England, undeniably one of the most visited countries in the world, offers travelers seemingly endless possibilities for travel, exploration, and relaxation! This small but incredibly influential territory is absolutely brimming with history, breathtaking cities, and innumerable cultural traditions.
England is also extremely easy to get around, and whether you’re traveling the country by car or by public transportation, you’re guaranteed an absolutely unforgettable experience.
Incredible, historic sites are sure to be found at every turn, from castles lining the picturesque countryside, to colleges from the Middle Ages, to ancient Roman sites and centuries old palaces.
The iconic Stonehenge, just 10 mi north of Salisbury is undoubtedly Britain’s most famous ancient monument and consequently, one of its most popular tourist attractions.
The “hanging stones,” which cover 8 square miles, were placed here from 3000-1500 BC. The Bronze Age circular structures visible today were in use until the Roman era, when they were destroyed to prevent cults like the Druids from influencing the greater population. An excellent center for visitors is home to informative exhibitions, and even a shop and café.
Although Yorkshire is divided into four “ridings” – North, South, West and East, the habit of referring to the county by its traditional name runs so deep in the country, that most travelers have begun to do the same. Traditional Yorkshire encompasses some of the most beautiful and historically remarkable cities in England, including Durham and York, which is also a great base from which to explore the countryside!
Tower of London
Palace, prison, treasure, and observatory – the Tower of London seriously has it all. The structure is commonly considered the most important building in England and there’s certainly enough to see and do at this World Heritage Site to keep visitors busy for hours.
The centerpiece is the astounding White Tower, built in 1078 by William the Conqueror and home to amazing exhibits such as Line of Kings (1652). Check out the remarkable displays of royal armor, the Crown Jewels exhibition, the Royal Mint, and some more morbid displays of historic prisoners and executions. The Tower of London covers about 18 acres, so there’s definitely a lot of exploring to do!
The City of Bath
For whatever reason, If you only have time to visit one small city in England, consider the breathtaking and historically rich town of Bath. This remarkable city holds more fantastic tourist attractions than you could hope to visit in a day. While most famous for the magnificent 2,000-year-old Roman Baths, built around the city’s rejuvenating hot springs, it’s just as well known for its townhouses (such as those on Royal Crescent). The entire city has even been granted World Heritage status. This unbelievable town of Bath makes an ideal location from which to explore England’s most stunning countryside!
The renowned Windsor Castle has served as the holiday destination of British royalty since William the Conqueror built the first fortress here in 1078. As the largest inhabited castle in the world, Windsor is built around two fantastic courtyards and the entrance fees even include admission to The State Apartments.
Of course, no visit to a royal palace would be complete without observing the spectacle that is the Changing the Guard in the Castle Precincts.
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