Between its old castles, its prestigious universities, its picturesque villages surrounded by lush landscapes and its lively cities, England is a country full of diversity and resolutely turned towards the future.
But what cities to visit in England? What are the places of interest in England? Follow the guide to prepare your future trip to our English neighbors.
Which cities to visit in South East England?
For a first trip to England, the South East is a perfect place to start! It is not far from the coast and there are many cities with a very particular atmosphere.
1. Visit the most cosmopolitan city in the country :London
With a population of 10 million, the British capital is not only the largest city in England. It is also a fascinating city. Visiting London is one thing to do at least once in your life. Of course, it could only be among our list of the most beautiful cities in England!
What to see and where to go in London?
• Tower of London: Formerly a prison, this building is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
• Big Ben: This big clock is the symbol of the city. Next door is Westminster Palace, one of London’s most beautiful palaces.
• Buckingham Palace: This is the official residence of the Queen of England. If you can, try to attend the changing of the guard. It takes place every day at 11:30 am from April to July and every other day the rest of the time.
• The British Museum is the largest museum in London.
• Hamley: Located at 188-196 Regent Street, this is London’s largest toy store. A real paradise for young and old!
What to see around London?
Once your visit to the city is over, do not hesitate to visit Windsor Castle. Not far away is the small town of Bray, known for its two Michelin-starred triple restaurants. Do not miss a trip to Canterbury. Located 100 km southeast of London, this city is famous for its majestic cathedral – which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site! It is also among the cities to visit in England if you are a fan of literature, because the famous Charles Dickens lived there.
2. Visit Brighton
Located by the sea, the city of Brighton will surprise you with its openness and energy! There is indeed a certain wind of freedom, a freedom that is confirmed at night, when the streets come alive. Visiting Brighton is a relaxing getaway! The waterfront is invigorating, the Brighton Pier entertaining with its perpetual forest festival, and the pleasant alleyways. In short, Brighton is to discover if you are looking for a city of England animated.
3. Visit Oxford, the most studious city in England
If Oxford is also known, it is especially for its famous university! Oxford is also a place of “pilgrimage” for the “Potterheads” because it is one of the filming locations of the saga Harry Potter.
Of course, there are other things to do in the city, but we recommend you to go there during the school year, to enjoy the atmosphere.
Good to know: if you are looking for a place to stay in Oxford, try the University Room sleep experience here, or browse through our hotels comparison to find your next Oxford hotel.
Which cities to visit in South West England
Less accessible, South West England has yet several cities well known in England. To get there, the easiest way will often be to take a train from London.
4. Visit the luxurious city of Bath
Located 180 km west of London, Bath is a city renowned for its rich heritage in architecture. It is for this reason that the city is listed as World Heritage of Humanity! During your stay, do not miss to visit the Roman baths or even to enjoy the newer thermal baths that are in the heart of the city for a “relaxation” session. The recent baths are accessible to the public and have a swimming pool on the roofs giving you a splendid view of the city and its horizons. We recommend you take a look at the Royal Crescent, a historic avenue built in the eighteenth century that has the distinction of being rounded. If you are interested in architecture, do not hesitate to visit the Bath Architecture Museum.
5. Visit the city street art of Bristol
Bristol often goes hand in hand with Bath, and it is not uncommon to have trouble making up your mind: Bath or Bristol, what to choose? Where Bath will delight you with its luxurious side, Bristol is a marvel of street art … and it’s not for nothing, the famous Banksy was born there!
In addition to street art in Bristol, there are also many things to see and do in Bristol: take the water taxi, visit the SS Great Britain, the zoo, go to Clifton to admire its bridge … Clearly, it is better to stay two days in Bristol if you want to enjoy it because the city is more extensive than Bath.
Other cities to visit in England
England is a vast country to visit and we sometimes forget it! To make a trip to England, here are other cities to visit among the most beautiful of England.
6. Birmingham, in the West Midlands
The second largest city in England has a lot to offer to passing visitors. You can stroll along the canals that crisscross the city center, admire fabulous Egyptian and Roman treasures at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery or wake up the child in you at Cadbury World. This museum houses exhibitions that will allow you to learn more about the making of chocolate.
What to see in the vicinity of Birmingham? If you have some time at your disposal, do not miss a visit to Sarehole Mill. This is where J.R.R Tolkien was inspired and imagined “The County”, the imaginary village where the hobbits live!
7. Manchester, North West England
The city where the famous Etihad Stadium is located is a paradise for rugby fans. But not only ! You can explore the industrial history of the city at the Science and Industry Museum, admire the incredible John Rylands Library, or go skiing at Chill Factore, the largest indoor ski slope in the UK. United. Finally, if Manchester “by night” tells you, let yourself be tempted by the Ferris wheel “Wheel of Manchester” to admire the panorama of the city.
8. Cambridge, East of England
Located 80 km north of London, Cambridge is known worldwide for its prestigious university, as is the beautiful Oxford. Among the former students are Alan Turing – who created a machine that was able to decipher the Enigma machine, a machine that the Germans used during the Second World War to encrypt their communications. – as well as Hugh Laurie, the actor who played the famous Gregory House in the series Dr House.
Do not miss to admire the majestic Bridge of Sighs. Finally, once the visit of the university is over, do not hesitate to visit the Botanical Garden of the university if the weather allows it, a real treat for the eyes and nostrils.
And what are your favorite cities in England? Do not hesitate to let us know!