Stonehenge: a prehistoric complex on
Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, regarded as one of the most important monuments of
its kind in Europe, and very popular with visitors. The great circle of
standing stones is believed to have had some religious or astronomical purpose.
Windsor: a town on the Thames, not
far from London. Its castle has been a royal residence for nine centuries. Seen
from a distance it is beautiful beyond imagination. Windsor Castle has a long
and fascinating history.
Some of the interior apartaments are
open to the public when the Sovereign is not in residence.
Canterbury: an ancient city in Kent,
with a majestic cathedral which dominates it. Canterbury is a religious capital
of England. It was built in the 11th-15th centuries, and became a place of
pilgrimage in medieval times after the murder of Thomas a Becket, Archbishop of
Brighton: a popular seaside resort,
famous for the architecture of the Royal Pavillion built in an oriental style.
Brighton is known for its large conference centre, where many important
political and scientific meeting are held.
Portsmouth: a large city on the
south coast particularly rich in associations with the Royal Navy. The flagship
of Lord Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar, Victory, still stands in the port
and it ranks as one of Britain's greatest tourist attractions.
Portsmouth is the birthplace of
Charles Dickens. The house where he spent his childhood is now a museum.
Stratford-on-Avon: an attractive
town, world-famous as the birthplace of William Shakespeare (1564-1616). It
holds a priceless collection of Shakespeare relics. Stratford is visited by
thousands of tourists annually. It is second to London for tourists.
Coventry: it has been an important
city since the 14th century. It is now known for its magnificent cathedral,
decorated by the best artists and craftsmen in Britain. It was built near the
ruins of the old cathedral, destroyed during the Second World War, in memory of
those who died in the bombings.
York: a medieval city, built on
Roman foundations and strongly influenced by the Vikings, it has, during more
than 1900 years of recorded history, been a bright thread in the tapestry of
England's history. It is exciting to wander through its ancient alleyways, walk
on top of the city walls, wide enough for horses to pass, look at medieval
timber-framed buildings, to see the Minster, Britain's largest cathedral, that
The Peak District is like a massive
English garden rockery, 30 miles long and 20 miles at its widest point. Some peaks
rise to 2000 feet (660 metres), attracting rock-climbers.
The Lake District is an area of
outstanding beauty, one of the loveliest regions in England, famous for its
spectacular mountain scenery, wooded hill slopes and sparkling lakes. The
beauty of the Lake District inspired one of England's greatest poets William
Wordsworth (1770-1850) and the other Lake Poets. It is a national park.
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