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A visit to England takes you thousands of years into the past from ancient stone monuments to medieval castles and monarchies and from literary giants and folklore to modern rock and roll.

London, the largest city and capital of England, offers impressive and iconic sights for every traveler. From Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Big Ben, to the Tower Bridge, there is no shortage of history, culture, and amusements in London. Take in a Shakespearian play at the Globe, cross Abbey Road with the Beatles, tour in a double decker bus, munch on fish and chips at any pub, and shop at Harrods. With Luxe Travel’s Insider Access, we can even grant you private access to view the Crown Jewels.

From London, head to the English countryside. The prehistoric monument of Stonehenge, near Salisbury, England, is a remarkable sight. Imagine what it must have taken to erect the precisely placed four-ton stones some 5,000 years ago. Is it a burial ground, an astronomical calendar, or a religious worship site? Historical studies and English folklore alike have suggested Stonehenge may have been all of these. No matter the reason, this impressive monument will not disappoint. Take a private guided tour around the footpath of the main structure at sunrise or sundown for a truly spectacular view into Stonehenge’s design.

Salisbury Cathedral, England

Just south of Stonehenge, sets the village of Salisbury and the tallest medieval building in England and the world, Salisbury Cathedral. The 11th century Cathedral houses the oldest surviving mechanical clock installed in 1386.

Nearby in Bath, visit the Roman Baths, a fashionable spa resort founded nearly 2000 years ago in England. Today, you may still “bathe” as the Roman’s did in the thermal hot springs and enjoy some of the original Roman pillars and stonework. The city underwent a resurgence in popularity in the 18th century, and many homes, castles and parks were built during this era. Enjoy the English countryside in Salisbury and Bath and its surrounding villages.

Shakespeare's Birthplace, Stratford, England

When in England, a Shakespearian performance is a must and anyone who enjoys Shakespeare knows it is best performed live. Plan a visit to Stratford-Upon-Avon and the Royal Shakespeare Company to see the plays performed at their finest. While in Stratford, visit William Shakespeare’s birthplace. Shakespeare’s wife, Anne Hathaway, also has a cottage open to visitors in Stratford. Enjoy a break in this old English countryside, along the Avon River.

Any book lover will not want to miss England’s literary influences. From King Arthur to Harry Potter, young and old alike will enjoy visits to significant story sights. Seek out King Arthur, Guinevere and the Knights of the Round Table in Glastonbury, in southwest England. Visit Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet and Tigger in Ashdown Forest, Sussex where A. A. Milne once had a home. The fabled outlaw Robin Hood might be spotted in the legendary Sherwood Forest or Nottingham Castle. Visit Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice countryside in Hertfordshire, just north of London. Grab your magnifying glass, cape and hat and tour London with Sherlock Holmes. Visit 221b Baker St, home of the Sherlock Holmes museum, and the Sherlock Holmes statue just outside the Baker Street Underground Station. Children can pretend to fly as Peter Pan while playing in Kensington Gardens, London. On the other hand, when visiting Big Ben, be sure to look for the second star to the right. Any fan of the Harry Potter series will delight in the Platform 9 ¾ sign at King’s Cross Station in London. Take your picture with the luggage trolley just below the sign as if you were going through the wall.

Alnwick Castle, England

Visiting England’s castles take us back hundreds of years to mythical and medieval times when kings and queens reigned and fairytales and folklores were born. Many castles continue to inspire today. For instance, Alnwick Castle in Northumberland has reached new heights in fame thanks to the Harry Potter movies. Used as a stand in for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, you may take part in birds of prey demonstrations, Harry Potter-themed magic performances, and archery lessons. Consider staying in Bovey Castle, offering luxury and indulgence, with stunning views of Dartmoor National Park. Enjoy lunch in Old Wardour Castle and explore the old ruins amongst the lovely landscaped gardens, just outside of Salisbury. Or visit Leeds Castle, one of the most ancient castles in England, in Kent near London. Home of Henry VIII, who transformed it from fortress to castle, Leeds Castle is considered the most romantic castle in England. Of course, the most famous Windsor Castle, is still the primary home to the British royal family. However, the castle is only open to the touring public two months out of the year, so plan accordingly. Located 20 miles west of London, visiting Windsor makes a great day trip out of the city.

Not everything in England revolves around the old. Spend a day at Alton Towers, the countries most intriguing theme park. Extreme coasters mixed in with an enormous 19th century mansion provide thrill seekers an eccentric experience.

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