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7 beautiful historical places you must visit in the UK

AD| I love visiting beautiful historical towns and cities in the UK. Historic towns offer an incredible insight into history; they offer a window into…

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AD| I love visiting beautiful historical towns and cities in the UK. Historic towns offer an incredible insight into history; they offer a window into a time that no other location can provide. We have so many wonderful historic places in the UK where history lives on. It’s not just about what remains of buildings and ruins, but also in the stories told by residents about how things were done long ago. It’s magical!

I love how historic towns are preserved for us to explore and enjoy today’s world with yesterday’s eyes – and we are so lucky to have so many wonderful historical places that you can visit in the UK. These places are perfect for a holiday where you and discover the history of the UK. You can quickly make a booking at a hotel to find the best deals for your chosen location.

Here are some UK beautiful historical placecs I recommend.

York

York is a historic town in the North of England, in Yorkshire and it has to be number 1 on my list as it’s my home city.

It is one of the traditional cities in the UK and has a rich history dating back to Roman times. The city has many historical attractions including York Minster, Clifford’s Tower, and The Shambles. York is also known for its famous Yorkshire Pudding which is delicious with Beef and Onion gravy – we even have Yorkshire Pudding wraps now!

I have a big blog post all about York: the ultimate guide to York.

Colchester

Colchester is a historic market town and civil parish in the ceremonial county of Essex in the East of England. It lies approximately 20 miles northeast of Central London and its economy revolves around agriculture, tourism and light industry. The Dutch Quater is a must-visit in Colchester!

The name Colchester is derived from the Latin for ‘fort on the river Cam’. Colchester is home to Colchester Castle which has been used as a defensive structure since Roman times. The castle features a large Norman keep constructed by William the Conqueror who later became King William I of England.

Chester

Chester is a historical city in the northwest of England. It has a population of over 100,000 people and an area of about 50km.

Chester is best known for its Roman walls, which are the largest reconstructed Roman fortifications in Europe. The city also has many Georgian buildings which are featured on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.

The history of Chester can be dated back to the Iron Age settlement with evidence being found that indicates that it was occupied as early as 600 BC. The name ‘Chester’ can be traced back to ‘Caester’, which comes from the Latin word castra(camp).

Stonehenge

Stonehenge is the most popular prehistoric monument in the world. I’ve not visited Stonehenge before but it’s on my list!

Stonehenge is a historic site of amazing archaeological significance. It was built over 5,000 years ago by Neolithic people, who lived in Britain from around 10,000 BC to 1,500 BC.

The exact reasons that the ancient Britons built Stonehenge are unclear. Some people believe that it was built for religious reasons and used it to worship, hold ceremonies and bury the dead. The stones are aligned so that they point towards sunrise at the summer solstice which some people believe indicates Stonehenge was used for studying the sun and moon or as a calendar.

Bath

Bath is a beautiful English city famous for its hot spring, where the Romans built a temple dedicated to the goddess Sulis Minerva. Today, it is most famous for its hot spring water that contains various minerals. It is also considered to be one of the most luxurious spa resorts in the UK.

It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in England and has been voted by numerous people as their favourite city in Britain. It’s easy to see why, it’s stunning!

Norwich

Norwich is a historic city in the United Kingdom. It has been a major settlement for around 2000 years, and it has a rich history that includes a medieval castle and several museums.

Named after the river that flows through the city, The River Wensum, Norwich is among England’s most popular tourist sites. The River Wensum offers many attractive waterwayside walks and provides an excellent habitat for wildlife.

The other attractions include Norwich Cathedral – which was once one of Europe’s largest buildings – and The Castle Museum. In addition to these two attractions, it also features many art galleries, museums, indoor markets and restaurants.

Whitby

Whitby is a historic town on the northeast coast of England. The town gained its popularity with Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” after it served as an inspiration for his fictional book. You can walk the steps up to Whitby Abbey to see the ruins and spend a day exploring the harbour and cobbled streets. I’ve visited Whitby MANY times and it’s a wonderful place for a holiday and is actually the first place we took Leo on holiday!

18 comments

  1. York will always hold a special place in my heart, as I went to University there, and it’s where me and my partner met. I also have friends there, and I love to go back. When studying there, I think I took for granted just how historic it is, and now I get to make the most of that and act like a tourist when I visit x

  2. I am hoping to one day move back to the UK and I want to show my husband (American) all the places on your list. I have visited most of them but some not for many, many years so I will get so much out of exploring them again, Bath and Chester are high up on my list of beloved places! Thanks for this list!

  3. def adding the uk to my travel bucket list. the architecture in all these places are quite beautiful!!

  4. hello! WOW, I live in the UK the now and i’ve never been to any of these places before. Maybe I need to travel it more! Thanks for sharing a great post. I have been to Chester but not seen the historic part of it. Alicia

  5. Such a brilliant list – and so many places I want to go to. York and Whitby are two of my favourite places – your photo of Bath looks STUNNING!!

    Katie May x

  6. I’d also add Lincoln and Lincoln Cathedral to this list! I’d love to visit Bath and explore more of Norwich. I’ve been to Norwich and Norfolk a fair few times but I’ve never really been in the center! x

  7. I’ve been to Stonehenge a few times and I always see it on my way back from my Granny’s house. I love that the traffic slows because everyone wants to see it aha! Bath has been on my UK bucket list for awhile so I hope I can visit there soon x

  8. We had a tour in 2014 that included a stop at Stonehenge and Bath. I want to spend weeks in Bath, not hours! Someday. I just got introduced to Norwich through a YouTube video so on my list now too.

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