Top 10 Most Famous England Landmarks Travelers Talk About
From the iconic, turreted Tower Bridge to the traditional pubs found on just about every corner, there is no shortage of things to see or do when visiting England. However, whether visiting for a historical journey or a cultural adventure, it’s important not to miss some important England Landmarks that travelers to the area enjoy time and time again. We’ve put together a list of the top ten to make sure that you get the most out of visiting the area.
1. Big Ben: Even those who haven’t seen it live and in person are familiar with the timekeeping monolith that can be found at the north end of the Westminster Palace. The familiar name, although most often associated with the clock tower itself actually refers to the tower’s great bell. It was constructed in honor of the Diamond Jubilee Year for Queen Elizabeth II, as part of a new design for the palace following a large fire. The structure remains one of the most prominent of all England landmarks and is quite often featured in films and literature when referencing the area.
2. London Eye: Although there is no historical value here, the giant ferris wheel situated directly on the river providing unparalleled views of the city is already becoming one of the most popular of all London attractions. It was created for the new Millennium and hence is also referred to as the Millennium Wheel. Guests can ascend upwards over four hundred feet in slow moving and glass enclosed chambers where they can mingle freely about while taking in the sights and sounds of the city. The entire circular journey takes about half an hour, and past guests urge travelers to get in line early and get tickets in advance due to the often long lines.
3. Buckingham Palace: Since the early 1800s, this well known structure amongst England landmarks has provided home to the sovereigns of Britain, and today serves as an administration base to the Monarchy. Throughout the year, the Queen holds a variety of events in the palace, but it’s also open to visitors who would like to take a tour of some of the building’s 775 rooms. Although it’s a functioning a working building where many daily affairs take place, the palace boasts historical allure that makes it unique amongst other England landmarks as the throne room (which doubles for dancing) remains as well as a frequently used and stunning garden.
4. Windsor Castle: For over one thousand years, this castle has served as a home to British royalty and is still today a residence for the Queen. It’s a fully functioning royal palace, making it another very unique selection amongst the England landmarks. The Queen uses the palace for events and hosting important guests, but tourists are allowed to visit and explore the structure on guided tours as well. It boasts a chapel and one of the most impressive banquet rooms ever constructed that can, and often is outfitted with a single dinner table that can accommodate one hundred and sixty guests.
5. Stonehenge: The oddly shaped and notably mysterious rock formations found here make the location one of the most famous landmarks in England, and one of the only prehistoric English landmarks in the area that is a major tourist attraction. While the method of construction by ancient neolithic people found here has been hypothesized, why the stone structures were built in the first place has been the topic of much debate. However, since the mystique of the landmark has become so enamoring to curious visitors, the site has been outfitted with appropriate amenities to help them memorialize their journey including a museum, cafe, exhibitions and a gift shop.
6. Oxford University: Oddly enough, the actual founding date of this oldest English Speaking college in the world is unclear. What is clear is that it has served for centuries since English speaking students were without a learning institution following their ban from the University of Paris. From the 1800s forward, the University has served as a haven for scholarly discovery and debate, providing insights into mathematics, astronomy and physical science. The structure itself and surrounding grounds are immense and historically intriguing, making it a popular stop for those interested in English landmarks.
7. Hadrian Wall: This seventy-three mile long wall that stretches across some of the most interesting landscape the country has to offer is a popular tourist stop and one of the most interesting of all England landmarks. There are nearly two dozen different places to stop along the wall including Housesteads Roman Fort and Corbridge Roman Town. Castles and priories can also be found along the wall’s expansive length. The ancient wall served for military defenses and although deterioration has occurred over millennia, much of the original wall still remains.
8. Brighton Royal Pavilion: Whether castle or museum, almost all English landmarks are unique in their own ways, but they tend to share similar architectural designs and appointments. The Brighton Royal Pavilion is very different in this regard, and boasts a lack of gothic and medieval trading them instead for oriental flair. It was built for royalty and designed to serve as a palace for pleasure, used by many royals including King George IV. Its exotic appearance is evident outside, but trickles inside as well, providing a different type of visual experience for guests.
9. Beatles Museum Liverpool: Should a journey encompass the Liverpool area, there is no reason to miss out on the Beatles Museum which celebrates the work of one of the most well known musical forces to ever shake the world. The facility takes guests through the four band members’ life journeys as they propelled from their early beginning to mega-stardom creating a movement that is still relevant today. The museum has a notable 60s feel that provides a feeling of nostalgia and celebration to the era that made the foursome famous.
10. Isle of White: The largest of island in England, it served as an important staging point during the Seven Years War and the English Civil War. But, while there is great historical significance to be found here, it’s the summer residence built by Queen Victoria that really draws a crowd. The Osborne House is considered significant amongst England Landmarks and can now be visited by the public. The public may have another interesting reason to visit the island, as its western tip served as the spot Marconi chose for the world’s first radio station in 1897.