ENGLAND TRAVEL DESTINATION & ATTRACTIONS
Welcome to our holiday travel guide information for England,
part of the United Kingdom.
England was once the centre of the world, now with
its large urban centres, royal family, history and heritage, it is
a major tourism destination.
From the passionate works of Shakespeare, to exploring Normandy castles,
stately homes, and the Royal Residences, there is no end of activities and
Those into the ‘Royal Family’ will find plenty of things of interest,
from The Crown Jewels, The White Tower, The Maze, the Great Hall and Buckingham
Palace are just a handful of the things to see.
Of course, Britain, specifically England is the focus of the world in 2012,
with a packed cultural calendar of events from
the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and
Over time we will be expanding our listing of wonderful attractions in
in the meantime you can check out our current listing. If you want to include
other great English attraction, just
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England • Attractions
• National Trails are long distance
routes for walking, cycling and horse riding through the finest landscapes in
England and Wales. In Scotland the equivalent trails are called long distance
There are 15 Trails in England and Wales (when complete 2 of these will be
suitable for use by horse riders and cyclists along their entire length) and 4
National Trails pass through some of the most stunning and diverse landscapes in
Britain. There is something to suit everyone, from short walks to a 630 mile
The trails listed for England include:
- Cleveland Way
The Cleveland Way is 109 miles/176km long, with points of interest every
step of the Way - Enjoy the North York Moors and Coast.
- Cotswold Way
Just over 100 miles of quintessentially English countryside. Follow the
Cotswolds escarpment with its stunning views and charming villages from the
World Heritage City of Bath in the south to the beautiful Cotswold market
town of Chipping Campden in the North.
- Hadrian’s Wall Path
The 84 mile National Trail takes walkers along the riverside route in
Tyneside, through arable farmland in Tynedale and the rough grazing upland
section dominated by the Whin Sill enscarpment. It then gradually descends
to the rich pastures of Cumbria and finally the open salt marsh of the
- North Downs Way
The North Downs Way National Trail runs for 153 miles through the Surrey
Hills and Kent Downs Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs).It starts
at Farnham on the Surrey Hampshire border and ends at Dover - Gateway to
- Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path
Visit timeless flint villages, dally by quiet streams, be inspired by
enormous beaches and skies. Allow the setting sun over the coast to
re-vitalise your spirit.
- Pennine Way
The Pennine Way National Trail, 268 miles of chasing the Pennine Mountain
tops along the rugged backbone of England, from the Peak District through
the Yorkshire Dales and over Hadrain’s Wall to the Cheviots. Amongst the
finest upland walking in England.
- Pennine Bridleway
The first purpose-built long distance bridleway for horse riders, mountain
bikers and walkers. Once fully open it will run from the High Peak Trail in
Derbyshire to Byrness, Northumberland, around 350 miles. The Trail is
opening in stages – 120 miles from Derbyshire to the Mary Towneley Loop is
- The Ridgeway
The Ridgeway National Trail, 85 miles (136km) through ancient landscapes.
Over rolling, open downland to the west of the River Thames, and through
secluded valleys and woods in The Chilterns to the east, following the same
route used since prehistoric times by travellers, herdsmen and soldiers.
- South Downs Way
Experience some of our finest countryside between Winchester, first capital
of England, and the white chalk cliffs of Eastbourne. If you are interested
in great views, attractive wildlife, visible prehistory, fine pubs and
pretty villages, or if you just fancy a challenge, the South Downs Way
- South West Coast Path
The South West Coast Path National Trail - 630 miles of superb coastal
walking. From Minehead on the edge of the Exmoor National Park to the shores
of Poole Harbour in Dorset it is the best way to enjoy the wonderful coastal
scenery, wildlife and heritage.
- Thames Path
Follow the greatest river in England for 184 miles (294 km) from its source
in the Cotswolds almost to the sea. Passing through peaceful water meadows,
unspoilt rural villages, historic towns and cities, and finally cutting
through the heart of London to finish at the Thames Barrier in Greenwich.
- Yorkshire Wolds Way
Come and enjoy the Yorkshire Wolds Way National
Trail. 79 miles/127km of unbroken peace & quiet along one of Britain’s most
The Royal Residences
• Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle
are probably the two best known of the official royal residences. There are
conducted tours for a range of Royal Palaces and Residences, check out the
The Royal Collection - Visiting
— The State Rooms, Buckingham Palace
— The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace
— The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace
— Windsor Castle
— Palace of Holyroodhouse
— The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse
— Clarence House
— Frogmore House
— Changing the Guard
- Historic Royal Palaces
— Tower of London
— Hampton Court Palace
— Banqueting House
— Kensington Palace
— Kew Palace
The Houses of Parliament
• Parliament is open to all
Visiting members of the
UK public and overseas visitors. You can attend debates and watch committee
hearings, tour the buildings or climb the famous Clock Tower and see Big Ben.
The name Big Ben is often used to describe the tower, the clock and the bell but
the name was first given to the Great Bell. The Clock Tower was completed in
1859 and the Great Clock started on 31 May, with the Great Bell's strikes heard
for the first time on 11 July and the quarter bells first chimed on 7 September.
• Whilst the ‘Changing
of the Guard’ and the ‘Horse Guards Parade’ are popular free displays of
Royal pageantry in London, most visitors want more. Buckingham Palace itself is
open to visitors, just check their website for details.
The Changing of the Queen’s Life Guard takes place daily on Horse Guards Parade
at 11 am. The daily inspection takes place at 4pm. More information on
• Horse Guards, Whitehall, London
• The Household Cavalry Museum is a
living museum about real people doing a real job in a real place. Through a
large glazed partition you can see troopers working with horses in the original
18th century stables.
The experience comes alive with compelling personal stories, first hand accounts
of the troopers' rigorous and demanding training, interactive displays and
stunning rare objects – many on public display for the first time.
Museum of London
150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN
• Experience an unforgettable journey
through the capital's turbulent past from prehistoric times to the present day.
With about 1 million items in the Museum's core collections, plus 6 million
'finds', discovered during archaeological excavations, the Museum continues to
grow. A place for the entire family, where you will want to come back again and
again. There are nine permanent galleries and gallery tours, an exciting and
varied programme of changing exhibitions and special events. See the website for
Museum In Docklands
• Museum of London
• Museum of London Docklands, No.1 Warehouse, West India Quay, London E14 4AL
• Uncover London's long history as a
port through stories of trade, migration and commerce. With 11 permanent
galleries that tell the stories of London’s Docklands, the River Thames, and
London’s past as one of the world’s great trading cities. The Museum of London
Docklands has an exciting and varied programme of changing exhibitions that
explores London’s endlessly fascinating past, present and future through
temporary exhibitions and special events. There is also the Docklands Cinema
Club which has special film screening every month.
The Tower of
London and the
• Everything you’ll need to plan your
visit, before you arrive and whilst you’re at the Tower. Home to the fabulous
Crown Jewels, which are the greatest working collection of Crown Jewels in the
world and priceless symbols of British monarchy (watch for the ‘in use’ signs).
As ceremonial and symbolic objects, the Crown Jewels have been associated for
centuries with the coronation of English Kings and Queens.
• Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1NQ
• This glorious medieval castle can
seem foreboding, and certainly its history lacks nothing in drama and intrigue.
Some of you may recognise us as a film location, for everything from Harry
Potter to Elizabeth, Becket, Blackadder and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
The castle remains the stately home and the residence of the Duke of
Northumberland. Built in the town of the same name in the English county of
Northumberland, it was built following the Norman conquest, and renovated and
remodelled a number of times.
The current duke and his family live in the castle, although the castle is open
to the public throughout the summer. It is the second largest inhabited castle
in England after after Windsor Castle.
• Bamburgh, Northumberland, NE69 7DF
• One of Northumberland's most iconic
buildings, Bamburgh Castle was home to the kings of ancient Northumbria. The
castle sits on a basalt outcrop overlooking the Farne Islands and Lindisfarne.
The Bamburgh Castle seen today is a relatively recent structure, built by famed
industrialist the first Lord Armstrong at vast cost in the late Victorian times.
But the castle boasts a much longer history, with archaeological digs
discovering evidence of settlements on the site since prehistoric times, whilst
unearthing some spectacular finds.
The castle's laundry rooms feature the Armstrong and Aviation Artefacts Museum,
with exhibits about Victorian industrialist William Armstrong and Armstrong
Whitworth, the manufacturing company he founded. Displays include engines,
artillery and weaponry, and aviation artefacts from two world wars.
Bamburgh Castle's epic scale attracts film and television crews and it has
featured in everything from Time Team to Becket. It has recently become a
popular wedding venue.
At Bamburgh Castle you can explore numerous public areas, whilst learning about
the castle and its history from the friendly knowledgeable guides and audio
tour. Watch history being uncovered during live archaeological excavations. Then
relax with refreshments in the Clock Tower Tea Rooms, specialising in
Northumberland produce sample a range of delicious home cooked meals and light
• Northern England
• Made an UNESCO World Heritage Site in
1987 and described by English Heritage as ‘the most important monument built by
the Romans in Britain’.
Hadrian's Wall is located in the northern part of Great Britain and stretching
from Solwat Firth in the west to the Tyne River near Newcastle in the east.
Hadrian’s Wall was a defensive fortification built in Roman Britain. The build
started in AD 122, during the rule of the Emperor Hadrian, being the first of
two fortifications built across Great Britain. The second was the Antonine Wall,
a lesser known of the two because there is less physical remains today.
A significant portion of Hadrian’s Wall still exists, in particular the
mid-section. Part of the National Trails, Tourist can follow on foot much of its length by the Hadrian’s Wall
Path or cycle along the National Cycle Route 72. It is a very popular tourist
attraction in Northern England.
There is a great
annotated map of the Adrian's Wall Path.
The South East England region encompass Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex,
West Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire and Surrey. Other well
known and popular urban centres include Brighton, Hove and the Medway Towns of
Chatham, Gillingham, Strood, Rainham
• The Canterbury district offers a lot
for the visitors, with a huge variety of attractions, both indoor and outdoor
activities to suit all tastes and interests. At the heart of the district is
Cathedral, the Mother Church of the Anglican Communion and seat of the
Archbishop of Canterbury. The Cathedral is both a holy place and part of a World
Canterbury's surrounding countryside dips and sweeps through river valleys,
woods and hills and northward to the seaside towns of Herne Bay and Whitstable.
Canterbury has the perfect blend of city, coast and countryside, ensuring a
great range of activities and experiences, from the invigorating 80 plus miles
of coastline and beaches, the relaxing countryside where you can dig deep into
the areas rich history and heritage.
Some of the main attractions and events include:
— Pilgrims and visitors have made their way to Canterbury Cathedral since
the Middle Ages. It remains one of the most visited places in the country,
and, just as important, a living community. Visitors have always been made
welcome, in the ancient tradition of Benedictine hospitality. We continue
the tradition, warmly inviting everyone to share with us the beauty and the
unique atmosphere of one of the great holy places of Christendom.
Canterbury's other important monuments are the modest
Church of St Martin,
the oldest church in England; the ruins of the
Abbey of St Augustine, a reminder of the saint's evangelizing role in
the Heptarchy from 597; and Christ Church Cathedral, a breathtaking mixture
of Romanesque and Perpendicular Gothic, where Archbishop Thomas Becket was
murdered in 1170. See Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine's Abbey, and St
UNESCO World Heritage List.
Canterbury District’s Museums
— Come and discover the wonderful museums of Canterbury, Whitstable and
Herne Bay and find out about the interesting history of the district -
Cantebury Heritage Museum, Canterbury Roman Museum, Herne Bay Museum &
Gallery, Whitstable Museum & Gallery,
The Canterbury Beaney Project.
— Ever wondered what it would be like to step back in time and experience
the sights, sounds and smells of a bygone era? A visit to The Canterbury
Tales, one of Kent’s most popular attractions, with its stunning
reconstruction of 14th century England, you can do just that.
• Spectacularly situated above the
White Cliffs of Dover this magnificent castle has guarded our shores from
invasion for 20 centuries. Known as the ‘Key to England’, there is 200 years of
history from an Iron Age fort, Roman lighthouse and Saxon church to the Castle
that is seen today with the massive Great Tower built by Henry II.
Explore the darkly atmospheric Secret Wartime Tunnels, together with a vivid
recreation of the Dunkirk evacuation, as you experience Operation Dynamo,
original news-reels and recordings, testimonies from veterans and dramatic
special effects to recreate the terror and tension of these dark days of Second
Step inside the Great Tower at Dover Castle and immerse yourself in the medieval
world and royal court of King Henry II. With exciting exhibitions, winding
tunnels to explore, ghosts to hunt out - and of course restaurants, shops and
the space for youngsters to run around - an action-packed, great value day out
Also see Friends
of Dover Castle.
Kent Battle of Britain Museum
• Aerodrome Road, Hawkinge, Nr. Folkestone, Kent
• The museum is the oldest established
and largest collection of Battle of Britain artefacts on show in the country. On
display are Aircraft - Vehicles - Weapons - Flying Equipment - Prints - Relics
from over 600 crashed aircraft.
It is privately run by enthusiasts and volunteers and is administered as a
• Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Visitor Centre, Victory Gate, M Naval Base,
• Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is a
world-class visitor destination and is the leading attraction on the South
Coast. It provides an experience that spans 800 years of British naval history
and there is nowhere else in the UK that you can celebrate the Royal Navy, past,
present and future in the same way that Portsmouth Historic Dockyard can boast.
Attractions on site include The Mary Rose Museum, HMS Warrior 1860, HMS Victory,
National Museum of the Royal Navy, Action Stations and Harbour Tours.
Cliffs of Dover
• Langdon Cliffs, Upper Road, Nr Dover, Kent
• There can be no doubt that the White
Cliffs of Dover are one of UK's most spectacular natural features. They are an
official icon of Britain and have been a sign of hope and freedom for centuries.
Take a walk to the White Cliffs of Dover (White Cliffs Visitor Centre National
Trust) and the North Foreland Lighthouse Visitor Centre.
You can appreciate the areas beauty and enjoy their special appeal through the
seasons by taking one of the dramatic clifftop walks offering unrivalled views
of the busy English Channel and the French coast. Whilst here, learn more about
the fascinating military and penal history of the White Cliffs and savour the
rare flora and fauna that can only be found across this chalk grassland.
Wiltshire White Horses - Uffington White Horse
• Berkshire Downs.
• Whilst Wiltshire is the county for
white horses, there are or were at least twenty-four of these hill figures in
Britain, with no less than thirteen being in Wiltshire, the oldest of the white
horses are just over the border in Oxfordshire, known as the Uffington White
Horse. Located on the Berkshire Downs, the Uffington White Horse is thought to
date to the Bronze Age.
Under good conditions the Uffington White Horse can be seen from up to twenty
miles away. It can also be seen close up from the top of nearby Dragon Hill,
although it is best viewed from three or four miles away, from on the top of the
escarpment where the slope is less steep.
The largest of regions, South West England encompasses Bristol, Cornwall, Devon,
Dorset, Gloucestershire, Isles of Scilly, Somerset and Wiltshire. Other major
and popular urban centres include Bath, Bournemouth (part of the South East
Dorset that includes Christchurch and Poole), Exeter, Gloucester, Plymouth and
Swindon. The region includes two National Parks and four World Heritage Sites.
• Located in the
south west region of
England is the Dorset and East Devon World Heritage Site, being England’s first
natural World Heritage Site.
Covering 95 miles of truly stunning coastline from East Devon to Dorset, the
rocks record 185 million years of the Earth’s history, clearly depicting a
geological ‘walk through time’ spanning the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous
The Roman Baths
• Stall Street, Bath BA1 1LZ
• One of the most popular tourist
attractions in South West England, The Roman Baths provide a glimpse back into
the times of the Roman occupation of Britain.
Built on a natural hot spring, the Roman Baths is below the modern street level
and has four main features, the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple, the Roman Bath
House and the Museum holding finds from Roman Bath. The buildings above street
level date from the 19th century. The Georgian Pump Room is on the ground level.
There are a variety of tours and events happening throughout the year, that can
include the Thermae Bath Spa. The Pump Room above the spring offers the age-old
tradition of sampling the waters drawn from the famous spa fountain, before
enjoying morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea in the Pump Room Restaurant.
Please allow at least 2 hours to get the most from your visit.
Amesbury, Wiltshire SP4 7DE
• A highlight of the South West is a
visit to the World Heritage Site of Stonehenge, located near Salisbury in
Wiltshire. The iconic imagery of Stonehenge, used in many movies and TV shows is
a must visit family day out.
Whilst the true meaning of this ancient, awe-inspiring monument has been lost in
the mists of time. there has been much speculation about whether Stonehenge was
a temple for sun worship, a healing centre, a burial site or perhaps a huge
calendar? Other questions such as how did our ancestors manage to carry the
mighty stones from so far away and then, using only primitive tools, build this
amazing structure? is a mystery that never fails to impress.
Wiltshire White Horses
• Wiltshire is the home of the white horses.
There are thirteen in Wiltshire,
although there are at least twenty-four of these hill figures in Britain. Most of the white horses are chalk hill carvings, the chalk
downs of Central Wiltshire make it an ideal place for such figures.
The West Midlands is home to the town of Stratford upon Avon, birthplace of
William Shakespeare. It includes the counties and urban areas of Birmingham,
Coventry, Dudley, Herefordshire, Shrewsbury, Solihull, Shropshire,
Staffordshire, Stroke-on-Trent, Walsall, Warwickshire, West Bromwich,
Wolverhampton, and Worcestershire.
Alton Towers Resort
• 7 Cross and
Pillory Lane, Alto
• Alton Towers Resort is the UK’s
leading short break resort, offering as it does an unrivalled selection of
attractions for the whole family to enjoy together. The origins of the Towers
themselves date back to the 8th century, although the theme park and hotels are
slightly less historic! It is located east of Stoke-on-Trent and west of Derby.
• West Midlands
• Croeso i’r Gelli (Welcome to Hay-on-Wye) — World renowned as ‘The Town of
Books’, this is a must visit destination for book lovers.
Famous for its second-hand and antiquarian bookshops, it has become the world’s
largest secondhand and antiquarian book centre. At time of writing, there are
thirty major bookshops in the town, some specialising whilst others carry
general stock. The larger bookshops are open 363 days a year and during the
summer, stay open until late evening. A list of booksellers is available at the
Tourist Information Bureau, Hay-on-Wye.
The annual Hay Festival is held during May/June (see website for dates).
Hay-on-Wye is located on the Welsh / English border in the County of POWYS,
Wales. Whilst most of the town lies within Wales, some eastern parts encroach
into England. The town is, nonetheless, considered to be in Wales.
• Welcome to Stratford-upon-Avon, the
birthplace of William Shakespeare, steeped in culture and history. Set in the
beautiful rural Warwickshire countryside, on the banks of the river Avon, it is
one of the most important tourist destinations in the UK. With easy road, rail
and airport access, it is the perfect place for a vacation or short break.
Facilities for conferences and smaller business venues are excellent.