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This is England

England is a small yet mighty country brimming with culture, history, and charm. London, the jewel of England’s architectural crown, reigns supreme over the south and enjoys a close proximity to the 5,000-year-old Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, and Bath. Elsewhere, Oxford and Cambridge encompass intellectual grandeur; York’s Gothic abbey exudes a ghostly ambience; and coastal gems such as Brighton, Dover, and Cornwall offer family-friendly attractions and the chance to visit Britain’s beaches. Whether you want to experience the bright lights of London, the tranquil beauty of the Lake District, or the deep-rooted history of English cities, England’s cultural diversity offers something for everyone.

Top 15 attractions in England

Stonehenge

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An archaeological marvel, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and one of the world’s most enigmatic tourist attractions, Stonehenge draws up to 1.3 million visitors annually. The site itself—a circle of gigantic stones standing in the heart of the English countryside—is made even more impressive by its mysterious history. Although Stonehenge’s original purpose remains unknown, onlookers gather to admire the 3,500-year-old structure and ponder its astronomical, spiritual, or even supernatural meaning.More

Tower of London

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From medieval torture to grim executions and infamous royal prisoners, the Tower of London has long found itself at the center of the city's dark history. Built by William the Conqueror in 1066, the historic castle has served as a Royal Menagerie, Her Majesty's prison, an execution site, a royal observatory, a Royal Mint, and a military storehouse over the course of its existence.More

Buckingham Palace

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Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence and administrative office of the British royal family since the 19th century and is one of the few remaining working royal palaces in the world. Access for the public is limited and exclusive but worthwhile for those who arrange a visit.More

Westminster Abbey

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A UNESCO World Heritage site, with a legacy dating back more than 1,000 years, Westminster Abbey is among London’s most historic landmarks. The Gothic church is best known for hosting headline-grabbing events involving the British royal family, such as the Queen’s coronation, Princess Diana's funeral, and Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding.More

London Eye

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The London Eye offers unparalleled views of central London's world-famous landmarks from its prime location on the Thames River waterfront, opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. The gigantic, 443-foot-high observation wheel was built to mark the millennium in 2000 and quickly became one of the most popular paid attractions in the United Kingdom.More

Houses of Parliament & Big Ben

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Few landmarks epitomize central London as perfectly as Big Ben, the iconic clock tower of the Houses of Parliament that's officially known as Elizabeth Tower after Queen Elizabeth II. Heralding Great Britain's political nucleus in Westminster, Big Ben stands as the striking centerpiece of the Thames waterfront and is backed by the historic Palace of Westminster, home to the Houses of Parliament.More

Windsor Castle

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Windsor Castle is the largest occupied castle in the world that is still used by the monarchy. Since William the Conqueror built a wooden fortress here over 900 years ago, this has been a royal palace and residence. Despite its daily use for royal business, much of the palace is open to the public and well worth a visit.More

Tower Bridge

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With its Gothic towers and central bascule flanked by dramatic suspension bridges, Tower Bridge is both a remarkable feat of engineering and one of London’s most instantly recognizable landmarks. The famous bridge is a popular subject of London postcards, leading many to mistake it for London Bridge, which is actually the next one upstream.More

St. Paul's Cathedral

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An architectural masterpiece with a magnificent dome, St. Paul's Cathedral is one of London’s most recognizable sites. The 17th-century cathedral boasts a rich history as host of the jubilee celebrations of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II, the marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, and the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill.More

Thames River

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Flowing right through the heart of central London, the Thames River offers a dramatic backdrop to the city's famous skyline with landmarks lining its shores. Walk along the riverfront from Westminster to Tower Bridge and you'll pass London icons such as the London Eye, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London, St Paul's Cathedral, Southbank, Shakespeare's Globe, and the London Bridge.More

Trafalgar Square

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Trafalgar Square—the living, breathing, and beating heart of London’s West End—plays an integral part in local life as a site of celebrations, protests, performances, parades, and public gatherings. Overlooked by grand, stately buildings such as the National Gallery and St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church, this vast square is dotted with iconic fountains and statuary. Most famous among them is the 144-foot (44-meter) Nelson’s Column, which commemorates a British naval victory over France and Spain, and is guarded by four oversized bronze lions.More

London Bridge

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Though often confused with its grandiose neighbor Tower Bridge, London Bridge is, in reality, more functional than fancy. It does, however, have a long history, with its first iteration having been erected by the Romans way back in AD 50. No visible trace remains of the original bridge, nor of the handful of structures that replaced it, including the one that became the subject of that famous nursery rhyme. Though the current 1970s-built concrete version is not quite as eye-catching, the views it offers of Tower Bridge are hard to top.More

Anfield Stadium

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Anfield Stadium, home turf for Liverpool Football Club, is hallowed ground for fans of the Reds. The 54,000-capacity venue not only hosts matches, but also contains the Liverpool FC Story, a museum chronicling the club’s history, and the Steven Gerrard Collection, comprising memorabilia relating to the former captain.More

Roman Baths

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This first-century Roman bathhouse complex was a meeting point for patricians who came to bathe, drink the curative waters, and socialize. The baths fell out of use with the Roman exodus from Britain but were rediscovered and excavated in the late-19th century. Explore the Great Bath, which is filled with steaming, mineral-rich water from Bath’s hot springs.More

SEA LIFE® London Aquarium

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Located in a colonnade-fronted, early 20th-century County Hall building (the former headquarters for the Greater London Council), the SEA LIFE® London Aquarium is one of Europe’s aquatic museums with 14 themed zones. Marine-life displays include walk-over glass shark tanks, transparent tunnels where sea turtles swim overhead, and kaleidoscopic coral reefs. Visitors also love the penguin exhibit, where it’s possible to observe adorable orange-beaked gentoo penguins waddling on land and swimming gracefully underwater.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in England

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Great Guide and Great Locations
Toufic_N, Nov 2022
Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Castle Day Trip from London
It is an excellent trip to see these 3 great places in England and in fair time.
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Amazing!!
Austin_T, Nov 2022
Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, and Bath from London
This is a long tour, roughly 12 hrs, but it is truly the best way to see southern England in a day.
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Great Experience
Steve_W, Nov 2022
Stonehenge Half Day Tour with Entry and Extra Time
England provided some typical English weather for the trip, some cold freezing rain for about 20 mins and then the weather was great.
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Good, but rushed
Rachel_G, Oct 2022
Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, and Bath from London
I only had one free day, however, and this way I at least got to see all these iconic landmarks.
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Wonderful!
Allison_G, Oct 2022
Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and Bath with Pub Lunch in Lacock
Got to see four different parts of England.
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It was a long day but was...
Mark_B, Oct 2022
Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and Bath with Pub Lunch in Lacock
It was a long day but was nice to be able to see so much in 1 day.
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Fantastic!
Megan_B, Oct 2022
Private Tour: Black Taxi Tour of London
A great way to see London!
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Build a pub, people will follow.
Diane_H, Aug 2022
Small-Group Tour: Historical Pub Walking Tour of London
He made each destination more exciting by his vast knowledge of English history and how each pub played a part in the events that shaped the culture and development of “Old England”.
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Bike tour of London highlights
Randy_S, Aug 2022
London Royal Parks Bike Tour including Hyde Park
A really fun way to see the major sites in London.
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Shakespeare tour
Lisa_H, Aug 2022
Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon and Cotswolds Tour from London
It was a great way to see England of you have never been.
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England outside of london tour
Lisa_C, Jul 2022
Dover Shore Excursion:Post-Cruise Tour to London via Canterbury and Leeds Castle
Enjoyed getting to see England outside of London.
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Well led and managed day
Cecilia_M, Jul 2022
England in One Day: Stonehenge, Bath, the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon Day Trip from London
This was a great way to see a lot of England in one day.
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Great Tour
David_C, Jul 2022
VIP Early Access - Opening Ceremony Tower of London & Bridge with Crown Jewels
Very interesting to see the opening ceremony and learn the history behind the tower and the monarchy of England.
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Perfect whirlwind!
Melissa_Y, Jun 2022
England in One Day: Stonehenge, Bath, the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon Day Trip from London
We zipped around England and saw all the far away from London things we wanted to see in one (long) day.
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Great tour!
Susan_H, Jun 2022
Cotswold Summer Explorer Tour
There is so much to see it flies by.
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Heathrow to Southampton via Windsor castle
carola_n, Jun 2022
Heathrow Airport Arrival To Southampton Via Windsor Castle
I will recommend this to friends and family thinking of things to do while in England
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Bucket List Trip
RandiM, Oct 2022
Cotswolds Experience - full day small group day tour from Bath ( Max 14 persons)
There are so many places to see in England so if I had to pick one while being based in Bath was the Cotswolds and it did not disappoint.
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Wonderful day in the English countryside
Timothy_W, Sep 2022
Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, and Bath from London
A visit to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath, makes for a perfect day of history and wonder in the English countryside.
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Great Brighton and White Cliffs of Sussex Tour!
Darcy_C, Oct 2022
Full-Day Small-Group White Cliffs of Sussex Tour from London
My sister and I booked this excursion from London to see some harder to get to areas of England while on vacation (we weren’t renting a car).
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Excellent Tour - Highly Recommend!
Joan_P, Oct 2022
Bath, Avebury and Lacock Village Small-Group Day Tour from London
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All about England

When to visit

The only thing guaranteed about England’s weather is that summer is warmer than winter and rain is always possible. July through August brings comfortable average highs of 73°F (23°C), but this season also brings big crowds. March through May sees temperatures around 64°F (18°C), extremely lush countryside, and quieter sights. From late September through November, fall’s foliage and mild temperatures compensate for regular rain. Summer is festival time, with events like Glastonbury Festival and London’s Trooping the Colour ceremony drawing crowds.

Getting around

Trains are fastest way of getting between England’s cities; check schedules online at National Rail and click into regional operators’ websites for tickets. Long-distance buses also cover the country, but they can be slow, and local bus services are patchy. If you want to explore rural England, the best option is to rent a car. In London, however, congestion and a lack of parking can make driving challenging; in the capital, take the London Underground (also known as the Tube), buses, and black cabs.

Traveler tips

Every November 5th, communities across the United Kingdom celebrate Bonfire Night (also known as Guy Fawkes Night) to commemorate the anti-monarchy Gunpowder Plot of November 5, 1605. While most places have some kind of fireworks display, things reach a fever pitch in Sussex. Here, “bonfire boyes" from different towns hold local processions, then gather in the country town of Lewes. Visit after dark to see spectacular torchlit processions, burning barrels tipped into the river, giant effigies, and lots of fireworks.

People Also Ask

What is the most famous thing about England?

The very thought of England summons visions of London’s landmarks and royal pageantry, from Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, to the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Other things forever associated with the country are ancient Stonehenge, handsome Georgian towns like Bath; and rolling green hills, medieval villages, and wood-beamed pubs.

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What can you do in England for a week?

Devote two days to London must-sees such as Big Ben, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, and the city's museums. Then, explore the Georgian city of Bath, famous for its exquisite Roman baths; before admiring the mysterious stones of Stonehenge, and glowing lakes and fells of England’s craggy Lake District.

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What kind of activities can you do in England?

Aside from experiencing top attractions like Tower Bridge, Bath, and Stonehenge, there’s plenty else. Visit museums, explore the elegant university towns of Oxford and Cambridge; roam stately homes and castles; absorb the rural beauty of regions like the Cotswolds; and experience culinary rituals like afternoon tea and fish 'n' chips.

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What is the most popular outdoor activity in the UK?

Enjoying England’s great outdoors is a national hobby and visitor-must. Popular activities include hiking and cycling in National Parks like the Lake District and Yorkshire Moors; taking Thames sightseeing cruises; surfing and picnicking on Cornwall’s craggy and sandy beaches; and exploring coastal trails, nature reserves, forests, and stately parks and gardens.

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How can I have fun in the UK?

The English have more fun than many tourists imagine. For your share, down pints at cozy pubs, hit a nightclub in any big city; or join those who go hiking, cycling, or wild swimming. Alternatively, watch a Premier League football match or sedate summer game of cricket on a village green.

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What should I avoid in England?

In London, try to avoid traveling during weekday rush hours when the city’s roads and transport systems are typically clogged. It’s also wise to visit popular museums, cities, and attractions outside public holidays, when big crowds usually descend. Also, never push into a line of people: it’s considered extremely rude.

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