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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

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Stonehenge

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
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Tower of London

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
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Buckingham Palace

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
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London Eye

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
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Windsor Castle

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
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Westminster Abbey

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
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Houses of Parliament & Big Ben

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
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Tower Bridge

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
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St. Paul's Cathedral

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
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Thames River

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
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Trafalgar Square

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
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London Bridge

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
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Roman Baths

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
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Anfield Stadium

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
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SEA LIFE® London Aquarium

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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Top activities in England

Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, and Bath from London
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Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and Bath with Pub Lunch in Lacock
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Harry Potter Tour of Warner Bros. Studio with Transport from London
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Stonehenge and Bath Day Trip from London
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Windsor Castle, Oxford and Stonehenge Tour from London
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Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Castle Day Trip from London
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Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath Trip from London
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Lunch in the Cotswolds Tour from London
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London to Stonehenge Shuttle Bus and Independent Day Trip
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Warner Bros. Studio Harry Potter Tour with Superior Transport from London
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Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford Day Trip from London
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VIP Early Access - Opening Ceremony Tower of London & Bridge with Crown Jewels
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Recent reviews from experiences in 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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Simon Says: Have an awesome experience!
Mitchel_H, Jun 2022
Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, and Bath from London
We got to see parts of England we may never have seen.
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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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An awfully lot to see in...
Steven_D, May 2022
Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Salisbury and City of Bath Tour
An awfully lot to see in 1 day, but if that is all you can spare out of your trip to England, this is a great way to see the highlights of 4 wonderful sites.
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Good day
Mary_B, May 2022
Cotswolds Countryside,Oxford & Blenheim Palace Independent Full Day Private Tour
The Cotswolds were a beautiful part of England and we had excellent weather to see the villages where we stopped.
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Great Tour!!!
Bessie_K, May 2022
Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, and Bath from London
Guide Lesley was wonderful, incredibly knowledgeable about all the attractions as well as on the history of England and entertaining too!
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Great way to get to major sites, wish we had more time
Katie_S, May 2022
Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and Bath with Pub Lunch in Lacock
Full day coach tour to see some of England’s iconic sites: Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, Bath.
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Great day trip!
Jess_D, Apr 2022
Stonehenge and Bath Day Trip from London
It’s nice to be able to see other parts of England.
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Loved it
Simonia_S, Apr 2022
Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath Tour from London with Admission
It’s a great way to see a lot of England.
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Great tour
Tony_V, Mar 2022
Private Tower of London Opening Ceremony with Changing of The Guard and Cruise
He took us to all the top attractions in London and pointed out many interesting facts and his knowledge was on point of the history of England.
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A delightful day trip
peter_b, Mar 2022
Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Castle Day Trip from London
A stress-free way to visit four memorable venues of England.
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A Great Day at Hever Castle!
HeidiR_S, Jun 2022
Private Day Tour to Historic Hever Castle from London
Hever Castle was highly recommended by a friend, so my husband and I were anxious to see it.
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out of this world just great
Allen_M, Jun 2022
Inner Circle Access of Stonehenge including Bath and Lacock Day Tour from London
This was a high light for me on our London Holiday as I have wanted to see Stonehenge forever, what made it even more exciting was having the inner circle tour package this was just wonderful, My only concern was that too little time was spent at both Bath and Lacock it should be either Bath and Stonehenge or Lacock and Stonehenge but apart for that small issue this was just a great day we both loved every minute of it we highly recommend this tour and would do it again when next we return to England
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UK Ugly History and Beautiful Leeds Castle
Patrick_C, Jun 2022
Leeds Castle, Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Day Trip from London with Guided Cathedral Tour
History of Catholic Church and hubris Kings that murdered Archbishop and elimination of Catholicism in England, shame to see very limited/small remains of catholic cultural relics.
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A picture perfect day
Melinda_H, Apr 2022
Stonehenge, Avebury, Cotswolds. Small guided day tour from Bath (Max 12 persons)
Going to Yves Berry to see more stone formations, going to the Lacock and then ending the picture perfect day at Castle Combe.
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Appreciating the Cultural Landscape of England
Kathryn_W, Apr 2022
Stonehenge, Avebury, Cotswolds. Small guided day tour from Bath (Max 12 persons)
We were able to enjoy the cultural attractions at our leisure.
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Fantastic tour!
liz_r, Apr 2022
Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford Day Trip from London
It’s hard to see so many special places in England but they made our short time worthwhile.
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Wonderful experience!
Nipun_M, Apr 2022
Windsor Castle Half Day Trip from London
I was surprised to see that Windsor has their own products in the castle shop (beautiful cookie tins, tea and chocolates etc.
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Get out of the city — Experience the gorgeous East Sussex countryside
Suzanne_L, Mar 2022
Full-Day Small-Group White Cliffs of Sussex Tour from London
See the English countryside/seaside!
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All about England

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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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