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Things to do in England

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Discover the best attractions and activities that England has to offer

Home to some of the UK’s top tourist destinations, England has an array of attractions to visit and things to do throughout the year.

There is something for everyone in England. Whether you prefer theme parks full of adrenaline packed rides, heritage sights infused with years of fascinating history, diverse zoos and aquariums that educate on animal welfare, or picturesque natural beauty sites, you will be spoilt for choice with the wide variety of attractions and activities in England.

Head to the coasts for amazing stretches of sandy beaches, with areas like Cornwall and Devon having ideal conditions for surfing, wakeboarding and numerous other water sports. Hike alongside the well-known Roman fortress, Hadrian’s Wall, taking in the impressive views of the Northumberland landscape.

Explore ancient monuments and fascinating stately homes, learning all about the country’s vivid past as you go. Take a trip to the fun-filled theme park, Alton Towers, one of the top attractions in England, or to Plymouth Aquarium, the largest of its type in the country. Wherever you stay, there will be plenty of things to do and places see that all age groups will enjoy.

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  • Alton Towers

    Alton Towers

    Alton Staffordshire ST10 4DB

    Alton Towers theme park has a mix of large rollercoasters, smaller rides and attractions, as well as beautiful gardens that visitors can explore, perfect for adrenaline junkies and families.

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    Blue Planet Aquarium – Chester

    Blue Planet Aquarium
    Cheshire Oaks
    CH65 9LF

    0151 357 8804

    When visiting Chester with the family, Blue Planet Aquarium is a fantastic attraction to explore. Nestled on the edges of Cheshire Oaks, within reach of the city, it’s a marvellous day out.

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  • Bombay Sapphire Distillery

    Bombay Sapphire Distillery

    Based at Laverstoke Mill in rural Hampshire, just 15 miles from Winchester and 10 miles from Basingstoke, the Bombay Sapphire Distillery is in a conservation area with over 1000 years of history. The distillery showcases the care, skill and artistry behind every drop of Bombay Sapphire Gin.

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  • Cheshire Military Museum

    Cheshire Military Museum

    Colvin House
    Grosvenor St
    CH1 2DN

    When it comes to exploring Cheshire’s military history, this is the place to visit. With artefacts dating back to the 17th century, there’s plenty to discover here.

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  • Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet, Feature

    Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

    Kinsey Rd
    Ellesmere Port
    CH65 9JJ

    0151 348 5600

    If you’re looking for discount clothing, good food and a range of activities, be sure to come to Cheshire Oaks! There’s something for everyone’s tastes here.

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  • Chester Bus Tour
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    Chester Bus Tour

    55 Station Rd
    CH1 3DR

    Chester Bus Tour offers a fantastic way to see the city up close! Enjoy a pleasant tour through the city streets, where wonderful sights are aplenty.

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  • Chester Canal at Night

    Chester Canal

    United Kingdom
    CH1 2NH

    Chester Canal is part of the Shropshire Union Canal and flows through the city, offering a picturesque walk that showcases some of the tucked-away treasures of Chester.

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  • Chester Cathedral Exterior

    Chester Cathedral

    St Werburgh St
    CH1 2DY

    01244 324756

    If you want to uncover Chester’s history, be sure to stop at the Chester Cathedral, a Church of England cathedral. Tower tours, services, beautiful gardens and more await.

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  • Chester Cross, Eastgate Street
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    Chester Cross

    46 Watergate St
    United Kingdom
    CH1 1NP

    This central spot in Chester enjoys access to four of the city’s main streets, whilst also hosting a medieval monument. Come here to enjoy Chester’s marvellous attractions at your fingertips!

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    Chester Golf Club

    Curzon Park N
    CH4 8AR


    This meadowland and parkland golf course rests in the western part of Chester. It’s a fantastic place for golfing enthusiasts, with wonderful catering and views of the Welsh Hills.

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