This week however is English Tourism Week, an annual celebration of English tourism showcasing visitor experiences in England and everything that it has to offer from history to coastal gems, theatre and culture to culinary delicacies that date back across the ages.
Taking place in spring each year, English Tourism Week campaigns to raise the profile of the industry and celebrate the value and quality of tourism in England. This year, with the forthcoming wedding of Prince Harry and Ms Markle, we are perhaps reminded of the value of tourism at home, something that benefits visitors and residents alike.
1) According to Planet Ware, Stone Henge ranks at the top of the list. The site, 10 miles from Salisbury, is Europe’s best-known prehistoric monument (the site is so popular that visitors need to purchase a timed ticket in advance to guarantee entry). Guests can enjoy audio-visual explaining how the megaliths were erected and talking about life when they were placed here, between 3000 and 1500 BC.
2) Naturally, the Tower of London is amongst the most popular tourism attractions. Prison, palace, treasure vault, observatory, and menagerie – built in 1078 by William the Conqueror, the Tower of London has done it all with its iconic centrepiece – the White Tower and impressive exhibitions including the Crown Jewels.
3) York Minster is second in importance in the Church of England only to the cathedral at Canterbury, standing in the centre of York surrounded by half-timbered homes and shops, medieval guildhalls, and churches. Yorkshire is also famed for the rugged beauty of the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors – perfect for exploring in bucolic bliss.
4) Kew Gardens was ranked amongst England’s top tourist attractions by The Mirror. The botanical garden in southwest London houses the largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world.
5) The city of Bath is famed for its historic roman spa baths. Set in this remarkably beautiful city, the magnificent 2,000-year-old Roman Baths were built around the city’s rejuvenating hot springs, but it’s equally well known for its honey coloured Georgian Townhouses such as those located on Royal Crescent. Some 500 of the city’s buildings are considered of historical or architectural importance, making it one of the most rewarding places to explore as a tourist.
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