Steeped in history, and a hugely diverse cultural and geographical landscape, England has an enormous amount of world famous landmarks and beautiful cities to visit, many of which were once the homes of great historical figures!
The capital city is one of the best places to start as there are plenty of international flights landing at the city’s various airports, and rail connections to continental Europe. London is full of well known and historical attractions and is also great stop for shoppers with impressive stores such as Harrods, and Selfridges as well as hundreds of shops selling traditional British souvenirs. There are also tons of less well known attractions and events which take place in the city’s calendar so don’t forget to consider what’s most important to you when you plan your trip – ask for advice if you need to!
The great statue and work of modern art, The Angel of the North welcomes visitors to the region near Newcastle as the mighty Cathedral of the north, York Minster, towers over the ancient city of York, full of medieval buildings and streets crammed full of intriguing shops. The north of England also has some wonderful seaside towns with pretty harbours, and is the ancestral of home of numerous literary geniuses such as the Bronte family. In the north-west, the scenery of the Lake District also inspired writers such as William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter, while the great barrier of Hadrian’s Wall to the north, marks the extent of the old Roman Empire and the gateway to modern Scotland!
The Heart of England
The Heart of England is where you’ll find the city of spires!... Oxford! Known for its ancient university, amazing architecture, and a wealth of labyrinthine museums. Blenheim Palace, one of the UK’s many UNESCO World Heritage Sites is a stone’s throw from Oxford, and on the road to Stratford-upon-Avon, the town of William Shakespeare.
There are hundreds of stately homes across the country, many of which are open to visitors so you can see how the former great land owners once lived, and some of whom continue to do so!... Movie and TV producers often look to England’s stately homes when scouting for locations and you can visit the sets of various locations you’ll recognise from the big screen!
One of the oldest monuments in the history of mankind is the mysterious stone circle of Stonehenge in England’s south, only an hours drive from the Georgian city of Bath, and minutes away from the majestic city of Salisbury with its great Cathedral. The Cotswolds are an untouched area of outstanding natural beauty with tiny villages crammed into valleys and filled with honeycomb-coloured houses and pretty country streams running through. Somerset, south of Bath and Bristol, is also where you’ll find England’s smallest city, Wells, only a stones throw from the mysterious town of Glastonbury, alleged to have been the resting place of the legendary King Arthur!
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