England

The best and most popular cities to visit in England

There are so many beautiful cities to visit in England and so many fantastic things for you to do and see there whether you are alone, part of a group or couple or with the entire family!

Let’s start with the jewel in the crown…

London.

Where do we start?

Home to just under 9 million people, London exudes everything about England and its historical culture.

Buckingham Palace? The Tower of London? The London Eye? Madame Tussauds? The Magical Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour? St Paul’s Cathedral? Westminster Abbey? Tower Bridge

Whether you decide to walk yourself around this historic city, which is brimming with tales to tell, catch a guided bus tour or travel by tube, you won’t be disappointed with what you find.

There is so much to see and do in London you could spend all your time there visiting the heritage of England and the many attractions.

Oxford

A visit to England wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the two top collegiate cities.

Oxford has a beautiful heritage and of course the jewel being the university itself.

The university dates back to the 12th century, and with its 38 colleges, it is the city of dreaming spires.

Among the top attractions, you might want to visit are the Bodleian Library. Behind the British library it is the second largest in the UK and contains over 11 million pieces of work.

Another academic building you might wander into is the Radcliffe Camera.

This iconic, domed Palladian style library is the home to science at Oxford University.

There are many museums, churches and shopping venues to take in on your visit and don’t forget to stop on the Bridge of Sighs a historic landmark spanning an Oxford street.

Cambridge

The other famous university city is that of historic Cambridge.

Standing on the river Cam the university dates back to 1209.

Cambridge university house the three famous colleges of Kings, famed for its choir and gothic architecture.

Trinity founded by Henry VIII.

St Johns for its vast historic 16th-century gate.

When planning your visit the best times are between May and August.

May sees the long-running international beer festival.

The Shakespeare festival runs from July to August with stunning outdoor performances.

Like its cousin Oxford there are a plethora of museums and places of deep historical interest to fill your days.

Why not finish up with a punt on the river Cam with your stylish boater on.

Bristol

Bristol is not a place that may not instantly spring to mind when considering which cities to visit in England, but it is certainly worth a visit.

Bristol straddles the famous river Avon is located in the south west of England.

Bristol is overflowing with maritime history, and its once historic city center port is now a hub for restaurants, cafes, and retail outlets.

For historical and cultural attractions there is Bristol Cathedral and Lord Mayors chapel to visit.

The Arnolfini center is a center for contemporary art based on the waterside and offers artworks, modern dance and theatre performances.

There are the Bristol Old Vic and many other museums, churches, gardens, and parks that add to your visit.

Bath

Not far from Bristol lies the historic city of Bath.

If you are looking for a Roman experience in the UK, then you can’t go far wrong with a visit to Bath.

The world heritage city of Bath has not changed that much since Georgian times.

Jane Austin wandered the crescents of Bath and was captivated by its history and architecture.

Bath is now a thriving city where cosmopolitan culture sits alongside Georgian elegance.

There are a plethora of restaurants and cocktail bars to whet your appetite.

The brilliant centerpiece of Bath is the Roman Baths that date back to AD43.

They are one of the best preserved Roman remains in the world where 100,000 liters of steaming spring water cascade around this famous bathing site.

A visit to Bath would not be complete without a wander through the architectural masterpieces of the Bath Crescents or a visit to the Jane Austen Centre.

Within easy reach of other significant British landmarks like Stonehenge and Cheddar Gorge – Bath is well worth a visit.

Stratford Upon Avon

A trip to England wouldn’t be complete without a wander down to Stratford Upon Avon, the birthplace of the countries bard – William Shakespeare.

Stratford is over 800 years old and still retains many buildings that survive today.

There are plenty of attractions in Stratford related to Shakespeare and his life and work.

Why don’t you catch a show at the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Theatre? There is a choice of three theatres.

You can wander up to Anne Hathaway’s cottage, the later to become Mrs. William Shakespeare birthplace is still intact even after 500 years.

It has all the original furniture and features – a great visit.

Why not take a short boat cruise on the river Avon and float past Shakespeare’s birthplace and finish off with a pre-dinner drink at the Old Thatch Tavern which dates back to 1470.

Combine history and literature with a visit to Stratford.

Salisbury

Our final choice may not have been highlighted before, but Salisbury was recently voted to the best place to live in England.

Salisbury stands just 9 miles from the famous Stonehenge looking down over Salisbury plain.

Salisbury boasts a 13th-century ornate cathedral which has a 123-meter spire and is home to the original Magna Carta signed in 1215AD.

The best thing about Salisbury is that it is surrounded by the quintessentially English countryside and lies in a beautiful setting.

It still retains many of its early gothic style timbered buildings and is in touching distance to visit many of England’s distinctive country houses.

Salisbury makes a great base to sample the ‘real’ English way of life and gives you access to many other of England’s historical past.

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