1. Visit the Tower of London- A guided tour to this historic castle which holds centuries of dark history of London city is one of the best things to do in England. It served as an execution site, a Royal mint, Her Majesty's prison, a Royal Menagerie, an observatory and a military storehouse down the years.
The site hosts special events, medieval reenactments and family activities throughout the year which makes it one of the popular attractions in England. In a guided tour you can walk along the battlements, appreciate the Royal Armouries in the White Tower and see the place where Anne Boleyn was executed by Henry VIII.
Location: St Katharine's & Wapping, London EC3N 4AB, United Kingdom
Price: For members entry free, adults £25, Child £12.50
Timings: March- October from 9.30am- 5.30pm, November- February from 9.30am- 4.30pm. (Sunday and Monday opens from 10am)
2. Explore Buckingham Palace- The grand royal residence of the British Monarchy which is popularly recognised as the home of Her Majesty, is the focus of Britain's national identity, pride and glory. In exclusive guided tours you can visit the State Rooms that are magnificently decked and open for public view.
Buy a few pieces of royal souvenirs such as artworks, homeware, jewellery and other knick knacks from the Buckingham Palace Shop. End your day trip with tea, coffee, sandwiches and cakes in The Garden Cafe which overlooks the Palace garden- one of the highly recommended England things to do in your tour.
Location: Westminster, London SW1A 1AA, United Kingdom
Price: Adults £(26.50-49), senior citizens £(24-44.5), student £(24-42), under 17/disabled £(14.50-26.50), under 5 entry is free, family (2 adults and 3 under 17s) is £(67.5-124.5).
Timings: July- August from 9.30am- 6.30pm and September- October from 9.30am- 6.30pm
3. Explore Big Ben- The iconic clock tower is one of the most famous things in London city for tourists to explore which is globally acclaimed for its gigantic bell and accuracy. Formerly Big Ben was known as St. Stephen’s Tower until 2012. On the auspicious Diamond Jubilee ceremony of the Queen which commemorates her 60 years’ reign on the British throne the tower was christened the Elizabeth Tower.
Being located in the heart of London city, you can reach the place on a bicycle tour and explore other attractions nearby. Climb 334 steps upstairs to reach the belfry where the bells are installed. Another impressive feature of the tower is the Ayrton Light which lies atop the imposing tower and is lit when the House of Parliament sits after dusk.
Location: Palace of Westminster, London
Price: £15 for adults, £10 for children, £37 for 37 for families, £6 for children (between 5-16) years. Children below 5 years of age have entry free.
Timings: 9:15am- 4:30pm all days except Wednesday (1.15pm- 4:30pm)
4. See Stonehenge- For the enthusiasts of history, this World Heritage Site is a must visit place in England as it is the best Neolithic monument in Europe known till date. In a guided tour from London to Stonehenge, you can walk around the famous Stone Circle and get to know the mystery behind Stonehenge.
In your trip you can also visit the other famous site, the City of Bath which has a repute for its ancient Roman baths and brilliant Georgian architecture.
Location: Salisbury SP4 7DE, United Kingdom
Price: £21.50 for adults, £12.90 for children between (5-17) years, free entry for members
Timings: Sunday- Saturday between 9.30am till 5pm
5. Visit the British Museum- The British Museum stands high as the first museum of the world which upholds the different cultures spanning over continents and landmasses. It stands apart in housing a unique collection of eight million artefacts of paramount historical importance, beauty and gravity.
These artefacts spanning over 2 million years of human civilization provide fair insight into archaeology and ethnography belonging to different races across the world. Among the famous holdings of British Museum are Elgin Marbles, Rosetta Stone, a 1st century cameo glass, Chinese ceramics of the Ming dynasty and others.
Location: Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1B3DG
Timings: Monday through Sunday from 10am- 5:30pm. Fridays between 10:30am- 8:30pm
6. Take blessings at St. Paul's Cathedral- Overlooking the diminutive Ludgate Hill, the cathedral is one of the famous things in England standing tall for more than 300 years. The imposing sepulchre of the cathedral which was inspired by St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican is revered by the Londoners as a symbol of pride and resilience and adds to the beauty of the city’s skyline. Although not all areas of the cathedral are accessible to the visitors, you can attend the cathedral choir i.e. the Sunday Eucharist (11:30am) or Evensong (Monday-Saturday at 5pm, Sunday at 3.15pm) with prior online booking.
Location: St. Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD, United Kingdom
Price: £20 for adults, £8.5 for children
Timings: Monday-Saturday 8:30am- 4:30pm
7. Visit Peak District National Park- With rivers and springs, moors and dales, hillocks and caverns, the Peak District National Park introduces you to a world of contrasting natural beauty and offers a surfeit of things to do in England.
From the high, moorland plateaus in the north to the deep dales and rolling verdant hills in the south of the Peak District, the place is ideal for walking and cycling excursions. Among the other activities are cable car ride to the Heights of Abraham, wildlife sightings at Peak Wildlife Park or White-Knuckle Ride at Alton Towers Resort.
Location: Castleton, Hope Valley S33 8WS, United Kingdom
8. Stroll and shop around Oxford Street- If you are a true shopaholic, then this is your place to be on an England tour. The 1.5-mile-long avenue lined with wall-to-wall shops, retail outlets, departmental stores and smattering of cafes and restaurants fairly boasts of being the premier shopping destination in England and one of the busiest retail areas in Europe.
Oxford Street is known for its eclectic mix of shops ranging from mainstream fashion names to lower-end shops to provide something for every buyer. Although shopping is the chief attraction at Oxford Street, you can check out the nearby places of attractions that include Oxford Circus, Marble Arch, St. Christopher’s Church and others.
Location: Oxford Street, London W1W 8LG England
9. Explore The Regent's Park- Located in Central London, visiting Regent's Park is one of the most famous things in England. The splendid variety of wildlife includes an impressive population of 200 species of birds, 21 species of butterfly, amphibians, grey squirrel, hedgehogs, woodmouse and other mammals.
The park property is divided into several manicured gardens namely- Queen Mary's Garden, The Avenue Gardens, St. John's Lodge Gardens and others that offer a refreshing gateway to the Londoners. The other attractions of the park are London Zoo, an open-air theatre and an array of sports and recreational facilities.
Location: Chester Road Regent’s Park, London NW1 4NR, England
Timings: Sunday- Saturday between 5am- 9.30pm
10. Visit the beautiful Windsor Castle- This is the oldest and the largest occupied castle in the world which has 900 years of royal history to its credit and probably the most famous thing in England to see.
The castle which was founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century has been the residential abode of 39 monarchs of Britain and is the present home of Her Majesty where she spends most of her private weekends and uses the property for state occasions and other official ceremonies.
Location: Windsor SL4 1NJ United Kingdom
Price: £(13-60), free entry for children under 5.
Timings: March- October every day between 10am- 5.15pm, from November- February between 10am- 4.15pm. Last entrance to the castle is 90 minutes prior to closing time.