A trip to England is the vacation that dreams are made of when you follow these Top 5 Things to do in England. 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.
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Top 5 Things to do in England
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.
There are many fantastic trips and adventures to experience whilst in England. One of many is visiting the beautiful Stonehenge. To learn more about his fantastic location from an experienced tour guide, there are many Stonehenge Tours from London and other cities to take part in. This is what my friends and I did when we spent 2 days in London in 2017.
After only a 2 hour drive from London you will 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.
Visit a Historical Pub
While England’s ales tend to rest in the shadows of its famous beer brewing neighbors in Ireland, don’t think that you need to cross over the Irish Sea to get a good ale and a famous pie. England is known for their pies - and we aren't talking about cherry or apple pie...we are talking about MEAT PIES!
You can find a listing of historical pubs in any town you visit in England, and make sure to read reviews because they are definitely not all created equally.
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.
By quisnovus from Gloucester, England - Hadrian's Wall, CC BY 2.0
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 is nowhere better to be on a sunny afternoon than the beautiful gardens at Kew.
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I love visiting England. Can't wait to go back.
Would LOVE to go there!
I want to see Stonehenge badly!
I would love to visit England one day.
It would be amazing to visit England, I would love to see Stonehenge and just stare at it in awe!
I've been to UK several times and have never made it to Stonehenge. Someday!
England is number one on my "destination list"..... I'm such an anglophile!
I LOVED kew gardens. They have about 20% of all plant species on Earth!
Never been, but when I do, I'll definitely keep these in mind!
If i ever make it to England, I'll definitely be visiting Stonehenge. I can't help but think of Nation Lampoon's European Vacation everytime I see it, though. lol.
funny thing is I spend a semester in England and not sure I did any of these:)
I'd love to go there someday. 🙂
England is on my bucket list!
Oh how I want to go to England...maybe one day.
it looks lovely. I have not been there, but hope to soon! thanks for sharing about places to see and go to.
I want to visit England so terribly! My kids and I are always joking around about things like Stonehenge and the pyramids about how aliens and giants made them 🙂
Karen of 3G2S
I have always wanted to visit England. My husband wants to go somewhere more exotic, like Hong Kong. We're going to have to fight it out. LOL!!
I want to get there someday!
how I would love to travel there one day
Of course I'll follow your information and suggestion. Also thanks for your nice article with a nice photo.
I went to England when I was 25, very cool place. Although, I could never live there. We went to the Conwy Castle, London and many other places. Truly a wonderful experience!
Penelope (NYC Blogger)
I've only been to StoneHenge, I've never even heard of the rest…thanks for the ideas for my return trip!
OMG I want to go to England so bad!!! And you just made we want to go even MORE! Dangitt! 😉
You had brewery tour!
I would so be the ultimate tourist if I was in England. I'm a little scared to travel outside of the country.
I would love to go to England! What an awesome vacation that would be.
so want to go there!
I would love to go there one day. I want to go wherever they shot Harry Potter movie 🙂
I really want to see Stonehenge.