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Top Seven Destinations England
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Outside London, seven places known worldwide as prime attractions. Each has a different appeal, and each in a different part of the country.

Bath

Bath came to prominence as ‘Aquae Sulis’ in the Roman times. It was a fashionable spa resort some 2000 years ago, and rediscovered its ancient glories in the 18th century. Much of its beauty dates back from the latter period, fine Georgian architecture dominating the modern cityscape. The original Roman Baths and Pump Rooms remain open to visitors.

Cambridge

Home to England’s second-oldest university, dating back from the early 13th century. The individual colleges are the attractions of interest in the city, including the oldest, Peterhouse (1284), 16th-century Trinity College, and King’s College, whose chapel is considered as one of Europe’s finest late-medieval structures.

The Cotswolds

Covering some 2000 sq km or 800 sq miles primarily in Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, this area is famed for its villages and beautiful rolling hills. Highlights include Broadway, Bourton-on-the-Water, Chipping Campden and Moreton-in-Marsh, part of whose attraction is the distinctive honey-coloured stone used in their construction.

The Lake District

England’s best known national park occupies a huge area of Cumbria, and as its name suggests, there are a number large bodies of water. But mountains also feature in this spectacular landscape, among them England’s highest, 978m or 3208 ft Scafell Pike. Visitors come to the lakes for walking and outdoor activities

Oxford

Known as the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’, Oxford grew around England’s oldest university, whose origins date back to the 11th century. Among the 36 colleges in the city centre are Christ Church, with an excellent Art Gallery, Trinity College and Balliol. ‘The Oxford Story’ hosts a multimedia introduction to the city, with the help of a ‘dark ride’ through 800 years of history.

Stratford-Upon-Avon

Once home to William Shakespeare (1564-1616), Stratford attracts visitors in their millions. Attractions include Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, former home of his wife, Mary Arden’s House, home of the playwright’s mother, and the Holy Trinity Church, where he and his family lie buried.

York

Northern England’s most visited city contains a number of attractions. Foremost is massive York Minster, northern Europe’s largest Gothic cathedral. The City Wall almost completely surrounds the central area, and The Shambles is one of the world’s best preserved medieval streets.