London is a worldwide city icon, too. Whether it’s the face of Big Ben or the image of bright red double-decker buses racing around busy streets, chances are you’ve been familiarized with this exciting capital. But then move beyond London and into the English countryside, and you’ll see what really makes the country tick: quaint villages, plentiful farmland, and teatime for all.
Places to Visit in England
Unique Things to See and Do in England
- Visit the Roman Baths
- Ride the London Eye
- Watch a Shakespeare production at Stratford-upon-Avon
- See Canterbury Cathedral
- Tour Oxford University
- See Windsor Castle
- Spend a day on Brighton Pier
- Visit the Eden Project in Cornwall
- See the Stone Circle at Stonehenge
One of the best ways to get to know England and its history/culture is by examining the country’s architecture. There’s plenty of it to go around, after all. In London, you can’t miss the iconic Big Ben clock, or the London Bridge paired with the impressive Houses of Parliament.
For modern exemplary architecture in London, check out the stunning British Library. It took nearly 30 years to build, and includes an outdoor Amphitheatre-style courtyard. The British Museum is also not to be missed, not just for its treasures (like the highly controversial Elgin Marbles), but also for its Greek revival façade.
Much more historical architecture exists beyond London. In Bath, you can dip your toes in the ancient Roman Baths, still used today as a popular spa area. Cruising around the countryside, you’ll find few horizon views without cathedral spires reaching into the sky – the higher the spire, the more powerful the town in its heyday. Canterbury Cathedral is one of the most dramatic cathedrals to visit, built by the Normans and featuring some of the most impressive medieval stained glass in the world.
In Brighton, England’s beach escape, the Royal Pavilion presents the most unique architecture in the country: a blend of cultures, but predominately the Indo-Saracenic style of 19th century India. George, Prince of Wales, built this palace as a summer home.
Literary lovers, visiting Stratford-upon-Avon is a must. Shakespeare lived and died here, and you can tour the homes where he spent his time (while checking out a Shakespearean play). If you’d like to reach back even further into history, visit the iconic Stonehenge Stone Circle – one of the world’s greatest mysteries. This Neolithic site was made from stones transported from Wales, but its purpose is still unknown.
Did you know…?
England consumes more tea than anywhere else in the world
Did you ALSO know…?
The stone circle at Avebury is the largest in the world.
Getting around England
Getting around England is easy and efficient. Its extensive rail system means taking the train between towns is a breeze, and affordable. In bigger cities, like Liverpool and London, you’ll find a system of trams, trains, and buses. London also has a very easy underground system. Don’t forget to mind the gap!
If you’d prefer to hire a rental car, you’ll have easy access to the countryside. Road conditions in England are quite good, and highways are always maintained.
Best time of year to travel to England
England is at its busiest during the summer months, when temperatures are warm/hot all across the country. Prices get exponentially higher at this time of year though, especially in London.
However, if you’d prefer smaller crowds, spring and autumn are pleasant times to visit as well (albeit the weather can sometimes be unpredictable). Winters are damp and cold. But no matter what time of year you visit, prepare for all seasons! The temperature can turn on a dime, and rainy days are frequent.
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