England is a traveler’s paradise and if you are planning for a trip to this picturesque European country, you will surely have a wonderful time. You will be overwhelmed with the variety of abbeys and priories, Anglo-Saxon sites, art museums, galleries, aquariums, beaches, casinos and castles. Tourism has a key role in the economy of England. There are many cultural festivals in England that also make the country a special tourist destination. In addition, there is a host of amusement parks and theme parks in the country which will delight the kids. There is no such place on earth from which people have not visited England. Given below are top ten tourist destinations you must see when you get a chance to visit the country:
1) The Stonehenge
The Stonehenge has earned a position among the UNESCO World Heritage sites. It lies in the County of Wiltshire. The distance from Salisbury is around 13 km and from Amesbury it is 3.2 km. It is a mysterious prehistoric site. Stonehenge is the remnants of a circle of standing rocks placed within ramparts. You will enjoy visiting the Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites with your family.
2) The Tower of London
As per statistics furnished for the year 2009 is concerned, the Tower of London is one of the most popular tourist attractions in England. In the same year, the heritage site experienced the footfalls of 2,389,548 tourists. The Tower of London castle is also known as Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress. This famous site is situated on the northern banks of the Thames River and forms a part of central London. The architecture of the castle and St. John’s Chapel, which is a hallmark of Gothic Revival Architecture, will definitely amaze you. The castle has a history of about 900 years and it is haunted.
3) The Windsor Castle
The Windsor Castle is frequently known as the oldest and biggest castle in the world to be dwelt by man. The castle serves as the royal residence of the Queen of England. Lying in Windsor Park, the castle is famous for its artwork collection and jewelries that belong to the Royal Family. You can also visit the St. George’s Chapel here. If you watch a flag over the castle, it signifies the Queen is present in the castle.
4) The London Eye
The London Eye is a major landmark in the city of London, the capital of the United Kingdom. It has a stellar appearance that adds to the skyline of London. Also known as the Millennium Wheel, the London Eye is an architectural wonder of England, attracting visitors from across the world. It is the tallest observation wheel in the whole world which has 32 capsules.
5) The British Museum
The British Museum is a top-rated tourist attraction in the city of London. The museum houses a wide-ranging collection of artworks and relics starting from the prehistoric to the contemporary periods. The carvings of Parthenon, the Rosetta stone, and the mummies of Egypt are the prime attractions of the museum. There is no entry fee for visitors.
6) York Minster
The York Minster is situated in the prehistoric city of York. It was ruined and reconstructed for a number of times. It is a magnificent structure and one of the biggest Gothic cathedrals in North Europe. It is assumed that the construction of the cathedral started around 1230 and ended around 1472. Don’t forget to visit the ‘Great East Window’ within the minster.
7) The Big Ben
The Big Ben is a major landmark in the city of London. The lofty clock tower was constructed in the year 1859. The clock tower is an annex of the Houses of Parliament. The Big Ben and the British Parliament are the emblems of the country that are recognized the world over. The bell of the clock weighs a whopping 13 tons and the Big Ben ranks as the third largest self-supporting tower in the world.
This is the hometown of William Shakespeare, the legendary English poet and dramatist. It also houses the Royal Shakespeare Company and lies beside the river Avon. The picturesque town will give you a feel of middle age England along with the aide memoires of Shakespeare.
9) The Westminster Abbey
The Westminster Abbey has been the location for crowning the kings and queens of the United Kingdom since 1066 AD. It is also known as the Place of Worship House of Kings. In addition, many kings and queens were buried within the boundaries here. It is a must visit during your trip to England.
10) St. Paul’s Cathedral
This historic place of worship has borne testimony to a number of major events in the chronicles of England, for example the princely wedding of Prince Charles and Diana and the state memorial service of Sir Winston Churchill. The magnificent dome of this cathedral and the Whispering Gallery are top attractions of this site.