England Sightseeing & Activities Guide

recommended places to visit and things to do throughout England


The Tower of London

London EC3

  • castle/fort
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  • historic building
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  • museum
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  • family-friendly
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  • open year round
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  • café
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  • military history
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  • jewellery
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  • medieval
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  • politics
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  • royalty

Europe's best preserved medieval fortress, inextricably linked with centuries of British history

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  • viewpoint
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  • open year round
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  • pre-booking advised
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  • shop

world's tallest observation wheel, offering spectacular views across London

  • historic building
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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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  • guided tours
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  • architecture
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  • history
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  • religion

northern Europe's largest Gothic cathedral, a masterpiece in stained glass and stone

Stonehenge

Salisbury

  • archeological site
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  • place of worship
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  • prehistoric site
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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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  • visitor centre
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  • archeology
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  • history

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

  • historic building
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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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  • architecture
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  • medieval
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  • religion

stunning Gothic cathedral, home to the Church of England and scene of Thomas Beckett's murder

  • film/tv location
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  • garden
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  • historic building
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  • park
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  • stately home/palace
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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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  • guided tours
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  • shop

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

  • behind the scenes
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  • historic building
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  • all-weather attraction
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  • open year round
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  • café
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  • guided tours
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  • shop
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  • architecture
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  • history
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  • politics

iconic building, seat of the British government with world-famous clock tower

  • 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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  • shop
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  • industrial heritage
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  • transport
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  • trains

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

The Minack Theatre

Porthcurno

  • garden
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  • natural landscape
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  • viewpoint
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  • open year round
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  • café
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  • shop

world famous open-air theatre in stunning cliff-side location, with visitor centre and coastal garden

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

major international art gallery with 2300+ European paintings

  • art gallery
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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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  • shop
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  • art
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  • modern art

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

  • battlefield
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  • place of worship
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  • viewpoint
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  • family-friendly
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  • seasonal opening
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  • English Heritage
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  • visitor centre
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  • history
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  • military history
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  • ideal for children
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  • Norman
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  • walking

ruins of Norman abbey, built on the site of the 1066 Battle of Hastings, with battlefield views, visitor centre and Victorian walled garden

Dover Castle

Dover

  • castle/fort
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  • historic building
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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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  • guided tours
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  • shop
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  • history
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  • military history
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  • World War II
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  • ideal for children

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

Dreamland

Margate

  • theme park
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  • family-friendly
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  • open year round
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  • café
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  • shop
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  • ideal for children

vintage-style theme park with carefully restored rides, art installations, play areas and regular special events

  • archeological site
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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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  • shop
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  • archeology
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  • history
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  • social history
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  • Vikings

ride through a realistic reconstruction of the sights, sounds and smells of 9th century York

  • garden
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  • open year round
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  • café
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  • shop
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  • horticulture
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  • social history

world-renowned 19th century gardens, now restored after decades of neglect

  • archeological site
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  • museum
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  • family-friendly
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  • all-weather attraction
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  • seasonal opening
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  • archeology
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  • art
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  • history
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  • social history
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  • ideal for children
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  • Roman

these remarkable remains of a Roman hotel, discovered in 1970, include some of the best Roman wall paintings north of the Alps

Blenheim Palace

Woodstock

  • garden
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  • historic building
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  • park
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  • stately home/palace
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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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  • shop

magnificent country house, formal gardens and park, birthplace of Winston Churchill

  • historic building
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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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  • café
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  • shop
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  • visitor centre
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  • ideal for children
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  • transport
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  • aviation

large collection of vintage aircraft, cars and motorcycles, plus historic house and Swiss garden

 
 

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