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England Attractions That Should Be UNESCO Heritage Sites
With its royal heritage, vast history, and sheer size, England puts the great in Great Britain. Whether it's Shakespeare's birthplace or medieval fortresses, there are fascinating places to explore at the historic nation if the Stonehenge and Westminster Abbey aren't your cup of tea. Grab your mates and discover enchanting castles, storied cities, and natural wonders. From the famous-but-snubbed to the hidden gems, here are English sites that should be on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
1. York - Brimming with gorgeous Georgian buildings and sophisticated museums, York is the medieval city to explore. Unravel its Roman roots and Viking history on a trip from London to York by train or explore its finest sights, including the York Minster, on a hop on hop off tour.
2. Buckingham Palace - With its significance to British history and majestic panorama, it's surprising that the monarchy's headquarters isn't a UNESCO World Heritage site. In the meantime, make the most out of its very limited opening every summer and explore the royal residence on a Buckingham Palace tour.
3. Manchester - Nominated as a UNESCO Heritage site in 1999, Manchester City has played a vital role in England's rich history. Known for being the birthplace of the industrial revolution, the historic city boasts informative museums, galleries, and two iconic football clubs.
4. Leeds Castle - Combining decades-long history and fairytale-esque scenery, the Leeds Castle has the makings of a UNESCO World Heritage site. Discover the grandeur of its interior and take a stroll through its manicured gardens on a Leeds Castle tour.
5. Stratford-upon-Avon - With its well-preserved homes and countryside charm, Stratford provides a glimpse into 18th-century England. Its crown jewel is Shakespeare's family home, where the playwright was born and raised. Travel from London to Stratford Upon Avon to experience the village's quaint ambiance and visit Anne Hathaway's Cottage.
6. Oxford - Like UNESCO sites across the world, Oxford has inspired countless brilliant minds and blockbuster films, like X-Men and Harry Potter. With its intricately detailed architectural features, its buildings have led to the nickname of The City of Dreaming Spires. Head to Oxford from London for a trip down English memory lane.
7. Darwin’s Landscape Laboratory - Possessing vibrant and diverse greenery, Darwin's Landscape Laboratory has inspired one of the most important scientific ideas in history -- the theory of evolution. The sprawling estate, where Charles Darwin studied the plants surrounding Down House, was a UNESCO World Heritage site nominee in 2009.
8. Windsor Palace - Whether it's historic significance or regal magnificence, Windsor Palace has it in spades. The royal residence has hosted world leaders, royal weddings, and even tourists over its centuries-old existence. Partake in a Windsor Castle tour from London for an adventure fit for a queen.
9. Warwick Castle - Hailed as one of the nation's finest fortresses, Warwick Castle boasts a millennium of compelling history few UNESCO sites could exceed. For a day of discovering its bewitching legends and myths, embark on a Warwick Castle tour from London.
10. High Force Waterfalls - In a country renowned for its architectural marvels and storied sites, High Force stands out from the rest. Its body of water, which is surrounded by dramatic rock formations and vibrant trees, make up a captivating panorama befitting a UNESCO heritage site.
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  1. Take a train from London to York, a historic walled city near the rivers Ouse and Foss. See this enchanting city on an open-top bus tour and visit the Jorvik Viking Center on full day adventure!

    From USD224.34

    Weekday
    14.5 hour(s) (morning)
  2. York City Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour London
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    Make the most out of your York trip on this must-see sightseeing hop on hop off bus tour. Explore the city's best attractions like Blossom Street, Museum Gardens, Monk Bar and more! Admire its exquisite architecture down to the iconic cobblestones.

    USD21.92

    Family Discount
    Daily
  3. Get a glimpse into the life of the Royals and go inside the Buckingham Palace, open only for a few weeks in summer! Stroll the State Rooms and Throne Room. Upgrade your ticket with a visit to the Royal Mews, home to the Royal Family's grand coaches.

    From USD34.17

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon, evening)
  4. Visit Buckingham Palace and Stonehenge, two of England's most regal attractions! Take a tour of the Queen's official residence and see the actual throne room before going to the unique rock formations of Stonehenge, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    USD103.15

    Family Discount
    Daily
    10 - 11 hour(s) (morning)
  5. Escape the bustling city of London to discover southeast England. Experience Kent, known as the "Garden of England," then head to the fairytale-like Leeds Castle, historic Canterbury Cathedral and the striking White Cliffs of Dover.

    From USD83.81

    Family Discount
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
    10.5 hour(s) (morning)
  6. Embark on a full-day tour of England's towering castles and cathedrals that have shaped its history. Enjoy a complimentary lunch and a leisurely cruise by the Thames for some riverside views.
    Meal Provided

    USD130.22

    Family Discount
    Daily
    10.5 hour(s) (morning)
  7. Step back in time as you tour several intriguing locales of medieval England. Ride on a luxury coach and visit Oxford, Warwick Castle, Stratford-upon-Avon and the Cotswolds villages.

    From USD83.81

    Family Discount
    Daily
    11 hour(s) (morning)
  8. See the best of England on a full day tour from London. Behold the prehistoric wonder that is the Stonehenge, explore the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bath and admire the Cotswolds scenery. Don't miss Shakespeare's Birthplace at Stratford-upon-Avon.
    Meal Provided

    USD127.64

    Sun, Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat
    13 hour(s) (morning)
  9. Step out of London and immerse yourself in the magical world of Harry Potter and the city of Oxford. Follow the steps of Hermione, Harry, and Ron at the Warner Bros Studio Tour London. Take in historic sights and architectural marvels at Oxford.
  10. Visit Stratford-upon-Avon, the home and birthplace of England's greatest writer, Shakespeare. Then, explore the stunning Cotswolds before going to the city of dreaming spires, Oxford.
    Pick-up Provided

    USD192.11

    Sun, Tue, Thu
    11 - 12 hour(s) (morning)
  11. Enjoy the best-selling day trip from London, exploring three of Britain's national treasures: the royal Windsor Castle, the UNESCO World Heritage listed Stonehenge and the ancient Georgian city of Bath.

    From USD127.64

    Family Discount
    Daily
    12 hour(s) (morning)
  12. Discover the Queen's favorite residence, Windsor Castle, on a tour direct from London. Wander inside the impressive state apartments, Queen Mary's Doll house and St. George's Chapel as you learn about its rich history.

    USD70.91

    Family Discount
    Daily
    5.5 - 6 hour(s) (afternoon)
  13. Head out of London and visit Warwick Castle, Oxford and the Cotswolds, all in one day! Enjoy priority access to Shakespeare's Birthplace Museum and a private tour of his schoolroom and guildhall.

    USD127.64

    Tue, Thu, Sat
    11.5 hour(s) (morning)
  14. Go on a tour of medieval England and admire the views of cobblestone paths, farmlands and castles. Drive through the Cotswolds and visit Oxford, Stratford-Upon-Avon and Warwick Castle and enjoy a complimentary meal.

    USD127.64

    Family Discount
    Daily
    11 hour(s) (morning)