History and heritage

Castle ruins in the countryside

England is a truly historic place with fascinating heritage. There are a huge array of historical museums, attractions and destinations in England.

If you're interested in history, you'll be fascinated by the 20 UNESCO World Heritage Sites England has to offer, and the numerous cities and towns with typical Tudor, Roman and Victorian buildings. There is a wealth of interactive experiences that help bring English heritage to life. Why not visit Stonehenge or take a tour through Victorian London with a specially trained Blue Badge guide, with an intimate knowledge of the area you're visiting and its unique history. Experience what it's like to live like Royalty by visiting a number of royal properties around the country.

England has a wonderfully varied past. VisitEngland have created a list of experiences below that will help you explore it.

Castles and Historic Properties in England

Castles and historic properties

Across the country, beautiful houses and ruins sit in stunning countryside. Wander around fully furnished rooms and cultivated gardens, or lose yourself in the enchanting remains of old manors and castles.

Royal Events in England

Royal

England’s monarchy has resided in beautiful castles, and accumulated a long and interesting history. Explore museums and palaces, or take a walk around royally-commissioned botanical gardens.

Historic Icons of England

Historic sites and icons

Stonehenge has stood for over 50, 000 years, and remains an internationally recognised icon. Liverpool’s Tate has art from as recent as 2016, but both are icons in their own right. Visit England’s icons today, and see fame spread across history.

World Heritage Sites of England

World Heritage Sites

UNESCO hand picks sites of outstanding universal value and awards them the status of a World Heritage Site. England is lucky enough to have 20 such sites, so come and be amazed by some of the most wondrous places in the world.

The ceiling of Exeter Cathedral

Abbeys, cathedrals and sacred places

Wherever you travel in England you’ll find remains of its religious heritage, from medieval chapels in the heart of the city to crumbling abbey ruins standing tall within picturesque countryside.

Cutty Sark in spring

Industrial, maritime and transport

Climb on board vintage steam engines for journeys across the English countryside; make your way underground to explore abandoned mines and walk along the deck of the last surviving tea clipper in the country.

Robin Hood statue outside Nottingham Castle

Myths, legends and tales

Walk along the paths once trodden on by England’s most legendary figures of fact and fiction; get your spine tingled on ghost tours around spooky fortresses, follow the Pendle witches trail in Lancashire and visit Tintagel Castle, the alleged birthplace of King Arthur.

Children in Roman costume at Lanercost, Hadrian's Wall

Military history

Relive the sights, sounds and smells of bloody and brutal battles that shaped England as you travel back through its military past, from standing on ancient battlegrounds to walking alongside preserved Roman walls.

Hadrian's Wall at sunrise

Archaeological sites

Dig deep into England’s past and uncover treasures long since lost, from hunting for fossils on the Jurassic Coast to gazing at preserved artefacts dating back to Saxon times.

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