If you’re planning on going to England, this is the list for you. We consulted various sources both online and off to put together a “top 10’ list just for you. So after you make the obligatory visit to Buckingham Palace, here are the top ten places the experts say you must see while in England:
Shakespeare’s hometown will spark the literary side of you or at least give you a better idea of just why you had to learn about him the famous playwright and poet in high school. It has been incredibly well-preserved and features a lot of remnants of the life of the man who has long been considered the greatest writer in the history of the English language.
First constructed of wooden motte and bailey by William the Conqueror in 1068, the famous Warwick Castle was rebuilt in stone sometime in the 12th century. It is considered by architectural experts to be one of the finest examples of 14th-century military architecture. In fact, it was an actual military stronghold during the 17th century. You can even spend the night there if you choose.
Research reveals that “Lizard” Peninsula is named thus because it is a poor translation of the Cornish name “Lyds Ardh”, which actually means “high court.” It has its roots in a Celtic name. The peninsula itself was formed during the Iron Age and the Roman Period. Once known as a dangerous spot for shipping, it was nicknamed the “Graveyard of Ships”. Based on the discovery of mounds, the area was once also inhabited.
Perhaps the most famous wax museum in the world, London’s Madame Tussaud’s now has branches in other major cities. Founded by wax sculptor Marie Tussaud. It contains the lifelike likenesses of numerous historical figures, models, movie stars, musical acts, infamous murderers, sports stars, and royalty. Tussaud actually modeled Benjamin Franklin during his own time and decapitated heads during the French Revolution.
This historic castle is situated on the River Thames’ North Bank in central London. It was officially founded in 1066 when the Normans conquered England. It has sometimes served as a royal residence. It features a group of buildings inside two concentrically-circled walls. The previously besieged building has also served as an armory, a menagerie, and a treasury.
Canterbury Cathedral is perhaps the most famous Christian building in the country. It’s the Archbishop of Canterbury’s cathedral. The archbishop is the head of the Church of England. The church was actually reconstructed and enlarged between 1069 and 1078. In 1174 it was renovated and given Gothic style in order to host pilgrims who were then visiting Thomas Becket’s shrine. Becket was the famous archbishop who was murdered there in 1170.
The Cotswolds is a rural, hilly-range located in South-Central England. It is 25 miles wide and is 145 kilometers in length. The area includes attractive villages and little towns that are built underlying the Cotswold stone. The area is quite rich in limestone, especially fossilized sea urchins. It was an important wool trade route back in the Middle Ages.
Stonehenge is one of the most famous spots in the world. Archaeologists think it was a burial ground built between 3000 BC to 2000 BC. Others claim that radiocarbon reveals that the first stones at this mysterious site were erected somewhere between 2400 to 2200 BC. Immortalized in the film (“This Is Spinal Tap”) and song (Ylvis’ “Stonehenge”), it was officially added to the UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in 1986.
Another World Heritage Site, the Jurassic Coast is on the English Channel along England’s southern coast. During World War II, some areas of this historical coastline were used as military training grounds. (Don’t fret. There are no dinosaurs here.)
Once known as the British Museum, it was renamed the Natural History Museum in 1992. Here you can see more than 70 million earth and life science specimens. The collections include subjects such as entomology, mineralogy, paleontology, and zoology. Admission is free.