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Are you looking for a destination that is rich in history, royal flair, and full of picturesque settings perfect for taking the ultimate photograph? If so, pack your bags and head to England, a country where the people are gracious and welcoming to more than 30 million visitors each year.
Whether you want to see Westminster Abbey or take in Stonehedge, the travel agents at Sunset Travel & Cruise in Chicago can help you understand all of your options and choose the best things you can experience in England!
England is home to more than 55 million people, and home to cities full of opportunity. The capital city of London is probably the first place that comes to mind, but there are dozens of destinations in this vast country, and each offers its own unique history, popular attractions, and bustling nightlife
There are endless museums that detail the history of the vast country, royal monuments and castles that provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and beaches that providing a relaxing backdrop for vacationers. And relatively mild temperatures year-round mean that England is prime for tourists any time of the year.
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Visit the church that’s home to countless royal weddings and coronations.
Truly witness history with the daily Changing of the Guard.
Considered the “Times Square” of England, there’s endless options for entertainment.
Explore one of the most mysterious archeological monuments in the world.
Natural History Museum
This free museum is home to incredible exhibits and a favorite for families.
Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens
The tranquil atmosphere of the Gardens provides an experience unparalleled in the city.
Considered the finest example of Early English Gothic, it’s more than just a beautiful place of worship – it’s still a working church and the stage on which history continues to be made. The home of many royal weddings and coronations, Westminster Abbey is always a bustling tourist site and has something for everybody.
If you’re a lover of literature, consider a visit to the Poets’ Corner, which is the final resting place of famed authors Geoffrey Chaucer, Charles Dickens, and Rudyard Kipling, among others. If you’re fascinated by British royalty and the intrigue surrounding the family, plan on visiting the shared tomb of enemies and half-sisters Elizabeth I and Mary Tudor.
If you go in the summer and select dates during the winter and spring, you can tour Buckingham Palace, the London home of Queen Elizabeth II. On the tour, you’ll be guided through the 19 State Rooms where the queen and members of the royal family host guests for state, ceremonial, and official affairs.
It’s full of breathtaking architecture that includes chandeliers, candelabra, paintings by Rembrandt and Rubens, and exquisite English and French furniture.
You’ll see some of the most magnificent pieces from the Royal Collection.
And you don’t want to miss the famous Changing of the Guard, which happens daily at 11 AM, from April until late July, and on alternate days the rest of the year. Be sure to get there early, as this historic tradition draws large crowds.
Located on London’s West End, Piccadilly Circus is generally considered to be the “Times Square” of England and easily lives up to its name. But no, it’s not an actual circus. Instead it’s the point where five busy roads meet and is the center of the hustle and bustle of London.
Whether it’s businessmen and women on their way to and from work, shoppers taking advantage of the department store-clad Oxford Street, or lively club and bar hoppers making the most of the night, Piccadilly is always buzzing with activity. From the restaurants and shopping to shows and people watching, it’s a great way to make the most of the city.
Located in the county of Wiltshire on Salisbury Plain, this monument is one of Britain’s great archaeological mysteries. While there are countless theories about the site’s purpose — from a sacrificial center to a celestial timepiece — there’s no definitive answer as to what drove prehistoric Britons to expend so much time and effort on its construction. Some feel it was a place of healing, while others believe it was a burial site.
What is known is that this has become one of the most popular monuments in the world, and visitors have full access to this megalithic piece of history. There is one entry ticket to Stonehenge that covers the visitor centre, shuttle, and access to Stonehenge, and it’s suggested that you book your tickets early and allow for two hours of walking the grounds and surrounding area.
Located in Kensington, this museum is home to more than 70 million different specimens and exhibits, from dinosaur bones to a simulated earthquake. You’ll find it’s often full of children exploring the area, as it’s become a favorite among families — for both the incredible learning opportunities and the fact that it’s free.
Because it’s free, it can get crowded, so prepare for some longer lines. Speaking of preparation, consider downloading the free Natural History Museum app for your phone, which can help you navigate the museum’s wide array of exhibits a little bit better. It provides interactive maps of the museum’s interior, as well as audio guides and behind-the-scenes info on some of the collections.
If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle, travel to this long stretch of lush green that stretches from Kensington Palace in the west to Oxford Street in the east. The tranquil atmosphere of the Gardens provides an experience unparalleled in the city, with a variety of foot and bike paths and flourishing flora and fauna.
Rent a boat and watch the swans glide over the serene Serpentine Lake, visit the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, or stop by the Speakers’ Corner, a site for public speeches and debates since the 19th century. Continuing on the memorial walk, you can pass through Kensington Gardens and find the ornate Albert Memorial, the Italian Gardens, and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground.
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in this buzzing seaside country where most of my fondest memories were spending weekends on the boats down on the harbor, eating the famous Marlboro fish and chips, or cruising through the cobbled streets with a cornish pasty.”
and visit cute country towns and fun coastal cities, take a rail trip up a slate mountain, and visit amazing castles all over the country!”
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