England is known for its treasures, King Arthur and his knights, and of course, the British Empire. Here, you’ll find modern cities and a village charm, rolling moors and stony cliffs. This country is famous for loving its heritage yet embracing modernity, and this is reflected in its people.
From Harry Potter to Elton John, the Beatles and now the Game of Thrones, England is on every map there is – entertainment, music, food, heritage and politics. This shows the hold it has over the globe. Everything that happens in England is watched by the world – be it the Royal Wedding to the Brexit vote, England has everyone captivated.
Here’s a list of 15 things you must do when in England!
- Visit Stonehenge
Built in the Neolithic Age, Stonehenge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has captivated everyone. The unique site, with its placement of rocks has made everyone curious since ages. Was it a sun dial, or a temple or something else? The origin and purpose of this site has everyone wondering! It is a must visit for anyone visiting England!
- Tower of London
Here are ancient stones that have seen monarchs live and die, (some even imprisoned!). The present site of the Crown Jewels and a symbol of England’s more royal past, the Tower of London is one of the most popular tourist sites in England. A 1000 year old castle that overlooks the Thames, it has served as a fortress, prison and a royal palace. There is also a myth attached to the Tower – Charles II thought that if the infamous ravens were to ever leave the Tower, the Empire would crumble. Ever since, the ravens have been pampered!
- Big Ben
No other structure has made time look more regal and important like the Big Ben. This landmark is visited by everyone who steps foot in London. It has its place on postcards and souvenirs and London is symbolized by this regal tower and its clock. A must-see for anyone!
- Canterbury Cathedral
The seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the most important site for the Church of England, the Canterbury Cathedral should be visited by everyone. Its impressive Gothic architecture and its looming presence is will leave anyone spellbound.
- Madame Tussauds
Famous for the wax figures of world renowned celebrities, Madam Tussauds is the place to go for any art lover, and movie fan. Where else will you be able to take a selfie with Benjamin Franklin? One of the most popular sites in London, it is must visit!
- Warwick Castle
One of the most visited and famous castles in England, Warwick Castle is a sight to behold. A military castle built for fortification, it was one of England’s biggest stronghold in the 17th century. For any history lover, this is a must see, and for those who are on tour, it’s a must see anyways!
Known as the Bard’s Home, Shakespeare’s hometown is must see for any literary buff and for anyone looking for a quaint village charm as well. Beautifully preserved, the home is the most visited place in town and is a must visit. To visit or not to visit? It isn’t a question – it’s a must!
- British Museum
A center to preserve human history and culture, this museum has everything any history buff will love! Housing almost 8 million works, and some fabulously curated collections in the world. A visit to this museum is a must for any travel bug who wants to get to know England better, not just culturally, but also historically.
- Westminster Abbey
A beautifully constructed Gothic abbey, Westminster is the burial site of most monarchs and location of most royal weddings as well! A royal site, it is the one of the most visited sites in the UK! The Abbey was established by the Bishop of London in 1080, and has since commanded the respect of the English till today. Anyone visiting London, should visit this regal abbey – you will leave a changed person.
Soho means food, entertainment and nightlife. Most of high profile parties happen here and celebrities frequent this place. Not only can you walk into the cities’ most famous eateries, and even into celebs, you can just relax around the hustle of the city. Such is the wonder of the neighborhood. The only place in the city where luxurious restaurants and street food will be found in the same lane! Walk in after 8 in the evening and you will not regret it.
- Hadrian’s Wall
The most famous wall after perhaps the Great Wall of China, this ancient military fortification has been attached to King Arthur and his legend, and has made it a famous historical site. Tourists can been seen swarming to its boulders and fascinating over the history that has taken place there.
- York Minster
One of the largest cathedrals in the north of Europe, York Minster is every bit magnificent and towering as a cathedral can be. Stained glass windows and a Gothic look that fascinates all, this cathedral also has an attached library for curious minds. Fancy a visit anyone? Most will say yes.
Situated in the East End of London, some of the finest Asian cuisine can be found here. It was established by Chinese immigrants who started off to serve the dockworkers who arrived from Hong Kong. Soon with a growing demand for the tasty and quick Chinese food and the damage during WWII, this place has become one of London’s most crowded and most tourist-frequented area.
- London Eye
Fancy a view of London? The best way to get a panoramic view of the city is from the London Eye, a Ferris wheel on the banks of the Thames. The Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and the Big Ben are easily viewed from and so is the rest of the city. Part ride part observation wheel, this attraction in the tallest in Europe. If you’re in a layover in London, this is the quickest way to see London. If you’re touring London anyways, go visit this!
- Buckingham Palace
The residence of the Queen and the one of Europe’s most beautiful palaces, Buckingham Palace is the one place you have to visit while in England. A tour will give you access to the world of the royals, with a visit to the State Rooms and the Palace Gardens. See the Changing of the Guard and special exhibitions set up seasonally, and you will leave with a “stately” state of mind!
Now that you’ve got the tourist attractions in place, visit England! You will not regret it!