Top 25 Attractions & Things To Do In England


England has it all: an enviable capital that takes weeks to explore, heart-melting countryside you may amble through to no end, a flamboyant pub culture that sucks you in the moment you have a sip on your first cider ever, and so inspiring a history that every pebble in Cornwall and every cobblestone in Hertfordshire seems to echo its magnificence. See the grandeur of the Bronze Age at Stonehenge, walk the whole length of the Hadrian's Wall to get the gist of the troubles with the Romans, relive the days of the Norman Conquest at Hastings, sympathize with Henry VIII's tormented wives, and trace the legends of world's literature and music on route from Stratford-upon-Avon to Liverpool.

Following some research into the preferences and opinions posted by users of various social media sites, such as Twitter and Facebook, as well as own resources and reviews by the most popular travel sites, Open Travel has compiled a list of top 25 things to see or do on your England Vacations. Make sure you've got plenty of time on you, a pair of hardwearing footwear, and a couple of spare memory cards for your camera. The multitude of impressions has to be somehow captured to be later remembered.

  1. Location: London, England

    Natural History Museum

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    If you've ever wondered how big a dinosaur could possibly have been, this is where the answer awaits. You literally stumble upon it right in the main hall. But the giant skeleton of Diplodocus is nothing but a curious drop in the ocean of marvels that the museum has to offer. From sections presen...

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  2. Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site

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    Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Jurassic Coast is the popular name given to a 95 mile (155 km) long stretch of coastline in southern England along the east Devon and Dorset shores. ‘Jurassic' does ring a bell, doesn't it? Although you won't be chased by any T-Rex here, you might go...

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  3. Location: Amesbury, England

    Stonehenge

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    Indisputably one of the world's most vital prehistoric sites and surely one of Britain's most popular tourist attractions, the ancient ring of Neolithic stones at Stonehenge has attracted hordes of pilgrims, philosophers and mystery seekers for centuries. Situated in a UNESCO World Heritage Site...

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  4. Location: Cotswold Hills, England

    Going Places Cotswolds

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    The very name the region was proudly given, that is the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, speaks for itself. The gentle hills dotted with pretty villages of honey-colored stone, charming churches and cottages, dry-stone walls and country pubs represent the quintessence of rural England, as immo...

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  5. Location: Canterbury, England

    Canterbury Cathedral

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    Mother Church of the Anglican Communion and seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Canterbury Cathedral is an inspirational building where beauty and holiness blend perfectly. This magnificent place of worship is a masterpiece of Romanesque and Gothic styles and an incredible display of arch...

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  6. Location: London, England

    Tower of London

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    If you ever get the chance to visit London, don't linger for too long gazing at the bridge open the bascules, and do justice to the Tower of London instead. Ever since it was founded by William the Conqueror to assert the Norman power, the fortress has been the setting for some of the most moment...

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  7. Location: London, England

    Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum

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    By far the best place on Earth for celebrity spotting, Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum is heaps of fun if you're ready to make certain allowances. They're all jut wax figures and you will hardly have to resist the impression they're alive, but the very idea of summoning the great of the world under o...

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  8. Lizard Peninsula

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    Stunningly beautiful no matter when you visit, the Lizard Peninsula has forever been a goldmine of inspiration for artist. Staggering cliffs, whitewashed cottages clustering around picturesque harbors, flamboyant fishing boats drying upside down on the beaches, sub-tropical vegetation and mild cl...

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  9. Location: Warwick, England

    Warwick Castle

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    Shrouded in the mists floating over the River Avon, Warwick Castle still echoes the torture, passion and power of the Norman Conquest, tells fascinating stories of its inhabitants and visitor, sucks you in its medieval routines, from preparations for sieges and Victorian parties to cleaning the...

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  10. Shakespeare's Hometown

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    Apart from the fact that it's the birthplace of world's greatest dramatist and a primary source of his inspiration, Stratford-upon-Avon is, too, one of the most adorable places in the whole England. Set in the charming countryside of Warwickshire, steeped in culture and history, clad with flowers...

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  11. Location: London, England

    British Museum

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    If an institution is hailed one of the best and biggest museum in the world, it is obviously obliging, and you may be sure that the British Museum does not fall short of expectations. With its stunning collections in excess of 7 million objects originating from all continents, it is able to feed...

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  12. Location: London, England

    Westminster Abbey

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    Westminster Abbey is where a journey into the glorious past of British royalty can be enjoyed. Rising high and proud just to the west of the Houses of Parliament, this living church has seen spectacular coronation ceremonies and burials of the most prominent figures, including "Bloody" Mary and C...

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  13. Location: Lake Side, England

    Lake District National Park

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    There are numerous reasons to explore the Lake District. Not only is it postcard perfect with its color-clothed wooded hills and shimmering lake waters but also an ideal place to stretch your legs and have some hiking workout. Opt for the Scafell Pike, at 3210 ft the highest mountain in England...

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    Soho

    Location: London, England

    Soho

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    You don't come here for sightseeing. You don't learn about the history of royalty here, either. You come here to have fun, and if there's any learning to it, it is about the central position of Soho in the capital's nightlife and its major role in the development of British culture.When the great...

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  15. Location: London, England

    Recognized internationally for its military and naval connections, the London Borough of Greenwich, provides quite a number of attractions to holidaymakers, day-trippers and Londoners alike. Greenwich lush green area is a perfect Sunday walk with the Cutty Sark Clipper Ship (note, much of it has...

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  16. Location: York, England

    York Minster

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    With one of the largest pedestrian zones in Europe, York is a place where the old harmonizes with the new and the unique can be discovered among the commonplace. Millions of people have strolled through 1900 years of history on York's impressive city walls, raised their heads to gaze at the over...

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  17. Location: London, England

    Changing of the Guard

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    Her Majesty's prime residence provides a wonderful backdrop to this ceremonial event held in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace every day at around 11am. Dressed in fiercely red uniforms and fuzzy headgear, the regiments march up the Mall to provide guard duties to the Sovereign and relieve what...

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  18. Location: Durham, England

    Durham Castle

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    Voted in the 2001 BBC poll the nation's best-loved building, Durham Cathedral is one of the greatest and instantly recognizable buildings in England. The Cathedral is widely known as the largest and finest example of Norman architecture specially because of its spectacular nave supported by huge...

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  19. Built in 122 AD by the Emperor Hadrian to protect his colony in England from the advancing Pictish tribes in Scotland, the amazing wall stretches for 87 miles across the north of England through the counties of Cumbria, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear. Although only remains of it are still visi...

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  20. Location: Liverpool, England

    To fully comprehend the important influence Liverpool had throughout the centuries in the development of the British Empire you need to make for the Maritime Mercantile City. The City includes 6 areas which are strongly related to Liverpool's historic role as a commercial port. Places like the Pi...

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  21. Eden Project

    Photo by Mark Vallins

    If you shall ever seek a better understanding of the flora around you, don't hesitate to enter the Eden. It might be your only chance to ever get so close the Creator! Now, seriously, nested in a former china clay pit at Bodelva, Cornwall, the amazing botanical enterprise is far more than just a...

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  22. Location: Manchester, England

    Chinatown

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    Nested in east central Manchester, right next to the Gay Village, it is one of the most bustling and colorful areas of city. An eye-pleaser for architecture buffs, a never-ending story for the Orient lovers, and a garden of Eden for the hungry. If the English staple diet is not to your taste, you...

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  23. Location: Cambridge, England

    University of Cambridge

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    With a history stretching back to 1209 (making it the second oldest university in Britain after Oxford), some splendid architecture, an impeccable academic reputation best expressed in the number of distinguished graduates, a wealth of lore, and a romantic location, Cambridge is a legend not to b...

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  24. Location: Seaford, England

    Seven Sisters Country Park

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    If the only thing you associate with chalk is an old, squeaky blackboard, it's going to change once you've met the Seven Sisters. Situated in the Sussex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Country Park comprises 280 hectares of chalk cliffs with their grassy edges falling vertically int...

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  25. Location: Bath, England

    The Roman Baths

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    If you're familiar with with any of Jane Austen's novels, you more or less know what ambiance to expect in Bath. Atmospheric squares, cobblestoned streets, impressive facades, charming hotels, and a scent of romance hovering in the air define the intoxicating quality of this once Roman city, toda...

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USER RECOMMENDATIONS

  1. brian Oct 16, 2009 9:02 AM

    nice comprehensive list although not an attraction per say the Moors of bodmin hold some treasure un matched in most of England, it is a truly awe inspiring place. It is a pity this isnt a list from the uk because scotland is just stunning.

  2. ola avatar ola Oct 16, 2009 9:29 AM

    Hold your clicks, Brian. Scotland is coming in a couple of days.

  3. Andrew Oct 16, 2009 10:27 AM

    Why have you got a picture of tower bridge for tower of London. Two different things.

  4. ola avatar ola Oct 16, 2009 11:03 AM

    First of all because we hope people read descriptions instead of just glancing at pictures. Secondly, I actually think I can see the Tower of London, from which the picture was taken, by the way. Regards.

  5. Kat Oct 16, 2009 11:42 AM

    I'd have put the cliffs of Dover somewhere on the list, even if it were just an honorable mention. When I went to England this was one of my favorite places that we visited; from Dover Castle, the lighthouse, and the tunnels in the cliffs.

  6. jack Oct 16, 2009 4:45 PM

    camden market?

  7. englishperson Oct 16, 2009 7:00 PM

    the natural history museum is awful!

  8. Nick Oct 17, 2009 2:41 AM

    Hard to argue with this list, it has ones I would have picked such as Durham, Tower of London, Natural History Museum, etc. I would have picked Warwick or Chester ahead of Stratford for 'cute English town' category though.

  9. Brynne Oct 17, 2009 4:43 AM

    so glad you included York .. it's my favorite place in England!

  10. Juliette de combes Oct 17, 2009 8:18 AM

    What a fabulous site - thank you for the journey!!

  11. feh Oct 17, 2009 3:20 PM

    i'm shocked youdidn't include that colossal Cathedral in London, the one that you literally climb to the top (it's so big), or the big stadium in London too. Regardless, hats off.

    PS: I was asked to type in 'Prussian Nings'. What?

  12. john Oct 17, 2009 8:06 PM

    Ironically enough the cincinatti bowtie was actually widely used during the times of the roman baths but cincinatti takes all of the credit for it now. Truly a shame.

  13. Neil Oct 18, 2009 9:45 AM

    If you go to Soho you should'nt forget Camden, It's where the wacky and weird go to get their clothes, music and legal highs, everyone is friendly and you can even haggle if you feel up to it, although normaly the store owners are willing to cut prices by up to 50% if you look sufficiently lost.

  14. MadJayhawk Nov 7, 2009 3:08 PM

    The people in the UK are the best thing we encountered during the 3 weeks we spent traveling from London to Dover to Edinburgh to Bournemouth. We didn't encounter one person who wasn't friendly and helpful. The worst part of the UK is their road system with the exception of their wonderful motorways. I would add Castle Drogo, Windsor Castle, and Ironbridge to the list. I agree with the comments about Camden. It is something to see.

  15. amanda Apr 9, 2010 5:18 PM

    This looks amazing! Can't wait to check out everything on this list. Thanks so much for the suggestions!

  16. jone Nov 6, 2011 10:36 AM

    very good

  17. Lorne Apr 25, 2012 9:56 PM

    So I am headed to the London from Canada for a wedding in late August right after the Olympics. This is a great list and I have never been to the UK. I am going to try and get a week there which is no where near long enough. I wanted to see if I could get to Irelend for 2 or 3 days, go to the wedding, then have 2 or 3 more days for exploring in Britain.

    Any suggestions what would be the DON'T miss for that short period ?? I love Castles, Architecture, History, pubs etc. but to save time, I would likely stay away from typical tourist locations like the Wax Museum or History Museums...

    Thanks in advance!!

  18. Micaiah May 21, 2012 6:05 AM

    I have been to England before but never saw it like this. It was wet and ugly but not now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. jazee May 29, 2012 5:03 AM

    should I buy a London pass and why

  20. bhoodlum Feb 11, 2013 11:57 PM

    Obviously you can't fit everyone's favourites from a country as diverse as England, however I would have put the village of Castle Combe on here. Chester is also lovely.

  21. kakapoopoo Feb 22, 2013 4:47 AM

    This helped so much i had to write an article on way pepole should visit England

  22. mmm gurl Mar 11, 2013 4:33 PM

    mmm gurl

  23. Pedal England Apr 16, 2013 2:31 PM

    We visit 4 of these places on our cycle tours. They're all stunning and steeped in culture and history. The Cotswolds, Shakespeare's Stratford, Stonehenge and the Roman Spa Town of Bath. Google us to find out more :)

  24. babadou Apr 21, 2013 5:50 PM

    hallo, ich bin deutsche und habe informationen für die Schule rausgesucht und ich kann nur sagen: daumen nach oben falls ihr freunde bei facebook sucht ich heiße mama´s prinz und dann können wir uns auch später verständigen..

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    yay

  26. renee Oct 10, 2013 9:57 PM

    i My brother lives in Plymouth U.K. so i have been over to visit several times and have seen many of these places but there are still so many more wonderful places to go!! I am planning a month long stay next August with my husband. I am excited to be including a visit to the Cotswalds and Bath to my trip. We are also going to be staying for the first time on the Isle of Wight. Loved your site, think its spot on.

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