England is a very popular country to visit and explore. From the numerous fascinating historical and heritage sites and buildings, or the rolling hills or the pretty villages and gardens, to dramatic coastal cliffs, there are many places for everyone to enjoy.
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English Arts and Architecture
There are so many interesting museums in England. London, the capital, of course has wonderful museums to visit. The British Museum has an incredible collection of works of history and culture from all around the world, including ancient Eygpt, Greece and Rome, Africa, the Americas, Oceania, Asia and the Middle East. There are millions of pieces showing the very earliest to contemporary human culture. Collections there include the amazing Parthenon Marbles and the Rosetta Stone, and paintings by masters such as Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Constable.
The Tate Modern is the largest modern art gallery in the world and has more visitors than any other art gallery. It houses British art from dating from 1900 to the present and also contemporary and modern art from around the world. Types of art exhibited include the best of expressionism, surrealism, cubism and abstract impressionism with works by the best artists including, Piccasso, Warhol, Matisse, Monet and Rothko.
For any visit to London, it wouldn’t be the same without seeing the outstanding historical heritage sites and landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament and Christopher Wren’s stunning St. Paul’s Cathedral. The Tower of London is also worth seeing and is steeped in history.
The nightlife is amazing, with many great theatres with highly acclaimed theatre companies performing, nightclubs and cinema. There are outstanding restaurants and the cuisine is highly varied.
Canterbury Cathedral in Kent is an outstanding feat of architecture. It is part of a World Heritage Site, and is one of England’s oldest and well known buildings. The Cathedral was founded in 597, and rebuilt in the 11th and 12th centuries, largely in the impressive and dramatic Gothic style. The intricacies of the buildings are wonderful and the numerous stained glass windows are a marvelous sight.
In Northumberland there are more castles than anywhere else in England, and are reminders of the Border wars which were rife between the 14th and 16th centuries. Bamburgh Castle stands 150 ft above the sea and is an imposing and dramatic structure for any sightseers. Chillingham Castle is said to be one the most haunted in the country, and is well worth a visit to get a feel of the dark history of the place and hear stories of its turbulent past.
The English Landscape
There is a great deal of protected land in England, much of it allowing free access to the public along signposted footpaths for everyone to enjoy the natural countryside.
England’s Lake District is a wonderful region. With its dramatic mountains, hills, valleys and beautiful lakes, many parts inspired famous poets such as William Wordsworth. There are some high mountains in the area, including Scafell Pike at 3,209 ft, which is the highest mountain in England.
There are pretty stone built walls and villages, and the market towns of Kendal and Penrith are also worth visiting and retain their traditional quality. You can explore the amazing scenery of the region including the beautiful landscape around Windermere, the rugged terrain of Keswick and Ullswater or the striking valleys of Eskdale and Langdale.
The New Forest is a beautiful area that cover parts of Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset and is a vast place of forests, woodland, heathland and pasture land and much of it is a National Park. There are many rare plants that grow in the heaths and numerous species of birds can be spotted all around the area. The place is a must for nature lovers who can enjoy the abundant wildlife of the area. Ponies live freely in the forest and are very popular with visitors. Deer can also be seen roaming, and include the fallow, roe and red deer. You can walk and picnic in the forest or take one of the many scenic cycle routes.
Cornwall in the south west of England is a great place to visit. There are quaint villages to look around, including Mevagissey and Polperro. Newquay is a lovely coastal resort and very popular with surfers, as are St Ives and Bude. The pretty villages of Fowey and Boscastle have retained a traditional authentic feeling and Bodmin Moor is a lovely wild and rugged area and great for hiking.
Near St. Austell in Cornwall is the amazing Eden Project. It is a massive tropical garden set in biomes and is a place that fascinates any visitor, as well as educating the public about the importance of plant life. The Rainforest Biome is the largest greenhouse in the world and visitors can see the plants that are used to make products we use every day. There are also other biomes such as the South African and Californian Biomes with lemon and orange trees. You can experience jungles and waterfalls and there is also a rainforest lookout where you can see across the treetops. There are beautiful year round garden displays and also amazing art and sculpture.
There are many great traditions in English cuisine. The full English breakfast is famous and very popular with holiday makers and includes sausages, bacon, eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, baked beans and fried bread, great to start your day off while on holiday. A refreshing afternoon cup of tea with a jam and cream scone is also another favourite. The traditional Sunday Lunch is commonly enjoyed all over the country by many. It can include various meats, but traditionally roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, together with roast potatoes and a variety of vegetables, all topped with gravy.
Fish and chips is another firm favourite with locals and visitors alike, and is eaten widely, especially on the coast. Fish, including cod and plaice, is deep fried in batter and served with a generous helping of chips and sprinkled with vinegar. It is eaten either in the fish and chip shop or wrapped in paper and taken home to eat or enjoyed sitting by the English seaside.
The English enjoy their steamed or baked puddings like Spotted Dick and custard. Savoury steak puddings are also traditional and other popular foods include pork and steak pies and Cornish pasties.
Holidaying in England is a great experience. With its treasured heritage, quaint villages, friendly seaside coastal towns, cosmopolitan cities and diverse landscape, your trip will always be filled with interest and variety.
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