#01 Lake District National Park

England’s largest national park is also many peoples’ favourite, boasting sixteen major lakes, including Wast Water (pictured here) and scores of mountains, not least the country’s highest peak, Scafell Pike.

#01 Lake District National Park

#02 Dartmoor

Southern England’s greatest expanse of wilderness is perfect for hikers and riders.

Things not to Miss: Sunrise on Dartmoor , UK.© EvolvePhoto/Shutterstock 

#03 Houses of Parliament

One of London’s most majestic buildings, where you can see the “Mother of all Parliaments” at work from the public gallery or take a summertime tour.

#03 Houses of Parliament

#04 The Cotswolds

Take time out in England’s largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, poised between Oxford and Gloucester – rolling hills, honey-stone villages and great walking.

Things not to Miss: Quaint Castle Combe village , England, UK.© iPics/Shutterstock 

#05 Northumbrian castles

Symbols of a turbulent past, Northumberland’s many fortresses are worth a visit, especially mighty Alnwick Castle (pictured), with its stunning medieval gardens.

Things not to Miss: Alnwick Castle, River Aln Northumberland, UK.© Gail Johnson/Shutterstock

#06 Oxford

The Radcliffe Camera (pictured) stands at the centre of this old university town, famed for its sublime architecture and lively restaurants.

Things not to Miss: Radcliffe Camera, Oxford city, England, UK.© Pajor Pawel/Shutterstock

#07 Avebury stone circle

Stonehenge might get all the publicity, but the stones at nearby Avebury have a raw appeal and are far more accessible.

#07 Avebury stone circle

#08 Hadrian’s Wall Path

Walk or cycle the length of this atmospheric Roman monument, which snakes its way for 84 miles over rough, sheep-strewn countryside.

Things not to Miss: Hadrian's Wall , UK.© Dave Head/Shutterstock 

#09 Music festivals

Mud, mud, glorious mud... Glastonbury (pictured) may be the biggest and best-known music and arts fest, but every summer weekend sees celebrations of anything from folk to trance on greenfield sites nationwide.

Glastonbury Festival, England.© benny hawes/Shutterstock

#10 Surfing, Newquay

The beaches strung along the northern coast of Devon and Cornwall offer some great breaks, with Newquay the place to see and be seen.

Things not to miss in England: Surfing at Fistral Beach, Cornwall© Mick Blakey/Shutterstock

#11 Bath

Admire England’s most elegant Georgian terrace, visit the Roman baths or do some serious shopping in one of the country’s most beautiful cities.

Things not to Miss: Ancient Roman Baths, Bath, Somerset, England, UK.© RnDmS/Shutterstock 

#12 Fish and chips

There’s nothing better than fish and chips, nor any better way to eat them than wrapped in paper and eaten on the beach.

Things not to Miss in England: Take away tray with fish and chips.© Andreea Tudor/Shutterstock

#13 Eden Project

With its strong ecological thrust, the West Country’s most spectacular attraction presents a refreshing alternative to the hard sell of most of the region’s crowd-pullers.

#13 Eden Project

#14 New Forest

Famed for its ponies, this ancient hunting ground is a magnet for cyclists and walkers.

#14 New Forest

#15 Farmers’ markets

Plug into England’s sense of rural community at the growing network of markets where farmers and producers sell direct – not just fruit and veg but local cheeses, breads, pies, deli items, ales and more.

#15 Farmers’ markets

#16 Durham Cathedral

Arguably the greatest Norman building in England, Durham’s imposing cathedral perches on a peninsula overlooking the city’s quaint, cobbled old town.

Things not to Miss: Durham Cathedral, England, UK.© stocksre/Shutterstock 

#17 St Ives, Cornwall

Bustling seaside resort with great beaches and the southwest’s best arts collection.

Things not to Miss: Porthminster Beach, St Ives, Cornwall, England, UK.© ian woolcock/Shutterstock 

#18 Punting on the Cam

A flat-bottomed boat that’s easy to fall out of, with no paddles but a pole… Unnecessarily complicated it may be, but punting on the River Cam is the best way to see some of Cambridge’s beautiful university buildings.

#18 Punting on the Cam

#19 The Peak District

A stirring landscape of moors and peaks, deep-green dales, tumbling rivers and jagged cliffs, the Peak District attracts outdoors enthusiasts by the thousand.

Stanage Edge, Mill Stones, England.© Glyn Swanson/Shutterstock

#20 York Minster

Soaring above York’s medieval streets, Britain’s biggest Gothic church has a thousand-year history and treasures to match.

Things not to Miss: The West Front of York Minster, England, UK.© Jez Campbell/Shutterstock 

#21 Stately homes

Blenheim Palace (pictured) near Oxford is one of England’s most majestic stately homes, but dozens more up and down the country offer cultured days out.

Things not to Miss: Blenheim castle, Oxfordshire, England, UK.© ChristianZscheile/Shutterstock 

#22 Canterbury Cathedral

Mother Church of the Church of England, this cathedral is famous for its shrine to the murdered Archbishop, Thomas à Becket, and the tales that Chaucer weaved round a fictitious pilgrimage to the martyr’s tomb.

Things not to Miss in England: Interior of Canterbury Cathedral in England.© Ritu Manoj Jethani/Shutterstock

#23 Southwold

George Orwell didn’t like the place, but everyone else does: with its wide sandy beach and brightly painted beach huts, Southwold is the most beguiling of seaside towns.

#23 Southwold

#24 Newcastle nightlife

From chic wine bars to first-rate theatres, Newcastle’s nightlife is growing in sophistication – though there are still plenty of places for a traditionally raucous night out on the Toon.

Things not to Miss: Twilight on Newcastle Quayside, England.© Michael Conrad/Shutterstock 


#25 The Royal Pavilion, Brighton

George IV’s pleasure dome, designed by Nash, is the supreme example of Oriental-Gothic architecture.

Things not to Miss: Brighton pavilion, UK.© Alexey Fedorenko/Shutterstock


#26 Tate Modern

Housed in a spectacular former power station, the world’s largest modern art gallery is simply awesome.

Things not to Miss: Tate Modern, London, England, UK.© Tony Baggett/Shutterstock 

#27 The Seven Sisters

The soaring Seven Sisters cliffs are just one of the highlights of the southeast’s newly created national park, best explored on the long-distance South Downs Way footpath.

Things not to Miss: Seven Sisters chalk cliffs, East Sussex, England, UK.© Kanuman/Shutterstock 

#28 Afternoon tea

London’s top hotels are the most wickedly indulgent places for a calorific afternoon tea of sandwiches, scones and cakes – though a Devonshire cream tea can give the capital a run for its money.

Afternoon english teaAfternoon english tea © petereleven/Shutterstock


#29 Durdle Door

This distinctive limestone arch is the highlight of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast and sits on one of the loveliest stretches of the South West Coast Path, close to some fine beaches.

Things not to Miss in England: Durdle Door wiev from the top of the cliff.© Pawel Bulejak/Shutterstock

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