- ~ mins read
June is the first month of summer in England. It is the beginning of the country's pleasant sunny days and tourist season. With ample daylight hours and clement weather, you can pack in tons of sightseeing, outdoor activities, and fun experiences during your trip. Go on a hiking trip in the Lake District, enjoy some seaside fun in Cornwall, and go on a museum-hopping tour and shopping spree in London. And if that’s not enough, attend the summer music festivals like Glastonbury and Isle of Wight Festival during your trip to England in June.
- Catherine Schofield
- From USA
June is when England is bestowed with the much-awaited summer weather. There is a significant increase in temperatures throughout the country compared to the spring month of June. Southern cities, including London, the capital, have an average daytime temperature of 20°C (68°F), while the average nighttime temperature is around 14°C (57°F). In the northern cities like York, daytime temperatures are only slightly cooler at around 18°C (64°F), while nighttime temperatures are notably milder, averaging about 9°C (48°F).
In June, the average daylight hours in England extend to 16 hours. Longer daylight hours make for great opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities anywhere in the country. However, be sure to pack waterproof layers of clothing and check the weather forecast before you head outside, as the country is prone to sudden showers, with 11 rainfall days spread across the month.
Weather in England in June - Rainfall and Temperatures
|Avg Daily (°C)||8||9||11||14||17||20||23||23||19||15||11||9|
|Avg Nightly (°C)||4||4||5||6||9||12||15||18||13||10||6||5|
|Avg Daily (°F)||47||49||52||58||63||68||74||74||67||59||52||49|
|Avg Nightly (°F)||40||40||41||43||49||54||59||65||56||50||43||41|
|Avg Rainfall (mm)||23||30||22||22||26||45||36||38||26||29||34||37|
|Avg Daily (°C)||17||20||23|
|Avg Nightly (°C)||9||12||15|
|Avg Daily (°F)||63||68||74|
|Avg Nightly (°F)||49||54||59|
|Avg Rainfall (mm)||26||45||36|
With its English summer charm, peak season crowd, and joyous atmosphere, England opens countless possibilities of things to do during June. Below are some reasons why you should plan your England trip in June.
Extended daylight hours: Summer season kicks off in June, so do extended hours to enjoy a plethora of activities. Enjoy a leisurely nature walk in the Lake District, explore the elaborate world of Vikings on a Yorkshire sightseeing tour, and explore the countless museums and historical sites in London. Set your own pace for the trip, all without the concern of limited daylight hours rushing your exploration.
Beach season: June marks the start of beach season in England. It is when the coastal areas are the sunniest, making them perfect for sunbathers and swimmers. Head to coastal cities like Cornwall and North Yorkshire that boast plenty of scenic beaches perfect for a relaxing getaway.
Events and festivals: The month of June ushers in a diverse array of captivating events and festivals, from Glastonbury Festival to Epsom Derby to the Taste of London Festival. The Stonehenge Summer Solstice also takes place in June. Join the crowds to witness the sunrise behind the Heel Stone in Wiltshire.
Family vacation: In most countries, summer breaks start at the end of May or in the middle of June for about six to nine weeks, making June the prime time for planning a family vacation. As June is part of the peak tourist season in England, your family will be spoiled for choice with holiday activity options. To avoid the tourist crowds at popular family attractions like the Harry Potter Studio and London Markets, plan a trip during the weekday.
Places to visit and things to do in England in June are aplenty. Right in the first week of the month, immerse yourself in the latest art collections showcased by over 130 galleries during the London Gallery Weekend. Additionally, don't miss the chance to discover some of London's hidden gems as you participate in the London Open Gardens weekend, offering access to exclusive and secretive gardens. Also, enjoy the quintessential English breakfast or tea as you picnic outdoors in Hyde Park while on your London trip, taking advantage of the pleasant summer days.
Experience Penguin Week at Cotswold's Birdland, a week-long event that takes place during the first week of June. You can join in activities like feeding the penguins, taking a tour to learn about different penguin species, and enjoying entertaining penguin-themed quizzes. While you're in the area, be sure to embrace the celebration of art and culture at the Broadway Arts Festival.
Midsummer falls toward the end of June, and the best place to observe this longest day of the month in England is Stonehenge, as it gives an uninterrupted view of the sun. Yorkshire is also a place with many things to do in June, making it a must-visit during the month. Attend the two-week York Festival of Ideas, which features world-class speakers, festivals, and guided tours, and visit the Yorkshire Dales National Park this month.
England in June perfectly blends sunny weather, fun activities, events, and festivals that you do not want to miss. Though visitor numbers will be high at popular destinations, you can get around the rush by timing your tours during the weekdays. For more information and inspiration, check out our England travel guide. You can also go through our extensive list of England tours in June.