What famous sites come to your mind as you hear this name? Buckingham Palace, London’s Millennium Eye, or the Oxford University? Well, I know you would definitely recall some more places and towns of this nation that became united only some 1000 years ago. But, let me tell you that its origins date back to the prehistoric age. With its exciting history, cultural heritage, and scenic diversity; attractions in England have surely reserved a proud place for the country in the list of top 5 holiday destinations. In this article, I will tell you about its major sites besides London.
Among all the attractions in England, I first headed to one of the famous towns named CAMBRIDGE. Yes, you must have guessed it that this is where the Cambridge University stands as the second-oldest university in England built in the 13th century. You will be surprised to know that the individual colleges are one of the main attractions – the oldest Peterhouse, 16th century Trinity College, and King’s College that has a chapel as one of the superb late-medieval edifices in Europe. Some more highlights are the Fitzwilliam Museum, the University’s Museum of Archaeology and Museum of Zoology, the Backs that is a zone of parkland along the River Cam, the American War Cemetery at Madingley, and the Imperial War Museum Duxford aviation.
Now it was the time to see the Oxford University dating back to the 11th century too in OXFORD. Oxford is called the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’. The Oxford Story is the best way to know about the historic 800 years of the city through multimedia presentation and a ‘dark trip’. The worth visiting colleges in the city center are the Christ Church with a superb Art Gallery, Trinity College, and Balliol. To have some great views of the city head to the St Martin’s Church’s Carfax Tower. More places of interest are the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, the University Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Bodleian Library. Lastly, if you wish, you can pick up a themed guided walking tour.
The most visited city of YORK was my next target. One of the top attractions in England is here – the giant York Minster that is the biggest Gothic cathedral in North Europe. The City Wall is yet seen around the central area. The Shambles as among the intact medieval streets is worth exploring. Head to the Jorvik Viking Center where you can explore the past of this city as the capital of Viking England or be at the National Railway Museum to celebrate its new grade of a railway center. The broad Castle Museum takes you to back into its all facets of history along with the York’s associations with chocolate making.
Minster in York
Other major attractions are the Yorkshire Museum, City Art Gallery, and historic buildings such as wooden St William’s College and 14th century Merchant Venturers’ Hall. Do take up a walking tour and sightseeing boat trips on the River Ouse.
KENT, the ‘Garden of England’, is really a great county in southeast famous for its bountiful production of fruits and garden produce. The region of Canterbury is the major tourist destination due to its sustaining medieval beauty. Here, the Canterbury Cathedral is worth visiting was the site where Thomas Becket was assassinated in 1170. Further, St Martin’s Church is among the oldest churches still functioning since 500 A.D. Dover is another interesting port where the giant Norman Dover Castle towers over the renowned White Cliffs. Get ready to get connected with your mind and soul and rediscover yourself at the Tunbridge Wells in the west of the county. This is a chic 18th century spa town. Some of the historic attractions are the Hever Castle that was childhood home of Anne Boleyn and Leeds Castle that is famous as the most wonderful castle on Earth.
BERKSHIRE is where you have an opportunity to discover a gem. This is Windsor where the giant castle is among the Queen’s legal residences, which is the royal home since 900 years. Fortunately, it is open to visitors. Take up a guided tour for this one. Close to this is the Windsor Great Park. Do you want to see the Legoland? Yes, it is here at a distance of 2 miles.
BRISTOL is a vital port that is packed with several attractions. At-Bristol is where you can explore an IMAX cinema, the Explore science center, and Wildwalk to interpret natural history. Brunel’s SS Great Britain is open to explore, which was first iron steam passenger liner on the planet. Other attractions are the Empire and Commonwealth Museum, the City Museum and Art Gallery, the Industrial Museum, Bristol Zoo at Clifton, Brunel’s Clifton Suspension Bridge, and Bristol Cathedral of the 12th century.