England is home to some of the most magnificent tourist attraction sites, both historically and geographically. Zoos, gardens, royal buildings, and archeological sites form the backbone of the country’s tourism sector. If you are looking for a travel destination, here are seven attractions in England that should be at the top of your list.
Established almost 180 years ago, Kew Gardens remains one of the oldest and most diverse botanical gardens in the world. It is home to over 30,000 plant specimens, most of which you are unlikely to find elsewhere. If you are yet to see a carnivorous plant, a visit here would be your chance to see such plants and many more.
The Lake District
A few kilometers before Scotland’s southern border lies one of the most magnificent landscapes of Western Europe. The Lake District sits on 885 square miles and encompasses more than 50 freshwater lakes, several mountains and England’s largest natural forests. Some of the famous lakes in this region include Windermere, which is 10.5 miles long; Ullswater, which is 7.5 miles long; Buttermere, which is 4 miles long; and Derwentwater, which is the widest of all the 50 lakes.
Being small lakes, tourists are able to hike around them comfortably and to enjoy the tranquil atmosphere they bring. There are many upscale guest houses and hotels around the lakes, most of which were built centuries ago.
While here, you will have a chance to see England’s highest mountain peaks including Scafell, which stands tallest at 3,163 feet above sea level. Great End stands at almost 3,000 feet, and Bow Fell stands at about 2,959 feet. Take the National Three Peaks Challenge and climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon mountains within 24 hours. The three mountains are the highest in Scotland, England and Wales, respectively.
The Tower of London
You will find some of the darkest stories in the history of England and the United Kingdom at large within this 1,000+ years old castle. It was initially intended for royal use and boasts of some of the strongest defensive walls in the world. The Tower of London has served as a prison for political convicts and as an armory. It has also housed head offices to England’s most respected institutions, such as the treasury and the Royal Mint.
Many high-profile prisoners were tortured and executed within the walls of this tower, making it one of the most dreaded towers the world over. If you love history in its rawest form, this is one of the attractions in England you can’t miss. The Tower of London offers its own guides, or you can find a local to offer you a free walking tour. The architectural ingenuity in this tower is nothing short of marvelous.
Wimbledon Tennis Tournament
Established in 1877, the world’s oldest outdoor tennis tournament has become one of the most prestigious attractions in England. It is held at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Currently prize money is worth about 34 million British pounds. The tournament has attracted the world’s greatest tennis players and impressive crowds of spectators year after year.
Sitting on approximately 160 hectares, the Chester Zoo is among the biggest wildlife attractions in Europe. It welcomes more than 2 million visitors annually. This zoo has received recognition from notable tourism websites and magazines; in 2017 Tripadvisor named it the third best zoo in the world.
Over the last 25 years, this official residence of Queen Elizabeth II has opened for visitors every August through September. It has been a royal house for about two-and-a-half centuries now. A visit here lasts about two hours and allows visitors to see the Queen’s Gallery and royal treasures. It is truly one of the most unmissable attractions in England.
These 4-meter tall and 2.1-meter wide stones form the oldest monuments in the world, dating back to between 3000 BC and 2000 BC. The stones at Stonehenge are mysterious to visitors, historians and archeologists, although many believe they could be standing on a mass grave. What is even more mysterious, though, is the fact that each stone weighs approximately 50 tons. One is left wondering how they were transported to their current location.