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Best Time to Visit England (Weather and Costs)

The beautiful interior of the British Museum.

England is a fantastic destination at any time of the year thanks to its many indoor and outdoor attractions. However, the summer months are the best time to visit England to get the most out of the country’s stunning beaches, national parks, festivals, and historic sites.

Aside from a six-year stint in China, I’ve lived in England for most of my life and have spent countless days, weeks, and months exploring the country at all times of the year. There’s always something fun to do regardless of the weather; be it exploring one of the many fine museums, enjoying Britain’s varied cuisine, or hiking one of the many trails across the country.

If you’re wondering when to visit England for that dream vacation, you’ll find all that and more within this useful article. England has a somewhat bad reputation for its rainy weather, but the truth is, there are plenty of warm (even hot) sunny days throughout the year.

Below, I’ll let you know about the best month to visit England depending on what activities you’re interested in.

Overall Best Time To Visit England

The best time to visit England is anytime from late February to September to get the most out of your stay. As winter recedes, the country is awash in color from bluebells and daffodils and I’ve even been cycling in short sleeves in February before thanks to the slightly less chilling climate.

June to August is the best time to go to England to ensure the best of the weather with temperatures anywhere between 46 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. 2022 was a particularly good year with long, hot spells in the mid to high eighties throughout the summer.

The shoulder seasons are also a great time to visit as there are fewer tourists and prices are generally cheaper than the peak holiday season. Although England is a relatively small country, the weather and temperatures can differ significantly between the north and south, with the south (especially the southwest) consistently seeing the best weather in the country.

Peak Season in England (June-August)

The peak season is the best time to travel to England to get the most out of the great outdoors. With miles of sandy beaches (check out these amazing beaches in Cornwall), coastal paths, and national parks such as the Lake District, Dartmoor, and Exmoor, this is the perfect time to explore England.

However, with the good weather come the crowds and prices are generally higher. Accommodation is likely to be your…

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