England is brimming with historical sites, from ancient forests to prehistoric monuments to medieval castles. See English history come alive at these top historical destinations.
Roman Baths, Bath
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Originally built by the Romans, this ancient bathing complex dates back to the 1st century. Underground you’ll find the original Roman bathhouse and museum, while the 19th-century British buildings welcome visitors at street level. Tour the historic Roman Baths, and if you feel like taking a dip, venture to the nearby thermal spa, which is safe for bathing.
Royal Observatory, Greenwich
The Royal Observatory, which dates back to 1675, played an important role in astronomy. The workplace of several successive Astronomer Royals over several centuries, the Royal Observatory also serves as the site of the prime meridian. Today visitors can pose for photos at this important dividing line and learn more about scientific discoveries of years past at the observatory museum.
Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire
This ancient forest has held its ground in Nottinghamshire since the Ice Age, and it’s been a popular hunting spot for over a millennium. It’s famous for much more than its age, though. Best known as the legendary home of Robin Hood, Sherwood Forest hosts a festival for this historical character each year. If you miss the festival, you’ll still have your pick of activities in this royal forest, from horse riding to hiking.
One of the most loved prehistoric sites in the world, Stonehenge was built in approximately 2500 BC. Constructed in the centre of an even older burial ground, this is a monument celebrated for its historical importance and legendary possibilities. Today, new research and excavations continue to uncover new information about this mystical site, and visitors are welcome with an advance booking.
Windsor Castle, Windsor
Built in the 11th century, Windsor Castle has long been associated with English and British royalty. Originally constructed to protect the Normans, this Gothic castle serves as the burial ground for numerous important figures, including Henry VIII and Queen Victoria. Visitors can view the royal art collections and luxurious rooms, and even watch the iconic changing of the guard.
Big Ben, London
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One of London’s most recognizable sites, Big Ben is the main bell in the clock of the Palace of Westminster, though the nickname often refers to the entire clock tower as well. Big Ben has been ringing on the hour since 1859, and it’s well known for its precision. United Kingdom residents can tour the interior of the tower, while the Westminster Bridge outside also provides ample exterior vantage points.
Whether you’re an ancient or modern history lover, England offers something for everyone. Where will your flights from London take you?