Online Travel Tools
All About England
All of England's regions, along with their major towns and cities, have their own dedicated tourism websites that provide helpful information. VisitBritain (www.visitbritain.com), the official visitor website, focuses on information most helpful to England-bound U.S. travelers, from practical tips to money-saving deals; you can even find out about where your favorite UK-set movie was shot. The London visitor website (www.visitlondon.com) can help you book your accommodations.
The National Gardens Scheme opens exceptional gardens attached to private houses and private garden squares to the public on selected weekends.
The Royal Family has an official website with information about visiting royal residences and more. English Heritage, the National Trust, and VisitBritain all offer discount passes.
Museums and the Arts
The London Theatre Guide, created by the Society of London Theatre, lists information about what's on and sells tickets. Its half-price ticket booth, tkts, is located in London's Leicester Square and offers same-day bargains. Museum Crush is a nonprofit site with information about publicly funded museums, art galleries, and historic sights. Theatre Tokens sells gift vouchers for theater tickets.
Visitor Information Offices
In some towns there are local and regional tourist information centers; many have websites. Offices offer services ranging from discounts for local attractions to visitor guides, maps, parking information, and accommodation advice.
Seven visitor information centers operated by Transport for London can be found at travel hubs like King's Cross-Station, Pancras International, Victoria Station, Liverpool Street Station, and Piccadilly Circus Underground Station, plus Heathrow and Gatwick airports. They offer guides, advice, and tickets for tours and attractions, as well as Oyster cards and other public transportation passes.