Cultural experiences

The Lion King, Birmingham

English culture is well known around the world. It's an inclusive culture, encompassing different art forms, people and places.

From our varied cities, housing Victorian museums and ultra-modern art galleries to our rolling countryside, with hidden pubs and wonderful walks.

However you want to explore English culture, you'll find something that suits you right across the country. Our world famous galleries and unforgettable music venues both make incredible places to continue your cultural education.

The pages below will give you a tour of the best cultural experiences that England has to offer.

Museums and Galleries in England

Museums, galleries and libraries

With most museums in the country being free, and a whole history to dip into, there’s always something new to learn. Take a look at artefacts and artworks from around the world, presented in some of the loveliest buildings in England.

Film locations in England

Literature, film and TV

Blockbuster hits and award-winning productions have used England as inspiration and decoration for their stories. Come and see real-life sets of films like War Horse and Harry Potter, or visit the cities that influenced writers such as Jane Austen and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Outdoor music concert, England

Music and nightlife

Live music is everywhere, in jazz bars and open-field stages, festivals and concert halls. Find the perfect venue for your favourite genre, and take in some of England’s musical culture and history whilst you do so.

Dancer at Liverpool Carnival

Festivals and carnivals

Pride, May Day, and the Artipelago are just some of the plethora of events celebrated across the country. Colourful and full of activities and unique sights, each event has its own atmosphere and tradition.

Rye street, East Sussex

Hidden gems

Dig a little deeper beneath the surface and you’ll be amazed at what you’ll find, from cobbled streets filled with boutiques selling antique treasures to picturesque secret gardens hidden away in the heart of the city.

Ballet performance

Performing arts

Spend time in the company of world class entertainers who will sweep you away with stunning performances, whether it’s being moved by breathtaking ballet, or enjoying outdoor Shakespearian plays.

Music festivals

Music festivals

Grab your shades and dance the days away at England’s top festivals from the musical paradise of the Y Not Festival to the cultural haven of Latitude, and the midsummer magic of the Port Eliot Festival.

Graffiti artwork in the Northern Quarter in Manchester

Outdoor art and sculpture

Hunt for unique works of art deep in the heart of the Forest of Dean; embark on a tour of Banksy’s famous street art in Bristol, and come face-to-face with haunting artwork along the Merseyside coast.

A couple looking at art in Chatsworth

Arts and cultural events

When it comes to culture, England is not short of festivals that celebrate our rich cultural heritage, including literary festivals celebrating the written word to inspiring art exhibitions showcasing past and present works.

Gateshead at sunset

Architectural wonders

Gaze in wonder at the sight of historical architectures that have stood the test of time, from stunning gothic cathedrals that took over 1000 years to build to monuments offering panoramic views of the city.

Russian Doll Shop on Steep Hill, Lincoln

Seasonal celebrations

England is no stranger to celebrating holidays in style, whether it is family Easter egg hunts, lighting up city streets for Diwali or winter wonderlands filled with festive shopping, mulled wine and ice skating at Xmas.

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