24 Things to do in England: Best Places to visit (+ map)

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England is a diverse region of the UK with plenty of things to see, do and explore. From breathtaking natural sights, historic sites thousands of years old to the picturesque English countryside. Today, we’ll take a look at the things to do in England and the best places to visit. We’ve also included a map to help you build your itinerary for England.

Things to do in England: Best Places to visit

There are so many great things to do in England. Walk along the White Cliffs of Dover in Kent, explore the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge or visit the Lake District for breathtaking views of the green valleys. England is also home to beautiful cities full of history, including London, Bath, York and Oxford.

Let’s take a look at the best things to do in England.


The capital of England and the whole of the UK can’t be missing from your list of things to see in England.

London is one of the most diverse cities in the world, with each neighbourhood having its own unique atmosphere. It’s a city with a rich history that dates back to 50 AD, when London was founded by the Romans.

DLR London

In London, you’ll be treated to world-famous art and your taste buds will rejoice as you sample specialities from around the world.

Visit the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey or St Paul’s Cathedral, walk across Tower Bridge and the Thames Promenade to the Palace of Westminster, or take in the views of London from the London Eye or the Shard.

Read more tips on things to do in London or make your own itinerary for visiting London.


Oxford is one of the most beautiful cities to visit in England. With a rich history and stunning architecture that literally takes your breath away. Located close to London, it is one of the most popular day trips around London.

Oxford - View of Oxford from St Mary's Church / The most beautiful city in England
View of Oxford from St Mary’s Church / The most beautiful cities in England

Oxford is also home to some of the world’s most prestigious universities. Stroll around the campus of Christ Church College or Magdalen College, visit Oxford Castle with its prison, or just enjoy a stroll through Oxford’s tidy streets lined with theatres, galleries and music venues.

The best view of Oxford is from the tower of St Mary’s Church, opposite the Radcliffe Camera Library.

Museums in Oxford are full of interesting artefacts from all over the world. The Ashmolean Museum showcases ancient art and artefacts, while the Pitt Rivers Museum houses an eclectic range of objects collected by former members of the University.


We’ve had Oxford here, so we can’t miss Cambridge.

Cambridge is the perfect place for culture and history lovers. With its cobbled streets, incredible architecture and stunning river views, Cambridge has a well-deserved place on the list of the most beautiful cities in England and the UK.

View of King's College Chapel Cambridge / Things to do in England
View of King’s College Chapel / The most beautiful cities in England

It is home to world-renowned universities including Trinity College, King’s College and St John’s College, which you can explore all day long.

In Cambridge, you can take a ride on the River Cam or visit the famous Bridge of Sighs. Do you love art? Then don’t miss the Fitzwilliam Museum with its extensive collection of art from around the world.

Seven Sisters

Seven Sisters is located in Sussex, England’s largest county. White wing reefs, which are home to many rare species of plants and animals. And the views from here? You can’t describe it in words, you have to see it. Already William Turner and John Constable sang odes to the Seven Sisters in their works.

Seven Sisters / things to do in England
Seven Sisters / things to do in England

The Seven Sisters cliffs got their name because of their characteristic shape – they consist of seven distinctive peaks, each separated by a dip or “sister”.

Seven Sisters lies between Seaford and Eastbourne. There is a trail leading directly above the cliffs, from which you can enjoy fantastic views.


Brighton is known for its beautiful beaches, unique culture and vibrant nightlife. It’s a popular destination for locals and international tourists alike (it’s an hour by train from London).

Brighton Pier / things to do in England
Brighton Pier / things to do in England

Stroll along the famous Brighton Pier for great views of the city, or explore The Lanes, with its narrow cobbled streets full of independent shops and restaurants.

Just a short walk away is the Royal Pavilion, an extravagant palace that was once home to King George IV. You wouldn’t expect a place like this in the whole of England.

Brighton Royal Pavilion / things to do in England
Brighton Royal Pavilion / things to do in England

For one of the best views in the city, head to the West Marina to photograph the sunset or watch the surfers surfing the waves at sunrise. Other great places to visit include the modern Brighton i360 tower or the colourful beach huts at Hove Lawns.

White cliffs of Dover

The White Cliffs of Dover are a better known relative of the Seven Sisters. They are located on the very edge of England, where the English Channel meets the English Channel. The majestic cliffs reach a height of almost 100 metres.

The White Cliffs of Dover / Natural Monuments in England
The White Cliffs of Dover / Natural Monuments in England

The views from the cliffs are fantastic, especially in clear weather when you can see the French coast in the distance. The White Cliffs of Dover have inspired generations of poets, painters and musicians and have become an iconic symbol of England.

Today, the White Cliffs of Dover are one of the most visited places in England. Explore the cliffs on foot or take the ferry from Dover to Calais and enjoy the views from afar.


Who doesn’t know the Canterbury Tales that pilgrims tell each other on their way to Cantebury. But the charming town of Cantebury is worth seeing not only because of Geoffrey Chaucer’s stories.

Canterbury is one of the oldest towns in England, located in the county of Kent. It was here that significant events in British history took place.

Cantenbury / the most beautiful towns in England
Cantenbury / the most beautiful towns in England

When visiting Canterbury, take in some of its most famous sights, such as. The iconic Canterbury Cathedral, one of the oldest and most important cathedrals in England. Other must-see sights include the entire historic centre and the ruins of St Augustine’s Abbey.

Leeds Castle – things to do in England

You can combine a visit to Canterbury or the cliffs of Dover with a visit to Leeds Castle. Medieval English castle, which is superbly maintained. Leeds Castle is surrounded by water and a large English park with plenty of trails.

Leeds Castle England
Leeds Castle


Stonehenge is one of the most famous places to see in England. Located just outside Salisbury in Wiltshire.

Stonehenge is an ancient stone monument that dates back to around 3000 BC. For the prehistoric inhabitants it had a spiritual meaning and is still shrouded in many myths.

Stonehenge / best things to do in England
Stonehenge / best things to do in England

You can explore the mysterious stones from the fence. Unfortunately you can’t get directly to them, but that’s understandable given their importance. There’s also a great interactive museum on site to give you more information about the history of Stonehenge.

Jurassic Coast

The Jurassic Coast is a 153 km long stretch of coastline on the south coast of England, stretching from Exmouth in Devon to Studland Bay in Dorset. The coastline comprises 185 million year old rocks containing fossils from the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. Hence its name.

Durdle Door in Jurassic Coast / the most beautiful places in England
Durdle Door in Jurassic Coast / the most beautiful places in England

And what places not to miss on the Jurasic Coast? Visit the fossil beach at Lyme Regis, the limestone arch of Durdle Door or enjoy the spectacular views of Lulworth Cove. Walk along the coast on the hiking trail or take a dip at one of the beaches.

Dartmoor National Park

Dartmoor National Park is a beautiful area of moorland in the south of England. The national park covers an area of 954 km and is full of endless views, ancient monuments, wild ponies and peaceful villages.

Dartmoor National Park / best places to visit in England
Dartmoor National Park / best places to visit in England

The best way to explore Dartmoor is to take a hike along one of the footpaths that line the torrens of various sizes. Or get on a bike and ride through the local countryside.

Must-see places include the small village of Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Castle Drogo – an Edwardian castle high on a hilltop with spectacular views – and Burrator Reservoir, where you can take a boat trip.

Penwith Heritage Coast

The Penwith Heritage Coast is located in Cornwall and will amaze you with its natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. The coastline stretches along jagged cliffs from St Ives to Land’s End.

Minack Theatre Penwith Heritage Coast / best places to visit in England
Minack Theatre Penwith Heritage Coast / best places to visit in England

Don’t miss a visit to the Minack Theatre, an open-air theatre carved into a granite rock with spectacular views of the sea. Another popular place is Land’s End. As the name suggests, it is a symbolic place that was once considered the end of the world.

Or take a stroll through one of the picturesque fishing villages that line the coast.

Land's End Cornwall / things to do in England
Land’s End Cornwall / things to do in England

Tintagel Castle

We’ll stay on the Cornwall peninsula. Tintagel Castle is an iconic castle atop a cliff overlooking the sea. According to legend, it was here that King Arthur was conceived and many visitors come here to search for hidden secrets connected with the castle’s history.

Tintagel Castle / things to do in England
Tintagel Castle / things to do in England

Valley of Rocks

The Valley of Rocks is a bit of a hidden secret in England that definitely deserves more attention. A narrow valley on the north coast of Exmoor National Park, with a unique landscape of rock formations and limestone cliffs.

Valley of Rocks at sunset / the best places to visit in England
Valley of Rocks at sunset / best places to visit in England

There is an easy trail that leads around the area, from which you can enjoy breathtaking views or observe wildlife including wild goats, ponies and birds.

Bath – things to do in England

Bath is a city in the English county of Somerset. It is famous for its stunning Georgian architecture and the baths built by the Romans, from which the town derives its name.

Roman Baths in Bath / things to do in England
Roman Baths in Bath / things to do in England

The whole city is literally interwoven with beautiful buildings, parks and attractions that make you stop at every corner. Don’t miss a visit to the Roman Baths, where you can see the ancient baths that are still full of hot natural springs. Just opposite is a beautiful medieval abbey.

Stroll along Milsom Street shopping street or the Pulteney Bridge, lined with shops with colourful windows. The best views of the city can be enjoyed from Alexandra Park, located south of the River Avon.


The Cotswolds is a beautiful area of rolling hills in the south of England. It is full of charming villages, beautiful gardens, historical monuments and picturesque pubs. If you want to experience the real English countryside, head here.

Castle Combe in the Cotswolds / best places to visit in England
Castle Combe in the Cotswolds / best places to visit in England

The Cotswolds is a great place for a relaxing escape from city life. Take a leisurely stroll along one of the hiking trails or hop on a bike and explore the local villages. Enjoy afternoon tea in one of the many tea rooms or a beer in the pub while soaking up the traditional atmosphere.

Some of the most beautiful villages in the Cotswolds include Bouton-on-the-Water, Cirencester, Bibury, Broad Campden, Chipping Campden and Castle Combe.


Stratford-upon-Avon is the famous birthplace of William Shakespeare. If you’re a fan, go to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, which tells his story. Or just wander the historic streets lined with brick houses full of shops and restaurants, or take a boat ride on the River Avon.

Peak District National Park

The Peak District is a national park in the heart of England, located between Manchester and Sheffield. It’s an area of beautiful countryside, rolling hills, rugged moors and fantastic views.

Peak District National Park / things to do in England
Peak District National Park / things to do in England

There are plenty of places to explore in the Peak District, from walks through quiet valleys to hikes up steep peaks. Visit Bakewell, with its traditional markets and delicious cakes, or Dovedale with its stunning limestone gorges.

The whole area is literally riddled with caves and stunning views – some of the most beautiful places in the Peak District include Mam Tor, Bamford Edge, Thor’s Cave and views of Derwent Dam.


York is a beautiful city in the north of England, full of history and beautiful architecture. The city has some of the best-preserved medieval walls in Europe and many historic sites, including York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe.

York Cathedral / things to do in England
York Cathedral / things to do in England

The best way to see York’s historic sights is on foot – take a stroll along The Shambles, one of Britain’s oldest streets, still lined with wooden buildings dating back to the 14th century, visit Barley Hall, and admire Clifford’s Tower, built by William the Conqueror in 1068.

The Shambles early in the morning

Yorkshire Dales National Park

We move northwest of York, where the Yorkshire Dales National Park is located.

A breathtaking landscape dotted with historic castles, limestone caves and spectacular views. The area is full of interesting hiking trails, including the popular Three Peaks Challenge, where you can climb some of England’s highest mountains – Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-Ghent.

Malham Cove / things to do in England
Malham Cove / things to do in England

If you only have one day in the Yorkshire Dales, I recommend a visit to Malham Tarn Nature Reserve, home to the Malham Cove limestone amphitheatre, Janet’s Foss waterfall and Gordale Scar limestone gorge. All locations within walking distance of each other.

Other options include the cascading Aysgarth Falls or Buttertubs Pass with its breathtaking views of the national park.

Chester – things to do in England

Chester is located in the north-west of England. And it’s not just any city. According to the calculations of scientists, Chester was declared the most beautiful city ever. No Bath, London, Rome or Paris. Sounds like a good reason to visit, doesn’t it?

Chester - Clock Tower on Eastgate Street / things to see in England
Clock Tower on Eastgate Street

And what not to miss in Chester? Explore the entire historic centre, with its half-timbered houses and Victorian arcades, around the pedestrianised Eastgate Street. Continue on to the magnificent medieval cathedral and visit the city walls, which are some of the best preserved in Britain and make for a great walk through the old town centre.


Manchester is a modern city in the north-west of England. It is known for its vibrant culture, fantastic architecture and industrial heritage.

There’s plenty to do and see in Manchester, so you won’t be bored during your stay. Start by seeing some of the famous landmarks, such as Manchester Town Hall or the so-called ‘Queen of the North’ – Manchester Cathedral. Historic buildings contrast sharply with modern buildings.

Manchester / the most beautiful cities in England
Manchester / the most beautiful cities in England

Stroll along Oxford St lined with university buildings (a whiff of Oxford in Manchester) or along The Quays with its ultra-modern skyscrapers. Visit the Science Museum or enjoy an evening at one of the many restaurants and bars.


Liverpool is a vibrant city on the banks of the River Mersey in north-west England. We all know Liverpool as the birthplace of the Beatles (they even have their own museum). But it offers much more in terms of culture, history and modern attractions.

When exploring Liverpool, be sure to see some of its iconic landmarks such as Albert Dock and Anfield Stadium. The next day can be spent exploring the boutiques, galleries and restaurants of Liverpool One or strolling around the bohemian Ropewalks, where you won’t want to miss Chinatown with its huge gateway.

Royal Albert Dock / things to do in England
Royal Albert Dock / things to do in England

For those looking for a night out, Liverpool has plenty of bars and clubs to choose from, from traditional pubs to rooftop bars with spectacular views across the city.

Lake District National Park

As the name suggests, the Lake District is literally criss-crossed with beautiful lakes, but also mountains and valleys, which together form one of the most beautiful areas in England. If you love the outdoors, you’ll love the Lake District.

Take a boat ride on one of the many lakes or visit one of the charming towns and villages with stone houses. You can also hike to one of the peaks and enjoy the stunning views from the top of England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike.

On the way to Scafell Pike Lake District / things to do in England
On the way to Scafell Pike Lake District / things to do in England

No visit to the Lake District is complete without a stop at Windermere – the largest lake in England, home to some of the most beautiful views around. Take a stroll along the promenade or a trip on one of the historic steamboats.

If you enjoy beautiful nature and photography, I recommend watching a couple of videos from my favourite landscape photographer, shot in the Lake District.

Best Things to do in England – map

HOW TO USE THIS MAP: Above you will find a detailed map with the things to do in England. Click at the top left of the map to see separate layers with highlighted locations. You can hide and show the different layers or click on the icons on the map to see the names of the places I mention in my guide to England. If you want to save the map, star it. For a larger version, click on the icon in the upper right corner.

What to taste in England? What is the English national dish and what do the English drink?

Would you like to enjoy traditional English cuisine? Try the fish and chips, bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie and roast beef. You can also enjoy many locally produced cheeses throughout the country, such as Cheddar, Cheshire and Wensleydale.

Bangers and mash

An English breakfast often consists of bacon, eggs (fried or scrambled), sausages, beans, toast and mushrooms. It is usually served with tea or coffee.

It’s probably no surprise that the most popular drink in England is tea. The English like to drink cups of hot tea throughout the day. Craft beer and regional ciders such as scrumpy and perry have also become increasingly popular in recent years.

How to get around England?

Trains and buses

England is best travelled by train. The country has an extensive network of rail links connecting major cities and towns, making it easier to travel between different areas. Plus, the views from the train windows are a lot more fun than the views from the bus.

For train services, visit nationalrail.co.uk. Another option is the BritRail Pass, which gives you unlimited train travel across the UK.

Trains are complemented by buses, which are a cheap and comfortable way to travel. For longer distances, look for connections via National Express or Megabus. In both cases, it’s worth booking in advance to ensure you get the best price.

On Omio.com you can find bus and train connections in one place.

Car rental in England

Would you rather explore England on your own? Rent a car is one of the most popular ways to explore the most beautiful places in England. You are your own boss and can get to almost every corner of the country.

My recommendation is to compare car rental offers and get the best service at the lowest price. Just beware that prices can vary between rental companies. In our experience, they offer the best prices and the widest range of

Renting a car is easy. The basic rule of thumb is to book well in advance (especially if you want a car with an automatic transmission). Just fill in the details and show your ID and driving licence when you collect it (EU/EEA citizens do not need an international driving licence). The price also includes insurance and free cancellation.

You choose the pick-up location when you book your car.

Please note: The road rules here are different from most of Europe. In the UK (and neighbouring Ireland) you drive in the left lane and the steering wheel is on the right. All distances are also given in miles per hour.


What are some tips for finding hotel in England?

In England and Scotland we tried almost every accommodation option – from hotels, guesthouses to sleeping in a tent among the sheep.

If you’re planning a trip to England, book your hotel room well in advance (especially in high season). Accommodation fills up quickly and the best hotels tend to be booked up early.

How about staying in a smaller guesthouse with breakfast? It’s a great way to experience local hospitality and take part in activities such as pub quizzes.

If you’re on a budget, hostels are often the most affordable option (unless you bring your own tent). Many of them offer dormitory-style rooms that are ideal for backpackers.


Are you interested in accommodation at the campsite? Make sure the campsite doesn’t have any special rules beforehand so you’re not surprised on the spot.

We book accommodation through Booking.com, where we offer the widest range of accommodation in England. You can filter hotels, guesthouses, hostels or campsites and enter other requirements (breakfast included, swimming pool, family-friendly accommodation, reviews, etc.).

If you travel anywhere in the world at least twice a year, you’ll earn points towards the Genius programme, which can then earn you discounts on your next accommodation. You will see the Genius level next to your name (Booking will automatically offer you the discount).

These were our picks for the things to do in England and the best places to visit in England. Do you have a question? We’ll be happy to answer it in the comments below. Have a safe journey!

Learn more about the UK

LONDON: Read more about things to do in London. To help you plan your trip, we’ve created a 3-day London itinerary. In this article, we share tips on things to do in London with kids or how to save money in London.

EDINBURGH: Check out our 25 tips on things to do in Edinburgh (+ more useful information and tips for your trip) and where to stay in Edinburgh.

SCOTLAND: Scotland is one of the most beautiful areas of the UK – here’s a list of things to do in Scotland, including a map and useful information.

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