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The Top Must-See Attractions in England  

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List of top places to visit in England. What are the best things to do in England? This list ranks the most popular attractions in England. Though London is England's largest city and most popular for a tourist destination, England offers plenty of things to do beyond the best tourist attractions in London for those looking to experience authentic English culture, tradition and cuisine. 

England is known for it's quaint English countryside such as Stratford-upon-Avon, William Shakespeare's birthplace and where his wife, Anne Hathaway, lived as a child. England is also famous for its stone cathedrals, castles and unique natural environments, many of which are World Heritage Sites such as Durham Cathedral, Stonehenge, and the Jurassic Coast, a collection of seaside cliffs that date back 180 million years. 

England is rich with history that can be found all over the country. The Roman Baths in Bath, Somerset are a popular tourist destination featuring some of the best preserved architecture from Roman history. Once in Bath, stop by the Royal Crescent to see a fine example of Georgian architecture where many notable people have either lived or stayed. Today, students and visitors can be seen lounging in the grass in front of the crescent having a picnic, reading a book or even playing frisbee. 

What are the top attractions in England? Vote up the best sights with this list of must-see attractions in England. 
 
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Stonehenge is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in Wiltshire, England, about 2 miles west of Amesbury and 8 miles north of Salisbury. One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is the ...more
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Tower of London is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress, known as the Tower of London, is a historic castle located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London. It lies within the London Borough of ...more
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Big Ben is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London, and often extended to refer to the clock and the clock tower. The tower is ...more
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Stratford-upon-Avon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
Stratford-upon-Avon is a market town and civil parish in south Warwickshire, England. It lies on the River Avon, 22 miles south east of Birmingham and 8 miles south west of Warwick. It is the ...more
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British Museum is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
The British Museum is a museum dedicated to human history and culture, located in the Bloomsbury area of London. Its permanent collection, numbering some 8 million works, is among the largest ...more
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Westminster Abbey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
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Westminster Abbey, formally titled the Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster, is a large, mainly Gothic church in the City of Westminster, London, located just to the west of the Palace ...more
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Buckingham Palace is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
Buckingham Palace is the London residence and principal workplace of the monarchy of the United Kingdom. Located in the City of Westminster, the palace is often at the centre of state occasions ...more
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Roman Baths is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
The Roman Baths complex is a site of historical interest in the English city of Bath. The house is a well-preserved Roman site for public bathing. The Roman Baths themselves are below the modern ...more
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Lake District is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
The Lake District, also known as The Lakes or Lakeland, is a mountainous region in North West England. A popular holiday destination, it is famous for its lakes, forests and mountains and its ...more
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Warwick Castle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
Warwick Castle is a medieval castle developed from an original built by William the Conqueror in 1068. Warwick is the county town of Warwickshire, England, situated on a bend of the River Avon. ...more
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Jurassic Coast is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
The Jurassic Coast is a World Heritage Site on the English Channel coast of southern England. It stretches from Orcombe Point near Exmouth in East Devon to Old Harry Rocks near Swanage in East ...more
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St Paul's Cathedral is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
St Paul's Cathedral, London, is an Anglican cathedral, the seat of the Bishop of London and the mother church of the Diocese of London. It sits at the top of Ludgate Hill, the highest point in ...more
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Natural History Museum is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
The Natural History Museum in London is a museum exhibiting a vast range of specimens from various segments of natural history. It is one of three major museums on Exhibition Road in South ...more
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Oxford is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
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Oxford is a city in southern England and the county town of Oxfordshire. With a population of 150,200 it is the 52nd largest city in the United Kingdom, and one of the fastest growing and most ...more
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Canterbury Cathedral is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
Canterbury Cathedral in Canterbury, Kent, is one of the oldest and most famous Christian structures in England and forms part of a World Heritage Site. It is the cathedral of the Archbishop of ...more
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Windsor Castle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
Windsor Castle is a royal residence at Windsor in the English county of Berkshire. The castle is notable for its long association with the English and later British royal family and also for its ...more
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Cotswolds is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
The Cotswolds is an area in south central England containing the Cotswold Hills, a range of rolling hills which rise from the meadows of the upper Thames to an escarpment, known as the Cotswold ...more
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Tintagel Castle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
Tintagel Castle is a medieval fortification located on the peninsula of Tintagel Island, adjacent to the village of Tintagel in Cornwall, England, in the United Kingdom. The site was possibly ...more
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Hadrian's Wall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
Hadrian's Wall, also called the Roman Wall, Picts' Wall, or Vallum Hadriani, was a defensive fortification in the Roman province of Britannia, begun in AD 122 during the rule of emperor Hadrian. ...more
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University of Cambridge is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
The University of Cambridge is a collegiate public research university in Cambridge, England. Founded in 1209, Cambridge is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world and the ...more
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Durham Cathedral is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
The Cathedral Church of Christ, Blessed Mary the Virgin and St Cuthbert of Durham, usually known as Durham Cathedral and home of the Shrine of St Cuthbert, is a cathedral in the city of Durham, ...more
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Hampton Court Palace is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
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Hampton Court Palace is a royal palace in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Greater London, in the historic county of Middlesex, and within the postal town East Molesey, Surrey. It has ...more
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York Minster is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
York Minster is the cathedral of York, England, and is one of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe. The minster is the seat of the Archbishop of York, the second-highest office of the ...more
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University of Oxford is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
The University of Oxford is a collegiate research university located in Oxford, England. While having no known date of foundation, there is evidence of teaching as far back as 1096, making it ...more
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Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
BenNicholson added Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Includes HMS Victory, HMS Warrior and the Mary Rose Museum among many other things.