|1. Anyone who spends any extended period of time in England will sympathise with the locals' obsession with the weather, although in relative terms the climate is mild and the rainfall is not like an Amazon rain forest. But you would be well advised to bring an umbrella or at least buy one when you arrive.
You can purchase them for as little as a GBP1.00. The least hospitable months are November to February. It's cold and the days are short. March and October are marginal there's more daylight but it can still be pretty chilly. April to September are undoubtedly the best months, and this is when most sights are open, and when most people visit.
However, July and August are the busiest months, and best avoided if at all possible. The crowds on the coast, at the national parks, in London and popular towns like Oxford, Bath and York, particularly on sunny days, have to be seen to be believed. Public Holidays: most attractions and a lot of stores will be open and most public transport will operate a restricted Sunday service. Christmas and New Years Day just about everything is shut. English Public Holidays: 25 Dec - Christmas Day 26 Dec - Boxing Day last Monday in Aug - Summer Bank Holiday last Monday in May - Spring Bank Holiday Mar/Apr - Easter Monday Mar/Apr - Good Friday 1 Jan - New Year's Day