Despite being relatively small in size, a large population and centuries of history make England a diverse country to visit, with plenty of destinations to choose from! If you’re unsure of where to start, we’ve done the hard work for you and put together the ultimate list of must-see England for first-time visitors.
Of course, any England adventure has to include a visit to the nation’s capital! Don’t miss some of the city’s famous landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament with Big Ben, the London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London.
Head into the countryside and on to Oxford, the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’. Some highlights in the area include the Sheldonian Theatre, Bodleian Library and the Radcliffe Camera.
The Cotswolds is what you imagine idyllic English landscapes and charming villages to be. Stop in Tetbury and an architectural gem with many houses remaining as they were in the 16th century. While you’re here, don’t miss the chance to step into one of the honey-coloured pubs and enjoy a ‘Ploughman’s’ or traditional fish & chips!
Snug in the hills of South West England, the charming city of Bristol has a distinct identity as a mecca for artists, scientists and architects who come here to seek inspiration. Throughout the city you’ll find the street artworks of world-famous artist Banksy – make it a point to find his earliest pieces as you explore the city! Of course, a quick trip out to Stonehenge and Bath are a must when you’re in this area!
It’s time to leave the banks of the River Anon and drive to Shrewsbury, a charming medieval market town in the glorious English countryside. Here you’ll have time to explore its quaint streets and shops, with new discoveries literally around every corner. Enjoy a tea and scone or a heartier meal in one of the many little restaurants.
Beatles city! The legacy of the iconic band is alive and well in this harbour town. Situated on the bank of the Mersey estuary, the city has one of the largest harbours in the world and remains a major port for transatlantic shipping. As the former European City of Culture, it also boasts an impressive art scene, with more museums and galleries than any other British city outside of the capital.
The former hometown of none other than Shakespeare himself. Experience this towns 800-year-old history first-hand and see that time has stood still.