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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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  • Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

    The UK’s only coastal National Park, this 186-mile expanse of breath-taking coastline, countryside, wildlife and heritage is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts.

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  • River Dee, Chester

    River Dee

    Lower Bridge St
    United Kingdom
    CH1 1RS

    The River Dee offers a wonderful spot for a stroll or sail through Chester and beyond. Come here for a beautiful outing.

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  • The Roman Gardens, Chester
    Image Credits: Jeff Buck - CC BY-SA 2.0

    Roman Gardens – Chester

    Pepper St
    United Kingdom
    CH1 1DQ

    01244 402260

    The Roman Gardens are an idyllic spot for a sit down in the middle of Chester. Enjoying ruins dating back to 2,000 years ago, the green space offers a wealth of history to discover.

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  • Storyhouse Chester, feature

    Storyhouse – Chester

    Hunter St
    CH1 2AR

    01244 409113

    Storyhouse offers an entertaining outing for anyone interested in the arts. You can find a theatre, restaurant, library and cinema here.

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  • Stratford Racecourse

    Stratford Racecourse

    Luddington Road
    CV37 9SE

    01789 267949

    Stratford Racecourse has an excellent reputation for levels of prize money and being host to 19 thrilling horseracing fixtures. Racing takes place regularly between March and November, with many top trainers and jockeys attending.

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  • Stratford Town Walk

    Stratford Town Walk

    Join the multi award-winning, daily guided walking tour to discover Stratford and its fascinating relationship with William Shakespeare. Passing Shakespeare’s Birthplace and the main sights in the town, the guide tells fascinating stories of fire, flood, plague, old-fashioned sayings, medieval cures and history, with a little Shakespeare.

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  • Telford Steam Railway

    Telford Steam Railway

    Experience what it is like to drive a steam train at one of Shropshire’s award-winning attractions. Ideal for all ages this family-friendly volunteer led attraction is a must visit attraction.

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  • kite surfer in the water

    The Kitesurf Centre

    Kite Beach
    Lydd Road
    TN31 7SB

    01797 724126

    If you’re looking for a place to learn how to kiteboard in East Sussex, go no further than The Kitesurf Centre.

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  • World of Wedgwood

    World of Wedgwood

    Wedgwood Drive Barlaston Stoke-on-Trent ST12 9ER

    Discover the Wedgwood Museum and Factory Tour, which spans over 250 years of the iconic brand’s history and heritage. Alternatively, visit the 240-acre Wedgwood Estate, which includes swaths of open landscaped grounds, canals, and lovely woodlands. There are activities that are appropriate for people of all ages.

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  • Yorkshire Countryside Walk

    Yorkshire Three Peaks

    A challenging trail expanding across 24 miles to walk the three Yorkshire Dale mountains Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in under 12 hours.

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