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24HourMuseum.org
http://www.24hourmuseum.org.uk/index.html
This site provides information on just about every museum in Britain, no matter how small, with links to those that have their own websites, plus information on exhibits and more.

About Britain
http://www.aboutbritain.com/AccommodationNearStonehenge.asp
Has good accommodation listing with on-line booking.

Airport Guides
http://www.heathrow-airport-guide.co.uk/
This site offers helpful guides to the various UK airports, with information about facilities, requirements and restrictions, news, travel updates, and more. This link leads to the Heathrow site; scroll down to the box on the right for links to the other airport guides.

Bird and Nature Reserves of Britain
http://www.birdsofbritain.co.uk/reserves/index.htm
Information on bird and nature reserves throughout Britain.

Britannia.com
http://www.britannia.com
Loads of travel resources and links, as well as a huge history section.

British Customs and Excise
http://www.hmce.gov.uk/

BugBog UK Travel Guide
http://www.bugbog.com/english_speaking_countries/united_kingdom/travel_uk_england.html
Overview of festivals, historic buildings, walking and outdoor activities, and other information, including a good county map of the UK.

Digital Atlas of England
http://www.digiatlas.net/
The goal of this site is to compile an atlas of images of all pre-1900 buildings"of architectural significance" in England. Among its resources is an "Advisory" page on locked and unlocked churches, by county, with a county map showing church locations. Excellent for anyone interested in visiting historic churches. (The emphasis seems to be on ecclesiastical buildings.)

Discovering Fossils
http://discoveringfossils.co.uk/
Where (and how) to find fossils in the UK.

England Travel Information Forum
http://england-english.travel-information.org/
Forum/bulletin board where travelers can ask and receive advice on hotels, restaurants, recreations and transport, etc.

English Council Web Site Index
http://www.oultwood.com/localgov/england.htm
Click on the county names in the "county and area maps" list to access maps of each county and links to county government pages. Some counties include links to town and parish councils, which is a great way to get information about individual towns and villages. County Council links will often (but not always) take you to a page that will have leisure/tourism section. Where available, check the "[county name] Out and About" link, as this will lead you to a page with links to different towns and villages within the county. Note, however, that the "What's On" link is no longer active.

English Heritage
http://www.english-heritage.org.uk

Fat Badger's Guide to Quality UK Inns
http://www.fatbadgers.co.uk

Good Pub Guide
http://www.goodguides.co.uk/pubs/search.asp

Great Central Railway
http://www.gcrailway.co.uk

Highway Code
http://www.highwaycode.gov.uk

Hostelling International
http://www.HIhostels.com

Images of England
http://imagesofengland.org.uk/intro.asp
A database of images of listed buildings in England. Most buildings are not open to the public.

Isle of Albion
http://www.isleofalbion.co.uk/
This is a photo-intensive site covering sites of various periods throughout Britain, though the emphasis seems to be on ancient/prehistoric sites. Great photography and wonderful descriptions.

Lonely Planet Guide to England
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations/europe/england/
The popular guidebook's informative website.

Mapquest
http://www.mapquest.com
Click on Maps, and you can select United Kingdom to get addresses. This site gives driving directions, which is a useful way to estimate distances to places of interest.

multiMAP.com
http://multimap.com
UK-specific site, which also offers aerial views.

National Rail
http://www.nationalrail.co.uk

National Tourist Authority
http://www.visitbritain.com
http://www.uktheguide.com

National Trust
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Nights in the Past
http://www.nightsinthepast.com/
This site is dedicated to accommodations with a historic connection -- either associated with a historic event, or being of historic interest architecturally.

Pub and Inn Accommodation Directory
http://www.pub-rooms.co.uk

Rail transport in Great Britain
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rail_transport_in_Great_Britain
This Wikipedia page offers links to a vast array of information on British trains and rail systems, including rail companies, routes, history and more.

Royal Oak Foundation
http://www.royal-oak.org

Show Caves of Britain
http://www.showcaves.com

Topiary Gardens by County
http://www.frostatmidnight.co.uk/county.htm
Listing of topiary gardens throughout the UK; not hotlinked to actual sites.

Tourism Information Centres
http://www.aboutbritain.com/tourist-information-centres/
Links to tourist information centres in England, Scotland and Wales.

TourUK
http://www.touruk.co.uk
Excellent place for information on British houses, gardens and castles; each listing has detailed information on the building's history and architecture. Also offers guides to several major cities.

The Trainline
http://www.thetrainline.com

TravelBritain.com
http://www.travelbritain.com/england.html
Loads of information; the list of towns is a great place to start researching a destination.

Travellady E-zine
http://www.travellady.com/Destinations/britain.htm
This charming travel e-zine has a wonderful section on British travel.

UK Heritage Railways
http://ukhrail.uel.ac.uk/info.html
"A guide to the entire heritage railway scene in the UK and Ireland, including details of special events, trains and operating days for all steam railways."

United Kingdom Web
http://www.lang.nagoya-u.ac.jp/~matsuoka/UK.html
Anything British, including yellow pages, lifestyle, business, travel, maps, recreation and academia.

Youth Hostels Association (England and Wales) Limited (YHA)
http://www.yha.org.uk

Home-Swapping Resources
Craig's List
http://www.craigslist.org
Craig's List is non-profit site that includes home exchanges. It is organized by location. To increase your chances of arranging a swap, you should post an ad for your house both in the city nearest to you, and the city near where you want to go. Free.

Exchange Homes
http://www.exchangehomes.com
Fees: $30 per year. English homes currently listed: over 100

Home Based Holidays
http://www.homebase-hols.com
Based in England, there is a lot of useful information on this site, and it has a strong focus on English listings. Fees: 29 per year, 39 per two years. English homes currently listed: over 500.

Intervac
http://www.intervacus.com/
The giant of the home exchange world. They have sponsored home exchanges since 1955. Fees: $69 per year. English homes currently listed: over 3000.

Seniors Home Exchange
http://seniorshomeexchange.com/
For those over 50. Fees: $79 per three years, or $100 lifetime.

 

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