Attractions in England
Check out our list of places to visit in England, including tourist attractions in England and all the best places to go sightseeing in England. This is just a taste of what this great country has to offer!
The natural hot springs are what attracted the Romans to Bath over 2000 years ago. The amazing temple and bathing complex they built gave the city its name and still flows with natural hot water today. With the bathing complex and some beautiful architecture, Bath is Britain’s only city with World Heritage Site status. Have a soak in the therapeutic spa complex which utilises water from the same springs the Romans used.
Visitors flock to Brighton, one of the first of the great seaside resorts of Europe. It’s only an hour away from London and key features are the sand-less shingle beach, Brighton Pier with its amusement park rides, and the Royal Pavilion – a former royal residence built in the 19th century for King George IV. You’ll also find a pumping nightlife, great shopping, and some great seaside bars, cafes and restaurants to boot.
It’s easy to get around Leeds since the city is so compact - ditch the car and go walkabout. There’s plenty of architecture reflecting a rich history dating back hundreds of years – one example is the Town Hall, built to reflect Leeds’ wealth and power and opened by Queen Victoria in 1858. Shop till you drop in Leeds and when you’re done head to one of the many galleries, theaters, craft markets or museums dotted about the city.
Follow the path of The Beatles from humble beginnings in Liverpool to international stardom at ‘The Beatles Story’ museum. For a dose of Asia head along to Chinatown – it is the oldest in Europe. And let’s not forget the part that football (soccer) has to play in this city - experience the atmosphere at one of the premier matches, or if you can’t make it, take a tour of the grounds and club museum, including the famous trophy room.
Never a dull moment in London – home to the Queen, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the London Eye, the ‘tube’ and plenty of pubs! Make sure you schedule in a night out at the theater, watch the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace, do a Jack the Ripper tour, try a curry down Brick Lane, go to one of the many museums and art galleries, take a London black cab, go shopping in Oxford St or sift for goodies at the Camden or Portobello Markets.
Manchester is a lively, bustling city that was the hub of Britain’s cotton industry during the Industrial Revolution; many attractions relate to this boom period including buildings, exhibitions and museums. Among the old is the new and there are plenty of modern buildings such as the Urbis to catch your eye. The city is also famed for its football (soccer) talent and Coronation St, a local sitcom, fans will be excited to hear that the soap is set in Manchester.
Newcastle was once a strategic defence point of the Roman Empire and you can still see the remains of Hadrian’s Wall, built to mark the northernmost boundary. Modern Newcastle boasts excellent galleries, stunning architecture and great nightlife with thriving restaurants and bars. Get along to ‘The Biscuit Factory’ the biggest single art space in the UK with a huge range of artwork for sale anywhere from £20 to thousands.
Surrounded by rivers and sea, many of Southampton’s activities and attractions have a nautical theme. Ocean village is home to a marina, shops, restaurants, cinemas and bars. Head to the Maritime Museum to discover the port’s distinguished history, including a good exhibition about the Titanic. It was from Southampton that the Titanic began her ill-fated maiden voyage in 1912. Visit historical Bargate, constructed in Norman times as part of the fortified walled city, and a main point of entry and exit to the city.
York is steeped in history, owing to its past Roman, Saxon and Viking inhabitants. The ancient wall still encircles the city and in fact York has more miles of intact wall than anywhere else in England. Within its walls you’ll find the York Minster, Yorkshire Museum (one of many) and Jorvik Viking Center. Stay on the lookout for wacky street names such as Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma Gate and Mad Alice Lane.
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