Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in England (With photo) | 2019 Guide

It’s really difficult to decide only a few of the numerous tourist attractions in England. Most people have a cliché-ridden idea about England. People think that England has a cold, grey and rainy weather along with double-decker buses, eccentric aristocrats, thatched cottages, village pubs, country houses, and cream teas.

However, visitors will find that there are not as many rains it as they had heard. They will find more Indian restaurants than fish-and-chip shops. And they will be astounded by a surprising amount of great destinations packed into a relatively small area.

Tourist Attractions in England:

10. Hadrian’s Wall

Top 10 Tourist Attractions in England, Hadrian's Wall
Hadrian’s Wall; image credit – Wikimedia/Aqwis

The Romans built the Hadrian’s Wall to protect their colony Britannia from the tribes in Scotland. It stretches from the Irish Sea to the North Sea across the north of England for 117 kilometers (73 miles). Following a visit by Roman Emperor Hadrian, the construction of the wall started in 122 AD and within six years it was largely completed. Today only small portions of this famous wall are still visible. From Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway, a national path lies along the whole length of the wall.

Major attractions in Hadrian’s Wall:

  • Visit the best preserved Roman fort, Housesteads
  • On the eastern side of the river, there is the Millenium Bridge
  • Explore Lanercost Priory, Brocolitia Fort, and Vindolanda museum
  • Walk the two meters thick Heddon-on-the-Wall

9. Warwick Castle

Top 10 Tourist Attractions in England, Warwick Castle
Warwick Castle; image credit – Wikimedia/Mcselede

Warwick Castle was originally a wooden structure built by William the Conqueror in 1068. In the 12th century, it was rebuilt in stone. The front wall opposite the town was refortified during the Hundred Years War, which resulted in one of the most recognizable examples of 14th-century military architecture. Probably this Warwick Castle was classified as one of the “Top 10 historic houses and monuments” of Britain in 2001.

Major tourist attractions in Warwick Castle:

  • Don’t miss the gardens, especially the ‘peacock reserve and rose garden
  • Enjoy the mesmerizing collection of furniture, porcelain, sculptures, and paintings
  • Explore the 14th-century Castle Dungeon, also the Princes tower
  • There is a fun zone recently added for the kids, Horrible Histories maze

8. Lake District

Top 10 Tourist Attractions in England, Lake District
Lake District; image credit – Flickr/Les Haines

The Lake District is Located in the North West England in the county of Cumbria. It is the largest National Park in the country. Considerably, the lakes and fells (mountains and hills) are the main attraction of the Lake District. Carved by glacial erosion and providing spectacular and exciting scenery, it has become the premier destination for hiking and climbing in England. About 14 million national and international tourists visit the park each year.

Major Tourist attractions in Lake district:

  • Explore the national park and its largest lakes
  • You can join the Windermere Lake Cruises
  • Haverthwaite Steam Railway can carry you to the Leven Valley
  • Catbells High Ridge Hike
  • Visit Ullswater, Conistonwater, and Derwentwater

7. Tower of London

Top 10 Tourist Attractions in England, Tower of London
Tower of London; image credit – Wikimedia/Carlos Delgado

The Tower of London served as a penitentiary from 1100 to the mid-twentieth century. In the winter of 1066, the castle was built as part of the Norman Conquest of England. Before it became a prison, the castle served as a royal residence. Now it is home to the British Crown Jewels. People believe the Tower of London is allegedly the most haunted building in England. Including the stories about Anne Boleyn, there are tales of ghosts inhabiting the tower.

Major attractions in the Tower of London:

  • Visit The White Tower and the Line of Kings
  • Explore the Jewel House, which is actually the home of the Crown Jewels
  • Don’t miss the Royal Mint Museum
  • Walk through The Beefeaters and the Ceremony of the Keys

6. The Cotswolds

Top 10 Tourist Attractions in England, The Cotswolds
The Cotswolds; image credit – Wikimedia/Diliff

Located in south central England, the Cotswolds refers to an array of gentle hills with the main range reaching 330 meters (1083 feet) in altitude at its highest peak. Known for the stone-built villages, stately homes, historical towns and gardens, the Cotswolds is a popular tourist attraction in England. visitors may find the area is within the easy striking distance of London and several other English urban centers.

Major attractions in The Cotswolds:

  • Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens
  • If you are a racing fan, then don’t miss the Cheltenham Racecourse
  • Walk in the footsteps of Shakespeare’s Birthplace
  • Explore the beautiful Chedworth Roman Villa

5. Durham Cathedral

Top 10 Tourist Attractions in England, Durham Cathedral
Durham Cathedral; image credit – Flickr/Glen Bowman

Located in the city of Durham in northeast England, Durham Cathedral is the greatest Norman building in England and perhaps even in Europe. It is treasured for its unrivaled location and ingenious architecture. On August 12, 1093, the foundation stone of Durham Cathedral was laid. Keeping the main Norman design, there have been major embellishments and reconstructions of some parts of the building since then. In 2001, Durham Cathedral was voted the best-loved building in England in a nationwide poll held by BBC.

Major attractions in Durham Cathedral:

  • Visit the Museum of Archaeology at Palace Green Library
  • Explore the Durham University Botanic Garden
  • Spend time in Beamish, The Living Museum of the North

4. York Minster

Top 10 Tourist Attractions in England, York Minster
York Minster; image credit – Wikimedia/andy

York Minster dominates the skyline of the ancient city of York. It is one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in northern Europe (alongside Cologne Cathedral in Germany). All the major stages of Gothic architectural development in England are incorporated in York Minister. The construction of the present building has begun in about 1230 and completed in 1472. Inside the cathedral is the “Great East Window”, which is the largest stretch of medieval stained glass in the world.

Major attractions in York Minster:

  • Pilgrimage Window resting above a stunning dragon’s head
  • spectacular medieval Central Tower
  • Take a walk to the Medieval City Walls
  • Visit the oldest remaining parts of Clifford’s Tower
  • Don’t miss the National Railway Museum

3. Windsor Castle

Top 10 Tourist Attractions in England, Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle; image credit – Wikipedia/Aurelien Guichard

Windsor Castle is located about an hour west of London and often called the largest and oldest inhabited castle in the world. Using the castle for both state and private entertaining, it is one of the official residences of Queen Elizabeth II who spends many weekends of the year at the castle. Windsor’s earliest surviving buildings date from the reign of Henry II who came to the throne in 1154. Including the magnificent State Apartments and St Georges Chapel, most of the castle is open to the visitors.

Major attractions in Windsor Castle:

  • Visit the Waterloo chamber
  • Take the interesting Audio tour with Prince Charles
  • Don’t miss the Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House
  • Explore The State Apartments

2. Big Ben

Top 10 Tourist Attractions in England, Big Ben
Big Ben; image credit – Flickr/Justin Ennis

The name Big Ben does not actually refer to the clock tower itself, in fact to the 13-ton bell housed within the tower. The 150-year-old tower takes its name from Sir Benjamin Hall, the man who first ordered the bell.

Being the 3rd largest free-standing clock tower in the world, the clock has become an icon of the England and London and has appeared in many films. For example, in the movie Mars Attacks, the Big Ben is destroyed by a UFO attack. A tour to London is incomplete without visiting this great monument of the British Kingdom.

Major attractions in Big Ben:

  • The tower is not open for general people
  • Instead, take a tour of the Houses of Parliament next to The Elizabeth Tower

1. Stonehenge

Top 10 Tourist Attractions in England, Stonehenge
Stonehenge; image credit – Pixabay/fotobias

Stonehenge is among the most significant ancient sites in the world. Many aspects of Stonehenge are subjected to debate because it was created by a culture that left no written records. According to the evidence found in the site, the large stones were erected around 2500 BC. No one knows for certain what purpose Stonehenge served, but many scholars believe the tombstone was used as a ceremonial or spiritual center.

Major attractions in Stonehenge:

  • Walk on the public footpath
  • Visit the Salisbury Cathedral
  • Explore The Salisbury Museum
  • Don’t miss the exotic Larmer Tree Gardens

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