Amazing Sites of England – Top 5
The earliest evidence of human existence is found in the region now called England and because of that there is an abundance of sights and attractions from different ages of human existence. Many people visit the country to witness the rich history and culture the country has to offer to different visitors.
When I say this, I need you all to understand that this could be completely biased, but England truly is in a league of its own when it comes to tourist attractions. From majestic castles to awe-inspiring historical sites, the country has it all.
1- Palace of Westminster
The first amazing sites of England would have to be the Palace of Westminster.
London was my first destination as my flight landed there. The Big Ben or should I call it the Elizabeth tower at the Palace of Westminster is the first place anyone should head to once they arrive in London.
The magnificent Palace of Westminster under a grey sky, standing tall and proud for over 150 years, is one of London’s top tourist destinations. I was pretty surprised that the palace has a different name, the tower is called Elizabeth Tower since 2012 and the 13 ton bell housed within the tower is called the Big Ben, I know right? Pretty cool!
Following up on Westminster Palace, the second amazing sites of England easily goes to Stonehenge.
The Stonehenge is one of the most significant and amazing prehistoric sites in the world, produced by a culture we know nothing of. Evidence suggests it could have been erected somewhere in the 2,500 BC.
I could see the monument from miles away on my way to it. Once I got there and started to marvel at it, I began wondering about human civilization and how far we have come. I, for one, am glad that such amazing relics of our prehistoric heritage are left intact to this day. The area is really amazing to marvel at and see. Up until not too long ago, you could actually go up and touch the stones. But because of some damage recently, police have it roped off.
Just a bus ride away from London, I highly recommend going. Oh, and bring a sandwich!
3- Windsor Castle
Closely following on the heals of Stonehenge, the next amazing sites of England is Windsor Castle.
The Castle is located around an hour away from London, Windsor Castle is considered to be one of the oldest inhabited castles in the world.
The grandeur of the castle just goes to show the splendor of the English royalty, if you are heading down there, remember you can visit much of the castle from within, including the stupendous state apartments and St Georges Chapel.
4- York Minster
York Minister is a true site to behold, given that it was finishing being built in 637. It is one of the largest cathedrals in Northern Europe, York Minster incorporates all major parts of the gothic architecture.
The great east window inside the cathedral was simply breathtaking. It captivated me and I felt a sense of positive energy inside me while I was there. The feeling is kind of hard to explain but I am sure you will know what I mean when you see it.
5- The Cotswold
The Cotswold refers to a range of hills, in south central England. It is about 2 hours drive from London. The place known for the stately towns and gardens, stone built villages, and historical towns.
I must say the place looks incredibly cute and cozy. It is a treasure of hidden beauty with vast expanses with a million different shades of green. My being a bicycle nut rented a cycle and went off with the most wonderful group of people. Inside the Cotswold, there are many different places to visit, but some are not accessible to large couch tours. However, on that bicycle there was no limit. I even went to The Slaughters, Snowshill, Tetbury, Broadway, Batsford, Sherston, so on the list is never ending.
But before going I did do as much reading as possible to learn about these amazing places and I found just about all the information here: Lonely Planet England (Travel Guide)
These are really just some of the amazing sites of England, I could have seriously gone on forever but this is it for this blog. I’ll be writing about each of my stops to these incredible places in other posts but if you ever have the chance, I highly recommend checking out these locations.