What's the difference between Great Britain and the United Kingdom? What's the best English music festival? And do English people really drink a lot of tea? Read about England and find out!

England is the biggest of the four countries in the United Kingdom. Together with Scotland and Wales, these three countries are the island of Great Britain. The English Channel is in the south between England and France. People travel to France by ferry across the English Channel or by train through the Channel Tunnel which goes under the sea.

Over 50 million people live in England and that’s around 80 per cent of the total UK population. It is a multicultural country where more than 250 languages are spoken in the capital city, London. The United Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy, which means that there is a queen or king but they don’t make the laws of the country. Laws and political decisions in England are made by the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The Houses of Parliament are in central London next to the River Thames and the most famous part is the clock tower, Big Ben.

Other large cities in England are Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Bristol. Outside cities, England is a very green country and has many rural areas of natural beauty such as the Lake District, an area with lots of lakes in the north, and the New Forest, a big area of forest in the south of the country.

Language

The official language of England is English, which is spoken today by millions of people all over the world. Many students go to England from other countries to study the language and learn about the culture. Although everyone speaks English, there are many different accents around the country. French was the official language in England between 1066 and 1362, which is why there are many French words and expressions in English such as ‘bon voyage’ for ‘have a good trip’ or ‘bouquet’ for ‘a bunch of flowers’.

Music

English people love music. In the summer you can go to music festivals all over the country like those at Glastonbury, Leeds or Reading. Glastonbury is a five-day festival of music, dance, comedy, theatre and circus and around 175,000 people go. Many people stay at the festivals for a few days and camp in tents. People listen to all types of music, especially pop and rock. England has produced many international groups and singers like the Beatles, Amy Winehouse, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran and Adele.

Sport

The most popular sports in England are football, rugby and cricket and most towns have a sports ground where teams can play. English football teams like Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool are world-famous and English football players include David Beckham, Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane. Women’s football is also popular and teams play in leagues and competitions all over the country. Every year, the English rugby union team play in the Six Nations Championship against Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France and Italy. Cricket is a traditional sport played with a bat and ball which began in England and is now played all over the world. People like to watch all these sports on television, as well as other sports like horse racing, tennis, snooker (a type of billiards) and motor racing.

Food

England is a very multicultural country and this has a big influence on the food people eat. Indian, Chinese and Italian cuisines are popular alternatives to traditional English food like fish and chips, roast beef or sausage and mash (mashed potatoes). Many English people drink several cups of tea every day, usually with milk. However, coffee and herbal teas are also popular.

Symbols

The national flag of England is white with a red cross. It is called the St George’s Cross and Saint George is the patron saint of England. St George’s Day is on 23 April, but it’s not a public holiday. The rose is the national flower of England and the lion is the national animal. The lion is a symbol of many English sports teams.

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Have you ever been to England? Would you like to go?

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falleetto 19 May, 2020 - 17:18

Yes, I have. I,ve been to London in the summer four years ago with my old school. I stayed in London for two weeks in a beautiful college, it was a fantastic and interesting experience

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beasam0109 18 May, 2020 - 13:19

yes, I have. I went to London with my family a few years ago, it was a wonderful experience

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Desy 15 April, 2020 - 13:18

Unfortunately I have never go to England, but it is a beautiful country and then I would like to go, also to visit London, Oxford, York, Manchester and Portsmouth.

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MatildePace 15 April, 2020 - 10:47

Yes, I have. I went to London with my family. We visited many places and tasted traditional English food. I remember that I loved it. My favourite place in London is London Eye because there is a beautiful view. I'd like to go back and visit more places in England, to learn English and to get to know a new culture.

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gattifederica 14 April, 2020 - 15:39

Yes, I have. I went to Oxford last summer for one week to study and improve my English. I stayed in a college with my best friend and other students. In this days I visited the city, I went shopping, I visited some museums like Ashmolean Museum and the Oxford Castle. I went to London for a day and I visited the British Museum and I did the boat tour on the river Thames. I’d like to go to London for more days and to visit Cambridge, Manchester and Liverpool.

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AnastasiiaS 4 April, 2020 - 14:44

Have you ever been to England?Would you like to go?
No,I have never been to England but I would like to go, because I really like this country and its customs.I know Englishmen eat eggs and bacon with toast for breakfast, pudding or apple pie for dessert.Each English family has tea at 5 o'clock. It is great.
Each English house has a fireplace ,even when there is central heating in the house. This is a feature of an English house.
Englishmen have many traditional holidays, such as Christmas,St Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day,Easter and other.
I dream to visit this wonderful country. I hope, one day my dream will come true.

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Ilona 2 April, 2020 - 16:25

No I've never been to England but I would like to go ,especially for studying
I like English and fond of England.

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empty 17 July, 2019 - 16:34

Have you ever been to England? Would you like to go?
No I've never been to England but I would like to go . I love English , I love to visit places that the people speak English , you do the math !

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Youjiro 18 February, 2019 - 15:26

I have never. I see on the TV news England limited immigrant want to live there.England government limited only high education people or high position worker. It mean all of people can't live in England. If I became a high position worker I don't want to go there,Rumor of England food is not good. I find out new information in England.England has been traditional sports such as football , golf and cricket. two weeks ago I saw cricket in park ,there are many Indian .They played cricket with ball and unique bat.That was first time I see a cricket.It is different to baseball . I sitting on a bench to observe cricket but I couldn't understand rule. In my country cricket is not exist . recently many Indian who immigrant in my country bring cricket . I think cricket is good sports because It is safer then baseball .

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Ken 21 August, 2017 - 03:11

Yupe! But hurry up!
London bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down x 2= ( '́⌣'̀)/♫•*¨*•.¸¸♪

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Aliceinthewonderland 19 August, 2017 - 17:00

No,I have never been in London before , maybe I will go there when I grow up< ^ - ^ >

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Ran 1 October, 2016 - 15:08

England is wonderful. I really want to see Big Ben Clock, meet JK Rowling and places where we can get more knowledge about Harry Potter and Sherlock Homes someday :))

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QueenPinkBluebel 18 August, 2016 - 13:43

I have been in England in the capital city, London. Its really beautiful but I don't remember the details because I was a little girl.

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CTE 7 August, 2016 - 11:53

I have been in England twice and the truth is that I have loved it! I have learnt a lot of the language and also I have aquired a lot of knowledge of the culture like ever before.

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super_cat99 14 February, 2016 - 05:51

I have never been in England but I woukd like to go. My dream is visiting The Houses of Parliament and madame tussauds museum.

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Bosnianchild 5 February, 2016 - 20:29

I've never been to England, but I would like to. The first reason is to visit the stadium of Chelsea ''Stamford Bridge''. I am real fan of football even I am a girl. Being in every country is good, you can see a lot of different things, England has their own pontential and even Bosnia and Herzegovina has it. So I would like to. :)

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Kontraktilkoful 8 January, 2016 - 17:11

I've never been in England. But ı really want to go there. Because i am wondering English culture, London, Big Ben and i am wondering Queen's Guards too. I like their uniforms. I hope i'll see all of these one day.

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azrealss 19 January, 2016 - 14:01

OMG :) Me too. I really want to travel to England, live and work in London!!
And now, I a trying my best to learn English well to make my dream comes true ^_^

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BigBen6464 10 December, 2015 - 12:49

I've never been in England, but I'll probably go to London at the end of my primary school. Can't wait! I also have a dream about studying in London.... Maybe it will come true!

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