Tourism in England
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.
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.
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.
UNESCO Bath, voted friendliest city in the United Kingdom.
Cultural and heritage tourism
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".
England possesses a wide range of natural environments, and continues to benefit from a significant Ecotourism industry:
- Eden Project in Cornwall.
- The Lake District, a national park and mountainous region in Cumbria, including Windermere, the largest lake in England.
- The Peak District, a national park and upland area lying mostly in Derbyshire.
- Dartmoor and Exmoor, national parks and upland areas in Devon/Somerset.
- The New Forest, a rural forest and national park lying mostly in Hampshire.
- The Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site in Dorset and Devon.
- The Broads, a national park and lowland area lying mostly in Norfolk.
- The Yorkshire Dales, a national park and upland area in North Yorkshire and Cumbria.
- The National Forest, covering parts of Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire.
- The South Downs, a national park stretching from Hampshire to East Sussex and comprising chalk uplands and sea cliffs.
- Center Parcs, a European network of rural holiday parks.
Most visited sites
Most visited historic sites
|Site||Location||Visitor count (2009)|
|Tower of London||London||2,389,548|
|St Paul's Cathedral||London||1,821,321|
|Palace of Westminster||London||963,362|
|Hampton Court Palace||London||541,646|
|Portsmouth Historic Dockyard||Portsmouth||532,158|
|Beaulieu Palace House and Abbey||Beaulieu||351,975|
List of tourist attractions
The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Arts, Heritage and Tourism is the minister with responsibility over tourism in the UK.
- Minister for Tourism and Heritage
- Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Arts, Heritage and Tourism
- Enjoy England
- Institute of Tourist Guiding
- Tourism in Scotland
- Tourism in Wales
- Tourism in the United Kingdom
- World Tourism rankings
- Culture of England
- Billy Bryson. The Road to Little Dribbling. Black Swan Press. 2015. p. 58.
- "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.
- "Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Arts, Heritage and Tourism - GOV.UK". www.gov.uk. Retrieved 2020-01-29.
|Wikivoyage has a travel guide for England.|
- England travel and tourism at Curlie
- English Tourist Board
- Best UK Places
- www.pagemost.com, Interactive Google maps showing local places and attractions, complete with Flickr photographs. Search by UK place name or postcode.
- TheLeisureGuide, Tourist Attractions around England.
- See The Sights, Tourist Attractions and Places To Visit in England.