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This page provides a list of the main things to see in Britain. "++" identifies the top attractions. Also see this page on architecture.

Southern England

  • Winchester: ++Cathedral (1079)
  • Burghclere in Hampshire: Sandham Memorial Chapel with Stanley Spencer's paintings
  • Chichester: -cathedral
  • Arundel: Castle
  • Cass Scupture Foundation in West Sussex
  • Brighton: +John Nash's Royal Pavillion (1823), Palace pier
  • Bodiam castle
  • Rye: +Ypres tower, Land gate
  • Canterbury: +Cathedral (1130) with +chancel of 1184
  • Aylesford: +Leeds Castle (not in Leeds but in Aylesford)
  • Leeds: Town Hall (1859)
  • Ely: cathedral
  • Blickling Hall
  • Norwich: +Cathedral (12th c), Denys Lasdun's Univ of East Anglia (1968)
  • Bury St Edmunds, St Mary's Church
  • Audley End
  • Perry Green (between London and Cambridge): +Henry Moore Foundation
  • Cambridge: Bridge of sighs, Trinity College, +King's College Chapel (16th c), St John's College, Queen's College, +Holy Sepulchre or Round Church (1130)
  • Bletchley Park's mansion (where Turing and others worked)
  • Near Cambridge: Castle Hedingham (1140)
  • Thorpeness: House in the Clouds (1923)
  • Petworth: Great house
  • Rochester: +Cathedral (13th c), +Castle/donjon of 1130
  • Salisbury: ++Cathedral (1220), Wilton House, Stourhead garden
  • Standlynch at Trafalgar Park (south of Salisbury, in Wiltshire): Cipriani's +panorama frescoes over the walls of the music room)
  • Stonehenge: ++Megaliths
  • Avebury (near Stonehenge): megaliths, stone circle, +Silbury Hill (largest neolithic mound in Western Europe)
  • Warwick: +St Mary's, +Castle
  • Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Chipping Campden: old houses
  • Wells: +Cathedral (1180) with curvilinear arches and Lady Chapel's vault
  • Lutyens' Tigbourne Court, Surrey (1898)
  • Bath: Roman baths of 75BC, Royal Crescent, Pulteney Bridge, +Bath Abbey, Great Bath
  • Bradford on Avon: St Laurence's church (975)
  • Bristol: St Mary Redcliffe (13th c), +Banksy's stencil art
  • Suffolk: Ickworth palace (1830), House in the Clouds in Thorpeness
  • Philip Webb's Red House, Bexley Heath, Kent (1859)
  • Cornwall: +St Michael's Mount
  • Dorchester: Montacute House (1600)
  • Exeter: cathedral (1328)
  • Glastonbury: ruins of abbey
  • Gloucester: cathedral (1100): south walk of cloister, arches of the nave
  • Greenwich: Wren's Royal Naval Hospital (1716) and Jones' Queen's House (1635)
  • Knole mansion


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  • Abergele: Gwrych Castle
  • Aberystwyth: University College (1864)
  • Beaumaris: Castle
  • Caernarvon: +Castle (1322)
  • Caerphilly: Castle
  • Cardiff: +Castle
  • Conwy: +Castle
  • Harlech: Castle
  • Pembroke: +Castle
  • St David's: +Cathedral
  • Tintern: +Abbey

Central England

  • Hertfordshire (north of London): Henry Moore Foundation
  • Birmingham, Central England: City Museum
  • Coventry, St Michael's (1962)
  • Lichfield: +Cathedral (1325)
  • Lincoln: +Cathedral (1192)
  • Stamford: Burghley House
  • Liverpool: Albert Dock, George Pier, Frederick Gibberd's Catholic Cathedral of Christ the King (1967), Giles Scott's Anglican Cathedral
  • Oxford: +Christ Church, Merton College, Magdalen College, +Radcliffe Camera, Bodleian library, All Souls College
  • Peterborough: Cathedral
  • Southwell: cathedral (1131) with three tiers of arches
  • Windsor: +Castle with +Gilbert's tomb of Prince Victor, Eton College
  • Woodstock: +Nicholas Hawksmoor's Blenheim Palace (1724)
  • Hatfield House
  • St Albans
  • Worcester: Cathedral
  • Lutyens' Plaisaunce, Overstrand, Norfolk (1901)

Western England

  • Chester: Old city, +the Rows, Watergate St
  • Ludlow: Stokesay Castle
  • Ironbridge Gorge
  • Hereford: Old House

Northern England

  • Bamburgh Castle
  • Chollerford: Hadrian's wall
  • Newcastle upon Tyne: St Nicholas cathedral
  • Derwentwater Lake
  • Durham: +Cathedral (13th c)
  • Hexham: Priory, Moot Hall
  • Blackpool: Tower
  • Manchester: Museum of Science, City Hall, +Civil Justice Centre, Daniel Libeskind's Imperial War Museum North (2001)
  • Hardwick Hall (1597)
  • Sheffield: City Hall
  • Ripon: +Fountains Abbey
  • York: +Cathedral (minster), Selby abbey, Rielvaux Abbey
  • Wakefield: Bretton Country Park's +Henry Moore sculptures, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
  • Beverley: +Cathedral (minster)
  • Castle Howard


  • Stirling: Castle
  • Melrose: +Abbey (12th c)
  • Dundee: +Glamis castle
  • " The Flying Scotsman" railway (1923)
  • Edinburgh: Castle, Old town, +Royal Mile, Forth Bridge (1964), Walter Scott Monument (1846), Ron Mueck's "A Girl" (2006) at National Galleries of Scotland , Scottish Parliament Building, Jupiter Artland sculpture park
  • Glasgow: Museum, Alexander Thomson's Caledonia Rd Free Church (1857), Kelvingrove Art Gallery, University, Provand's Lordship (medieval house), Zaha Hadid's Museum of Transport
  • Maybole: +Culzean castle
  • Aberdeen: +Provost Skene's House
  • Inveraray castle
  • Forth Bridge (1890)
  • New Lanark
  • St Kilda
  • Neolithic Orkney
  • Antonine Wall
  • Grampian Mountains
  • Hebrides: Callanish megaliths (on Lewis island), Uig bay (on Skye island), basalt pinnacles of Trotternish Peninsula (on Skye island), Fingal's cave (on Staffa)
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  • Changing money in London: exchange bureaus at the London airports rank among the most stunning legalized robberies in the world. Take the tube to Paddington Station and walk to Praed Street, where you have a choice of bureaus.


  • Dublin: +Trinity College (1592), National Museum (Bettystown tara brooch of 8th c AD, Cross of Cong of 1123, Gold of 1800 BC), Temple Bar, Christ Church, Castle, St Patrick's Cathedral, Custom House, Four Courts (1796), Libeskind's Grand Canal Theatre (2011)
  • Kells (north of Dublin): four ancient crosses spread around Kells
  • +Lusk (23 km north of Dublin): +St Macuilin's Church
  • +Glendalough (just south of Dublin): +St Kevins Chapel (11th c), +Round Tower
  • +Newgrange (north of Dublin): 3400 BC tomb
  • +Monasterboice (near Newgrange): monastery (5th c) with tallest stone cross of Ireland
  • Celbridge: Castletown House country house (southeast)
  • Kildare (southeast): St Brigid's Cathedral
  • Kilkenny: Castle (southeast)
  • Waterford (southeast): Reginald's Tower
  • Johnstown Castle (southeast)
  • Blarney: Castle (southwest)
  • Jerpoint Abbey near Thomastown (southeast)
  • Ardfert Cathedral (southwest)
  • Cobh (southwest): St Colman
  • Limerick (southwest): King John's Castle
  • Bunratty (southwest): Castle and Folk Park
  • Dingle (southwest): Gallarus Oratory (7th c)
  • Adare (southwest): traditional thatched cottages, Main St
  • ++Rock of Cashel fortified abbey (southwest) with +Cormac's Chapel
  • Cahir (southwest): Swiss Cottage, Castle
  • Kilmacduagh (midwest): round tower
  • Roscommon (midwest): castle
  • Lough Derg (northwest): Station Island
  • Carrowmore (northwest): 30 megalithic tombs
  • Poulnabrone Dolmen (northwest): megalithic tomb of 3000 BC and karsk landscape
  • +Clonmacnoise monastery (northwest): +Temple Finghin round tower, North Cross (in the interpretative center)
  • Belfast (Britain): City Hall
  • Carrickfergus castle
  • Giant Causeway (Britain): basalt columns
  • Devenish Island (Britain): Round tower (12th c)
  • Enniskillen (Britain): Castle
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