England Sightseeing, Attractions & Activities Guide

recommended places to visit and things to do throughout England


Buckingham Palace

London SW1

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  • limited opening
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working headquarters of the British monarchy and scene of the Changing of the Guard ceremony

  • historic house
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  • all-weather attraction
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  • open year round
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  • architecture
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iconic neo-Gothic building, seat of the British government with world-famous clock tower; various visiting options

Stonehenge

Salisbury

  • archeological site
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  • place of worship
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  • open year round
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  • pre-booking advised
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  • English Heritage
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  • World Heritage Site
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  • café
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  • shop
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  • visitor centre
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  • archeology
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  • history

mysterious circle of standing stones, Europe's best-known prehistoric monument

The British Museum

London WC1

  • museum
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  • family-friendly
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  • all-weather attraction
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  • free admission
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  • open year round
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  • café
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  • guided tours
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  • virtual tours
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  • shop
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  • archeology
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  • art
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  • ceramics
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  • history
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  • social history

large, world-class museum with spectacular glass-roofed Great Court and extensive galleries containing some of the world's greatest treasures

The Tower of London

London EC3

  • fortress
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  • historic house
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  • family-friendly
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  • all-weather attraction
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  • open year round
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  • World Heritage Site
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  • café
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  • guided tours
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  • virtual tours
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  • history
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  • military history
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  • jewellery
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  • politics
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  • royalty

Europe's best preserved medieval fortress, inextricably linked with centuries of British history and home to the British crown jewels

  • art gallery
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  • historic house
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  • museum
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  • family-friendly
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  • all-weather attraction
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  • free admission
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  • open year round
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  • café
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  • guided tours
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  • virtual tours
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  • shop
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  • visitor centre
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  • antiques
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  • architecture
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  • fashion
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  • furniture
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a treasure chest of art, design and artefacts spanning some 3000 years.

Westminster Abbey

London SW1

  • historic house
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  • place of worship
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  • all-weather attraction
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  • open year round
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  • World Heritage Site
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  • royalty

magnificent church, burial place of many kings, queens and other historic figures and scene of royal coronations since William the Conqueror.

  • art gallery
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  • family-friendly
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  • all-weather attraction
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  • free admission
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  • open year round
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  • café
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  • virtual tours
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  • art

major international art gallery with more than 2,300 European paintings, dating from the 13th to the early 20th century, housing several iconic masterpieces

  • archeological site
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  • historic house
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  • museum
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  • family-friendly
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  • all-weather attraction
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  • open year round
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  • pre-booking advised
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  • World Heritage Site
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  • café
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  • guided tours
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  • shop
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  • archeology
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  • history
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  • social history

one of the world's best preserved Roman spas, built over a natural hot spring, with an adjoining museum and grand Pump Room restaurant

  • historic house
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  • place of worship
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  • all-weather attraction
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northern Europe's largest medieval cathedral, a stone masterpiece in various Gothic styles, with the world's largest medieval stained glass window

St Paul's Cathedral

London EC4

  • place of worship
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  • all-weather attraction
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  • open year round
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  • guided tours
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  • architecture
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  • history
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  • religion

Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece built between 1675 and 1710, with its famous dome that survived WWII bombs and memorials to many historic figures

  • film/tv location
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  • historic house
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  • garden
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  • park
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  • family-friendly
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  • all-weather attraction
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  • seasonal opening
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  • café
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  • antiques
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  • architecture
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  • history
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  • local history
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  • social history
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  • TV
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  • walking

stately home, architectural masterpiece, housing an outstanding art collection and stunning interiors, set in 1000 acres of parkland and featured in Brideshead Revisited and Victoria

  • museum
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  • family-friendly
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  • all-weather attraction
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  • free admission
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  • history
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  • social history
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  • transport
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  • trains

well-presented railway museum, largest in the world, with a wide-ranging appeal beyond the railway enthusiast

Tate Modern

London SE1

  • art gallery
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  • family-friendly
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  • all-weather attraction
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  • free admission
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  • open year round
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featuring a permanent collection of contemporary art and a programme of exhibitions of modern works from artists around the world

  • art gallery
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  • free admission
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  • open year round
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  • art

striking contemporary art gallery, on site of JMW Turner's guest house, with high-calibre exhibitions and stunning sea views

  • film/tv location
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  • family-friendly
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  • all-weather attraction
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  • pre-booking advised
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  • café
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  • visitor centre
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  • film
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  • Harry Potter
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  • TV

walk in the footsteps of Harry Potter and explore the wonders of the Wizarding World

Alton Towers

Alton

  • theme park
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  • family-friendly
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  • all-weather attraction
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  • open year round
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the most visited theme park in the UK with thrilling rides, an indoor and outdoor waterpark, 2 nine hole themed crazy golf courses and much more

Anne Hathaway's Cottage

Stratford-upon-Avon

  • historic house
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  • family-friendly
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  • all-weather attraction
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  • history
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  • nature
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  • Shakespeare

set just outside Stratford-upon-Avon, the world famous cottage, with much original furniture, where Shakespeare courted Anne Hathaway

Dover Castle

Dover

  • fortress
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  • historic house
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  • museum
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  • viewpoint
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  • family-friendly
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  • all-weather attraction
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  • open year round
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  • English Heritage
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  • café
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  • architecture
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  • history
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  • military history
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  • World War II
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  • medicine

spectacular setting atop the White Cliffs of Dover, this large fortress includes a Roman lighthouse and secret wartime tunnels

  • archeological site
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  • family-friendly
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  • all-weather attraction
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  • open year round
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  • archeology
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  • social history

multi-media ride through a realistic reconstruction of the sights, sounds and smells of the 10th century Viking settlement on this site

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