Tourism in England

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Tourism plays a significant part in the economic life of England. The United Kingdom as a whole is the 10th most visited country. London, Bath, Oxford, Cambridge, York, and Canterbury remain popular historic tourist destinations.[1]

England's long history and pervasive culture, make it (and especially London) a popular tourist destination. Many tourist spots have witnessed great events of history that have shaped England and the greater world. Many of England's tourist attractions have also inspired work of poets, novelists, folk writers, and artists for thousands of years.[2]

The city of Manchester, famous for being the first industrialised city, and Liverpool, the famous birthplace of The Beatles are also popular tourist destinations that show the more modern side to England.

Cultural and heritage tourism[edit]


The Eden Project is the world's largest greenhouse

The English countryside has been described as particularly suitable to ecotourism, if affected by the sad irony "that the things that make the landscape of Britain comely and distinctive are almost entirely no longer needed. Hedgerows, country churches, stone barns, verges full of nodding wildflowers and birdsong, sheep roaming over wind-swept fells, village shops and post office and much more can only rarely be justified on economic grounds, and for most people in power those are the only things that matter".[4]

England possesses a wide range of natural environments, and continues to benefit from a significant Ecotourism industry:

Most visited sites[edit]

Leeds Castle, the 10th most visited historic site in England
Chatsworth House, the 7th most visited historic site in England.
The city of Bath has some of the best preserved Roman and Georgian architecture in England.

Most visited historic sites[edit]

Site Location Visitor count (2009)[5]
Tower of London London 2,389,548
St Paul's Cathedral London 1,821,321
Westminster Abbey London 1,449,593
Roman Baths Bath 1,196,481
Canterbury Cathedral Canterbury 1,013,118
Stonehenge Amesbury 990,705
Palace of Westminster London 963,362
York Minster York 797,100
Chatsworth House Chatsworth 652,969
Leeds Castle Maidstone 646,801
Hampton Court Palace London 541,646
Blenheim Palace Woodstock 537,120
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Portsmouth 532,158
Stourhead Mere 356,816
Beaulieu Palace House and Abbey Beaulieu 351,975

List of tourist attractions[edit]


The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Arts, Heritage and Tourism is the minister with responsibility over tourism in the UK.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ World Tourism rankings
  2. ^ Culture of England
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  4. ^ Billy Bryson. The Road to Little Dribbling. Black Swan Press. 2015. p. 58.
  5. ^ "VISITS MADE IN 2009 TO VISITOR ATTRACTIONS IN MEMBERSHIP WITH ALVA". Association of Leading Visitor Attractions. Archived from the original on 31 October 2010. Retrieved 21 May 2010.
  6. ^ "Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Arts, Heritage and Tourism - GOV.UK". Retrieved 2020-01-29.

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