England Visitor Attractions and Sightseeing Guide

interesting places to visit throughout England

England Sightseeing by Destination

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Our Top Recommended Visitor Attractions in England

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The Tower of London

London EC3

Europe's best preserved medieval fortress, inextricably linked with centuries of British history
The Tower of London is one of the most popular attractions in London and world famous for its history, castle keep, Yeoman Warders and the Crown Jewels. Take a tour and listen to gruesome tales.
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Coca-Cola London Eye

London SE1

world's tallest observation wheel, offering spectacular views across London
The London Eye is the world's tallest observation wheel. The slow revolution tour takes about 30 minutes with spectacular views of London. Extras include sunset and night rides, guided rides champagne, or a private capsule.
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York Minster


northern Europe's largest Gothic cathedral, a masterpiece in stained glass and stone
largest collection of medieval stained glass in Britain - wooden-vaulted chapter house - 15th century choir screen - 275 steps to top of the tower, with far-reaching views - shop and tea rooms - open for sightseeing daily except Good Friday, Easter Sunday and some other occasions

Canterbury Cathedral


stunning Gothic cathedral, home to the Church of England and scene of Thomas Beckett's murder
Founded in AD597 this highly impressive Cathedral was the site of Archbishop Thomas Becket's martyrdom, his shrine became one of the most visited by pilgrims in the middle ages.

Castle Howard


Brideshead Revisited location
Magnificent 18th century country house, designed by Vanbrugh, home to the Howard family and setting for "Brideshead Revisited" - house tours, garden walks, adventure playground, farm shop, cafe and garden centre - short drive from York - open daily late March to end October (gardens and shops all year)

Houses of Parliament & Big Ben

London SW1

iconic building, seat of the British government with world-famous clock tower
The Houses of Parliament are one of London's most famous landmarks and still officially a royal palace. Visitors can admire the architecture, attend a debate and during the Summer opening, buy tour tickets.

National Railway Museum


well-presented railway museum, largest in the world, with a wide-ranging appeal
over 100 locomotives, 200 items of rolling stock, posters, art - displays about building, running and using the railways - located near York Station - open daily except Christmas

The British Museum

London WC1

The world famous British Museum houses some 13 million objects and tells the story of human culture from its beginning to the present. The museum was established in 1753 and includes many artefacts.

The Minack Theatre


world famous open-air theatre in stunning cliff-side location, with visitor centre and coastal garden
spectacular cliffside location - open-air drama, musical & opera productions come rain or shine (May - Sep) - visitor centre open all year incl. exhibition telling the life & times of founder Rowena Cade - exotic sub-tropical garden - cafe with stunning views - gift shop

The National Gallery

London WC2

major international art gallery with 2300+ European paintings
The National Gallery building has Grade 1 status, and is of architectural importance. It houses one the finest collections of European paintings, including many world famous artists, which make it a popular with tourists.

Jorvik Viking Centre


ride through a realistic reconstruction of the sights, sounds and smells of 9th century York
Exciting Viking lifestyle experience on the site of major archeological discoveries - time capsule travel through the ancient city of Jorvik, encounter Norse-speaking citizens, sense the sights and smells of their time and see inside their houses and backyards - central York location - open daily except Christmas

Lost Gardens of Heligan


world-renowned 19th century gardens, now restored after decades of neglect
seat of the Tremayne family for more than 400 years - award-winning garden restoration - over 200 acres of the wider estate - Victorian productive garden - sub-tropical Jungle - romantic Pleasure Grounds - wildlife project - tearoom - shop & plant sales - open daily

Blenheim Palace


magnificent country house, formal gardens and park, birthplace of Winston Churchill
Positioned amongst 2100 acres of beautiful parkland, the Palace is home to the 11th Duke of Marlborough. Designed by Sir John Vanbrugh in 1704, features include formal gardens, arboretum & lake.

Tate St Ives

St. Ives

modern art gallery, presenting three special exhibitions each year
spectacular site overlooking Porthmeor Beach - modern & contemporary art - displays work by the St Ives Modernists - changing & temporary exhibitions & special events - shop - cafe - open daily year-round (closed Mon Nov-Feb)

Acorn Bank Garden & Watermill


Acorn Bank is a delightful sheltered garden, renowned for its herbs and orchards growing old English fruit varieties. The herb garden is planted with over 250 medicinal and culinary herbs and a partially restored watermill.

Amberley Museum


Many attractions to savour in this display of traditional crafts & exhibitions.

American Museum in Britain


The American Museum in Britain, takes you on a journey through the history of America. All the way from the early settlers to the 20th century, with it's remarkable and unique collection of American furniture, and decorative arts, whilst in a breathtaking setting.

Anne of Cleves House Museum


Part of Anne of Cleves divorce from Henry VIII, the house holds many items of local historical interest. Rooms give an impression of life in the 17 & 18C.



In a fantastic waterside location at the heart of Bristol's harbourside, Arnolfini is one of Europe's leading centres for the contemporary arts. Art exhibitions, a cinema, live art and dance there is always something new to see. The converted warehou

Arundel Castle


With interiors in the gothic style, this 13C castle has many treasures, such as the prayer book used by Mary Queen of Scots & portraits by famous artists including Gainsborough.
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