Discover the Top 10 most popular tourist attractions in England and plan your next visit to one of the most exciting places in Europe.
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England, the birthplace of Shakespeare and The Beatles, is a country in the British Isles bordering Scotland and Wales. The capital, London, on the River Thames, is the home of Parliament, Big Ben and the 11th-century Tower of London.
From double-decker buses, country houses, village pubs and cream teas, eccentric aristocrats and rainy weather. England offers one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world.
In your journey of discovering Sights and Sounds of England – You will find that it doesn’t rain as much as heard, and Indian/Pakistani restaurants far outnumber fish-and-chip shops and that there are a surprising amount of great tourist attractions in England packed into a relatively small area, mix with diverse cultural communities from all corners of the globe.
So, here are the Top 10 tourist attractions in England:
10. Hadrian’s Wall
Hadrian’s Wall also called the Roman Wall, Picts’ Wall, or Vallum Hadriani in Latin, was a defensive fortification in the Roman province of Britannia, begun in AD 122 in the reign of Emperor Hadrian.
It stretches for 117 kilometers (73 miles) across the north of England from the Irish Sea to the North Sea. Today only stretches of this famous wall are still visible. There is a national path that follows the whole length of the wall from Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway.
9. Warwick Castle
Warwick is the county town of Warwickshire, England, situated on a bend of the River Avon. The most famous tourist attraction in this town is Warwick Castle – which is a medieval castle built by William the Conqueror in 1068.
During the Hundred Years War, the facade opposite the town was refortified, resulting in one of the most recognizable examples of 14th-century military architecture.
In 2001, Warwick Castle was named one of Britain’s “Top 10 historic houses and monuments” and is one of the top attractions in England.
8. Lake District
The Lake District is a region and national park in Cumbria in northwest England. A popular vacation destination, it’s known for its glacial ribbon lakes, rugged feel mountains and historic literary associations.
Market towns such as Kendal, Ambleside, and Keswick on scenic Derwentwater are bases for exploring the area and home to traditional inns, galleries of local art and outdoor equipment shops.
It is England’s premier destination for hiking and climbing. The park is visited by about 14 million national and international tourists each year.
7. Palace of Westminster
Palace of Westminster, officially Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London is a historic castle located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London.
Now home to the British Crown Jewels, the Palace of Westminster served as a prison from 1100 to the mid-twentieth century. The castle was founded in the winter of 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest of England.
The Tower of London is reputedly the most haunted building in England. There have been tales of ghosts, including that of Anne Boleyn (Queen of England from 1533 to 1536), inhabiting the tower.
6. The Cotswolds
The Cotswolds is a rural area of south central England covering parts of 6 counties, notably Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. Its rolling hills and grassland Harbor thatched medieval villages, churches and stately homes built of distinctive local yellow limestone.
The 102-mile Cotswold Way walking trail follows the Cotswold Edge escarpment from Bath in the south to Chipping Campden in the north. The region is known for the stone-built villages, historical towns, and stately homes and gardens.
The Cotswolds are a popular attraction in England, within easy striking distance of London.
5. Durham Cathedral
The Cathedral Church of Christ, Blessed Mary the Virgin and St Cuthbert of Durham, usually known as Durham Cathedral and home of the Shrine of St Cuthbert, is a cathedral in the city of Durham, England, the seat of the Anglican Bishop of Durham.
It is cherished not only for its architecture but also for its incomparable setting. The foundation stone of Durham Cathedral was laid on August 12, 1093. There have been major additions and reconstructions of some parts of the building, but the greater part of the structure remains true to the original Norman design.
In a nationwide BBC poll held in 2001 Durham Cathedral was voted England’s best-loved building.
4. York Minster
The Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Saint Peter in York, commonly known as York Minster, is the cathedral of York, England, and is one of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe.
York Minster incorporates all the major stages of Gothic architectural development in England. The present building was begun in about 1230 and completed in 1472.
The “Great East Window” inside the cathedral is the largest expanse of medieval stained glass in the world. For the last ten years, the world-famous window has been the subject of a major restoration and conservation project, the largest of its kind in Europe.
3. Big Ben
Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London and is usually extended to refer to both the clock and the clock tower as well.
The name Big Ben actually refers not to the clock tower itself, but to the 13-ton bell housed within the tower and takes its name from the man who first ordered the bell, Sir Benjamin Hall.
It is the 3rd largest free-standing clock tower in the world after Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower at the University of Birmingham and Makkah Tower in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
The clock has become a symbol of the England and London and has appeared in many films, for instance: The Thirty-Nine Steps, 1978, and 28 days later in 2002.
2. Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle is a royal residence at Windsor in the English county of Berkshire. It is notable for its long association with the English and later British royal family and for its architecture.
Located about an hour west of London, Windsor Castle is often called the largest and oldest inhabited castle in the world. It is one of the official residences of Queen Elizabeth II who spends many weekends of the year at the castle, using it for both state and private entertaining.
The earliest surviving buildings at Windsor date from the reign of Henry II who came to the throne in 1154. Much of the castle, including the magnificent State Apartments and St Georges Chapel, can be visited.
Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England, 2 miles west of Amesbury and 8 miles north of Salisbury. One of top tourist attractions in England, Stonehenge is among the most important prehistoric sites in the world.
Archaeologists believe it was constructed from 3000 BC to 2000 BC. The surrounding circular earth bank and ditch, which constitute the earliest phase of the monument, have been dated to about 3100 BC.
Radiocarbon dating suggests that the first bluestones were raised between 2400 and 2200 BC, although they may have been at the site as early as 3000 BC. It is not known for certain what purpose Stonehenge served, but many scholars believe the monument was used as a ceremonial or religious center.
One of the most famous landmarks in the England, Stonehenge is regarded as a British cultural icon. The site and its surroundings were added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in 1986.