There are many amazing things to see and do in England. Whether you like visiting museums and cathedrals, checking out haunted castles and pubs, or exploring old ruins, the country is filled to the brim of interesting places to visit. Some things may take full days to see, while others can be done in just a few hours. So whatever spare time you have, there will be something on this list that you can see.
1. Buckingham Palace: The State Rooms and Garden Highlights Tour
You can combine a trip to the palace with a guided tour of the State Rooms and the gardens. Guided tours take place in English, and they include the Exhibition of Royal Gifts, and the Music Room (a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales).
If the weather permits then you should definitely try to see the magnificent gardens, and allow a full day for this tour.
2. The Tower of London
You will find this on the north bank of the River Thames. It was founded in 1066 and played a great part in the Norman Conquest of England.
You will see exhibits of royal armour, the amazing Crown Jewels, the Royal Mint, and exhibitions of executions. The building cover 18 acres so be prepared for a lot of walking!
Plan on spending a whole day here.
This was the home of Winston Churchill and is a very popular attraction. Churchill lives here from 1924 until his death in 1965 and you will be able to see hundreds of photographs and momentoes. The gardens are worth taking a look at, as they include lakes and walking trails.
Tickets to the house are times, so buy them online or as soon as you arrive so you have less waiting time.
Allow at least a half day to see this.
4. Cambridge University
This is the fourth oldest surviving university in the world. Trinity College is famous for the carved chapel, which is a masterpiece of Baroque style architecture.
Today the university has a population of 18,000 students on its 31 campuses.
You should allow a half day to see this.
5. The Eden Project
The Eden Project offers an incredible collection of plants from all around the world, along with some amazing works of art. It also plays host to many music events.
The domes are located in a reclaimed quarry and look similar to igloo shaped greenhouses. Each dome has a different environment inside. The Eden project is the home of invaluable conservation research.
You can buy an advanced annual passto receive 10% off full ticket price.
Plan on spending the entire day there. There are snack bars and restaurants where you can grab a bite. As it covers 10 hectares, wear good walking shoes!
When you first see this magnificent house, you may be reminded of ‘Upstairs, Downstairs’, which is all about life in Victorian England. Rebuilt after a fire in 1881 it is complete with roasting ovens and warming cupboards. It even has a flushable toilet!
Look for the drawing room which is packed with antiques and artwork. The kitchens were some of the first to have a refrigerator room, while the Long Galley is well renowned for the ornate plaster ceiling.
The porcelain collection dates back to the 18th century and you will find many pieces by Josiah Wedgwood.
Allow at least a half day here, although you may spend longer if you eat your lunch outside in the magnificent gardens.
7. City of Bath
There are many attractions in the city of Bath. 500 of the city’s buildings are of historical importance, and the entire city has World heritage status. Visit the Royal Crescent to see the honey coloured Georgian houses. Spend some time exploring the Roman Baths which are 2,000 years old.
Bath also makes a very good location to visit further afield to places like the Avon Valley and the Mendip Hills.
You should plan to spend more than a day here, depending on whether you plan on using Bath as your base and exploring other areas.
8. The Malvern Hills
If walking, rambling, and hiking are what appeals to you, then head for these hills. 3,000 acres of spectacular beauty. Some areas of the rocks are the oldest in Britain and date back 680 million years.
Worcester Beacon stands at a height of 1,394 feet and will give you one of the best views in the area.
The hills comprise of the counties of Worcestershire, Herefordshire and a small section of Gloucestershire.
If you prefer to take your RV or camp then you will find informationabout camp sites in the area.
Allow yourself at least half a day to hike or ramble, although you may do one of the many trails which take all day.
9. Hadrian’s Wall
The fortification was built by the Romans in AD122 and stretches from the west coast at Ravenglass across to Wallsend on the east coast.
There is still a large portion of the wall standing with the longest sections being between Newcastle and Carlisle. Look out for signs for Chollerford or Walton as this stretch is in good condition. You will notice many remains of forts as well as a temple which was dedicated to a goddess named Mithras. You will find this at Carrawburgh.
You should allow at least a half day, although if you are an avid rambler, then a day may suit you better.
10. Durham Castle
Erected during the 11th century, this castle was a strong point for king Norman. It is now part of University College, Durham. You can still see the early bailey and motte style castle.
The castle is open to the public although you must pre-book a guided tour.
The view from the top of the hill is of Durham Peninsula across the River Wear. On a clear day you will be able to see Durham Cathedral.
Plan on spending a half day here.
11. York Minster
The Minster is the largest in Northern Europe, and considered to be one of the finest in the UK. Look for the Chapter House and the Gothic Nave, both of which have magnificent stained-glass windows dating back as far as medieval times.
Be sure to check out the Five Sisters Window which stands over 52 foot high! The construction of the Minster was started in the 14th century, and has an attached school and library which were added in the 18th century.
You can check out the planned eventsso as not to miss anything.
This visit will take you a full half day. Be sure to climb the step right up to the top and walk across the viewing platform, where you will see the most amazing views of the town and countryside.
12. The British Museum
The museum has over 8 million pieces of artifacts on display, some of them are permanent collections. Here you will find some of the most comprehensive collections in the world, from many different parts.
The museum was first established in 1753 and displayed collections from the scientist Sir Hans Sloane. It was open to the public in 1759.
Allow yourself a full day here, as there are many floors to see. Comfortable shoes are a must!
13. Royal Observatory
The observatory was first established in 1675 by King Charles II. The main function of the observatory was to ‘rectify the motions of the heavens, and the places of the fixed stars, and find the longitude of places to be able to master the art of navigation’.
You may look from the vantage point over the River Thames. The observatory is maintained by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.
Plan on spending a half day here.
14. Stratford upon Avon
Visit the home of Shakespeare and see where he lived since his birth in 1564. There are still some remnants to remind us of his life there. The house is still in very good condition, although is small by today’s standards.
Many still regards Shakespeare as the most celebrated writer in the world of English literature.
The house itself will not take very long to see, but if you allow yourself a half day, you will also have time to explore the beautiful town.
15. Canterbury Cathedral
Without a doubt one of the most popular things to see in the UK. Founded in 597, and then reconstructed between 1070 and 1077, you will find the Gothic style fascinating. The shrine of Thomas Becket is there. He was the Archbishop until 1170, when he was murdered.
You can check out online the upcoming events and plan your visitso that you miss the crowds in the peak times.
Make sure you take your camera, and any extra batteries you may need, as the shop does not sell batteries, and you will be taking a whole lot of pictures! Allow yourself a half a day, take the guided tour if you choose to, and then spend the afternoon exploring the town, which has many other delightful things to see.
16. Warwick Castle
The castle was built by William the Conqueror and dates back to 1068. Originally it had a wooden motte and bailey but the present one was rebuilt in the 12th century using stone.
The architecture is thought to be of the best of 14th century military construction, and this is evident as it was used as a stronghold in the 17th century.
The castle is huge and there is plenty to see and explore, so allow yourself a day to do it.
17. Lake District National Park
This is also sometimes called The Lakes, as it is made up of lakes, mountains, and forests. The poet William Wordsworth used to frequently walk around the countryside.
Apart from the scenery, the lakes are home to the deepest and longest lake in the UK, namely Wastwater, which is 3 miles long and 258 feet deep.
It is best to allow at least a day to explore the area, but if you have time, check into one of the many bed and breakfast places and stay a little longer. Each village has something different to see. Be sure to try a piece of Kendall Mint Cake, which you will find at every village store.
The Lake District is the perfect place to take your RV, or to camp and you will find a list of
to visitand stay longer in this beautiful area.
18. Madame Tussaurds
The museum was opened back in 1884 in London, although now there are other branches around the world. You will find the most life-life figures depicted there, including royalty, film stars, models and infamous criminals.
The basement contains the Chamber of Horrors which shows characters from the French Revolution such as King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette before their executions.
Allow yourself a half day to see this. Be prepared for it to get crowded in the summer seasons it is very popular.
19. Westminster Abbey
You will find Westminster Abbey in the City of Westminster, London. It is a splendid example of mixed architectural styles. This is where coronations take place. It is also the burial site for British Monarchs.
Events are well advertised in newspapers and online so you can plan your tripto this amazing place.
You will find the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior at the west end of the nave. Apart from royalty, look out for Chaucer, Dickens, Hardy, Tennyson, Kipling, Dr Johnson, Jane Austen, Shakespeare, and Bronte. Look further and you will see the resting places of Handel and Sir Isaac Newton.
It is an active Abbey so respect the silence rules at all times. Plan to spend a half day there.
20. Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall.
Lizard Peninsula is a peninsula in the southern part of Cornwall.
Be sure to include a look at the engine house as well as the views!
This peninsula used to be known as the ‘Graveyard of Ships’, because so many were wreaked on the treacherous rocks. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty.
The name ‘Lizard’ is a corruption of the Cornish ‘Lyds Ardh’, meaning ‘high courts’. The area became inhabited after the discovery of burial mounds and stones.
This is a great area to either camp or take your RV. You will find plenty of
camp sites with great facilitiesto make your stay memorable.
Pack a good pair of walking shoes, and plan on going for a long walk along the coast. You will be rewarded with the most magnificent views!
21. Jurassic Coast, Dorset
The Jurassic Coast stretches from East Devon to Dorset, covering a distance of some 95 miles. You will see some rock formations which span three of the Earth’s time zones, namely the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous, totalling 185 million years!
You may either plan to hike or ramble stretches at a time, or take the train which will give you a bird’s eye view of some of the formations.
It is a great idea to take an RV here, or even pack a tent. There are many
great campsiteswith good facilities, so you can take as long as you like to explore the area.
22. St. Michaels Mount
This island is one of Cornwall’s most iconic sights, with the Abbey being an unforgettable sight.
Catch the ferry at high tide, although the novelty is to arrive at low tide and walk across the causeway, in the way pilgrims did centuries ago.
The monastery has been there since the 5th century although the present monastery was built in the 12th century by the Benedictine Monks.
During the winter months, the island is only accessible by boat. How long you spend there, depends on whether you intend to walk there and back or catch the ferry.
You can check out the causeway opening timesto make sure you get back safely.
23. The Cotswolds
The Cotswolds are made up of rolling hills, dotted about with small, pretty villages and towns. Most of the stone used is called Jurassic limestone.
The highest point is Cleeve Hill at1,083 feet and just north of Cheltenham. The area is comprised of the prettiest counties, namely Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.
The best way to explore the Cotswolds is to hire a car, explore the many beautiful villages such as Castle Combe, Chipping Norton and Tetbury, or stay in a bed and breakfast and use it as a base to hike around the area.
You may decide to take your RV and explore. You will find campsites and RV parks to make a base for you to explore the area from.
The Cotswold Way covers 10 miles and will give you amazing views of the Severn Valley and Vale of Evesham.
24. Blenheim Palace
Blenheim Palace is one of the largest homes in England, and was built between 1705 and 1722. In 1987 it was designated a World Heritage Site. It represents the principal abode for the Dukes of Marlborough. It was also the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.
The landscapes were designed by Capability Brown, and the house was opened to the public is 1950. It is closed between December and February.
Allow yourself a half day to see the house and the garden.
25. Natural History Museum
Until 1992, the Natural History Museum in London was known as the British Museum.
It plays host to over 70 million life and earth science specimens, and visitors can witness collections which are related to zoology, mineralogy, entomology, and paleontology.
Make sure you check when the dinosaurs are at home so you canvisit them as they sometimes go away to be maintained.
It is one of three museums on South Kensington’s Exhibition Road, and a number of the collections possess great scientific value such as specimens that were collected by the preeminent English naturalist and geologist Charles Darwin.
Doors open between 10 a.m. and 5.50 p.m. Monday through Sunday and admission is free of charge.
26. Windsor Castle
This is the favourite weekend residence of the Queen, and is also where state visits take place. It is the largest inhabited castle in the world, and it is built around two courtyards.
Entrance fees include admission to the State Apartments, which are closed when the Queen is there, so you should check beforehand.
You will be able to wander through the Great Park – which is also clearly visible as you are flying into Heathrow. It is 6 miles long and can be clearly seen.
You should allow a half day for the Castle, although if you want to wander through the park, then possibly allow yourself a full day.
27. The Bodleain Library
This library in Oxford ranks as one of the oldest in the world. It is certainly one of the most impressive you will see!
Entrance fee of £1 will allow you into the Divinity School. The rest of the complex can be seen through guided tours only. You can book your tickets in advance, online, or at the desk on arrival.
The library has a collection of books from the 15th century, and still has an agreement to receive a copy of every single book published in the UK! The total amount of books currently stands at over 12 million!
The library has 117 miles of shelving and a seating area for about 2500 readers.
If you are in time to witness it, every Wednesday some 5,000 books arrive, every one of which must be catalogued and stored.
28. The Great Dorset Chilli Festival
This festival takes place in Wimborne St Giles, and is locally known as the ‘hottest day out on Dorset’. It is a two-day event, and you will be able to taste fiery food of all types.
Chilli plants and seeds are sold, as well as jams and chutneys – all spiced with chillies. You can watch demonstrations and enter the various competitions.
This event takes place on the first weekend in August, and if you plan to stay in the area, you are advised to book early as it is very popular.
29. Glastonbury Festival
This five-day festival raises money for organisations such as Oxfam, WaterAid, and Greenpeace. It attracts in the region of 175,000 people.
You may often see celebrities such as Paul McCartney, David Bowie and Elvis Costello.
This is by ticket only and they come on sale in October in the year before, while the festival takes place in the last week of June.
You can choose how many days you spend there. Bear in mind that accommodation should be booked early.
30. Porthleven food and music festival
This festival is three days long with music and food, literature and crafty stalls. It is run by volunteers, and the theme changes every year.
The festival commits to promoting local food, culture, and artists.
Because it is very popular, you may want to book accommodation early so as not to be disappointed.
31. Salisbury Cathedral
The Cathedral was constructed in the 13th century. You may also know it as the Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
A point to note is that this cathedral has the tallest spire in the whole country, standing at 404 feet.
You will also be able to see the world’s oldest working clock, which was made in 1386. Another interesting thing to look for is the best surviving copy of the Magna Carta, which is held there.
Plan yourvisitto include some of the many events held there.
Allow yourself a half day to explore the cathedral and the outside areas.
Although the exact dates remain debated, this is thought to have been constructed around 3,000 to 2,000 BC. The stones are up to 30 feet high and weigh up to 25 tons. Stonehenge is thought to be one of the most amazing sites in the world.
There is an excellent visitor centre, which includes a café and a gift shop. You should allow yourself 2 – 3 hours to walk around.
33. China Town
China Town is more of an area than one single spot. If you head for Shaftsbury Avenue, you will find some of London’s finest and most authentic Chinese restaurants and cuisine.
Originally the area was developed to cater for Chinese sailors who worked and lived around the Docklands.
Plan on spending some time walking around the area, and then stopping for a bite to eat at one of the many cafes or restaurants.
34. England’s oldest Pub
Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, also known as ‘the trip’ was established in 1189, and is recognised as the oldest and most eccentric pub in the UK. Frequented by Richard the Lionheart’s knights, you may be lucky and catch sight of the ghost which haunts it.
Have a pint or two and perhaps you will feel brave enough to take the tour of the cellars and drinking rooms. You will find them full of interesting things.
Keep your eyes open for the cobweb-ridden ‘Cursed Galleon’. It is said to bring death to all who try to dust it!
Allow yourself a nice evening here, and make sure to get a taxi home after a good night out!
35. Isles of Scilly
These isles are the UK’s answer to a tropical paradise, and you will certainly agree when you see the palm trees, and clear, warm water.
There are over 100 islands, and they are situated about 30 miles from Cornwall. If bird watching interests you, then you will not be disappointed, as there is a wealth of wildlife here.
You can take the ferry to St Mary’s, which is the largest island. Here you will see seals and seabirds, possibly also Puffins. Sometimes basking sharks and dolphins will show up.
The Abbey gardens are a wonderful display of proteas, cacti, and exotic plants.
Allow yourself a full day to explore.
36. Tour Liverpool
Everyone knows the Beatles! You will be able to follow their footsteps on the magical mystery tour of their home town. You can take a look at the homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, dating back to the 1950’s.
The Albert Dock houses Tate Liverpool, one of the UK’s best art collections, and for one of the best views of the city, head to the Anglican Cathedral. On a clear day, you may see Wales.
There are always many events going on in the city.
Allow yourself a full day to explore the city as there are many cobblestoned side streets filled with memorabilia. The Cavern Club if literally full of ‘Beatles’ stuff’.
37. Penny Lane
This is not one spot but rather a general area known as Mossley Hill. This is where john Lennon and Paul McCartney grew up. They would meet at the intersection to catch the bus into town.
If you know the song and remember the words, you will spot the ‘shelter in the middle of the roundabout’, the fire station and the barber shop.
You will also see the Penny Lane Wine Bar, cafés, and bookshops.
Allow a morning or afternoon to explore the area, before stopping off at the wine bar to check out the interesting artifacts inside.
38. London Eye
This is London’s famous Ferris Wheel, where you can see the most amazing views of the city. Standing at 443 feet high, it offers a 30-minute ride is a glass pod. You will be able to see St. Paul’s Cathedral and Buckingham Palace, as well as many other interesting buildings.
The wheel moves slowly so walking around in the pod is perfectly safe, allowing you to take photos from all sides.
You’ll notice that there is no number 13 carriage! There are 32 carriages to represent the 32 boroughs of London, but because number 13 is missing, the last carriage is actually number 33.
Book your ticket online if possible, to avoid the queues.
While the Ferris Wheel only lasts 30 mins, you may want to allow yourself more time to see other attractions nearby.
39. Beatrix Potter Gallery
You will find the gallery housed in the town of Hawkshead, actually in what was the office of Beatrix Potter’s husband. You will be able to see favourite characters such as Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddleduck.
The exhibits also tell the story of Beatrix Potter and her commitment to preserving the beauty of her beloved Lake District.
Hawkshead is about 20 minutes from Windemere so you may want to see the gallery and then go into the town to explore. In the town of Windemere, you will find the old grammar school which was attended by poet William Wordsworth.
40. Houses of Parliament & Big Ben
The clock stands at the end of the Houses of Parliament and is the centrepiece of the Thames waterfront. The clock is 315 feet high and beautifully lit up at night, so well worth an evening visit.
Unless you can request permission from a local member of parliament, you will not be allowed inside Big Ben, so the best way to see it is either from the Eye, or on a tour bus which will stop nearby.
The name Big Ben was originally the name given for the bell, although the clock has become known by that name.
Allow yourself an hour to get the perfect pictures, and then move on to explore other parts of the city.
41. Cheddar Gorge
Cheddar Gorge is classed as England’s largest gorge, and it is certainly one of the most impressive natural wonders. You will be able to explore the collection of limestone caves, which made the headlines way back in 1903 when the oldest skeleton was discovered there. He is named ‘Cheddar Man’ and is placed in the Natural History Museum.
Gough’s cave has the most impressive stalactites, while the Crystal Quest is filled with fantasy figures.
Plan on spending a half day there, as you will also be able to explore the surrounding area.
42. York Maze
This is a living maze, created with over 1 million plants. It is the largest maze in the UK.
Additionally, you will find over 20 different rides, attractions and shows. This is a great family day out.
The maze is open through the summer holidays, and also for Halloween and Bonfire nights. There is a petting zoo and feeding area, a mini golf course and an arts area where kids can paint to their hearts content.
Adventure climbs, inflatable maze, water and sand play area, quad bikes and trampoline mean that this is a great family day out. Be sure to allow yourself a full day here.
43. Captain Cook Memorial Museum
You will be able to get a look at Cook’s attic room, complete with period furniture. There is also a collection of letters, ship models and maps on display.
The museum has great paintings of Cook’s voyages by Webber and Hodges. You will be able to read all about this iconic explorer and his legendary voyages.
You should allow a half day for this, although you may want to take longer and explore the town of Whitby.
44. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
The dockyard was once the largest industrial site in the world. It is the oldest base in the Royal Navy, being established in 1495. These days it is part of Her Majesty’s Naval Base and houses 60% of the surface fleet.
Exhibitions you will be able to see are the Mary Rose, HMS Victory, HMS Warrior, HMS Alliance, National Museum of the Royal Navy, the Explosion Museum, Royal Marines Museum and Action Stations.
There are harbour tours with narrations of past times, and examples of how people lived back then.
This is still an active base, with just over 17,000 people working there. You should allow a full day to see everything, although you may want to stay overnight and see all the museums.
45. Bridge of Sighs
The bridge links Hertford College and New College Land in Oxford. It was finished in 1914 and is named the ‘Bridge of Sighs’ because it resembles the bridge in Venice, of the same name.
Legend says that because Hertford students were the heaviest, the bridge was closed so that they were forced to take the stairs to get more exercise. The truth is that the bridge was never closed at all!
Allow a morning to see the bridge and the surrounding area.
46. Science Museum
This museum offers something for all ages, with over 300,000 items on display, and 7 floors to look at. There are kids’ areas where they can experiment, and endless opportunities to learn.
You will find the world’s first jet engine here, as well as the Apollo 10 command capsule, the world’s oldest collection of clocks and watches, and the Spacelab 2 X-ray telescope – to mention a few!
Make sure you see the IMAX theatrefor stunning science films!
Allow yourself a full day here, there is a café where you can grab a bite to eat.
This skyscraper is also known as the ‘Shard of Glass’. It stands 1,016 feet high and is the tallest building in the UK, the fourth tallest in Europe and the 111th tallest structure in the world.
The Shard has the highest viewing platform in the UK, and you can see up to 40 miles away!
Plan on spending an hour or two checking out the various landmarks from the platform, then spend some time exploring the nearby streets and cafes, although there are cafes on level #72.
48. Bettys Tearooms, Harrogate
Bettys tearooms use tea sourced locally and all their products are handmade. Yorkshire tea is the brew of choice. Afternoon tea is very popular, there are two types you can choose from, one being the traditional afternoon tea, and the second being the luxury afternoon tea. Either way, you will not be disappointed at the selection of sandwiches and cakes on the menu.
Afternoon tea will take you an hour although you may need to get there a little early as it is very popular. You can spend some time in the gift shop before you are seated. Bettys delivers handmade gifts to all over the world and even offer some cakes to take away for later!
49. Denbies English Vineyard
This is a family run winery based in Dorking, Surrey. You will be able to learn about wine production in the UK, and sample any wine of your choice. Their sparkling wine has won multiple gold awards on international levels. They make and sell an English Rose wine and a Harvest Dessert wine, both of which have won prizes.
The gift shop is huge and packed with ‘all things wine’, well worth a visit!
There is a 7-mile walking trail through the vineyard, so bring your walking shoes.
Allow yourself a half day, and then perhaps spend some time exploring the area.
50. Oxford/Cambridge Boat Race
The annual boat race takes place in April, you should check online for the exact dates, as this varies year by year. It is well attended by over 300,000 people every year, although you will easily be able to find place to sit on the banks.
The start of the race normally is at 4.35 pm, but various activities go on along the bank all day, with beer drinking being one of them!
The area is very pretty to walk around in and explore, so you may want to arrive early. The course is four miles and starts in Putney, finishing in Mortlake.
51. Historic London Pub tour
Take the guided tour and visit some of London’s most famous pubs. The tour is only 2 miles but covers some of the ancient streets, filled with history. You will stop along the way for a pint or two- or three!
The tour ends near the Strand and Covent Garden, which is very close to shops and restaurants in the West End.
You will be able to discover hidden gems on this an liquid history tour through cobblestoned streets of the city.
52. Lake Windemere by boat
You can start this tour in either Ambleside, Bowness, Brockhole, or Lakeside Pier. Most cruises last between 45 minutes to 3 hours, so the choice is yours.
The scenery is spectacular, with mountains and secluded bays, and many small wooded islands.
Plan to spend at least a day in the Lake District, although if you have time, then stay for longer as there is plenty to see in this beautiful part of the UK.
53. Angel of the North.
This enormous sculpture is found in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear. It stands 66 feet tall with wings measuring 177 feet across.
You may notice that the wings are not standing straight sideways, but at an angle of 3.5 degrees. This is because the sculptor, Antony Gormley, wanted to give us the ‘sense of embrace’.
You can walk around the base of the sculpture and take as many pictures as you like, before heading off to explore other areas.
54. Blackpool illuminations
The annual festival of lights is switched on for sixty-six days, from late August until early November. You can check out the display from Starr Gate to Bispham at the opposite end of the promenade.
The display is also known as the ‘greatest free light show on earth’/ There are plenty of cafes and bars along the route, so you can stop for a snack at any time you like.
Plan to spend a night there, and remember that you may have to book accommodation during school holidays, when Blackpool gets very popular.
55. Ferry across the Mersey
This is probably one of the most famous images when you think of Liverpool. From the ferry, you will be able to see the Liverpool skyline.
The ferry ride takes about 50 minutes and leaves from Pier Head.
You may be able to take the newly ‘dazzled’ ferry, which recently received a makeover by Sir Peter Blake, the artist behind the cover of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band. It is now a stunning psychedelic design!
Although the trip takes less than an hour, try to spend some time along the waterfront and absorb the atmosphere.
56. Star gaze on the Isle of Man
Because of the lack of pollution there, the skies are crystal clear and perfect for star gazing, in fact this is one of the best places in the UK to do this. On a clear night, you should be able to see Orion Nebula or the Milky Way.
The amazing Aurora Borealis also shows up on many nights, so come prepared to take lots of pictures, and bring your binoculars.
Aim to stay at least one night, to double your chances for seeing the night skies, so book in advance for a bed and breakfast.
57. Fish and chips in Whitby
Whitby is the fishing port that inspired Bram Stoker to create Dracula, and it is filled with quaint tea shops along the cobbled streets.
The town is filled with ’foodie’ attractions such as fish and chips, and whole tail scampi in breadcrumbs. It is very popular with not only tourists, but pensioners, who arrive in buses. So instead of eating your fish and chips in the cafes, head down to the quayside and enjoy the view while tasting some of the freshest fish in the UK.
There are a good selection of fish and chip shopswhere you can buy lunch.
Remember that you are looking out at the North Sea and it can be cold, so take a jacket, even in summer.
Plan to spend a day in the picturesque town, and explore it after your lunch.
58. Visit Whitstable
This is a favourite haunt of Londoners at the weekend, coming in droves to see art galleries, delicatessens, and the many small boutique shops. ‘Pink Flamingo’ is famous for their retro style dresses, while ‘Mosaic’ will blow your mind with their handmade jewellery.
Grab a bag of oysters for lunch at the fish market at the harbour, and ad a bottle of bubbly, and you have a perfect meal on the beach.
Have a pint in ‘The Old Neptune’ which is one of the very few beachside pubs in the UK.
Take a day to explore the town, have a bite of lunch, and then watch the sunset in the evening.
59. Tate museum
The Tate Museum is actually comprised of four buildings, Tate Britain, in London (also known as the Tate Gallery), Tate Liverpool, Tate St. Ives and Tate Modern, in London.
Tate Britain has a collection of art from 1500 to the present day.
Tate Liverpool has similar collections, although this is smaller.
Tate St. Ives has modern and contemporary art from local artists.
Tate Modern houses a collection of British and International art from 1900 to present day.
Whichever one of these museums you choose to visit, you should plan on spending a whole day there. All of them have cafes where you can grab a bite to eat at lunch.
60. Kew gardens
Kew Gardens has the largest and most diverse collection of plants in the world, growing in the open, as well as in glasshouses and nurseries.
There is a treetop walkway, which gives you a birds-eye view of the gardens. Look out for the Madagascan Baobab as well as many carnivorous and rare plants.
From here you can visit Kew Palace and see the amazing royal kitchen garden, and the nature reserve where the royal family often spend time.
Allow yourself a full day to explore the gardens and all the amazing plant life.
61. Visit Chester
Chester is sometimes referred to as the ‘Black and White City’ and you will see why as you explore it. It is not too far the border with Wales. Look for the three-faced clock at the bus terminal, with the black face towards Wales – ask a local to tell you why this is so!
The city is more than 2,000 years old and is filled with interesting facts and things to see. Take the walking tour if possible and you will learn about the day a naked lady was found in the centre, as well as being able to hear the town crier, and explore the roman ruins.
There are many events throughout the year so be sure to check what’s onso as not to miss anything.
Take your lunch down to the banks of the River Dee and watch the boats there, before getting a look inside the magnificent cathedral – may be off limits when weddings are taking place.
Allow yourself a full day here, although two will be better.
62. Churchill War Rooms
These room are a part of the Imperial War Museum, and they are located under the Treasury building in the Whitehall area. The rooms became operational in 1938 and remained in operation throughout the Second World War.
The rooms have been preserved because of the historic value and are now open to the public.
Allow yourself 2 hours to see them.
63. See the Isle of Wight
If you enjoy peace and natural beauty, then make sure you head over to the Isle of Wight. Bear in mind, though, that in summer the festival draws people from everywhere and the island is very crowded.
The island is very popular for sailing and it’s beautiful resorts. You can also visit the local donkey sanctuary, where donkeys are treated and taken care of.
Allow at least a day, perhaps stay overnight in one of the many bed and breakfast places.
Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens is where you will be able to see a collection of rare Asian animals such as tigers, leopards, and reptiles. You can take the tiger walk which will give you a birds-eye view of the tigers. Make sure you take your camera as you will not often get pictures of these beautiful creatures.
Allow yourself a day to do the centre. There are also many other things to do close by such as hiring rowing boats, or taking a canoe out at Martham, so it is a good idea to spend another day in the area.
65. Robin Hood’s Water Park
This is a fun filled theme park, with everything centred around Robin Hood and his band of merry men!
It’s a great family attraction with rides to suit all ages. It is the largest outdoor water park in the UK. There are five ‘Fast and Furious’ slides for the more adventurous people!
You will find it not too far from Sherwood Forest – also worth a visit.
Plan to spend a day here, and possibly stay overnight to recover from the excitement!
65. Visit Nottingham’s lace making district
Right behind Nottingham’s Council House is the area known as the Lace Market and Hockley District and it is here you should head to check out the most beautiful lace! Once there were 130 lace making factories right there, and Nottingham was the heart of the lace making industry.
After you have viewed the lace – and perhaps bought a piece or two – stop for lunch in one of the many bars and restaurants right next to the market.
66. Leeds Castle
Leeds Castle is in Maidstone, Kent and is known as one of the prettiest castles in the world.
There are speedy zip-lines for the brave and wobbly bridges for the younger kids. You can swing through the trees like Tarzan, while viewing the castle from a vantage point.
This is a great day out for everyone, no matter what the age. Don’t forget to take your camera.
Allow about 3 hours to see and do here, as you – and the kids – will more than likely be exhausted after that!
67. Turner Contemporary, in Margate
See the Turner art gallery built on the site of JMW Turner’s home. The gallery, which is by far the biggest exhibition in the South East, houses exhibitions and events, along with learning opportunities.
Explore the metro bars and shops along the way, and note the trappings of the traditional English seaside resort.
The museum often has exhibitions which you can find out about either by calling or looking online.
Margate Old Town has many small galleries of art from local and regional artists.
Allow yourself a day to see not only the Turner gallery, but also to check out local art.
68. St Paul’s Cathedral
You may remember that Prince Charles and Princess Diana were married here. St. Pauls has seen many famous people pass through its doors, notably the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill.
You will be able to see history dating back 1,200 years as you climb the 237 steps to the top of the Dome. Pass the Whispering Gallery, where your whisper can be heard 100 feet away – so be careful what you say!
Allow a half day to look at the cathedral.
69. Chester Zoo
Here you will find the largest Orangutan exhibit in Europe, along with the amazing butterfly house.
The zoo is home to 11,000 animals, including endangered species. The gardens are fantastic with some 110 acres to explore.
For the kids, there is a mini golf area, as well as a face painting artist at hand
Allow a full day here, there are cafes, where you can get a bite to eat during the day.
70. Drayton Manor Theme Park
This is the perfect theme park for families with 5 roller coasters, 7 themed lands, water rides and thrill rides, and many more things for everyone to do. It is set on 280 acres, so make sure you have walking shoes on!
The park is on the outskirts of Birmingham, and will remind you of an old-fashioned park.
Spend a full day here, you will find plenty to do, and many places where you can eat and drink.
71. Plymouth Hoe
You may also hear this called ‘The Hoe’. It is the heart of Plymouth and encompasses a large area overlooking the sea. The views of Plymouth Sound and Drake’s Island are spectacular, and you can see right across to Mount Edgcumbe in Cornwall. The Hoe is considered to be one of the most perfect natural harbours in the world.
On the lawns is the iconic Smeaton’s Tower lighthouse. It was here that Sir Francis Drake – after finishing his game of bowls – headed out to conquer the Spanish Armada.
Wear a pair of walking shoes as there is plenty to explore in that area, and a good, long walk along the seafront.
Make sure you take your camera when youvisit the Hoeas the views are fantastic!
Allow yourself a day to see the area, although the Hoe will not take much more than an hour. Try and time your trip so you can grab some fish and chips for lunch, and you will not be disappointed!
72. Covent Garden
You will find Covent Garden between Charing Cross Road and Drury Lane. It used to be a huge fruit and vegetable market but now it has been revamped to a popular shopping site.
Long Acre road divides the area into north and south, the north is full of independent shops around Neal’s Yard, while the south often has street performers. It is in the south area that you will find historical buildings, and entertainment centres.
You will need at least a morning to see the area, although you might like to stop somewhere for a bite to eat. There are plenty of small cafes, and also restaurants for this.
Soho is a district rather than one spot, and it is close to Chinatown. Soho is full of the best bars and restaurants, clubs, and shops.
If you want a really good night out in a vibrant atmosphere, then this is the place to head for!
Soho was home to some notable figures such as Mozart, Karl Marx and The Sex Pistols, in fact the area is well known for the history and culture scene there.
Plan to spend a day exploring, and if possible, check out a bar or two in the evening.
74. Oxford street
Oxford Street runs from Marble Arch to Tottenham Court Road and is Europe’s busiest shopping street. There are over 300 shops in the street and traffic is restricted to taxis and buses.
Turning on the Christmas lights is a huge event every year, and very well attended.
There are a number of listed buildings along the street, and restaurants, cafes and bars are dotted up and down.
Plan on spending a day in the area, although this may change depending on how much shopping you plan to do!
75. London Zoo
The zoo is next to regent’s Park, and houses over 12,000 animals of all sorts. Lions, tigers, gorillas, over 100 penguins – there are plenty of animals to see,
You can watch the daily feedings of the tigers, llamas, and penguins, and enjoy the butterflies in the butterfly house.
The lion enclosure is what most people head for, although there is plenty to see and do along the way.
Plan on spending the full day there, you will be able to get a bite to eat at the café and gift shop.
76. The Shambles, York
The Shambles is a street in the city of York, and you will find many small, iconic boutiques in the cobblestoned street and the small side streets.
The Shambles has been nominated as ‘the most picturesque street in Britain’, and you may well agree with this. It is a lovely place to wander, look at shop fronts, do a little shopping, and generally enjoy the wonderful architecture.
Walking around the Shamblesis an unforgettable experience!
Plan on spending a day there, because after you have explored the street, you could head to the cathedral.
77. Ightham Mote
You pronounce this as ‘item mote’, and it is a medieval manor house, described as the most complete small manor house in the country’. It is a grade I listed building, with some parts being listed as ‘ancient monuments’.
The house is surrounded by water and sits on its own small island, and is almost 700 years old.
Be prepared to spend some time wandering through the gardens, which are amazing. The kitchen garden is full of vegetables of the season, and used to cater for the restaurant.
You will be able to wander through the gardens, which range from formal laws and flower beds, to secret glades. The bluebell woodland is magnificent when the flowers are in season.
Be prepared to spend a half day here, although longer if you visit the restaurant and gift shop.
78. American Air Museum, Duxford
This is Britain’s largest aviation museum, and houses almost 200 aircraft, military vehicles and minor navy vessels. It is set over seven exhibition halls.
The hangars which are in use, are the original ones used during the Battle of Britain, and most have listed building status.
It is an active airfield and still used by civilian companies. If you check online you will be able to find out when they put on air shows. These are very popular and you must arrive early to get a parking space, if you come by car.
You will need to spend a full day here, in order to see all there is to see. There is a café where you can grab a bite to eat.
79. Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker
You will find the bunker located on the outskirts of Hack Green, Cheshire. It used to be government-owned, although now it is open to the public.
The bunker was declassified in 1993. An interesting fact is that the bunker – which is 35,000 square foot – would have, if nuclear war had happened, been the centre of Regional Government.
The bunker was constructed in the 1950’s as a part of the secret radar network, and was code named ‘Rotor’.
Plan to spend a half day checking it out.
80. Hampton Court Palace
The building was constructed in 1515 for Cardinal Wolsey, although in 1529 he fell from favour and King Henry VIII claimed the palace for himself. It is one of only two palaces which remain, which belonged to Henry VIII.
Apart from the palace interior, you can also see the maze, the historic tennis court and the enormous grape vine, which in 2005 was the largest in the world.
The palace is also the site of the well-known Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and the Festival.
Plan on spending a half day checking out the palace and the gardens, although if you plan to see the flower show, you will need a full day.
81. Trafalgar Square
The name commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar which took place on 21st November 1805, off the coast of Cape Trafalgar, Spain. It has been a landmark since then, and used to house the King’s Mews.
Nelson’s Column which is 169-foot tall is at the centre and you will notice that it is guarded by four lions.
Many community gatherings have taken place in that area, such as anti-war protests, and Bloody Sunday.
Every year a Christmas tree donated by Norway is erected there twelve days before Christmas, and you will find that it is one place where New Year’s Eve celebrations are very noisy!
Watch out for advertisements of things to see and doall around the area.
An interesting fact is that the area used to be inundated with feral pigeons, until they were removed.
You will need a half day to see the square and monuments, and also to check out the interesting
architecture in the area, although you may want to stay longer and explore nearby shops and cafes.
82. The Roman Baths
You will find these in the city of Bath. The baths are below street level and have four main areas, namely the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple, Roman Bath House, and the Museum.
The ‘Grand Pump Room’ is visited by over one million tourists every year! The baths have been referred to as one of the wonders of the West Country.
You are not allowed to get into the water, although cameras are allowed inside the buildings.
Plan on spending a half day at the baths, and then some time exploring the city.
83. Piccadilly Circus
This is actually a street junction, which was built in 1819 to connect regent Street and Piccadilly.
From Piccadilly Circus, you will be able to get to the Haymarket, Coventry Street and Glasshouse Street. It is very close to major shopping centres in the west end.
What makes this stand out is the neon signs on the corner building on the north side, the memorial fountain, and the statue. The statue is mistakenly believed to be Eros.
Depending on how much shopping you want to do, you should spend a half day at least in the area.
This is a theme park for kids young and old! It opened in 1996 and consists of themed rides, models and of course, building centres, where you can build any structure your imagination allows!
With 2.1 million visitors a year, the park is the most visited in the UK, and the 10th most visited in Europe.
You should plan to spend the day there, although the kids may want to stay the night! There are places where you can get food and drinks.
85. Alton Towers
This is located in the village of Alton, in Staffordshire, and includes a water-park, and hotel complex. It is the largest amusement park in the UK.
There are six rides which you must not miss! Nemesis, Oblivion, Rita, The Smiler, Galactica, and Thirteen.
The waterpark was added in 2003 and other facilities include crazy golf and a high ropes course.
Although the park closes for some months of the year, the hotels are still open.
Plan on spending the whole day there!
86. The Science Museum
You will find this on Exhibition Road in South Kensington. It is visited by some 3.3 million visitors a year, and has oodles and oodles of things to see and do – especially for the kids.
Best of all – it is completely free! So, you can go back a second time, if you don’t see it all on your first trip.
87. Chygurno, Cornwall
This is a garden which literally hangs over the edge of the cliffs. It was unoccupied for over 20 years and little more than a jungle when it was purchased and re-planted back in 1998. Now it is a maze of steep pathways, steps and terraces covered with a huge selection of plants.
Wear walking shoes as it covers some 3 miles of trails. You will see banana plants and
camillias, aloes and proteas, as the climate is perfect for these exotic plants to flourish.
Make sure you spend some time on the beachesas they are among the best in the UK.
There are many trails you can follow, and beaches where you can take a break and enjoy the views.
Note that there are no refreshments anywhere, although you can buy cream teas and snacks in some of the coves. Better still, pack a picnic and spend the day!
88. Cornwall Scenic Railways
There are a number of trips you can take, each one different and all of them unique.
The St Ives Bay Line (St Erth – St Ives)
The train sweeps past the golden sands of Hayle Towans and Carbis Bay, and stops at St. Ives, which is full of unique shops, art galleries and cafes.
The Looe Valley Line (Liskeard – Looe)
Watch out for wading birds like Little Egrets, herons, and oystercatchers. At Looe, be sure to visit a local pub and one or two of the small independent shops for souvenirs.
The Maritime Line (Truro – Falmouth)
The starting point is the cathedral in Truro, with it’s wonderful architecture. Falmouth has beautiful beaches, gardens, and shopping centres. Of interest is the natural harbour.
The Atlantic Coast Line (Par – Newquay)
This trip crosses the wooded Luxulyan Valley, goes over the moors, where you may glimpse the white land of the Cornish China Clay area. Newquay is known as one of the finest beach in Europe.
The Tamar Valley Line (Plymouth – Gunnislake)
The trip takes you over the Calstock viaduct which is at 120 feet above the river. You will pass through rolling grass fields, sleepy villages, and beautiful rivers, before finishing at Gunnislake.
89. Plymouth Gin
The distillery has been in use since 1793 and is also known as Blackfriars Distillery. It is the only distillery in the city.
Folklore says that it is located in what was once a Dominican Order Monastery, although this is disputed with no evidence to show it. The Pilgrim Fathers are also supposed to have stayed there while the Mayflower was being repaired.
It was in fact a merchant’s house around 1500, and by 1605 was used as a goal. In 1689, it was a Congregational meeting house and in 1793 it became the distillery.
You can take tours of the distillery, and get a bite to eat at the bar and bistro on the premises.
Plan on a full day to explore not only the distillery, but also the surrounding area of Plymouth.
90. Barnstable Pannier Market
This is one of Britain’s largest indoor market, where you will find everything you want! It opened some 150 years ago and still sells things from fresh local produce, flowers, crafts, prints and pictures, and much more.
The market gets very busy in the holiday season and you must take care to keep your purse or wallet safe, as pickpockets do show up.
You will find the market open every 2nd Sunday of the month.
Plan to spend a half day walking through the market, then stop at a café for lunch.
91. Weymouth Beach, Dorset
The beach is three miles long and just a short walk from the historic harbour. For the kids, there are Punch and Judy shows and donkey rides. Volleyball championships often take place there, as well as live music and a free summer firework display.
The promenade gets busy in the summer months, but quieter later in the year. From the beach, you can see as far as the Jurassic Coastline.
You will find plenty to see and doalong the beach front.
Plan on spending a full day in Weymouth, you will not regret it!
92. Goodwood Festival of Speed
This is the home of racing, and if that is what you like, then this is where you should head! The annual festival takes place in late June or early July, and is very popular. You should buy your tickets early and also arrive early.
Plan to spend the whole day there.
93. Wookey Hole Caves
You will find these caves in the village of Wookey Hole, in Somerset. The River Axe flows through the caves. The temperature inside is a constant 11 degrees.
The first cave dives in Britain were made in these caves by Jack Shepard and Graham Balcombe. While you may not be able to dive there, you can certainly appreciate the natural beauty in them.
The waters of the Axe are used in a hand-made paper mill, which started operations in 1610, and the temperature of the interior makes them perfect for the maturation of Cheddar Cheese.
Of note to look for is the ‘Witch of Wookey Hole’, which is a human shaped stalagmite. Legend says that she was turned into stone by a monk from Glastonbury.
Allow yourself a half day to see the caves.
94. Haynes International Motor Museum
The museum is located at Sparkford, Somerset. There is a magnificent collection of over 400 cars and bikes, along with a collection of other car memorabilia.
There are 15 different exhibitions ranging from the ‘Dawn of Motoring’, to ‘Great
British Marques’, and ‘Ferrari, the Man’, all of which are well laid out and easy to walk through.
Don’t forget to have a look at the ‘American Dream’ where you will see the 1931 Duesenberg, one of only eight built.
The ‘Red Room’ contains red sports cars from all over the world including a 1966 Ford Mustang Convertible and a 1959 Austin Healey Sprite.
There is a very well stocked café where you can have lunch or a snack. To ensure that you have a good look around, you should plan to spend a half day three.
95. Longleat Safari Park
This safari park is located in Wiltshire, and was first opened in 1966. It is in the grounds of Longleat House, a stately home, also open to the public.
The idea of safari parks came from jimmy Chipperfield – former co-director of Chipperfield’s
There are over 500 animals in the park and it is a sprawling estate which covers 9,000 acres.
Allow yourself a day to see the safari park, and then perhaps also visit the house.
96. White cliffs of Dover
Head to the town of Dover, and then to the North Downs where the formation of cliffs reaches up to 350 feet. They stretch for 13 km both east and west of the town.
The cliffs were a symbol of home in war-time, and the National trust calls them ‘an icon of Britain’.
Before air travel, the crossing at Dover was the primary way, the cliffs were the last and first thing passengers saw.
There is some amazing walkingto be had along the cliffs.
Plan to spend a day in Dover, explore the cliffs and the countryside, have some lunch in the town of Dover and then check out the gift shops and unique boutiques.
97. Dreamland, Margate
Based on the traditional British seaside funfair, this is an amusement park which was first opened in 1880, although it was only called Dreamland in 1920.
A new Dreamland opened in 2015 and now works as a combined seaside funfair as well as a working museum of vintage rides.
Plan to spend a day at Margate and explore the town and coastline. You can walk along the promenade and head up into the town centre, where there are many interesting shops.
Old Town Margate houses the works of young and upcoming artists.
Plan to spend a full day here. The train station is within walking distance of Dreamland, and a bus will take you into the town centre.
98. Shell Grotto, Margate
The walls of this subterranean grotto are covered in mosaics created from seashells. The total area is about 190 square meters, which equates to about 4.6 million shells!
The grotto was discovered back in 1835, although the purpose is still not known. The grade I listed building is open to the public, with a cute, little gift shop.
Looking at the grotto will only take an hour or so, but you may want to go on and check out the town, perhaps combine it with a visit to the Turner Contemporary Museum, so allow a day to do all of this.
99. Tonbridge Castle
The motte-and-bailey castle was constructed in 1088 following the Norman conquest. The twin tower gatehouse took 30 years to complete, and now houses a tourist information office where you can find out about many things to do in the area.
Both the castle and the mansion are Grade I listed buildings. You can walk all around the castle along a trail, and see it from all angles. Pack a picnic lunch and stop in one of the many secluded spots.
While it will only take about an hour to see the Castle, the town of Tonbridge is worth walking around, with plenty of beautiful architecture to see.
The River has boating trips in the summer months, and the high street is full of small cafes and interesting shops.
Allow yourself a full day to see the Castle and the town.
100. Shipwreck Museum Hastings
This museum is found in the old town of Hastings and has artifacts from many ships which have been wrecked in the English Channel.
Two wrecks to look out for include the ‘Amsterdam’ a Dutch East Indiaman from 1749, and the ‘Anne’ from 1690, which was a warship belonging to Charles II. Along with the wreck exhibits, there are displays of fossils which have been found in local areas.
We have listed 100 of the most interesting places and things to see in the UK, although there are certainly many more worth checking out. Whatever you like looking at, England has something which will appeal to everyone, no matter what your age!