Think of England and you conjure up images of endless tourist destinations, churches, and centuries-old palaces. Confusing, right? But if you ask me what I like the most in England, I’d say the historic cathedrals, magical countryside and with no doubt the British accent. With so many places and things to do, we round up the top 10 most popular attractions that should be on your bucket list of England.
1. The UNESCO Heritage Site; Stonehenge
Let’s go back in time and visit one of the seven wonders of the medieval world!
One of the top tourist attractions in England, the Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument, dating back to 3000 BC. Located in Wiltshire, the site consists of a ring of standing stones, weighing more than 25 tons each.
Considered as a British cultural icon, the gigantic Stonehenge has mystified historians for years from its formation and transportation to its purpose. Some believe that the monument was some kind of ceremonial or religious centre. Others believe that the structure was a burial ground and also a monument dedicated to the dead. You can visit the Stonehenge visitor centre and marvel at the beauty of the Neolithic exhibitions. The ancient heritage site is among the most famous sightseeing spots that must be atop your bucket list of Britain.
2. Tower of London
If you want to witness a 1,000 years of history, plan your next visit to the Tower of London and the Beefeaters will take you on a tour. This tower is a prominent reason to visit England.
This stunning fortress, once an infamous prison and a royal palace, is one of the top tourist attractions in London. The World Heritage Site is notable for housing many amazing exhibits such as the “Line of Kings.” It is also home to the impressive crown jewels, including the imperial state crown, the crown of Queen Elizabeth, and more. As you wander, you can spot where they kept and executed the prisoners a long time ago. The place has a great combination of history, architecture, exhibitions, and horror. Wait! What?
The Tower of London is considered one of the most haunted places in the United Kingdom. Had its share of torture and murder, many ghosts and spirits still inhabit the place until today. Many people have reported seeing the headless spirit of Anne Boleyn and other spooky apparitions.
While you are in London, take a tour in the Natural History Museum, with its four sections, especially the findings of Charles Darwin and the dinosaur skeletons. Besides, you won’t like to miss the iconic clock tower, Big Ben and the famous London Eye, Europe’s tallest Ferris wheel. You can also visit the British Museum and view the world’s finest antiques and artefacts, including the Elgin Marbles of Athens and the famous Rosetta Stone of Egypt.
3. The Magnificent Lake District National Park
Want to escape the buzz of big cities? – A relaxing retreat in the Lake District national park sounds like a perfect idea.
Located in the city of Cumbria, the Lake District is the country’s largest National Park and one of the most popular reasons to visit England. Want to go hiking? Want to enjoy a tranquil cruise? Want to explore the picturesque area stretching for 900 square miles? – There is no shortage of things to do in the park. The national park includes England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike and 12 of the largest lakes, including Windermere.
Explore the valleys and hills on foot or through the steam train and you’ll be rewarded with the most exceptional sceneries ever. What else? – Hop aboard a boat across Ullswater or Windermere lakes during sunrise or sunset. You’ll be sailing in the middle of the peaceful lake, surrounded only by the beautiful water and mighty mountains. Magical, right?
4. The World Heritage Site; Jurassic Coast
Whether you are a fossil hunter or a nature lover, Jurassic Coast will be the perfect destination for you. Stretching for 96 miles, the Jurassic site has a great geological significance, with the 185-million-year rocks and fossils of fish, large marine reptiles, and Scelidosaurus, the dinosaur. You can collect fossils anywhere along the Jurassic Coast; however, it is restricted in some places.
Take your time to enjoy the breathtaking coastal views, with the towering white cliffs and historic castles. With this massive area, it can be tricky to know the site’s best places. Don’t worry, I am here to help! At first, take a sightseeing boat ride to view the iconic Durdle Door, the ancient limestone arch hovering over the sea. Then, you can visit the coast’s other highlights, including the Old Harry Rocks, Kimmeridge Bay, Lulworth Cove, West Bay, Chesil Beach, and more. And, while you’re in Dorset, visit some of the most beautiful castles standing in glory, overlooking the fine hills, including Corfe Castle and Lulworth Castle Wareham. Are you ready?
5. The UNESCO Heritage Site; Canterbury Cathedral
Welcome to the oldest and most famous Christian Cathedral in England, Canterbury Cathedral. A trip to the ancient town of Canterbury will give you a glimpse of the country’s history away from the hustle and bustle of London. As you step into the Canterbury Cathedral, you’re immediately transported to another era, when it was the centre of pilgrimage. Passing through the cathedral’s gardens, you will identify the stunning mixture of Romanesque and Gothic architecture.
Having a historic and political significance, the cathedral is considered a sacred site as it houses the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket, making it one of the top tourist attractions of England.
In fact, there’s much more to this medieval city than its historic cathedral. Canterbury has a great combination of culture and entertainment. You can go shopping, have a coffee in one of its cafes, and visit the galleries and museums, including medieval Beaney House of Art & Knowledge. The Old City and the ruins of St. Augustine’s Abbey monastery are among the notable landmarks of the town.
6. The Ancient Roman Baths of Somerset
Another fantastic tourist attraction, the 2000-year-old Roman Baths were built around the city’s hot springs. Located at the city of Somerset, the baths attract 1 million tourists annually, who crowd to see the sacred spring, temple, and the honey-coloured Townhouses. Aside from the Roman Baths, Somerset is best known for its Georgian architecture and dazzling countryside.
What is the first thing that pops into your mind at the mention of Somerset? – For some, it is the apples, cider, and Cheddar cheese, while for others it is the massive green countryside, or maybe it’s the Glastonbury Festival? -The beautiful city of Somerset boasts various well-known landmarks such as Glastonbury, Wells Cathedral, and Exmoor National Park. But, if you’re lucky enough, you’ll discover its hidden gems from the beach waterfalls, ancient wells, unique carvings, and lakes to the stunning beaches.
7. The Magnificent Warwick Castle
If you’re looking for an English jaw-dropping experience, you won’t find better than the medieval Warwick Castle. Situated in the town of Warwick, the castle has witnessed many great battles, ancient myths, charming tales, elegant princesses, and heroic knights. The castle houses a great collection of old musical instruments and weapons. The Great Hall, Queen Anne Bedroom, the Chapel, and the Red Drawing Room are among the noteworthy highlights of the place. Join the Countess of Warwick and the Victorian high society in the medieval-themed events from festivals and concerts to fairs that takes place today at the castle.
Being one of the top tourist attractions in England, the castle gives you an insight into the medieval life and military architecture of the 14th century. Unravel the past as you pass through the passages and lavish rooms, but would you dare enter the Castle’s dark dungeon?
Just outside Warwick, explore the beauty of the Cotswolds and Liverpool, home of the Beatles until you arrive at Stratford-upon-Avon, William Shakespeare’s birthplace Take some time to walk among the thatched-roof homes that are centuries old. Besides, won’t it be amazing to stand in front of William Shakespeare’s home? – Are you excited? I know I am!
8. The Natural Gem; Cotswolds
Have a break in a very wonderful, very unique place! Escape into the classical English countryside of the Cotswolds.
The old town has the most enchanting natural views in England, making it one of the top holiday destinations. Explore the historical town on foot to pass among the honey-coloured houses and marvel at the massive areas of spectacular gardens. As you walk, all you see is the rolling hills, medieval churches, old palaces, and the distinctive yellow limestone. That’s not it; the town is also rich in bridleways, ancient woodlands, and wildflower meadows, along 4,000 miles of historic trails.
Take in the vibe of the place and enjoy the buzz of Cirencester, Cheltenham, and Stroud and Witney. One of the delights of visiting the Cotswolds is the splendid view of the highest little castle, the iconic Broadway Tower. You certainly can’t skip Cotswold’s hidden gem, Winchcombe, with its antique shops, churches, historic pubs, lovely cottages, and castles, including Sudeley Castle & Gardens.
9. The Iconic St. Paul’s Cathedral
Situated in Ludgate Hills, St. Paul’s Cathedral is among the top tourist attractions and most recognizable sights in London. The Crypt of the cathedral includes about 200 monuments and memorials, including the memorial of Edward Bulwer-Lytton and more. With its 1,200 years of history and famous dome, the cathedral has been an iconic part of London’s skyline. Ascend the 237 steps to the top of the outstanding dome, one of the highest around the world. On your way up, you get to visit the Whispering Gallery, which is the interesting part. When you whisper against a specific wall, it can be clearly heard from the other end which is 112 feet away.
10. Westminster Abbey; Royal Church
Another notable religious building, a popular tourists attraction, Westminster Abbey offers more than ten centuries of British history. I’ll tell you why! You get to see the “Lady Chapel,” that was once called the “wonder of the world.” The Quire, Chapter House, Poet’s Corner, Queen’s Window and Pyx Chamber are among the highlights of the church. Also, the British kings get enthroned in the significant Coronation Chair.
Besides, it is the final resting place for more than 3,000 famous people, including Stephen Hawking, Nelson Mandela, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, King Henry V, and Queen Elizabeth I. Just above Abbey’s Door, you can identify the ten standing statues of the modern martyrs, who gave up their lives for their beliefs.
One of the best holiday destinations, England is packed up with outstanding attractions that’ll leave you with an unforgettable experience. You are not done with England yet? –A special day at the Drayton Manor or Flamingo Land Theme Parks will do the trick, especially if you have kids. Also, a visit to Madame Tussauds Museum will get you face-to-face with your favourite celebrities.
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