England Travel, UK
Reading up on the Tower of London, England travel.
England travel main attractions
North of London
Chester city centre, in Cheshire county, northwest England, near Liverpool. Photo by Rept0n1x.
**Stratford-upon-Avon, Everything in this over-visited town from buildings to shops, restaurants to cafes is linked to William Shakespeare.
**Cambridge, a pleasant riverside city with its ancient buildings, notable university and some prime scientific Museums. Don’t miss King’s College Chapel, the Fitzwilliam Museum and a punt on the river.
**Oxford, the world’s best-known university city, with stunning city centre colleges including Christ Church, Merton and the Bodleian Library. It’s also a good base for Cotswolds holidays.
***Chester, the finest medieval/Roman town in the UK, with a complete town wall and an exquisite centre of timbered Tudor buildings.
**Durham, the most striking cathedral city in England with a magnificent 12th century edifice. If you like cathedrals, also try Winchester, Salisbury or Canterbury.
***York, an historic walled city with one of the finest cathedrals in Europe (York Minster); also a steam museum .
***Lake District, green hills and woodland with 16 lakes and England’s highest mountains is one of the most scenic landscapes in Britain. It attracts not only hikers but literary pilgrims of William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter (Peter Rabbit).
**Haworth, the birthplace of the Bronte sisters, is popular with literary fans. The adjacent North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales from ‘Wuthering Heights’ are bleakly beautiful and terrific for walking.
**Hadrian’s Wall, the ruins of Roman fortifications built between AD122 and 130, stretch across the north of England for 73 miles. The best preserved bit is at Housesteads.
Fine sandy beaches with character are plentiful in England and often have good amounts of sunshine May-September. Excellent walks abound, and the water is clean but always chilly, and the further north the chillier it gets.
Stylish Brighton is a Londoner’s favourite, but the beaches are stoned, as are many of the local youth.
Bournemouth, 2 hours from London by car, has 12km of sandy beaches a great promenade and pine-filled air connecting to Sandbanks and across to magnificent Studland and possibly the best beaches in the UK.
Both Devon and Cornwall‘s host excellent sandy stretches on two coasts, the wild north shore offering frequently windy and chilly Atlantic surf while the south coast is more kid-friendly with cute coves ringed with granite outcrops, caves, rock pools and soft sand, though some surf is often evident.