England and Wales offer an abundance of cultural and natural experiences - for both the tourist and for the native. England is a country steeped in impressive history, and has a past that still influences the present. Occupied for at least 5,000 years, no other country in Europe has quite so many mighty castles, monumental medieval cathedrals, and remarkable palaces. Nature and the countryside have plenty to offer: rolling hills, mysterious moors, spectacular cliff-lined coasts, and more than 30 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty; prehistoric monuments abound too. Vibrant cities such as Liverpool, Manchester, Oxford and of course London, stand out with their mix of modern and ancient architecture and exciting cultural life. Neighbouring Wales also boasts plenty of variety: from an epic 1,680 miles of coastline, to the snow-covered mountains of Snowdonia, its highest summit; from inviting small villages, in between imposing fortresses, to three National Parks that protect an impressive 20% of Wales. This book is a celebration of both countries.