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Things to do and See in England

London

When it comes to sightseeing, the choices are endless. Indoors or outdoors, underground or overground, traditional English heritage or modern European attitude, which all are on offer here along with so much more.

The name alone brings to mind history, power, culture and tradition as it’s believed that Romans built a fort here in 60AD and called it ‘Londinium’. There are dozens of cities in the world with a much better quality of life but London is and remains the most visited city in the world.  With 300 languages and 30% ethnic population make it the most multicultural place on earth and the cosmopolitan melting pot of the first and third world. London, England's capital city is the largest and among the oldest cities in Europe with a population of over 11 million. London is made up of 33 London boroughs and the City of London cover an area of nearly 385 sq km (148 sq miles). It will be hosting the up coming 2012 summer Olympics and with that will bring in even more things to do and see in this capital city. London is one of the great tourist destinations in the world, and there is an almost inexhaustible supply of things to see and do. On most weekends there are festivals throughout the city of London. If you require information on London the best website is: www.london-tourist-information.com or www.londontouristboard.com

 


Buckingham Palace


King George III bought Buckingham Palace in 1761 for his wife Queen Charlotte. Today, Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the British Monarchy. Many come daily to take pictures of Buckingham Palace, and to see the changing of the guard. The 19 State Rooms of the Palace, including the Throne Room and the Picture Gallery, are only open to the public during August and September, when the Queen moves to her Scottish residence. Admission price is £12 for the Palace and £7 for the Queen’s Gallery, but these prices are subject to change. For more information on Buckingham Palace go to www.royal.gov.uk

 

 


Big Ben


During the Second World War the House of Commons was destroyed, but the clock tower remained intact and Big Ben continued to keep time. Big Ben is one of London's most famous landmarks. "Big Ben" does not refer to the whole clock tower, but to the huge thirteenth bell which strikes the hour. Big Ben is an excellent timekeeper, which has rarely stopped.

 


Tate Modern


Tate Modern's vast Turbine Hall is used to stunning effect for large scale, temporary installations. The permanent collection draws from a deep reservoir of modern art and features works from Matisse, Rothko, Giacometti and Pollack. For more information on the Tate Modern go to www.tate.org.uk

 


The Tower Bridge

One of London's most famous landmarks, the bridge was constructed in the 1890's. The Tower Bridge is located on the river Thames. It features a road which can be raised to allow tall ships to pass through.

The main attraction of the Tower Bridge experience has to be spectacular views over London from the high-level walkways, 140 ft. above the River Thames. From this unique view point, visitors can see some of London's most well-known buildings, such as the Tower Of London, St. Paul's Cathedral, and the Canary Warf. Also, there are specially designed windows to give visitors the opportunity to view the river from the bridge. Admission price is £6, but prices are subject to change. For more information on the Tower Bridge go to www.towerbridge.org.uk

 


Tower of London

The Tower of London is one of the world’s most famous fortresses and has seen service as royal palace, prison, armoury and even a zoo. The ancient stones reverberate with dark secrets, priceless jewels glint in fortified vaults and pampered ravens strut the grounds.

Constructed over 900 years ago (1078) by William the Conqueror, the Tower of London is steeped in a rich history and remained a royal residence until the mid-16th century. This fortress was expanded by many medieval kings and is a grand structure used by Royals through the years as a refuge and powerbase.

From 1322 onwards the tower held prisoners suspected of plotting the downfall of the Monarch. Amongst the most famous prisoners held there were Anne Boleyn, Katherine Howard, and Lady Jane Grey. The last prisoner held was Rudolph Hess, who was a member of the Nazi's. He was held from 17-21 May 1941. The tower has also been a Palace and also a zoo.

Today, it houses the priceless Crown Jewels and the Royal Armouries collection. The history states that many historical figures, including members of the royal family, were imprisoned, tortured and/or executed here. Admission price is £12.50, but prices are subject to change. For more information on the Tower of London go to www.tower-of-london.org.uk

 

 


Hyde Park

Henry VIII acquired Hyde Park in 1536. The park covers 630 acres, and includes some of London's most well-known tourist spots. Kensington Palace stands at the west side of the park. This was the home of Lady Diana. This park is a great place to go for a stroll.

 


St Paul’s Cathedral


Built in 1710 St Paul’s Cathedral is the third largest in the world and with its world-famous dome, St. Paul’s Cathedral is an iconic feature of London’s skyline and, along with a colorful history (it hosted Winston Churchill’s funeral and saw Prince Charles and Dianna exchange vows), it offers amazing views and there is 530 stairs to get to the top. Admission price is £7, but prices are subject to change. For more information on St. Paul's Cathedral go to www.stpauls.co.uk

 


London Eye


At 135 meters tall this is the world’s largest observation wheel and it offers a spectacular way to take in over 55 of London’s most famous landmarks as it takes just 30 minutes to rotate. Admission price is £12, but prices are subject to change. For more information on the London Eye go to www.londoneye.com

 


Westminster Abbey / Cathedral

Across Parliament Square is Westminster Abbey is located across from Parliament Square and its an amazing Gothic building where numerous members of the British royal family have been christened, married, and crowned. Consecrated under Edward the Confessor, in the 11th century, it was rebuilt over the next four centuries in Gothic style.

Westminster Abbey was originally a Benedictine monastery, re-founded as the Collegiate Church of St. Peter in Westminster (today one of the boroughs constituting Greater London) by Queen Elizabeth I in 1560. Since William the Conqueror, every British sovereign has been crowned in the abbey except Edward V and Edward VIII, neither of whom was crowned. Many kings and queens are buried near the shrine of Edward the Confessor or in Henry VII's chapel. The last sovereign to be buried in the abbey was George II (died 1760); since then they have been buried at Windsor.

The abbey is also crowded with the tombs and memorials of famous British subjects. Part of the south transept is well-known as Poets' Corner, while the north transept has many memorials to British statesmen. The grave of the "Unknown Warrior," whose remains were brought from Flanders in 1920, is in the centre of the nave near the west door.

If you come to London this is definitely worth a visit as it’s one of London’s most famous landmarks. Admission price is £7, but prices are subject to change.  For more information on Westminster Abbey go to www.westminister-abbey.org

 


Camden Market


Around London, Camden is famous for its market where especially on a Sunday it attracts over 100,000 bargain hunters. Besides that most Londoners wouldn’t recommended as it has a reputation for being having thousands of homeless and students. It is true that Camden does have two unemployment offices, but because it’s infested by students. It has an excellent nightlife.

In Camden you will find such clubs as the old Camden Palace, The Underground and the Electric Ballroom. If it’s pub you prefer then two of the best would be The World's End (next to the tube), and Liberty's (Irish pub on High Street). Both of these places are good meeting places before heading out to the clubs. I would definitely recommend Camden as it’s a place that everything goes and you can find anything you are looking for.

 


National Gallery


This gallery houses over 2,000 works, which include some of the best paintings in the world. With paintings ranging from 1250 to 1900, the collection includes works by Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Cezanne, Van Gogh and many more famous artists. For more information on the National Gallery go to www.nationalgallery.org.uk

 

 


British Museum

The British Museum is located in Russell Square and its one of the world’s greatest museums. This museum has on display over 6 million artifacts that have been taken from all over the globe. Some of the highlights include the Rosetta Stone, a copy of the Magna Carta and the controversial Parthenon Sculptures, known as the Elgin Marbles, taken from the Parthenon in Athens, and an amazing Egyptian section that is one of the best in the world. Admission is free and for more information on the British Museum go to www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

 

 

Cartoon Museum

The Cartoon Museum is on the ground floor of this former dairy. There is a brief chronology of British cartoon art, from Hogarth via Britain's cartooning 'golden age' (1780 - 1830) to wartime cartoons and ending with modern satirists such as Ralph Steadman. For more information on the Cartoon Museum go to www.cartoonmuseum.org

 

 

Science Museum

The Science Museum demonstrates the science behind engines, cars, planes, ships, medicine, computers and domestic exhibits. Displays feature landmark inventions such as Stephenson's Rocket, Arkwright's spinning machine, Whittle's turbojet and the Apollo 10 command module. For more information on the Science Museum go to www.sciencemuseum.org.uk

 

 

Charles Dickens Museum

The Charles Dickens Museum is place where he lived from 1837 - 1840, during which he wrote Nicholas Nickleby and Oliver Twist. You can ring the door bell to gain access to four floors of Dickensiana. For more information on the Charles Dickens Museum go to www.dickensmuseum.com

 

 

Florence Nightingale Museum

The Florence Nightingale Museum is the nursing skills and dedication that made Nightingale a Victorian legend are honoured here. The museum is a tour through her family life, the Crimean War and health reforms. This museum is dedicated to one of the most influential women of Victorian Britain who inspired so many people who have followed in her footsteps. For more information on the Florence Nightingale Museum go to www.florence-nightingale.co.uk

 

 

Thames River Cruise

The Thames River Cruise is without doubt one of the best ways to see London, weaving through the heart of the city and past so many of its most famous attractions. See and experience the sights and splendour of this great city from the relaxed comfort of a City Cruises modern, all-weather boats with open upper decks and spacious lower saloons with panoramic windows.

 

 

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Sightseeing visitors to London can enjoy a trip back in time with a visit to the spectacular Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Situated on London’s Bankside, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre is areconstruction the original building that housed Shakespeare's theatre in London, an open-air playhouse where the playwright penned many of his greatest plays.


This modern building is a faithful reconstruction of the Globe, first built in 1599, and perfectly evokes the atmosphere of Elizabethan London. Resident storytellers on the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Tour and Exhibition introduce visitors to all aspects of the Globe, historical and contemporary, including Sam Wannamaker's epic struggle to recreate the theatre.

 

 

The Churchill War Rooms

The Churchill War Rooms are dedicated to the life of the ‘greatest Briton’, Sir Winston Churchill, and the secret underground headquarters that were the nerve centre of Britain’s war effort.

The first London museum of its kind, the Churchill War Rooms covers all ninety years of Winston Churchill’s life, divided into five chapters: his early year’s as British Prime Minister starting May 1940; his later years; his childhood; his early political career and the period famously known as the ‘Gathering Storm’.

 

 

Oxford Street

You can't come to London without a visit to this street that is packed with big chains and department stores. London is known for its shopping and this is where is all starts. The nearby Regent Street and Marylebone give you a village atmosphere that also has a great selection of shops.

 


Wembley Stadium


This is the country’s home of English football. The original Wembley opened in 1923 and it was the venue that played host to the yearly FA Cup Final and also all of England’s home International matches. The old stadium was demolished and a new Wembley Stadium opened on March 9, 2007. It has a capacity of over 90,000 and is the pride and joy for London as most of the big bands that come to the city usually play at Wembley. For more information on Wembley Stadium go to www.wembleystadium.com

 

 

The Banqueting House

Designed by Inigo Jones for King James I and completed in 1622, The Banqueting House is the only complete surviving building of Whitehall Palace, the sovereign’s principal residence from 1530 until 1698 when it was destroyed by fire. It was also the site of King Charles I execution in 1649.

 

 

The Queen's Gallery

The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace is a permanent space dedicated to changing exhibitions from the Royal collection – an astonishing and wide-ranging collection of paintings, sculpture and other works of art as well as a glittering array of priceless treasure held in trust for the Nation by Her Majesty The Queen. This is a popular site for London visitors who love art and a Free Entry site for London Pass holders.

 

 

Twickenham Rugby Museum & Stadium Tour

There is nowhere in England more important to the contemporary game of Rugby than Twickenham Stadium. The Museum Of Rugby is the ultimate London visitor experience for the world rugby enthusiast – and the Twickenham tours give you backstage access to this hallowed turf.

 

 

Royal Albert Hall

Opened in 1871 the Royal Albert Hall in London is one of the capital’s most prestigious historic buildings and tourist attractions. It has been the scene of over 150,000 performances including the celebrated BBC Proms.

Join the Hall’s enthusiastic, friendly and engaging tour guides for a lively one hour journey through this extraordinary and iconic building and find out more about the architecture, royal patronage, unrivalled performance history and work of this registered charity.

 

 

The Monument

Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and built to commemorate the Great Fire of London, The Monument is one of the best ways to enjoy the spectacular views of London.

Standing 202 feet high and 202 feet from the spot on pudding lane where the great fire is believed to have started, The Monument is the oldest stone column in the world. All visitors who climb the 311 steps are awarded a certificate to prove that they made it to the top.

 

 

Benjamin Franklin House

Experience Benjamin Franklin in London for free and the historic residence of the Founding Father of America is just one of the many London attractions you can gain free entry to with the London Pass.

Located on Craven Street, just a short walk from Trafalgar Square, this historical building dates from circa 1730 and was the residence of Benjamin Franklin in London between 1757 and 1775, during which time this extraordinary man was involved with mediation between America and Britain as well as his groundbreaking scientific studies.

 

 

 

The Renoir Cinema

The Renoir Cinema, like its well-known namesake, brings art to the masses through its notable line up of art-house and foreign films. The centre point of the bustling, newly renovated Brunswick Centre in leafy Bloomsbury, the Renoir Cinema offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of busy central London.

 

 

London Transport Museum

The London Transport Museum has a replica of Shillibeer's 1829 horse-drawn carriage is just the first of an extraordinary array of vehicles on display at this terrific museum. There's also Connections, a computerised exhibit that features 55,000 model buildings in the depiction of the journeys made through the city every day. For more information on the London Transport Museum go to www.ltmuseum.co.uk

 

 

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, and it's the official residence of her majesty the Queen. Built over 900 years ago the castle's floor covers a massive 480,000 square feet.

The castle is surrounded by some beautiful gardens and the picturesque English countryside. St George's Chapel, inside the grounds, is a fine example of gothic architecture and features the tomb of Henry VIII.

 

 

Hampton Court Palace

 Hampton Court Palace is the former home of the flamboyant King Henry VIII, he extended and developed this grand palace after acquiring it in the 1520's. Its many royal occupants have ensured the palace has fabulous furnishings, tapestries and paintings. Set in 60 acres of formal gardens, which include the famous maze and Great Vine, this palace is well worth a visit.

 

 

Kew Palace

 Kew Palace was once the fascinating home of King George III and Queen Charlotte and today its open to the public from April through September each year. 

 

 

Chelsea

This area of London was founded in 1673 and the Chelsea Physic Garden, which is found here is the second oldest botanical garden in Britain. It was founded by the Society of Apothecaries to study botany and the 'physic' (healing) arts.

If you are looking for shopping then the nearby shopping district of King's Road and Sloane Street might do the trick. It's of course not as good as Oxford Street, but there are some great shops here.

 

 

London Zoo

The London Zoo opened in 1828 and it was the world's first scientific zoo. The 16,000 sq ft walk-through squirrel monkey enclosure allows you to get close to the animals in an open environment, while Animal Adventure, a children's zoo, is aimed at the three-to-six age group. For more information on the London Zoo go to www.zsl.org/london-zoo

 

 

Royal Opera House

This is one of the world's great opera houses. The discreetly air-conditioned auditorium and comfortable seating make a night here an appealing prospect whatever the performance. For more information on the Royal Opera House go to www.roh.org.uk

 

 

 

 

Manchester


Located in northwest England, Manchester is often referred to as England's "second city" (after London). In the 1800's, the city was at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution and, for a while, suffered from post-industrial squalor. In recent years, however, the rejuvenated city and it hosted the 2002 Commonwealth Games. When you come to the city there are tons of things to do and see. The three main tourist things are Manchester United, the nightlife, and the Manchester Cathedral.

 


Manchester United

One of the most successful teams in English Premiership football history, Manchester United plays at Old Trafford. Old Trafford in itself is a tourist attraction, but that the fact Manchester United plays there makes it all that more special. For more information on Manchester United go to there official website www.manutd.com

 


Manchester City Football Club

This is Manchester’s other team and usually the forgotten one. Manchester City also plays in the Premier League and in recent years have elevated its game to battle with the big boys at the top of the table. In the 2007/08 season they did the double on Manchester United for the first time since 1970. They play at the new City of Manchester Stadium, which was built for the Commonwealth Games and has a capacity of over 40,000. For more information on the Manchester City Football Club go to www.mcfc.co.uk 

 


Manchester Cathedral

Manchester Cathedral is a Medieval Church located on Victoria Street in central Manchester.  It took over 600 years for them to construct this beautiful Cathedral and its considered to be the widest Cathedral in the UK. The cathedrals main architectural style is Perpendicular Gothic, and the church contains many pieces of medieval woodcarvings of the Ripon Carvers and the modern stained glass make a popular tourist attraction.

If you want to go for a service they are currently held daily at 7.45am for Morning Prayer, 8.00am for Holy Communion, and 1.10pm on Wednesdays and Fridays. For more information and prices of admission on the Manchester Cathedral go to www.manchestercathedral.org

 

 

Mersey Ferries

This fascinating 6-hour and 35-mile journey between Manchester and Liverpool is a great way to see these two cities. You will see historic buildings, industry, fields and wide open space of the Mersey estuary.

The journey starts in Manchester at Salford Quays and ends in Liverpool at Albert Dock, where you will be able to get off and see the 'Beatles Story' and the new 'Museum of Liverpool'. For more information and prices on the Mersey Ferries go to www.merseyferries.co.uk

 


 

 

 

Liverpool


Liverpool is a city and metropolitan borough in Merseyside, North West England, along the eastern side of the Mersey Estuary. People of Liverpool are referred to as Liverpudlians and nicknamed "Scousers", in reference to the local meal known as 'scouse', a form of stew. The word scouse has also become synonymous with the Liverpool accent and dialect.

In recent years Liverpool has seen a resurgence in popularity since it was awarded UNESCO World Hertitage Status in 2004 and was European Capital of Culture in 2008. Since then there are new restaurants and museums popping up all over the city. There are loads of things to do in Liverpool and below are a few things we recommend.

 

Liverpool FC

The proud and joy of Liverpool is Liverpool FC, which is one of the most successful teams in English Premiership football history. Liverpool plays at Anfield, which in itself is a tourist attraction. If you are in town and can get your hand on a ticket we would definitely recommend you go, as the atmosphere at Liverpool games is something you don’t want to miss. If you aren't in town when a game is on, make sure to go and do an Anfield Stadium Tour, as this will give you a brief look into the clubs history. For more information on Liverpool FC go to there official website  www.liverpoolfc.tv

 


Cavern Quarter


Any Beatles fan visiting Liverpool will end up in the Cavern Quarter.  Magnets for Fab Four fans include the Beatles Shop, the Matthew Street Gallery specializing in John Lennon’s artwork, not to mention the Cavern Club where it all started for the world’s greatest pop group. Do a Beatles Magical Mystery Tour, which is definitely recommended if you are a Beatles fan. For more information on the Cavern Quarter go to www.cavern-liverpool.co.uk

 


Everton FC

The other football team in Liverpool is Everton FC. This team has always been overshadowed by its cross town rival (Liverpool FC). They also play in the English Premiership and if you are in town this would be another team worth checking out. Tickets for a Everton game are a lot easier to get than Liverpool games. For more information on Everton FC go to www.evertonfc.com

 

 

Walker Art Gallery

The Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool houses one of Europe's finest collections of paintings, drawings, sculpture and decorative art and is one of eight National galleries in the city. Some of the most famous and popular works are by Degas, Turner, Rembrandt and Hockney. For more information on the Walker Art Gallery go to www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker

 

 

Antony Gormley's 'Another Place'

Another Place consists of 100 cast-iron, life-size figures spread out along three kilometers of the foreshore, stretching almost one kilometre out to sea. Contractors spent three weeks lifting the figures into place and driving them into the beach on the-metre-high foundation piles.

The artwork has been brought to the area by South Sefton Development Trust, a new organisation set up by South Sefton Partnership to continue its regeneration work in the area.

The Another Place figures - each one weighing 650 kilos - are made from casts of the artist's own body and are shown at different stages of rising out of the sand, all of them looking out to sea, staring at the horizon in silent expectation.
 
The work is seen as a poetic response to the individual and universal sentiments associated with emigration - sadness at leaving, but the hope of a new future in another place.
 
The artwork is being exhibited in the UK for the first time. It has been previously been seen in Cruxhaven in Germany, Stavanger in Norway and De Panne in Belgium. In November 2006 the statues were expected to move to New York but after a successful appeal they will now permanently remain. The one interesting thing about these sculptures is that they can be entirely visable or fully submerged.

 

 

Albert Dock

This dock was built during the time when Liverpool had one of the busiest ports in the world. The Albert Dock was derelict for for years till money was pumped into it at the turn of the century.

It is the largest collection of Grade I listed buildings in the UK and it houses international art, award-winning museums and loads of attractions, which includes two hotel, bars and cafes. For more information on the Albert Dock go to www.albertdock.com

 

 

Merseyside Maritime Museum

The Merseyside Maritime Museum is a mueum based in the city of Liverpool. England and its proud history. It is part of National Museums Liverpool and an Anchor Point of ERIH, The European Route of Industrial Heritage. Opened in 1980 and expanded in 1986, the museum occupies warehouse block D at the Albert Dock, along with the Piermaster's House, Canning Half Tide Dock and Canning Graving Docks.

The city’s seafaring heritage is brought to life within the historic Albert Dock. The museum’s collections reflect the international importance of Liverpool as a gateway to the world, including its role in the transatlantic slave trade and emigration, the merchant navy and the RMS Titanic . The UK Border Agency National Museum, 'Seized! The Border abd Customs uncovered' is located in the basement gallery of the building. This museum is a great opportunity to learn about the people and ships connected to city's great maritime history. For more information on Merseyside Maritime Museum go to www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/maritime

 

 

Museum of Liverpool

This museum opened July 19th, 2011 and it cost the city £72 million to build. Located on the waterfront and it gives you amazing views of some of Liverpool's most iconic architectural landmarks.

The main attractions of the museum include the stage where The Beatles' John and Paul first met in St Peter's Church Hall in Woolton and an 18ft life-size Liver Bird, which is the city's iconic symbol. The museum is the largest newly built national museum in the UK for more than a century and the best news is that its free of charge. For more information on the Museum of Liverpool go to www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/mol

 

 

Liverpool Cathedral

This is Sir Giles Gilbert Scott's masterpiece and it's Britain's biggest Cathedral and the largest Anglican Cathedral in Europe and the fifth largest in the world. This is an attraction that you must see while you visit Liverpool, its a something that is awe inspiring. Below are a few facts about the Liverpool Cathedral:

  • It has the world's highest and widest Gothic arches (33m)
  • The world's heaviest (31 tons) and highest (67m) peal of bells
  • The high tower fault is 53m
  • It has the countries largest organ (10,267 pipes!)
  • You have panoramic external views from the top of the Tower (101m)
  • There are amazing views from the Dulverton Bridhe (9M)

 

 

Magical Mystery Tour

Fans of the Fab Four should do the Magical Mystery Tour, which reveals the story of how the band came to be and finishes up in the legendary Cavern Club. The venue recently celebrated the 50th anniversary since The Beatles made their first appearance on February 9th. Between this date in 1961 and 1963, the quartet made a total of 292 appearances at the club. If you are a Beatles fan and want to see where they were discovered then this tour is a must. For more information on the Magical Mystery Tour go to www.beatlestour.org

 

 

Mersey Ferries

This fascinating 6-hour and 35-mile journey between Manchester and Liverpool is a great way to see these two cities. You will see historic buildings, industry, fields and wide open space of the Mersey estuary.

The journey starts in Manchester at Salford Quays and ends in Liverpool at Albert Dock, where you will be able to get off and see the 'Beatles Story' and the new 'Museum of Liverpool'. For more information and prices on the Mersey Ferries go to www.merseyferries.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

Newcastle


Newcastle has been hailed as the UK's friendliest city and its located in the north-east of England. The city has recently developed its quayside, which makes it a tourist attraction, as its in the heart of Newcastle. The most impressive attraction on the quayside is the Tyne Bridge, which dates back to the 19th century and is arguably what people symbolise with Newcastle.

The city has built up a reputation for its football team (Newcastle United), crazy nightlife and the sight of short-skirted girls in the middle of winter. People come from all over the country every weekend for there stag and hen parties in Newcastle as the bars and clubs stay open till the early hours of the morning. For more information on Newcastle and area go to www.visitNewcastleGateshead.com

 


Newcastle United FC


The proud and joy of the city is there football club, Newcastle United, or sometimes referred to as the ‘Toon’, and it’s the biggest draw in Newcastle. This is our favorite team as well and even though they haven’t won a trophy in a number of years, I still support them. They have some of the best supporters in the country and most home games at St. James are sold out. St. James was built in 1892 and it holds over 52,000 people. If you go to a game check out the Strawberry, which is located just outside the grounds. For more information on Newcastle United Football Club go to www.nufc.com

 


Citysightseeing NewcastleGateshead


This is a Hop on-Hop off open bus tour of Newcastle and Gateshead. The ticket is valid for 24 hours and the driver will give you a bit of insight into the local area. For more information on Citysightseeing NewcastleGateshead go to www.city-sightseeing.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rest of the England


Bath


Bath first came to prominence as ‘Aquae Sulis’ in Roman times. It was a fashionable spa resort nearly 2000 years ago, and rediscovered its ancient glories in the 18th century. The original Roman Baths and Pump Rooms is a remarkably preserved ancient spa that dates back to the first century when the Romans built all their original bath houses on top of a 46˚C thermal spa. Today, there isn't much left, well you wouldn't want to go for a bath in it.

Using the same thermal water there is a thermal bath spa around the corner from the orignal Roman Bath and Pump Rooms. Here you can pay and come for a modern health spa and pamper yourself. It's definitely recommended and for more information go to www.thermaebathspa.com

Bath’s also has a 500-year-old Abbey, built on the site of a Saxon monastery, stands above the Heritage Vaults, which tell the story of 1600 years of Christianity in the area. Many people compare Bath to a small Edinburgh, as it has the cobble stoned streets and the amazing Georgian sandstone architecture all over the city centre. For more information on Bath go www.bathandbeyond.org or www.visitbath.co.uk

 

 

Stonehenge

Deeply mysterious and atmospheric, Stonehenge's huge structure has baffled scholars and archaeologists for centuries. Are they a UFO landng spot, an astronomical device to mark the solstices or a royal palace?

There has been recent evidence that suggests the stone circle could have been a centre of healing, with people coming from around Europe for to receive treatment. The fact that the stones are aligned with the Summer Solstice sunrise have led experts to suggest a link to an ancient sun-worshipping culture.

It was thought to be erected about 5,000 years ago from bluestone and sandstone that was brought from South Wales, which is over 250km away. The Stonehenge is even thought to be older then the ancient Pyramids in Egypt

The surrounding countryside has over 340 Bronze Age burial mounds or barrows. Also, you can go to Avebury, which is 25km up the road and its considered to be the planet's biggest stone circle and its thought that it took over 500 years to build it.

The longest day of the year is celebrated at Stonehenge by modern day druids to celbrate the longest day of the year. The Summer Solstice is a huge gathering that brings more than 20,000 to celebrate the longest day and shortest night annually.

 


The Lake District

England’s best known national park
occupies a huge area of Cumbria, and as its name suggests, there are many large bodies of water. But mountains also feature in this spectacular landscape, among them England’s highest, 978m (3208 ft) Scafell Pike.

Cumbria is full of adventures which includes sailing, swimming, windsurfing, kayaking, walking, climbing, paragliding, biking and horse riding. It has become the holiday area for many English and even Scottish who come across the border for there weekend getaways. For more information on the Lake District go to www.lake-district.com

 


Stratford – Upon – Avon


In our opinion this is one of England's best kept secrets. This small quaint city is best known for being William Shakespeare’s birthplace and home (1564-1616). Also, we can't forget Anne Hathaway's, who is almost as famous as Shakespeare himself. The city draws millions a year to see Shakespeare’s birthplace and walk around the city centre. The best way to see the city is by doing a Hop On – Hop Off bus, which is run by CitySightseeing. Of course the Globe Theatre, is located in London and if you would like more information go to www.shakespeares-globe.org or www.shakespeare-country.co.uk or www.city-sightseeing.com

 


York

York’s history dates back to when this once walled city was the Danish capital of Viking England. After the Vikings left it became the most powerful city in England after London. Some of the attractions include the amazing medieval streets and that it has northern Europe’s biggest Gothic cathedral. For more information on York go to www.york-tourism.co.uk

 


Kent

Located in the southern eastern most point of England this county is only a few miles from France and on a clear day you can see Calais from Dover. Kent’s biggest attraction is Canterbury as this walled city has the Canterbury Cathedral, which is the headquarters of the Anglican Church in England.  Also, St Martin’s Church is one of the oldest churches in use in England, having held services since AD 500. This is an excellent county and Canterbury has a huge student population and a great nightlife.

 


Devon

Located in the southwest coast of the country, this area is known as the English Riviera, which has Torquay, and Paignton as popular summer areas. The major city in Devon is Plymouth. It has a had a seaport for over 500 years and it’s where Sir Francis Drake famously finished his game of bowls in 1588 before defeating the Spanish Armada. In 1620, the Pilgrim Fathers set out for the New World from Plymouth on the Mayflower, and parts of the town dating from this period still survive. If you are looking for a great place to go in summer this is the area to check out.

 


Brighton

This beach side city is located south of London and is a popular destination on weekends. It's the gay capital of the UK and it also has one of the biggest student populations, which adds to its plender.

The cities two major tourist attractions are the Royal Pavillion, which looks like  it should be located somewhere in the Middle East rather than in England, due to its architecture. It used to be a Royal residence and its definitely worth a visit. For more information on the Royal Pavillion go to www.

The world famous Brighton Pier would be the other major tourist attraction. It has a casino, amusement parks and other rides for the kids to enjoy. For the adults there are a couple of pubs as well and on a bright sunny day you will see thousands of people drinking and having fun on the Pier. For more information the Brighton Pier go to www.visitbrighton.com 

 

 

Leeds Castle

Located in Kent this was the residence of King Henry VIII and home to no less than six medieval queens of England. The castle has a maze and an underground grotto.

 

 

Hever Castle & Gardens

Located in Kent this romantic double - moated 13th century castle was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn who was the intriguing second wife of Henry VIII and mother of Queen Elizabeth I

The Gatehouse and curtain walls were constructed in 1270 with the Tudor manor house being added within the castle walls by the powerful Boleyn family. Today its splendid panelled rooms contain fine furniture, tapestries, antiques and an important collecton of Tudor portraits.

 

 

Skipton Castle

Located in Yorkshire this castle is almost 1000 years old and is one of the best preserved medieval castles in England.

 

 

Hoghton Tower

This has been home of the de Hoghton family since the Norman Conquest. It stands on a hill 650ft above sea level and the tower occupies a commanding position with magnificent views of Lancashire Cumbria and Wales.

Over the centuries the ancient fortified manor house was rebuilt by thomas Hoghton in 1565 and it has virtually remained unchanged. Many royal guests have been entertained there and some of the distinguished visitors included William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens. For more information on the Hoghton Tower go to www.hoghtontower.co.uk

 

 

 

 



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