England is one of the most historically interesting and vibrant countries anywhere in the world. That is why those heading on a vacation to England should visit some of the prime historical sites as part of their trip. With imposing castles, magnificent country estates and fascinating museums history buffs will certainly be entertained whilst visiting England; whether travelling on your own, as a couple or with the family it is hoped that the details of the following sights will give tourists essential vacation ideas.
Regarded by many to be the most marvellous castle in all of England, Warwick is a must see example of medieval castle construction and fortification. Literally it is step back in time, giving visitors the chance to truly experience the world of knights, kings and nobles. The history of Warwick Castle is unbelievably interesting; originally built by William the Conqueror in 1088 it passed hands to various Earls of Warwick and even the Count of Anjou in 1153. Its most famous resident however was Richard Neville, more commonly known as Warwick the Kingmaker. This name has been given to Neville due to immense power during the fifteenth century and the Wars of the Roses, enabling to place various kings onto the English throne for his own political ends. Today it remains one of the best kept examples of a castle in the land.
A vacation in England should also include a visit to the historic city of Bath. This city lying in Somerset has an amazing history from Celtic and Roman times up until the Victorian period. Because of the natural springs present within the city the Romans built up a considerable spa settlement, today some of these baths remain and are must see for travellers, although taking a dip in the waters is not allowed. During the Georgian period the city built up as a considerable spa resort, enticing those from London to 'take the waters', meaning that Bath toady has a large amount of sumptuous architecture and an air of luxury.
England has a rich spiritual heritage and as such there are various sites that should be visited whilst on vacation that will give an insight into this history. Naturally the most famous of these spiritual sights is in Canterbury. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site it is the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the leader of the Church of England. Canterbury has played host to some of the most tumultuous events in British history, the most infamous probably being the murder of Thomas Becket, at the supposed orders of King Henry II, although conjecture still exists as to whether the king really did want his former best friend dead. Another cathedral worth including in a vacation is Durham; another UNESCO site, this time in the north of England is a fine example of a Norman cathedral; arguably the best in the country.
Another brilliant attraction worth visiting whilst on a vacation in England is Blenheim Palace. Built in the eighteenth century for the Earl of Marlborough, John Churchill and named after his greatest victory it represents the country's gratitude for Churchill's military exploits. To find a grander palace anywhere else in the nation would be difficult, as the home of the Churchill family for three hundred years, it was also the home of a famous modern Churchill, Winston, who once again led the country in a war on the continent.
Hopefully these sites give some idea of the historical wealth present in England and why any vacation should include a visit to at least one. A fascinating island proud of its heritage in war, and religion the many attractions will leave the visitor with a greater understanding of why England is so unique.
Travel expert Thomas Pretty looks at some England vacation ideas and why history should be included in a trip to this island nation.