Things to do in England

England is synonymous with history – there’s no escaping it. Don’t despair, the subject is less snore-worthy when case studies become experiences and you’re a hair’s breadth away from the exact spot Constantine was invested. Spires, arches, castles and cathedrals - the biography of England is there for all to see. From the haunting tales of the Tower of London, the glory of Westminster Abbey and the resistance of York, to the puzzle of Stonehenge, the memory of England is written in stone.

Itching for a party worth remembering? There’s no better place to get your moves on, whether the world is ready for it or not. Starlight stompers can soak up the atmosphere of a solstice festival, rock out at Liverpool’s Cavern Club, bust a move at Manchester’s Black Dog Ballroom, or mix it up at the iconic Ministry of Sound - the London superclub. England isn’t just tea, jam and Earl Grey snuggled inside on a rainy day; wear a pair of Wellingtons, throw on a raincoat and get out there – England doesn’t come to you.

History? Check. Clubbing? Check. What else does England offer? Day-trippers, look no further, you’ve reached heaven. Set up base in lively London and hire a car, book a bus tour or take your chances on the tube – everything is connected. Hang out in the past on Hadrian’s Wall, wind your way up the Worchester Beacon, spend too much at the tip of the Shard, and notch up a visit to Norwich Castle, or better yet, holiday your own way.

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Stonehenge

A legend 1014 years in the making, Stonehenge is a must-see. Can you solve the mystery of Stonehenge?

Windsor Castle

The oldest, the biggest, the most opulent – adjectives abound at Windsor Castle, the official residence of Her Majesty the Queen.

Bath

The pretty city of Bath is more than its Roman baths; it is also the birthplace of the Constantine legacy and history as we know it.

Brighton

Brighton is the English city of the unexpected. Markets, music, carnivals, parades and a communal energy so addictive, rusted-on Londoners come here to have a break.

York

Although there’s still enough Yorkshire pudding and puppies to go around, York is the ultimate in old English romance, balancing history with innovation - there’s more to this ancient capital than meets the eye.