British Tourism - Exploring the Most Visited Places in England

People from all around the globe visit England to learn more about its history, culture, and food. However, with so much to do it is important to have an idea of some of the places you want to visit when planning a trip to Great Britain. Sometimes visiting some of the less well known locations on a vacation can give the clearest picture of what life actually is like in a location, however, with a history as unique and fascinating as the history found in England, there are a lot of well known tourist spots that should be checked out anyway. Learn a little about some of the following places and see if you think they would be worth a visit.

The Tower of London - The history of England comes complete with a lot of war and bloodshed. Some well known names from British history met their end at the tower. Among them include the second wife of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, and the nine days queen, Lady Jane Grey. There are people who claim that the ghosts of both women still haunt the tower grounds.

St. Paul’s Cathedral - One of the most recognizable sights in all of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral is known for being one of the tallest buildings in London and has a beautiful dome. The church is the second largest in the United Kingdom. A small fee is charged for people visiting the church as sight seers, however those entering the church to pray may do so free of charge.

Westminster Abbey - Another recognizable building, this large Gothic church is the burial location of many of the monarchs of England. The church is also known as the location of coronation for the rulers of the Commonwealth realms. The church has a museum located beneath the former dormitory of the monks at Westminster Abbey and includes exhibits of some of the royal funeral effigies of Henry V, Mary II, and more.

Roman Baths - Located in Bath, England, the roman baths are a very well maintained ancient Roman site for public bathing. The baths have four main features - the Roman Temple, the Sacred Spring, the Roman Bath House, and the museum that contains the historical finds that were discovered. You are not able to enter the water of the Baths, but are allowed to view them.

Canterbury Cathedral - Like many locations in England, the Canterbury Cathedral has some unpleasant points in its history. This cathedral is one of the oldest in England and is the location where Thomas Becket was murdered by the knights of Henry VII. The church has three bell towers with 21 bells total.

Stonehenge - There are few locations in the world that are as mysterious as Stonehenge. In Wiltshire, England, this stone monument can still be seen. While the exact date that the stones were raised is unknown, it is believed that they date back to anywhere between 3000 and 2000 BC. Evidence has been found that Stonehenge may have served as a burial ground for ancient people.

The Palace of Westminster - Located close to Westminster Abbey, the Palace of Westminster is the location where the two houses of parliament in the UK meet. The palace has changed slightly over the years, as the original palace, known as the Old Palace, was destroyed in 1834. The palace was replaced and the structure that stands in the location today is known as the New Palace. The New Palace is the home of the royals for ceremonial purposes and is one of the central political locations of the United Kingdom.

The British Museum - This museum is known as one of the best in the world showing human culture and history. It has around eight million works in its collection making it one of the largest and most comprehensive in the world. The museum features pieces from all around the world including the Rosetta Stone, one of the six remaining Caryatids, the Babylonian Queen of the Night Relief featuring the goddess Ishtar, artwork by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael, and much more.