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Things to do in England

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This is England

England is a small yet mighty country brimming with culture, history, and charm. London, the jewel of England’s architectural crown, reigns supreme over the south and enjoys a close proximity to the 5,000-year-old Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, and Bath. Elsewhere, Oxford and Cambridge encompass intellectual grandeur; York’s Gothic abbey exudes a ghostly ambience; and coastal gems such as Brighton, Dover, and Cornwall offer family-friendly attractions and the chance to visit Britain’s beaches. Whether you want to experience the bright lights of London, the tranquil beauty of the Lake District, or the deep-rooted history of English cities, England’s cultural diversity offers something for everyone.

Top 15 attractions in England


An archaeological marvel, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and one of the world’s most enigmatic tourist attractions, Stonehenge draws up to 1.3 million visitors annually. The site itself—a circle of gigantic stones standing in the heart of the English countryside—is made even more impressive by its mysterious history. Although Stonehenge’s original purpose remains unknown, onlookers gather to admire the 3,500-year-old structure and ponder its astronomical, spiritual, or even supernatural meaning.More

Tower of London

From medieval torture to grim executions and infamous royal prisoners, the Tower of London has long found itself at the center of the city's dark history. Built by William the Conqueror in 1066, the historic castle has served as a Royal Menagerie, Her Majesty's prison, an execution site, a royal observatory, a Royal Mint, and a military storehouse over the course of its existence.More

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence and administrative office of the British royal family since the 19th century and is one of the few remaining working royal palaces in the world. Access for the public is limited and exclusive but worthwhile for those who arrange a visit.More

London Eye

The London Eye offers unparalleled views of central London's world-famous landmarks from its prime location on the Thames River waterfront, opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. The gigantic, 443-foot-high observation wheel was built to mark the millennium in 2000 and quickly became one of the most popular paid attractions in the United Kingdom.More

Westminster Abbey

A UNESCO World Heritage site, with a legacy dating back more than 1,000 years, Westminster Abbey is among London’s most historic landmarks. The Gothic church is best known for hosting headline-grabbing events involving the British royal family, such as the Queen’s coronation, Princess Diana's funeral, and Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding.More

Houses of Parliament & Big Ben

Few landmarks epitomize central London as perfectly as Big Ben, the iconic clock tower of the Houses of Parliament that's officially known as Elizabeth Tower after the late Queen Elizabeth II. Heralding Great Britain's political nucleus in Westminster, Big Ben stands as the striking centerpiece of the Thames waterfront and is backed by the historic Palace of Westminster, home to the Houses of Parliament.More

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle is the largest occupied castle in the world that is still used by the monarchy. Since William the Conqueror built a wooden fortress here over 900 years ago, this has been a royal palace and residence. Despite its daily use for royal business, much of the palace is open to the public and well worth a visit.More

St. Paul's Cathedral

An architectural masterpiece with a magnificent dome, St. Paul's Cathedral is one of London’s most recognizable sites. The 17th-century cathedral boasts a rich history as host of the jubilee celebrations of late Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II, the marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, and the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill.More

Tower Bridge

With its Gothic towers and central bascule flanked by dramatic suspension bridges, Tower Bridge is both a remarkable feat of engineering and one of London’s most instantly recognizable landmarks. The famous bridge is a popular subject of London postcards, leading many to mistake it for London Bridge, which is actually the next one upstream.More

Thames River

Flowing right through the heart of central London, the Thames River offers a dramatic backdrop to the city's famous skyline with landmarks lining its shores. Walk along the riverfront from Westminster to Tower Bridge and you'll pass London icons such as the London Eye, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London, St Paul's Cathedral, Southbank, Shakespeare's Globe, and the London Bridge.More

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square—the living, breathing, and beating heart of London’s West End—plays an integral part in local life as a site of celebrations, protests, performances, parades, and public gatherings. Overlooked by grand, stately buildings such as the National Gallery and St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church, this vast square is dotted with iconic fountains and statuary. Most famous among them is the 144-foot (44-meter) Nelson’s Column, which commemorates a British naval victory over France and Spain, and is guarded by four oversized bronze lions.More

London Bridge

Often confused with the grandiose Tower Bridge, London Bridge is, in reality, more functional than fancy. It does, however, have a long history: It was first erected by the Romans way back in AD 50. No visible trace remains of the original bridge, nor of the handful of structures that replaced it, including the one that became the subject of that famous nursery rhyme. Though the current 1970s-built concrete version is not quite as eye-catching, the views it offers of Tower Bridge are hard to top.More

Roman Baths

This first-century Roman bathhouse complex was a meeting point for patricians who came to bathe, drink the curative waters, and socialize. The baths fell out of use with the Roman exodus from Britain but were rediscovered and excavated in the late-19th century. Explore the Great Bath, which is filled with steaming, mineral-rich water from Bath’s hot springs.More

SEA LIFE® London Aquarium

Located in a colonnade-fronted, early 20th-century County Hall building (the former headquarters for the Greater London Council), the SEA LIFE® London Aquarium is one of Europe’s aquatic museums with 14 themed zones. Marine-life displays include walk-over glass shark tanks, transparent tunnels where sea turtles swim overhead, and kaleidoscopic coral reefs. Visitors also love the penguin exhibit, where it’s possible to observe adorable orange-beaked gentoo penguins waddling on land and swimming gracefully underwater.More

Anfield Stadium

Anfield Stadium, home turf for Liverpool Football Club, is hallowed ground for fans of the Reds. The 54,000-capacity venue not only hosts matches, but also contains the Liverpool FC Story, a museum chronicling the club’s history, and the Steven Gerrard Collection, comprising memorabilia relating to the former captain.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in England

Stonehenge and Bath are...
Meara_D, Mar. 2023
Stonehenge and Bath Day Trip from London
Plenty of time to visit, break for snacks/lunch/shop.
Amazing Tour!
Les_S, Feb. 2023
Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, and Bath from London
Well worth the experience to see three sites in a day and learn about some of the history of England.
Great Tour
Christopher_Z, Feb. 2023
Stonehenge and Bath Day Trip from London
Really great experience for first time visitors to England wishing to see some of the countries highlights in one day.
3 site England tour
Jesse_W, Jan. 2023
Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, and Bath from London
It was very educational and me and my daughter got to see 3 of the very best sites in England.
Fabulous experience
Kim_T, Jan. 2023
Private Half-Day Tour of Windsor Castle
We look forward to visiting England again and having Mark as our guide on future adventures.
Thanks Frank!
John_B, Dec. 2022
Lunch in the Cotswolds Tour from London
Luckily, though cold, we got to see the Villages covered in snow,…somewhat unique!
Value for money and great experience
Cindy_B, Nov. 2022
Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford Day Trip from London
Excellent value for money and had a fabulous time- a great day trip to see England’s fabulous cultural and historical sites
Great Guide and Great Locations
Toufic_N, Nov. 2022
Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Castle Day Trip from London
It is an excellent trip to see these 3 great places in England and in fair time.
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All about England

When to visit

The only thing guaranteed about England’s weather is that summer is warmer than winter and rain is always possible. July through August brings comfortable average highs of 73°F (23°C), but this season also brings big crowds. March through May sees temperatures around 64°F (18°C), extremely lush countryside, and quieter sights. From late September through November, fall’s foliage and mild temperatures compensate for regular rain. Summer is festival time, with events like Glastonbury Festival and London’s Trooping the Colour ceremony drawing crowds.

Getting around

Trains are fastest way of getting between England’s cities; check schedules online at National Rail and click into regional operators’ websites for tickets. Long-distance buses also cover the country, but they can be slow, and local bus services are patchy. If you want to explore rural England, the best option is to rent a car. In London, however, congestion and a lack of parking can make driving challenging; in the capital, take the London Underground (also known as the Tube), buses, and black cabs.

Traveler tips

Every November 5th, communities across the United Kingdom celebrate Bonfire Night (also known as Guy Fawkes Night) to commemorate the anti-monarchy Gunpowder Plot of November 5, 1605. While most places have some kind of fireworks display, things reach a fever pitch in Sussex. Here, “bonfire boyes" from different towns hold local processions, then gather in the country town of Lewes. Visit after dark to see spectacular torchlit processions, burning barrels tipped into the river, giant effigies, and lots of fireworks.

People Also Ask

What is the most famous thing about England?

The very thought of England summons visions of London’s landmarks and royal pageantry, from Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, to the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Other things forever associated with the country are ancient Stonehenge, handsome Georgian towns like Bath; and rolling green hills, medieval villages, and wood-beamed pubs.

What can you do in England for a week?

Devote two days to London must-sees such as Big Ben, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, and the city's museums. Then, explore the Georgian city of Bath, famous for its exquisite Roman baths; before admiring the mysterious stones of Stonehenge, and glowing lakes and fells of England’s craggy Lake District.

What kind of activities can you do in England?

Aside from experiencing top attractions like Tower Bridge, Bath, and Stonehenge, there’s plenty else. Visit museums, explore the elegant university towns of Oxford and Cambridge; roam stately homes and castles; absorb the rural beauty of regions like the Cotswolds; and experience culinary rituals like afternoon tea and fish 'n' chips.

What is the most popular outdoor activity in the UK?

Enjoying England’s great outdoors is a national hobby and visitor-must. Popular activities include hiking and cycling in National Parks like the Lake District and Yorkshire Moors; taking Thames sightseeing cruises; surfing and picnicking on Cornwall’s craggy and sandy beaches; and exploring coastal trails, nature reserves, forests, and stately parks and gardens.

How can I have fun in the UK?

The English have more fun than many tourists imagine. For your share, down pints at cozy pubs, hit a nightclub in any big city; or join those who go hiking, cycling, or wild swimming. Alternatively, watch a Premier League football match or sedate summer game of cricket on a village green.

What should I avoid in England?

In London, try to avoid traveling during weekday rush hours when the city’s roads and transport systems are typically clogged. It’s also wise to visit popular museums, cities, and attractions outside public holidays, when big crowds usually descend. Also, never push into a line of people: it’s considered extremely rude.


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