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16 Best Places to Visit in England

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16 Best Places to Visit in England

England: With a story that stretches back more than 5,000 years, the past is a constant presence in England. If you want to explore urban historic centers, admire mysterious monoliths, walk through scenic landscapes and enjoy coastlines and national parks, then be inspired by these 16 highlights of a trip to England.

When it comes to getting around, train and long-distance bus services connect most major destinations. You may need local buses, taxi services, organized tours, or your own wheels to get to the smaller places.

Bath

In a nation packed with pretty cities, Bath still stands out as the belle of the ball. Founded by the Romans, who established the spa resort of Aquae Sulis to take advantage of the area’s hot springs.

16 best places to visit in England
                                                           Bath’s Royal Crescent is a must-see example of Georgian architecture: England

Bath hit its stride in the 18th century when the rich industrialist Ralph Allen and architects John. Wood the Elder and John Wood the Younger oversaw the city’s reinvention as a model of Georgian architecture. While Awash with golden stone townhouses, sweeping crescents, and Palladian mansions, along with appealing pubs and restaurants, Bath demands your undivided attention.

Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian’s Wall is one of the country’s most dramatic Roman ruins, its 2,000-old procession of abandoned forts, garrisons, towers, and mile castles marching across the wild and lonely landscape of northern England. This wall was about defense and control, but this edge-of-empire barrier also symbolized the boundary of civilized order to the north lay the unruly land of the marauding Celts.

16 best places to visit in England
                                                                It takes around a week to hike the trail along Hadrian’s Wall: England

While to the south was the Roman world of orderly tax-paying, underfloor heating, and bathrooms. Near Newcastle, you can visit Segedunum, the wall’s last stronghold, for an insight into life during Roman times. Hiking the full 84-mile distance coast to coast along the national trail takes around a week, but if you have less time and your own car, you may want to select from a few of the wall’s highlights.

London

Waist-deep in History, London’s rich seams of eye-opening antiquity appear at every turn. The city’s architecture pens a beguiling biography, and a multitude of buildings, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben are instantly recognizable landmarks. While it also a tireless innovator of art and culture, a city of ideas and imagination.

16 best places to visit in England
                                                                                 Bedazzled by London’s architecture and history: England

Including Tate Modern, Tate Britain, and the National Gallery, all of which are free to visit. However, you budget your time and money in London, make sure you take in a show. Big names perform in the West End, and on the South Bank at the National Theatre and the Old Vic.

The Eden Project

Looking like a cross between a lunar landing station and a James Bond villain’s lair. The gigantic hemispherical greenhouses of the Eden Project have become a symbol of Cornwall‘s renaissance. Built-in an abandoned clay pit near St Austell to mark the start of the new millennium. Now considered one of Britain’s modern architectural wonders, the Eden Project aims to explore issues of environment and conservation and point the way to a cleaner, greener future for us all.

16 best places to visit in England
                                                                                        Make time for an inspiring visit to the Eden Project

Moreover, exhibits cover everything from global warming to rubber production and chocolate-making. The glass-domed “biomes” recreate major world climate systems in microcosm, from the lush jungles of the Amazon rainforest. To the olive trees, citrus groves, and colorful flowers of the Mediterranean, South Africa, and California.

Brighton

It’s barely an hour’s train ride from the capital, but the seaside city of Brighton has a quirky character that’s completely it’s own. Overlooking the English Channel on England’s pebbly south coast. While it’s a city that’s long been known for its oddball, alternative character.

16 best places to visit in England
                                                                                                                     Brighton pier and beach

You’ll also find the UK’s biggest gay scene here, and the region’s best clubbing. The highlight for the sightseeing visitor is the Royal Pavilion, a 19th-century party palace built by Prince Regent, who kicked off Brighton’s love of the outlandish.

Stonehenge

Mysterious and compelling, Stonehenge is England’s most iconic ancient site. People have been drawn to this myth-laden ring of boulders for more than 5,000 years and we still don’t know quite why it was built. An ultramodern makeover at ancient Stonehenge has brought an impressive visitor center and the closure of an intrusive road.

16 best places to visit in England
                                                               The first phase of building at Stonehenge started around 3000 BCE

The result is a strong sense of historical context, with dignity and mystery returning to an archaeological gem. Most visitors gaze at the 50-tonne stones from behind the perimeter fence, but with enough planning, you can arrange an early-morning or evening tour and gain access to the inner ring itself.

York

With its Roman and Viking heritage, ancient city walls, and maze of cobbled streets, York is a living showcase for the highlights of English history. A magnificent circuit of 13th-century walls encloses a medieval spider’s web of snickelways, each one the focus of a ghost story or historical character.

16 best places to visit in England
York Minster is one of the world’s most beautiful Gothic buildings

York’s long history and rich heritage are woven into virtually every brick and beam, and the modern, tourist-oriented city with its myriad museums, restaurants, cafes and traditional pubs is a carefully maintained heir to that heritage.

The Costwolds

The Cotswolds, a tangle of impossibly quaint villages of rose-clad cottages and honey-colored stone, is a region spreading over six English counties. While it’s a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. And the most wonderful thing about it is that no matter where you go or how lost you get.

The Cotswolds is a large region made up of many quaint villages

Criss-crossed by long-distance trails including the 102-mile Cotswold Way, these gentle yet dramatic hills are perfect for walking, cycling, and horse-riding. It’s easy to leave the crowds behind. And find your very own slice of medieval England here and some of the best boutique hotels in the country.

Oxford

While in the Cotswolds, try to visit nearby Oxford. This is as close as most of us will get to the brilliant minds and august institutions that have made this city famous across the globe. However, you’ll catch a glimpse of this rarefied world in the cobbled lanes and ancient quads where cycling students and dusty academics roam.

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Oxford’s Radcliffe Camera is a beautiful, light-filled, circular, columned library

The beautiful college buildings, archaic traditions, and stunning architecture have changed. Little over the centuries, coexisting with a lively, modern, working city. As befits a city of students and professors, Oxford is one of the last bastions of the great British pub, with irresistible old pubs dotted down its central lanes and alleyways.

Cambridge

Highlights of England’s other great historic university city, Cambridge, include a tour of at least one of the ancient colleges, and time spent marveling at the intricate vaulting of King’s College Chapel.

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Going out on a punt along the waterways is a quintessential Cambridge experience

However, no trip to Cambridge is complete without an attempt. To take a punt along the river by the picturesque Backs. The leafy, green lawns behind the city’s finest colleges, offering the best views of the exquisite architecture.

Lake District

William Wordsworth and his romantic friends were the first to champion. The charms of the Lake District and it’s not hard to see what stirred them. Already the UK’s most popular national park, the Lake District also became a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2017.

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The Lake District is the UK’s most popular national park

Among the many writers who found inspiration here in addition to William Wordsworth were Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Arthur Ransome, and, of course, Beatrix Potter, a lifelong lover of the Lakes.

Liverpool

It’s hard not to be infected by a Liverpudlian’s love for their own city. For decades this was a hardscrabble town beset by all manner of social ills. But still, the love endured, finding its expression in a renowned gallows wit and an obsession with football. Now, the reborn waterfront is once again the heart of Liverpool.

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Albert Dock is the heart of Liverpool

The focal point is Albert Dock, a World Heritage Site of iconic and protected buildings, including a batch of top museums: the Merseyside Maritime Museum and the International Slavery Museum ensure the good and bad sides of Liverpool’s history are not forgotten. While the Tate Liverpool and the Beatles Story museum celebrate popular culture and the city’s most famous musical sons.

Whitby

Wonderful, a little weird and occasionally weather-beaten, the classic northern seaside town of Whitby has haunted lanes, fossil-hunting, and arguably England’s finest fish and chips.

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Whitby is a traditional seaside resort with a Gothic literary connection

The genteel Victorian suburb atop the West Cliff is a clue to Whitby’s place as a traditional seaside resort complete with a sandy beach, amusement arcades, and promenading holidaymakers. While the town embraces its pseudo-sinister reputation, which culminates in two hugely successful Goth Weekends each year.

Peak District

Curiously, you won’t find many peaks in the Peak District. But you will find blissful miles of tumbling moorland, plunging valleys, eroded gritstone crags, lush farmland, and ancient pocket-sized villages. This beautiful landscape attracts a veritable army of outdoor enthusiasts – cyclists, hikers, cavers, and rock climbers on summer weekends.

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The Peak District is home to the lavish Chatsworth House

While those seeking more relaxing enjoyment can admire the rural market and famous puddings of Bakewell, the Victorian pavilions of spa-town Buxton, and the architectural drama of Chatsworth House, the “Palace of the Peak”.

Seven Sisters

Dover’s iconic white cliffs grab the most attention, but the colossal chalky walls of the Seven Sisters are a much more spectacular affair. This four-mile roller-coaster of sheer white rock rollicks along the Sussex shore overlooking the waters of the English Channel. An impressive southern border to the South Downs National Park and most dramatic at the towering headland of Beachy Head.

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The stunning chalk cliffs of Seven Sisters roll on for four miles

Hikes through the grassy clifftop fields provide wide sea views, breathtaking in every sense. Stop for a breather at the tiny seaside hamlet of Birling Gap where the secluded beach is a sun-trap popular with locals and walkers.

Stratford-upon-Avon

The pretty town of Stratford-upon-Avon is where William Shakespeare was born and later shuffled off this mortal coil. Today its tight knot of Tudor streets form a living map of Shakespeare’s life. Huge crowds of thespians and theater-lovers come to take in a play at the famous theater.

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Enjoy the Tudor streets of Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s home town

Visit the five historic houses owned by Shakespeare and his relatives, and the schoolroom where he was educated, then take a respectful detour to the old stone church where the Bard was laid to rest.

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