47 Things That You Must Do If You Ever Visit England!
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47 Things That You Must Do If You Ever Visit England!

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Whether you are born and bred in the UK or you find your travels take you to England, be sure not to miss these sites!

 

  • Loch ness

Visitors flock to this freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands hoping to see the monster.

 

  • Kew gardens

In the 19th Century tropical orchids were popular and thousands still flock to explore the 300 acres of gardens, greenhouses and a treetop walk.

 

  • Big Ben, London

The Houses of Parliament’s most famous clock tower is one of London’s iconic landmarks.

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  • St Michael’s Mount

Know as the jewel in Cornwall’s crown, it is believed to be where the Greeks traded for Cornish tin. It’s now a National Trust property boasting a castle and beautiful gardens.

 

  • Ben Nevis

Standing at 4,409 ft, near Fort William in the Scottish Highlands, this is the UK’s highest mountain.

 

  • White Cliffs of Dover, Kent

A symbolic guard against invasion and inspiration for Vera Lynn’s wartime classic.

 

  • Angel of the North, Gateshead

The 20m high structure is seen as an icon of the north-east and has 150,000 visitors a year.

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  • Sherwood Forest

Famed home of legendary Robin Hood and the Major Oak, 500,000 people regularly visit.

 

  • Edinburgh Castle

The castle is built on a 700 million-year-old extinct volcano called Castle Rock and has been used as a Royal residence through the ages.

 

  • Buckingham Palace, London

The 775 room official home of the Queen. The Changing of the Guard takes place outside at 11.30am each day.

Queen Elizabeth II visits a new maternity ward at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage.

  • Blackpool Tower, Lancashire

Inspired by Paris’ Eiffel Tower, the Grade I listed building is 518ft tall and is home to the Tower Ballroom and circus.

 

  • Tower Bridge, London

More than 40,000 people cross the suspension bridge across the Thames built in 1886.

 

  • University of Cambridge

Aside from being the center of public research in the United Kingdom, it is also the second oldest university in the English-Speaking world.

 

  • Chinatown in London

At the start of the 20th century at the East End of London, a lot of Chinese immigrants set up their businesses in order to cater to Chinese sailors who were frequently in the docklands. Today, you can still find London’s finest and most authentic Asian cuisine off of Shaftesbury Avenue.

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  • Stonehenge

Britain’s most famous ancient monument, and one of its most popular tourist attractions. Covering 8 sq mi, the “hanging stones” were placed here from 3000-1500 BC.

 

  • Hadrian’s Wall

At 73 miles Hadrian’s Wall was the greatest single engineering project undertaken by the Roman Empire and is now a World Heritage Site.

 

  • Hampton Court Maze

One of Jerome K Jerome’s characters in Three Men In A Boat declared the Hampton Court maze “very simple… it’s absurd to call it a maze”, only to become completely lost. It covers a third of an acre, consists of half a mile of paths and takes 20 minutes to reach the centre.

 

  • Dolphin Spotting

Grab your binoculars and aim them along the Cornish coast to spot seals, dolphins and basking sharks. Spotting them isn’t guaranteed but there are still awesome guaranteed views of St Mawes, St Anthony’s Head and the Roseland peninsula.

 

  • Shakespeare at the Globe

Opened in 1997, the replica Globe Theatre on London’s South Bank is the place to pay homage to the Bard. Take your place as a “groundling”, just in front of the stage.

 

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  • Giants Causeway

Geologists call them polygonal columns, but Giant’s Causeway locals look on the 40,000 stone formations sticking out of the North Antrim coastline more fondly, giving them names like the Wishing Well and the Honeycomb.

 

  • Wimbledon

Wimbledon is probably the only sporting occasion where the snacks are as famous as the event itself.

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  • Skye

The island is divided by numerous sea lochs, leaving the traveller never more than five miles from the ocean.

 

  • Windermere

Windermere is the second most visited part of England outside London.

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  • Scilly

Some 28 miles southwest of Land’s End, a collection of 140 rocky islands poke out of the Atlantic. Only five are inhabited.

 

  • Stow-on-the-Wold

William Morris described the Cotswolds village of Bibury as the most beautiful in England. But the honey-stoned village of Stow-on-the-Wold – meeting point of the eight routes into the area and site of the last battle of the Civil War – is the perfect base from which to explore the other Cotswolds.

 

  • Tower of London

Prison, palace, treasure vault, observatory, and menagerie – the Tower of London has done it all.

 

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  • The City of Bath

This beautiful city is most famous for the magnificent 2,000-year-old Roman Baths built around the city’s rejuvenating hot springs, but is equally well known for its Georgian Townhouses such as those located on Royal Crescent.

 

  • Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle has served as the summer residence of British Royals since William the Conqueror built the first fortress here in 1078.

 

  • Historic Yorkshire

Yorkshire encompasses some of the most beautiful historic towns and cities in England, including Durham, Beverley and York. It is also a great base from which to explore the countryside, in particular the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors.

 

  • Lake District National Park

Covering some 900 sq mi, the Lake District National Park plays host to 12 of the country’s largest lakes and over 2,000 mi of rights of way waiting to be explored. Other attractions are the park’s many fells, including Scafell Pike (3,210 ft), the highest mountain in England.

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  • Canterbury Cathedral

Cathedral (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) is home to the Archbishop of Canterbury and is the cradle of English Christianity.

 

  • Eden Project

The Eden Project is a collection of unique artificial biomes containing an amazing collection of plants from around the world. As well as displays of plant life, the Eden Project hosts numerous fantastic arts and music events.

 

  • The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds cover some 787 sq mi and encompass parts of some of England’s prettiest counties – Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Worcestershire and Warwickshire.

 

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  • Chartwell

Chartwell is the much-loved home of Britain’s most famous Prime Minister, Winston Churchill – is perhaps not surprisingly one of the most visited of the National Trust’s portfolio of historic buildings.

 

  • Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle offers a fascinating insight into life in medieval times and has dominated the landscape and history of the region for over 900 years. Warwick is also a great base from which to explore the Cotswolds, as well as nearby cities such as Stratford-upon-Avon, Liverpool and Manchester, all just an easy drive away.

 

  • Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City

Visitors can check out the six areas in this historic centre and docklands. It tells the story of how the UK developed all throughout the centuries.

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  • Durham Castle

This castle was first built in the 11th century as a way to project King Norman’s power and prestige in the north of England. It has been occupied since the 1840′s by the University College, Durham. This lovely castle sits on top of a hill in the River Wear on Durham’s Peninsula and is opposite the Durham Cathedral.

 

  • The Malvern Hills and Commons

The Malvern Hills are a range of hills in the English counties of Worcestershire, Herefordshire, and a small area of northern Gloucestershire. This place contains some of the oldest rocks in Britain.

 

  • York Minster

York Minster is the largest gothic church north of the Alps. Inside, it houses the largest collection of medieval stained glass in Britain.

 

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  • Royal Observatory Greenwich

This place has played a significant role in the history of navigation and astronomy. It is located on the hill in Greenwich Park, and is overlooking the River Thames.

 

  • Soho of London

Soho is synonymous with live entertainment, sumptuous food and a vibrant nightlife. It is the main location for celebrations in London and contains quirky shops.

 

  • Westminster Abbey

The Westminster Abbey is a large, Gothic Church located in the City of Westminster, London.

 

  • The British Museum

This place has been created for the purpose of keeping the memory of human history and culture. The museum opened its doors to visitors on the 15th of January, 1759 and contains permanent collections totalling eight million works.

 

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  • Shakespeare’s Hometown

Every writer and literature lover in the world is sure to be thrilled to visit Shakespeare’s hometown. The place has surprisingly been well-preserved and will show some of the remnants of the life of the English poet and playwright who has been regarded as the greatest writer in the English language.

 

  • Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum

A famous wax museum in London that was created by wax sculptor Marie Tussaud. It contains the lifelike likenesses of historical and royal figures, film stars, models, sports stars and infamous murderers.

 

  • Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site

The Jurassic Coast is included in the list of World Heritage Sites, located on the English Channel along the coast of Southern England.

 

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  • Natural History Museum

It was officially known as the British Museum until 1992. It is the home of life and earth science specimens that range over to over 70 million items.