United Kingdom
Big Ben which includes heritage architecture, a bridge and a city
During the height of its empire, this island nation built iconic buildings, acquired superb art collections and developed two of the world’s greatest universities.

England is notorious for its wealth, yet visiting the country as a tourist is surprisingly affordable. Its largest museums are free and its grand architecture and beautiful universities can be appreciated from the outside. Stay within a budget while seeing London’s sights.

London is filled with grand buildings constructed from the wealth of England’s once vast empire. The Elizabeth Tower, otherwise known as the Big Ben clock tower, crowns the massive 19th-century Parliamentary building of Westminster Palace on the River Thames. Head downriver to find the iconic Tower Bridge, a drawbridge supported by two tall Victorian towers. Drop by Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s stately London residence.

Finish your London trip with a visit to any of its major museums. The extensive British Museum, the Tate Modern, the luxurious Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Gallery all feature free admission to their permanent exhibits.

Leave London to explore England’s two nearby university towns of Oxford and Cambridge. Cross the ancient courtyards and well-cropped lawns of Oxford University. Tour Bodleian Library, which at over 400 years old is one of England’s oldest libraries. The library’s monumental Radcliffe Camera rotunda is an Oxford icon. Afterward, drive up to Cambridge and visit its many universities. Cruise down the River Cam and float under the Bridge of Sighs, a covered bridge patterned after one in Venice.

Travel southwest to find Stonehenge in the British countryside. Despite its fame, the circle of rock formations from the 31st century B.C. is still a mystery to behold. The best time to visit is during the winter or summer solstice when the stones line up with the rising sun, although huge crowds can take away from the magic of this experience.

Arrive in England via one of its international airports - London alone has six. Get around the cities on the extensive public transit network and travel around the country by train or rental car. Most travelers like to take at least one of England’s iconic cabs during their stay as well.

Popular cities in England

London showing skyline, night scenes and a city
Known for Museums, Theaters and Historical
London is dizzyingly vast, thrillingly cosmopolitan and packed with culture at every turn; there is no other city quite like it.

Reasons to visit

  • London Bridge
  • London Eye
  • Natural History Museum
Victoria Square featuring flowers, heritage architecture and a city
Known for Dining, Bars and Shopping
England’s second city is full of culture and top-quality shopping, with many miles of canals to charm the visitor.

Reasons to visit

  • Birmingham Hippodrome
  • International Convention Centre
  • Symphony Hall
Royal Liver Building featuring a city and heritage architecture
Known for Friendly people, Bars and Shopping
Thanks to some of Britain’s best bands, exciting museums and a rich maritime history, this compact northern city is one of England’s finest cultural destinations.

Reasons to visit

  • Liverpool Pier Head Ferry Terminal
  • Cavern Club
  • Royal Liver Building
St. Peter\'s Square showing heritage architecture, railway items and a city
Known for Friendly people, Shopping and Business

Reasons to visit

  • Old Trafford
  • Canal Street
  • Manchester Christmas Market
Wills Memorial Building which includes heritage elements, a city and night scenes
Known for Friendly people, Shopping and Business
With a youthful arts and entertainment scene, international festivals and many family-friendly attractions, Bristol is one of the U.K.’s most vibrant cities.

Reasons to visit

  • St Nicholas Market
  • We The Curious
  • Bristol Cathedral
Newcastle-upon-Tyne featuring modern architecture, a bridge and a sunset
Known for Friendly people, Dining and Family-friendly
A picturesque cityscape, thriving arts and nightlife scene, and the famous Geordie hospitality make this one of northeast England’s best-loved cities.

Reasons to visit

  • Quayside
  • St. James' Park
  • Northumbria University