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England in November sees the country firmly in fall. It is the season of shorter days and the turning of the leaves. Expect dropped leaves to crunch underfoot as you tour the Royal Parks of London. This is also a great time to visit England's countryside as they turn into a riot of color. While the sun sets at around 4 pm, it does not alter the shopping hours, especially when Christmas is around the corner. November may be one of the low seasons in England, but it is also your best bet to explore its cultural and historical attractions in a quiet and free environment.
Although England’s weather has built a reputation for being cold, temperatures rarely plunge towards freezing. The average temperatures range between 5°C and 10°C in the southern counties. If you are heading to destinations such as the Lake District or York in the north, knock off a couple of degrees. Perhaps unexpectedly, it only rains for around eight days on average in November, leaving two-thirds of the month with a mix of beautiful blue skies and clouds.
There are many reasons to consider visiting England in November. Here are some of the best among them:
- Guy Fawkes’ Night: The 5th of November sees the British celebrate Guy Fawkes’ Night, a tradition more than 400 years old to mark the unsuccessful plot to blow up the British Parliament. The event is marked with bonfires and firework displays across the country. More somberly, on November 11, the country comes to a standstill as it observes Remembrance Day in honor of the war dead.
- Museums galore: Should the cold get the better of you, there are plenty of museums and art galleries that you can visit. Check out the British Museum in London and Cornwall’s Eden Project, which are known the world over for their respective collections.
- Christmas cheer: From mid-November shops start to decorate their windows, and Santa’s grottos begin to appear alongside ice rinks and Christmas markets. The month, therefore, makes a great alternative to the hustle and bustle of December for all things festive.
- Good rates: England is not the cheapest destination, but one great way to stretch your travel budget is by visiting the country in the low season when hotels have reduced prices compared to the summer months. Here are our best deals on a trip to England.
- Reduced crowds: Queuing up may be a commendable British trait, but it can get frustrating if you are a vacationer. By visiting England in November you will be able to bypass the serpentine lines at major attraction sites such as the London Eye.
Because of the mild fall weather, nowhere is off-limits in England in November, except perhaps the sea, although you will still find plenty of surfers in and around Newquay. When it comes to places to visit in England, London is a must. It is packed full of history, some dating back over a thousand years yet constantly evolving. You can go on city sightseeing tours and trips and visit Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, Westminster Tower, and Hyde Park.
Explore the Camden area to discover the cultural diversity of the city and its art scene. Enjoy the world-class shopping and dining experiences at Covent Garden. Borough Market is another site you can visit for shopping. If you are into history and culture, do check out the British Museum and the Natural History Museum. For an altogether different experience of England, head to the Peak District. Its moorland may be a little soggy, but most paths remain open, and the small villages that dot the region can be even more beautiful on a crisp morning.
Also explore Stratford Upon Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare, and head to the iconic White Cliffs of Dover. York and Newcastle in the northeast of the country are also great for outdoor exploration in November, as these areas are relatively drier than other parts of the country. And as the sun sets, which happens quite early in England in November, enjoy your time visiting the many restaurants and pubs, a great way to make new friends.
Visit England in November and you will probably be surprised by just how much there is to see and do, given it’s the fall. The temperatures are dropping and the days are getting shorter during this time of year, but rest assured that there are no shortages of sights and activities in England, even in the low season month of November.
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