A trip to England is the vacation that dreams are made of. With ancient history to spare, beautiful landscapes at every turn, and culture to rival anywhere else in the world, a long vacation spent in England is full of delights.
So what are the sights that you just shouldn’t miss when heading to ‘the old country’? Well, some of not to miss attractions are well known, like Stonehenge, but others are maybe a little less known to those outside of England. Here are the top 5 things to do in England, the must-see sights according to the UK holiday experts at Sykes Cottages, the UK’s leading independent holiday cottage letting agency.
After only a 2 hour drive from London you’ll arrive at Stonehenge, one of the best known World Heritage Sites in the UK. This ancient megalithic stone circle has fascinated people for centuries – why is it here? How did they build it? What is its purpose? While you might not find the answers to these age-old questions when you visit, but you will be struck dumb by the sheer magnitude of this ancient stone monument that has stood on this site for more than 4500 years.
Take a Brewery Tour
While England’s ales tend to rest in the shadows of its famous beer brewing neighbour Ireland, don’t think that you need to cross over the Irish Sea to get a good pint. The last few years have seen a renaissance in brewing throughout the UK, with micro-breweries popping up all over the country, all of which are making high quality and unique beers for locals and visitors alike. Many breweries offer visitors the chance to tour their facilities and learn a little bit about the brewing process along the way. One such brewery is Wychwood in Oxfordshire, where you can take a guided tour and sample some of their famous Hobgoblin brew.
If you’re looking for something completely different than head up to the north of England to explore Hadrian’s Wall, a Roman defensive fortification that was begun in AD 122! Though not the entire wall remains intact today, there is still more than enough left to visit, and the more energetic amongst us will love discovering it via the long distance walking and cycling path that follows the route. Stay in a holiday cottage in the Lake District nearby and take a day trip to Birdoswald Roman Fort in Cumbria. Here you can explore the extensive remains of the Roman Fort, as well as the longest continuous remaining stretch of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site.
You can’t visit England without visiting at least one castle, and what better one to visit than Dover castle, the ‘Key to England’. Perched on the top of the Cliffs of Dover this castle has guarded England’s shores for more than 20 centuries and has been witness to more history than any other location in the country. Dover Castle is filled with fascinating exhibitions and events year round, and as it’s the biggest castle in England you’ll want to make sure you give yourself enough time to see it all.
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, is 121 hectares of gardens and glasshouses in the southwest of London, and is a must-see for any garden or plant lover visiting the capital city. You could spend years exploring every part of this manicured garden and still not see it all. If walking the 300 acres sounds a little bit much for you, hop on the Kew Explorer, a land train that tours the garden provides commentary about the Kew’s history along the way. There’s nowhere better to be on a sunny afternoon than the beautiful gardens at Kew.
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