Visa

(Not necessary)

Vaccine

Robert Koch Instituts

Additional Remarks.

Travel documents must be valid for the full duration of your trip.

The team at Backpacker Trail wishes you lots of fun and an unforgettable trip!

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