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I guess every country in the world is unique, in its own way. They virtually all have something no-one else can boast. America has its Grand Canyon, Australia has Uluru, New Zealand has the Fiords of the South Island and South Africa has Table Mountain, while China can boast the longest piece of stone masonry in the world – the Great Wall.

But somehow England (or more correctly, the British Isles) has more uniqueness about it than many other countries around the world.

Interested in history? Go to Stonehenge to see the skills and engineering capabilities demonstrated by the ancients 3,000 years ago, or Scara Brae to see the civilised comfort those people lived in, even before the time of Stonehenge, and without any of the benefits of modern tools. Move forward a few centuries nearer to our time and visit Hadrian’s Wall or the Roman Baths in Bath, the baths especially – you can admire examples of under floor heating and exquisite stone carving there, both skills that died for centuries after the departure of the Romans, some of them only having been re-discovered in recent times!

In more recent times there are wonderful castles, cathedrals and stately homes to admire, or deride, depending on your political point of view, still standing in splendour even after centuries of exposure to the English climate. While for sustained natural beauty, you have only to travel the English countryside with its hills and dales, from the Lake District and Yorkshire moors in the north, to Exmoor and Dartmoor in the south, all of them wild, exciting and mysterious, as are the many stories associated with them (Lorna Doon, Jamaica Inn, Wuthering Heights and many more great novels).

London alone must possess more historic buildings than most other cities of the world, apart from the possible exception of Paris. It’s a city packed with palaces, confounding for its castles, stunning for its statues and momentous for its monuments! Turn any corner and there’s another work of architectural or sculptural art before you, more often than not of classical design, though more and more modern works are appearing today (take ‘the gherkin’ for instance, surely one of the more unusual buildings in the world, on a par with, even though considerably smaller than, the twin towers of Kuala Lumpur)!

London also possesses some of the largest, and most well stocked museums, many dealing with specialised subjects, like the Imperial War Museum, but all of them interesting and, may I say it… exciting, especially to those of an historical bent!

Then there’s the coastline of the United Kingdom! Oh, I know many Australians think every beach there is comprised of uncomfortable-to-walk-on pebble beaches, but I doubt if more than about 20 per cent are without sand. The beaches of Cornwall in particular, are very similar to their Australian counterparts, though usually smaller, because the shoreline is a series of rocky outcroppings with delightful beaches in between, rather than the sweeping kilometres of unbroken sand we experience here. But this can make the visit to one of them quite an intimate experience, with many of them being free of any other human contact! Most of England’s great surfing beaches are in this part of the country too.

The one really unique experience the United Kingdom has to offer is the sheer variety of what is available, with something to excite virtually every taste, from intellectual to ‘bogan’, fun-loving to funereal, visual to tactile, ancient to modern and cheap to expensive! Even the people vary enormously, with accents changing almost from street-to-street, (though this is something tending to fade now, with the ease of modern travel), and displaying attitudes also varying from North Country brashness to the sophistication of the South East, but wherever they are from, I think you’d find the English to be generally a friendly crowd, eager to help the visitor.

If visiting, just choose the sort of England that suits you, I think you’ll find what you’re looking for, no matter what it is, or where it is, it’s all there, waiting to be discovered by you!


Have you ever been to England? If so, where did you go? And if not, where would you visit on a trip there? Tell us below.

Brian Lee

  1. no interest in England..Australia is my home and always has been, I was born here

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    • I was too but my Dad was born in England so it is lovely to go and see the places he frequented as a child.

    • Have you ever been to England? If not, you might find more of interest there than you think, without reducing your love for Australia! There is an enormous amount of interest in almost ANY country of the world and I have found most Australians only too eager to go out there and experience what is available – its part of the Australian nature.

    • What a pity you are so close minded. You need to get out more!

    • I was born in England but have no interest in it after 3 trips back. I’ve lived most of my life here in Australia (58 years this June) and really don’t feel any particular connection to England, having left there as a 14 year old. My mother never went back and her only regret was that she didn’t come here 20 years earlier!

  2. Totally agree, and it’s all in a very small area compared to Australia! Yes, I was born there……sigh, and yes I do miss it.

  3. I agree completely. And I wasn’t born there but have always felt a connection to it. I don’t know why. I visited in 2013 for the first time and can’t wait to get back.
    For me it’s the history as I adore history.

  4. Just on a point of clarification: This article refers to the British Isles and the United Kingdom and then only mentions places in England. There is no mention of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, all of which (with England) make up the United Kingdom (British Isles).

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    • That is because all the places I mention are in England. I’m not prepared to describe places in Scotland or Ireland because I have never been there and I cannot therefore guarantee the accuracy of anything I write. They ARE still parts of the UK though!

    • Kathleen, I totally agree with you, makes me wild when only England is mentioned for UK wrong on so many fronts!

  5. I was born in Oldham, Lancashire in 1954. My family emigrated to Brisbane in 1965 and I’ve never returned but there will always be ‘something’ than hangs fast in my memory about the ‘Old Dart’! I find myself being drawn to TV programs like Heartbeat, All Creatures Great and Small, Midsomer Murders, Downton Abbey – all remind me of the beautiful countryside that surrounded our home almost 50 years ago. I also lived in New Zealand for 7 years – like visiting Europe in two small islands – and loved it! I love Brisbane and I love Australia but yes, Brian, there is something about England that is ‘amazing’!

  6. Although I have been an Australian citizen for many years I am still British in my heart ( except for the cricket). I prefer the British TV programmes and still eat a lot of British inspired meals. I have lived in Australia for 50 years, have 3 Australian born children and 7 Australian born grandchildren and wouldn’t live anywhere else but do visit the UK regularly. One of my sons has now made London his home and my eighth grandchild was born there. We call her our little London Aussie and hope that one day she might call Australia home. I originally come from just outside London and love to visit all the lovely villages within a short driving distance from the city and who could not love the lovely long evenings in the summertime

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    • Me too, Brigitte. Arrived in 1966 from Surrey, England, on the Angelina Lauro’s maiden voyage, to start our Aussie dynasty. Three children and five grandchildren now, and Australia is our home and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I still miss the English way of life and the rather eccentric English people! Love UK tv shows too, takes me back!

    • I spent 5 weeks travelling around the UK in about 1998. I loved all the old buildings and beautiful countryside. I now watch Escape to th Country for my UK fix.

    • I arrived in Australia in 1965 I know exactly what u mean I still love England . I am still English my heart is there , but love it here . I also love the English programs UK channel

    • We came by ship n 1952, took 5 weeks. Our ship was called the Cameronia, we love our visits back to the UK, but would never consider going back there to live, our families are here. We also love the British shows, so much better than the American ones.

    • I’m 6th generation Aussie with Scottish, English, Irish and Danish blood but loved my holidays in the UK especially Scotland and only watch Aussie & British TV if possible no Yank crap!

    • 1957 Orsova. Went back only once. Would love to visit again before I die, that is but a dream. I think it is it’s history, cunjures up all sorts of images.

    • I’ve been lucky enough to be able to go back countless times over the years. My husband, who I met over here, came from Edinburgh so of course Scotland was a prime place to visit as well.

    • I live in NZ but England will always be home. My family live there, I miss Sunday lunch in the pub, the history, and winter Xmas! I love NZ too.

  7. You are so right. Thank you for your article. I had great pride when my daughter and her husband on a visit with me I was able to show them where I was born and lived together with the historical buildings and scenery. They loved it.

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    • Thank you! Jacqui and I love Australia very much and would never wish to live in England again, but we DO still have a fondness for the old place and like to go back for a visit occasionally!

  8. I had to go there as it was my Dad’s home until he emigrated to Australia and all his family and their offspring still live there. Going to the places my Dad was as a child was an amazing experience and now my daughter is with an Englishman so I am going back. I always love coming back to Australia but there is so much to love about the UK….. Love the history and the scenery . It is just so special to go to places I have been hearing about all my life.

  9. Surely its uniqueness is the number of its population that love it so much they live in Australia.

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    • Well I think most of us came for a better life after the war. Doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce about the old country. Not an easy thing to do to leave everything you know and love and start over in a new country where you are racially vilified every day and come out the other end OK with it all and still be able to laugh.

  10. England may b amazing but for heavens sake so is Australia. Have a good look around Oz or go back to England where it appears u think is better !! Wonder why aussies refers to whinging poms !!

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    • You really are a nasty piece of work aren’t you! My wife and I have lived here for thirty years and have no desire to return there to live because we love Australia. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have a fondness for the place we a were born though. Don’t you sometimes think of where YOU started life – or perjhaps it was awful but you are afraid of being called a whinging Aussie if you mention it. That’s exactly the same as what you are accusing me of!

    • Oh dear ….. Australia is a beautiful place but please don’t judge others who may enjoy seeing other places.

    • I think you are small minded Ozzie have you ever been I have lived here for thirty years been plentyof places but have never found any true friendship only people like you with small minds and you probably would not be here if it was not our ancestors

    • No need to be so unkind! Without immigration Australia would still belong to the Aboriginal people!
      I have lived here, for almost 50 years, worked here, paid taxes, had three Aussie kids and five Aussie grandchildren. Love life in Australia, but I was born English and am not ashamed of it. Nor am I ashamed of loving my former country.

  11. I love Britain. Love the history, the food, the countryside, lanes and byways. The people are really friendly. Just love the whole place and culture.

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