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Child playing on the beach in Cornwall, England

Traveling in England with kids, London is a teeming, exciting city with tons of things to do, but the English countryside is not to be missed. On holiday you'll find plenty of castles, Roman ruins, Neolithic standing stones, great places to walk on the moors, boat on the canals, scramble on rocky coastlines, or just amble through peacefull rolling hills.

  Kent – Canterbury
    East Sussex – Hastings
    West Sussex
    Hampshire – Portsmouth
    Wiltshire – Stonehenge
    Dorset – Maiden Castle
  Somerset – Bath, Glastonbury Tor

Devon – Plymouth, Dartmoor


Heart of England – Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon

  East Anglia – Cambridge, Norfolk
  Yorkshire – York
  Durham and Northumberland
    Lake District
    Tip: Read Ride the Hogwarts Express where to see Harry Potter sites while traveling around England (and Scotland).
family tours england

England is wonderful destination for families, but there's such a wealth of sites to see, it's hard to choose. Whether it's a staying in a real castle, seeing Manchester United or Arsenal play a soccer game, exploring Viking-age York, visiting Harry Potter film studios, this tour company will arrange an unforgettable trip for your family:

    Quivertree Family Expeditions
kids books england
Peter Pan in Scarlet great britain childrens books fantasy
Peter Pan in Scarlet
Geraldine McCaughrean

Swashbuckling sequel to the original Peter Pan, Wendy and the Lost Boys return to Neverland to clean out the bad dreams. Once again on the Jolly Roger, a ghostly ship adrift, they find a map to Hook's treasure. Ravello, the Ravelling Man, is the key to the mystery, and Peter Pan will fight Captain Hook again. Filled with magic and adventure. (Chapter book)


London City Trails
Lonely Planet Kids

Nineteen different wild and wacky trails through London (but some you can't follow, unless with a jet pack or access to Bank of England vault) – glittering treasure, wild animals, mysteries and legends, surprising food, secret rivers, noisiest spots, unusual fashion, monster tales, and more. (Illustrated chapter book)


london city trails
Tower of the Five Orders
Deron R. Hicks

After solving the mystery of Secrets of Shakespeare's Grave, Colophon Letterford and her cousin Julian are off on another exciting adventure. An inscription on an ancient inkwell leads them to a Cambridge University, portrait of a playwright, coded message on a wooden ceiling in Oxford, to the sewers of London and a priceless treasure. (Chapter book)


Saint George and the Dragon
Margaret Hodges, Trina Schart Hyman

Wonderful retelling of the story from Spenser's Faerie Queen, "in the days when monsters and giants and fairy folk lived in England." The Queen of the Fairies sends the Red Cross Knight on a quest to kill the fearsome dragon. Lovely old-world illustrations. (Picture book)


Saint George and the Dragon legend kids england
england kids  king Arthur of Albion  
Arthur of Albion
John Matthews, Pavel Tatarnikov

"A king shall come who shall rule over these lands, and his name shall be Arthur." All the magical stories of King Arthur, Camelot and the Round Table, Merlin the wise, adventures of the knights, and the realm of Albion, the name for England in the mists of time. Enchanting illustrations! (Illustrated chapter book)


Good Queen Bess
Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema

Timeless story of Elizabeth I – her education by university scholars, house arrest in the Tower of London, refusal to marry, love of drama and music, decisive leadership and unfolding of the Elizabethan Age. Richly illustrated. (Picture book)

Also, chapter book Who Was Queen Elizabeth?


Good Queen Bess biography queen elizabeth I kids
Day of Deliverance adventure kids england
Day of Deliverance
Johnny O'Brien

Jack and his friend Angus travel back in time to Elizabethan England, meet up with the playwright spy Christopher Marlowe, uncover a plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth, and find themselves in the midst of the great Spanish Armada battle. (Chapter book)


Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow
Robert D. San Souci, E.B. Lewis

"Long ago in England, there lived a great archer named Robin Hood." Exciting retelling of Robin Hood and his merry men, as they enter an archery contest in disguise, and outsmart the Sheriff of Nottingham. Fabulous illustrations. (Picture book)


Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow legend kids england
Ghost Knight adventure history kids england
Ghost Knight
Cornelia Funke

In Salisbury Cathedral, Jon Whitcroft and his friend Ella Littlejohn summon the ghost of William Longspee, a knight of the Crusades, to help them fight revengeful Lord Stourton and four terrifying spirits. The family curse and centuries-old secrets take Jon and Ella on an exciting adventure through Salisbury, Stonehenge, and Lacock Abbey. (Illustrated chapter book)



Imagine if Sherlock Holmes had a younger sister, and here she is, Enola Holmes, a spirited teenager, hot on the trail of Viscount Tewksbury, as well as her mother, who's also disappeared. Enola solves the ciphers, disguises herself as a widow and embarks on a London adventure. (Chapter book)

And don't miss her next mystery: The Case of the Left-Handed Lady


mystery kids england The Case of the Missing Marquess
lizzie bennet's diary  
Lizzie Bennet's Diary
Marcia Williams

When Lizzie Bennet, heroine of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, is given a diary, she writes a story in her own words. Delightful retelling of a beloved classic, filled with fold-out notes, souvenirs, swatches of clothing, and sparkling little drawings on every page. (Illustrated chapter book)


A Boy Called Dickens
Deborah Hopkinson, John Hendrix

A wonderful read about the boyhood of this best-loved writer – his workdays in a factory, visiting his family in debtors' prison, writing stories late at night in his attic room. Spectacular illustrations of Victorian London. (Picture book)

Also, illustrated biography: Who Was Charles Dickens?


A Boy Called Dickens biography kids
childrens books england The Flint Heart  
The Flint Heart
Katherine Paterson & John Paterson

Long ago on the moors, a wise man makes a flint charm, but it's so destructive it's buried deep on Dartmoor, until a farmer digs it up and is betwitched. His children consult the pixies to find way to destroy the Flint Heart once and for good. A fabulous fantasy with luminous illustrations! (Illustrated chapter book)


Titus Rules!
Dick King-Smith, John Eastwood

Hilarious fictional adventures of Titus, a dog who lives in the royal palace (by Dick King-Smith, author of Babe: The Gallant Pig). Titus is Queen Elizabeth II's favorite corgi and he catches a palace burglar, sleeps on the Queen's bed and loves custard cream cookies. (Illustrated chapter book)


Titus Rules! dogs england kids
the queen's knickers  
The Queen's Knickers
Nicholas Allan

Delightful "official H.M. Knicker Guide" for all occasions – royal weddings, opening of Parliament, Christmas, horse riding, school visits. Our favorite, knickers decorated with diamonds, emeralds and rubies. (Picture book)

Also, by the same author, whimsical The Royal Nappy.



Bring this guide along on your trip to England – an up to date history of the British monarchy, with mini bios and events of each reign, stunning historical portraits of each king or queen. (Guidebook)


kings & queens of england and scotland
the tudors  

Meet Henry VIII and his six wives, dad Henry VII, children Edward, Mary and clever Elizabeth who becomes queen (and doesn't lose her head in the process). Delightful illustrations and entertaining history of the colorful Tudors. (Picture book)


Who was Queen Victoria?
Jim Gigliotti, Max Hergenrother

Illustrated biography of Queen Victoria, who became queen at age eighteen, was the mother of nine children and the first monarch to live in Buckingham Palace, always wore black after her beloved Albert died, and presided over the great British Empire. (Chapter book)


england childrens books B is for Big Ben  
B is for Big Ben
Pamela Duncan Edwards, Melanie Rose

England from A to Z in quick rhymes and fun facts – from Anglo Saxons, castles and cathedrals, famous people, Stonehenge, the Union Jack, to zero longitude. (Picture book)


The Story of Britain
Patrick Dillon, P.J. Lynch

Panoramic history of Britain (including England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland), two tiny islands that once ruled a worldwide empire, from the Middle Ages, through the Tudors, Stuarts, Victorians, up to the twentieth century. Good for older kids. (Illustrated chapter book)


The Story of Britain history england kids
Not for Parents Great Britain  

Not a guidebook, this is filled with fascinating people, places and history of Great Britain – secret stones, British bulldogs and their royal owers, James Bond, fancy hats at Ascot, kids in the coal mines, tea mania, rugby rules, kings and queens galore. Lots of fun! (Illustrated chapter book).


(More children's books on other England pages)
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