Alphabetical List of 47 places in England you can visit on this web site
 
 Bath (Photos) (SlideShow) is a World Heritage city in Somerset, England famous for many things related to its Roman history including its Roman baths which are fed by three hot springs. The city was featured in novels by Jane Austen.  It is situated 99 miles west of Central London.
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Blackpool (Photos)  (SlideShow) is a  resort town in Lancashire on the Irish Sea, 239 miles northwest of London.  Think Coney Island writ large, very large, with all sorts of amusement areas and theme parks, very long piers, a boardwalk and lots of seasand exposed on which you can take donkey rides at low tide.
 Bristol in the shire of Bristol is 118 miles west of London and 12 miles northwest of Bath.  This city has a distinguished sea faring and ship building history. Explorer John Cabot sailed his ship, the Matthew, from Bristol Harbor and a replica of it is moored here.  Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the designer of several early ocean liners, SS Great Britain, the Great Western and the Great Eastern, worked here.  And this was the home of actor Cary Grant.
Bletchley Park (Photos) (SlideShow), a former manor house 53 miles northwest of London is the place during World War II where the British broke the German code that was produced by a very complicated mechanical device that became known as the Enigma machine.  There seems to be no question about the assertion that the breaking of this code helped shorten the war.
 
Bladon (Photos) (SlideShow) in Oxfordshire, 66 miles northwest of London, and 8 miles northwest of Oxford is where Sir Winston Churchill and many members of his family are buried in the cemetary in St. Martin's Church.  The church is off a main road, just across from an entrance to Blenheim Palace, the place where Churchill was born. 
Boston (Photos)(SlideShow) is in Lincolnshire, 120 miles northeast of London and 34 miles southeast of Lincoln.  It is, of course, the city after which Boston, Massachusetts is named.  This town was home to the Pilgrims who were to found the Plymouth colony in what was to become the United States.
Brighton and adjacent Hove are seaside resort towns in East Sussex, 53 miles south of London. We visited primarily to see the Royal Pavillion, built in the early 1800's for the then Prince Regent, who later became King George IV.
Cambridge (Photos)(SlideShow), in Cambridgeshire is 62 miles north of London.  It is primarily a college town, the home of Cambridge University  and its many individual colleges. 
Canterbury (Photos) (SlideShow)in Kent is 61 miles southeast of London and 18 miles northwest of Dover.  It has a historic cathedral, and is the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, chief Primate of the Church of England and head of the Anglican Church.  It has almost always been a focal point of Christianity.  In times before the official church was Anglican, that martyred defender of the Catholic hierarchy, and sometime friend/ thorn-in-the-side of King Henry II ,Thomas Beckett,  was murdered in the Cathedral.
Chartwell (Photos)(SlideShow) is the former home of Winston Churchill.  It is located 37 miles south of London, near the town of Westerham, Kent.  It is a beautiful estate, as the photos will show.  Churchill and Clementine, his wife, bought it in 1922 and lived in it until his death in 1965 except for the war years when it was thought to be vulnerable to air attack because it was so close to both London and France.
Colchester (SlideShow) in Essex is 66 miles northeast of London and 20 miles south of the ferry port city of Harwich on the east coast of England.  It was the Romans first city in England, which they built as a fortress after their conquest in 43 AD. One comes into contact with much of the early history of Colchester when you visit Colchester Castle and Museum, built on the remains of a Roman wall.
Crowcombe (Photos)(SlideShow, in Somerset, is such a small village that it is not listed in the AA route planner.  It is about 8 miles west of Taunton in Somerset, which is 166 miles west of London.   An utterly charming village, it has a small provisions store, a new community center, an old stone church with a rectory, a church house across from the church, and  several thatched roof cottages
Dover (Photos)(SlideShow) , in Kent, on the English channel, is 78 miles southeast of London, and just 21 miles west of France.  It is port of entry into England for ferries across the English Channel.  Dover is noted for its white cliffs, made of chalk, as in the movie and song, "The White Cliffs of Dover".  These are the first thing you see of England from the Calais ferry, looming larger and larger as you approach.  An observation and command post and hospital which you can visit were dug into those cliffs during WWII.  Dover also has a museum and a castle that are worth a visit.
Duxford (Photos)(SlideShow) , 51 miles north of London and 11 miles south of Cambridge is home to the Imperial War Museum and American Air Museum.  These museums consist of a number of buildings and the Duxford air field.  Displays are devoted to showing and explaining various aspects of military history involving the use of planes, tanks and watercraft.  Its collection is huge, and there are docents on hand to answer questions.
Durham (Photos)(SlideShow in the shire of Durham is 276 miles northeast of London and 18 miles northwest of Newcastle upon Tyne.  It has a cathedral and a castle, both dating from early Norman times, i.e., shortly after the invasion of 1066 AD.  Both are listed World Heritage sites.  There also is a University there.
Ely (Photos) (SlideShow) in Cambridgshire is 79 miles northeast of London.  It was on an island in the Fens (salt marsh)  before they were drained--an island around which there were lots of eels.  That is how Ely got its name.  It is a very pretty city, pleasant to walk around with nice shops and Thursday and Saturday open-air markets. It has a lovely cathedral, built over a very early monastery dating from 673 AD. Ely also is the home town of Oliver Cromwell, whose house is pictured on the right.
Exeter (Slideshow) in Devon in the southwest of England is 173 miles southwest of London.  This city was heavily damaged by German bombs in WWII and its reconstruction did not pay as much attention as it could have to its prewar beauty.  As the Wikipedia description says, it is now a city with beautiful buildings rather than a beautiful city.  However,  Exeter Cathedral is there and that is enough to make it a desirable destination.
Gloucester (Photos)(SlideShow) in Gloucestershire is 114 miles northwest of London.  It is a charming city with many  "black and whites" --half-timbered buildings painted white with black wood patterns.  It also has a historic cathedral in which a plaque commemorates an erstwhile organist, John Stafford Smith, who wrote the tune " The Star Spangled Banner" to which Francis Scott Key's words were put.  You can see photos of the black and whites and the cathedral on this web site.
Greenwich (Photos)(SlideShow) is only 7 miles from the center of London, easily reached by city bus.  It is the home of the Royal Observatory and the associated National Maritime Museum.  Greenwich is world famous because it sets the time benchmark for the world as "Greenwich Mean Time."  It also is the location of the Prime Meridian, which is zero degrees of longitude
Hampton Court Palace (Photos)(SlideShow) is 15 miles southwest of London. upstream on the north bank of the Thames. and can be reached by tube, bus, boat, car, or train.  If you want to see how the Royals lived throughout British history from the mid-16th century and Henry VIII onwards, and if you want to get a glimpse of what the royal court was all about, this is a must-see.
Henley-on-Thames(SlideShow) in Oxfordshire is 37 miles west and up river from London.  We include it here simply because it is a pretty town on the river Thames.  However, if you are a fan of the various forms of rowing sculls or boats for serious or recreational reasons, its major attraction is the Henley Royal Regatta  held here in July on a straight part of the river. 
Ironbridge (Photos)(SlideShow) is a great place to visit.  A World Heritage site, it has 10 fascinating museums devoted to the understanding of the early days of the industrial revolution.  The museums are based on industrial activity that went on there for two hundred years in the seventeenth through the 19th centuries. That work made the industrial revolution possible and thereby changed the history, not only of England, but of the whole world.  The first bridge made of iron was built here in 1779, and still exists, as shown in photo at right.
Ledbury (Photos)(SlideShow) is another very pretty "black and white" towns (so-called because of their half-timbered houses on which exposed timbers are painted black against whitewashed walls) in rural Herefordshire.  It is 139 miles northwest of London, close to the Wales Marches area and to the Cotswolds.  Ledbury is the home town of two literary giants, Elizabeth Barrett-Browning and John Masefield.
Lincoln (Photos)(SlideShow) , in Lincolnshire, is in the northeast of England, 141 miles north of London.   It has a castle just across from a magnificent cathedral that was the backdrop in the movie "The Da Vinci Code". The earliest settlement there can be traced to the iron age, and the Romans also were there as is attested to by some remains of Roman structures
London (Photos)(SlideShow) is one of the great cities of the world.  Everything in it is interesting and most of what can be found there is first class, especially, for us, its museums--which are free and absorbing. Check out the British Museum (Slideshow), the Imperial War Museum (Slideshow), the Victoria and Albert (Slideshow), and the Natural History Museum(SlideShow) .And you can reach a host of great things in the surrounding area by public transportation.  Many, but hardly all, of these wonders in and out of the city can be visited by mouse by following the London link. 
Ludlow (Photos)(SlideShow) , in Shropshire is 157 miles northwest of London.  The town is another in that area that has many half-timbered houses, called "black and whites".  It is picturesque enough to have been used in television programs, for example, TV adaptations of "Tom Jones" and "Moll Flanders", and in some other movies.  Ludlow Castle dates from William the Conquerer times.  And the striking Three Feathers Hotel seen at the right is where the Prince of Wales stays when in town and is worth a look inside.
Nottingham (Photos)(SlideShow) in the East Midlands is 120 miles north of London, and quite close to Sherwood Forest, old Robin Hood's hang-out, now a theme park featuring denizens of the forest in period movie dress and archery lessons.  Among many interesting things in town is Nottingham castle, and The Trip to Jerusalem Inn, self-promoted as the oldest pub in England (1189), and caves in the cliff on top of which the castle sits.
Oxford (Photos)(SlideShowin Oxfordshire is 62 miles northwest of London.  Like Cambridge it is a university town.  But Oxford was there first. The University is relatively compact in one part of town and therefore provides a feast of easy-to -walk-to treats for anyone interested in history, anthropology, archeology, natural history, architecture or religion.
Pembridge (Photos)(SlideShow) is a village in Herefordshire in the West Midlands near Hereford, 170 miles northwest of London.  It is chock full of really old buildings, many of which display beams that bend and point far from parallell or 90 degrees vertical, but are in impeccably fresh condition. The hotel, The New Inn, was built in the 1500's.  There is a covered market and a church with an interesting detached bell tower.  Not much else.  We loved it.
Peterborough (Photos)(SlideShow), in Cambridgeshire is on the western end of the Fens (an area of salt marshes) 85 miles north of London.  It is a cathedral town, and we went there primarily to see its cathedral, a beautiful example of the round arch Norman style dating from 1118. The decorated ceilings alone are worth the trip. Catherine of Aragon, King Henry VIII's first wife from whom the Pope in Rome would not grant a divorce, is interred in the Cathedral.
Plymouth (Photos)(SlideShow) , a historic port city on Devon's coast, is 215 miles southwest of London.   Its natural harbor is not only large and beautiful, but has been an important reason why Plymouth played such a major role throughout its history, not only in England but also in the rest of the world. Indeed few places in the world can claim as many important events with implications for the fate of England and the world as Plymouth can.  The Mayflower left from there, as did The Beagle with Charles Darwin aboard,  the voyages of discovery under Captain Cook, Sir Francis Drake on privateering voyages and the English fleet against the Spanish Armada.  But wait.  There's more!
 Shrewsbury (Photos)(SlideShow) in Shropshire, is 9 miles east of the Welsh border and 163 miles northwest of London.  It had some very nice 15th and 16th century half-timbered buildings, at least two castles,  the ruins of two abbies (abbys?), a museum and art gallery, and is the birthplace of Charles Darwin.
Tewkesbury (Photos)(SlideShow) , is 120 miles northwest of London, where the Severn and the Avon rivers join, in Gloucestershire.  It is another of the  towns that have many half-timbered buildings, called black and whites, and that have a long history and are so pretty.  In the summer of 2007, its location became a problem, because it was flooded during the period of heavy rains.  A pub mentioned in Charles Dickens'  "Pickwick Papers", the Hop Pole Inn, is located on the main street.  And there is a very handsome Abbey.
Thirsk (Photos)(SlideShow) in North Yorkshire, is 232 miles north of London.  It is a rural community very near the Yorkshire Moors and the Yorkshire Dales. Thirsk is a special place because of one of its citizens.  It is the home town of  veternarian  Dr. James Alfred Wight, a.k.a., James Herriot, the author of the "All Creatures Great and Small" series of books.  In that series, Thirsk is known as Darrowby. There also has been a BBC television series (1978) of the same name.  You can tour Wight's (circa 1940's) surgery and the set used in the TV series.
Tintagel in Cornwall is 237 miles southwest of London.  It is a very small town, very touristy in the summer.  It is on a spectacular part of the northwest Cornwall coast--cliffs overlooking blue water bays--as close to a Big Sur look as we saw in England.  And Tintagel is King Arthur country.  There is a Tintagel castle where legendary Arthur resided and where the round table was supposed to have been.  And there is Merlin's cave
Wells (Photos)(SlideShowin Somerset, is 127 miles southwest of London  Wells has a beautiful cathedral with several unique features, one of which is a so-called scissors arch.  Others of these are noted in our discussion and shown in our photos. The town itself also is very attractive.

Weobley (Photos)(SlideShow) is a village near Hereford in Herefordshire is 172 miles nortwest of London. .It has many old buildings, including a 13th century church with a 14th century spire.  It is included here because it is so pretty as our photos will show.  And there is a spectacular looking Weobley castle nearby.
Winchester (Photos)(SlideShowin Hampshire on the river Itchen, is 68 miles southwest of London.   This historic city--It still has a remnant of the Roman wall that once encircled it-- is where King Alfred, a British hero, was educated before joining with his father King Ethelred, to defeat Viking invaders in 871 AD.  Winchester has two castles and a huge cathedral that was the object of heroic efforts to save it from collapse as a result of having been built originally on a wetland.  Jane Austin fell ill and died in a house near the castle (photo at right).  The town was the setting in several Anthony Trollope novels such as the "Barchester Chronicles"  and "The Warden".
York (Photos)(SlideShow) , in North Yorkshire, is almost equidistant from London and Edinburgh, Scotland: 206 miles north of London, 208 miles south of Edinburgh.  York has many things that most travelers would find interesting.  It has Viking relics, medieval houses, city walls with bars (gates) leading to narrow streets, very old pubs, castles, Roman and Viking ruins, archeological digs, and a huge and beautiful cathedral.  The tourist web site lists 69 attractions in all.
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Portsmouth (Photos)(SlideShow) in Hampshire, is on the south coast of England, 75 miles southwest of London.  It is a major Naval base, a huge port that has served England for hundreds of years, and home to several historic ships:  Mary Rose from the Tudor era; H.M.S. Victory, Admiral Horatio Nelson's flagship during the battle of Trafalgar in which he was victorious, but was mortally wounded by a French sniper; and H.M.S. Warrior, the world's first iron clad, ocean going, battleship.  The Portsmouth Historic Dockyards , a large area that includes the Royal Naval Museum, where you can visit the Victory, is there.  And there are other museums that focus on WWII.
Rochester (Photos)(SlideShow) , on the Medway River in Kent, is 31 miles southeast of London.   It has a beautiful and historic cathedral, a castle, and a picturesque main street with Victorian lamps.  In addition Rochester was the favorite of Charles Dickens and is full of physical links to several of his novels.
Hereford (Photos)(SlideShow) in beautiful Herefordshire  is 142 miles northwest of London.  It is another of the so-called "black and white" towns (so named  because of its many half-timbered buildings that have black-painted timbers and whitewashed walls), and is very close to the Wales border.  A rural town, it is the place where the Hereford cattle breed was developed  There still is a cattle market in the town.  And there is a Norman Cathedral.
Hadrian's Wall (Photos)(SlideShow) stretches for 73 miles across the width of the north of England on the border between England and Scotland.  Construction of the wall started in 122 AD after a visit by the Roman Emperor Hadrian, and was completed in 8 years.  The Romans built other walls in Britain but this wall is the best preserved and is the most known.  Roman soldiers lived alongside the wall in stone barracks.
Salisbury (Photos)(SlideShow) is 88 miles southwest of London has a magnificent Cathedral, alone worth a visit to this city.  It is also very near a neolithic settlement called Old Sarum.  And just across from the Cathedral is the Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum in which there is a major exhibit devoted to Pitt-Rivers, who some consider the father of modern archeology.  The structure in the photo at right is known as the Poultry Cross.  It marks where poultry was sold on market days in the 15th century.
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Bletchley Park
Bladon
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Canterbury
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Crowcombe
Dover
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Durham
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Exeter
Gloucester
Greenwich
Hadrian's Wall
Hampton Court
Henley-on-Thames
Hereford
Ironbridge
Ledbury
Lincoln
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Ludlow
Nottingham/Sherwood Forest
Oxford
Pembridge
Peterborough
Portsmouth
Rochester
Salisbury 
Shrewsbury
Tewkesbury
Thirsk
Tintagel
Wells 
Woebley
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Kew Gardens (Photos)(SlideShow) .  These are the Royal gardens at Kew, 9 miles southwest of London, where exotic plants from all over the UK and the former Empire are  studied, carefully tended and displayed in outside gardens and green houses.  The British seem to have a special love for flowers and display them everywhere.  You can see a sample of those flower displays in a slideshow of photos taken all over the British Isles.
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Chester (Photos)(SlideShow) is 27 miles SSE of Liverpool.  It has Roman ruins, a racetrack,  very attractive wide pedestrian-only streets, and half-timbered shops with interconnected galleries.
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Liverpool (Photos)(SlideShow) , 210 miles northwest of London and 219 miles south of Glasgow is still an important seaport, as it was when receiving desperately needed supplies during WWII.  Heavily bombed then it has come back to become once again to be a vibrant, interesting city with at least two fine museums and a very pleasant waterfront crowned by the Albert Dock where you can enjoy shopping, pub crawling and dining.  Between there and the city center you pass the Cavern Club where the Beetles got their start to world music fame. 
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