During the Stone Age hunters gradually were replaced by farmers with more stable homes and lifestyles. Celtic tribes eventually came from west Europe and were known as Britons. A name which originated from the Phoenicians who traded with this Island. Perhaps the reputation for being a nation of shop keepers was then established. In the 5th and 6th centuries peoples from north Germany came to this country and the name originates from one of the tribes - the Angles - who settled here.
England borders Scotland to the north and Wales to the west and the sea surrounds the remaining land. It is the largest and most populated country in the UK.
Pageantry, history, culture and regional unique identity attracts millions of visitors every year. The transport systems provide opportunities to visit towns and cities and also delightful rural villages. Travel north to the spectacular scenery of the Yorkshire Moors and the walled city of York and many National Parks. Blackpool with its Fun Fair and imposing Tower is major resort. One of the national sports, football, is ipitomised by Manchester United and watching a game at the Old Trafford ground would be memorabale.
South to the Lake District a favourite with hikers and for those who enjoy boating the Norfolk Broads is famous for its scenery. Travelling on, the landscape is more gentle with country lanes and waterways. The east coast has the fenlands and further inland is the birthplace of William Shakespeare in Stratford Upon Avon.
South of London brings us to the Garden of England with farms growing hops for English beer You will be following in the footsteps of the famous such as William the Conqueror and even Julius Caesar. Brighton and Hove was popular with the Victorians who embraced the concept of swimming in the sea. Market towns, Leeds and Hever Castles and many stately homes and glorious gardens are prolific. Winchester and Salisbury have charming cathedrals and closeby the historic monument of Stonehenge. On to the city of Dreaming Spires, Oxford, home to scholars and academics for over 800 years who attend the famous University.
The West County has thatched cottages and villages in the Cotswolds, apples growing in Somerset for cider, Devon providing delicious cream teas and Cornwall hosting the surfing championships.
The capital city of London has something for everyone, Buckingham Palace, St. Paul's and Westminster Cathedrals, the Houses of Parliament and the Tower of London. The National Art Gallery has paintings by Old Masters and Tate Modern exhibits the new and avant garde approach to art. Watch the Changing of the Guard, stroll round Windsor Castle, cruise on the River Thames past Greenwich and the London Dome. Enjoy cosmopolitan food from around the world, from local pubs to Nouveau Cuisine in fashionable restaurants. Shop in street markets in Camden Town and Portobello Road or exclusive shops in Knightsbridge and the King's Road. Finally go up in the London Eye to have an aerial view of this amazing city.
London was selected to host the 2012 Summer Olympic Games which will unite the whole country to provide state of the art facilities to welcome all who compete or attend this breathtaking event.
The new Terminal 5 (T5) at Heathrow Airport will be completed in 2008. A vision of design and technology this gateway to Britain will provide an easy flow for passengers in a generous space of natural light and clean air with an environment to delight all who travel from this exciting terminal which will be a benchmark for the 21st century.