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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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Tower of London is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
Tower of London 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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British Museum is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
British Museum 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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Stonehenge is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
Stonehenge 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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Stratford-upon-Avon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
Stratford-upon-Avon 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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Roman Baths is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
Roman Baths 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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Westminster Abbey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
clash1977 added Westminster Abbey 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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Big Ben is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
Big Ben 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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Buckingham Palace is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
Buckingham Palace 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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Lake District is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
Lake District 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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St Paul's Cathedral is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
St Paul's Cathedral 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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Warwick Castle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
Warwick Castle 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) 12 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
Jurassic Coast 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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University of Cambridge is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
University of Cambridge 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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Canterbury Cathedral is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
Canterbury Cathedral 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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Hadrian's Wall is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
Hadrian's Wall 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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Natural History Museum is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
Natural History Museum 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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Cotswolds is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
Cotswolds 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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Oxford is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
jackslee2 added Oxford 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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Windsor Castle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
Windsor Castle 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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York Minster is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
York Minster 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) 21 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
University of Oxford 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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Tintagel Castle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
Tintagel Castle 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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Durham Cathedral is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
Durham Cathedral 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) 24 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
jackslee2 added Hampton Court Palace 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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Dartmoor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
Dartmoor Dartmoor is an area of moorland in south Devon, England. Protected by National Park status as Dartmoor National Park, it covers 954 square kilometres. The granite which forms the uplands dates ...more

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Brighton Pier is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
clash1977 added Brighton Pier The Brighton Marine Palace and Pier is a pleasure pier in Brighton, England. It is generally known as the Palace Pier for short, but has been informally renamed Brighton Pier since 2000 by its ...more

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Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is listed (or ranked) 27 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.

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Liverpool is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
Liverpool Liverpool is a city in Merseyside, England, on the eastern side of the Mersey Estuary. A borough from 1207 and a city from 1880, in 2011 the city proper had a population of 466,415 and a ...more

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Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
ijac77 added Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a non-departmental public body in the United Kingdom sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. An internationally important botanical ...more

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Ironbridge Gorge is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
Ironbridge Gorge The Ironbridge Gorge is a deep gorge formed by the River Severn in Shropshire, England. Originally called the Severn Gorge, the gorge now takes its name from its famous Iron Bridge, the first ...more

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London Eye is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
London Eye The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames in London. Also known as the Millennium Wheel, its official name was originally published as the British Airways ...more

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British Library is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
British Library The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and the largest library in the world by number of items catalogued. The library is a major research library, holding around 170 ...more

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Kensington Palace is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
Kensington Palace Kensington Palace is a royal residence set in Kensington Gardens, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London, England. It has been a residence of the British Royal Family since the ...more

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Chatsworth House is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
Chatsworth House Chatsworth House is a stately home in Derbyshire, England. It is in the Derbyshire Dales, about 3.5 miles north-east of Bakewell and 9 miles west of Chesterfield. It is the seat of the Duke of ...more

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Dover Castle is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
Dover Castle Dover Castle is a medieval castle in Dover, Kent. It was founded in the 12th century and has been described as the "Key to England" due to its defensive significance throughout ...more

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Churchill War Rooms is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
BenNicholson added Churchill War Rooms The Churchill War Rooms is a museum in London and one of the five branches of the Imperial War Museum. The museum comprises the Cabinet War Rooms, a historic underground complex that housed a ...more

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Battle Abbey is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
Battle Abbey Battle Abbey is a partially ruined abbey complex in the small town of Battle in East Sussex, England. The abbey was built on the scene of the Battle of Hastings and dedicated to St. Martin.

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Royal Crescent is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
Royal Crescent The Royal Crescent is a row of 30 terraced houses laid out in a sweeping crescent in the city of Bath, England. Designed by the architect John Wood the Younger and built between 1767 and 1774, ...more

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Durham Castle is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
Durham Castle Durham Castle is a Norman castle in the city of Durham, England, which has been wholly occupied since 1840 by University College, Durham. It is open to the general public to visit, but only ...more

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Kenilworth Castle is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
Kenilworth Castle Kenilworth Castle is located in the town of the same name in Warwickshire, England. Constructed from Norman through to Tudor times, the castle has been described by architectural historian ...more

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Camden Market is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
Camden Market The Camden markets are a number of adjoining large retail markets in Camden Town near the Hampstead Road Lock of the Regent's Canal, often collectively named "Camden Market" or ...more

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Wembley Stadium is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
Wembley Stadium Wembley Stadium was a football stadium in Wembley, London, England, that stood on the site now occupied by the New Wembley Stadium, opened in 2007. It was famous for hosting the annual FA Cup ...more

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Eden Project is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
Eden Project The Eden Project is a visitor attraction in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. Inside the artificial biodomes are plants that are collected from all around the world. The project is located in a ...more

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SS Great Britain is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
BenNicholson added SS Great Britain SS Great Britain is a museum ship and former passenger steamship, which was advanced for her time. She was the longest passenger ship in the world from 1845 to 1854. She was designed by Isambard ...more

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Apsley House is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
Apsley House Apsley House, also known as Number One, London, is the London townhouse of the Dukes of Wellington. It stands alone at Hyde Park Corner, on the south-east corner of Hyde Park, facing south ...more

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Tate Modern is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England

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Somerset House is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
Somerset House Somerset House is a large Neoclassical building situated on the south side of the Strand in central London, overlooking the River Thames, just east of Waterloo Bridge. The building, originally ...more

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Southampton Old Town Walls is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
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Studley Royal Park is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
Studley Royal Park Studley Royal Park including the ruins of Fountains Abbey is a designated World Heritage Site in North Yorkshire, England. The site, which has an area of 323 hectares features an 18th-century ...more

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Bletchley Park is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in England
1520266802587 added Bletchley Park Bletchley Park, in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, was the central site of the United Kingdom's Government Code and Cypher School, which during the Second World War regularly penetrated the ...more