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England has numerous attractions that stretch from Victorian buildings to modern architectural marvels in London and from the cliff-edged coast in Sussex to the Lake District in Cumbria. Whether you are into magnificent architecture, world-renowned museums, or breathtaking nature, England has a lot to offer both first-time and seasoned travelers.
Together with Depositphotos, an international content marketplace, we’ve picked the very best sights to see when in England. Explore the country with our mini-guide and get inspired by the authentic imagery. Keep on reading to discover more.
At the top of most lists of things to see in London are — The Houses of Parliament and Elizabeth Tower, commonly known as Big Ben. Until 2012, Elizabeth Tower was called the Clock Tower, but it was renamed in honor of Queen Elizabeth II, the only monarch who’s celebrated the Diamond Jubilee.
Another spectacular must-see site is Tower Bridge. It offers stunning panoramic views, as well as a one-of-a-kind experience of watching London life through a glass floor, 42 meters above the Thames.
City of London
Modern skyscrapers located in the City of London are redefining the city’s skyline and attracting architecture admirers from all over the world. Did you know that the City of London is the capital’s oldest district? However, it does not appear old since it was destroyed and rebuilt twice: once after the Great Fire of London in 1666 and after being bombed during World War II.
London’s Chinatown District
Loved by locals and tourists alike, one of the most vibrant and dynamic places in London, the Chinatown district, is a haven for foodies and people interested in Asian culture. It is easy to get around Chinatown on foot and spot all the Instagram-friendly decorations and authentic restaurants. When visiting, don’t miss out on the district’s star — the fourth gate on Wardour Street, the largest Chinese gate in the country.
London’s Natural History Museum
Visiting the Natural History Museum in London is an unmissable experience. The place will wow anyone with its majestic interior, world-famous dinosaur gallery, and unique events, such as Silent Disco parties or yoga classes. Plan your visit ahead of time to see all-time favorites like the stunning blue whale skeleton hanging from the ceiling in the entry hall. Or discover something new by checking out the temporary exhibitions and events.
Seven Sisters Cliffs
Right after visiting London, head to the Seven Sisters, a stretch of chalk-colored sea cliffs on the English Channel coast in southeast England. Hiking along this sea-eroded section of unspoiled coastline will provide you with a memorable experience and dramatic views of the bright white cliffs.
Set out to see awe-inspiring landscapes and explore England’s largest national park. A popular tourist destination, the Lake District is famous for its crystal clear lakes, rugged mountains, and fantastic hiking trails. This natural site has more to offer if you get tired of scenic views. The Lake District has inspired great writers, like William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter, and John Ruskin, and it has preserved its rich historical heritage where you can learn about their lives.
Stonehenge, a prehistoric monument on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, is one of England’s most iconic and recognizable archeological sites. It consists of massive vertical stones arranged in circles and topped with connecting stones. The site remains a mystery, with experts unable to agree on a single theory for why the stones were put there. Archeologists believe it took 1,000 years to build. Stonehenge was and still is a sacred site — even today, druids and pagans gather to celebrate the winter and summer solstices here.
As the world begins to reopen to tourists, you now have the opportunity to cross a few things off your bucket list. And England is an excellent choice for a long-awaited trip. Start your journey slowly but surely with our selection of these 8 must-see tourist attractions.