Start your trip at Wyndham Vacation Rentals, and travel to England. England vacations often begin—and end—in London. This capital city has a nearly endless wealth of attractions to suit any vacation style. Buckingham Palace is a must-see on any visitor’s itinerary. Built in 1703, the Palace is the permanent resident of the Queen. For two months each summer, the State Rooms are open to the public, featuring extravagantly decorated interiors, a collection of some of the finest tapestries and artwork from the Royal Collect, and a view of the Palace’s 40-acre garden.
Westminster Abbey began as a Benedictine monastery around the year 970 AD. Edward the Confessor greatly expanded the monastery when he ascended the throne in 1042 and became the first king to be buried on the site in 1065. Since the first coronation—that of William the Conqueror in 1066—every monarch but two has been crowned there. And today, more than 3,000 kings, queens, poets and other notable figures are buried or memorialized in the Abbey.
Madame Tussaud’s is a highly popular attraction. This wax museum, known around the world for its stunning life-like recreations of famous figures, originally opened in 1835. The museum features several differently themed sections, from the Grand Hall, which features royalty and heads of state… to the Garden Party with its movie stars, sports figures and politicians… to the gruesome Chamber of Horrors, showcasing infamous murderers and villains.
Oxford, Canterbury and the White Cliffs of Dover are found in Southeast England, while England’s North Country boasts the Beatles Story Museum in Liverpool.
Canals and Rivers
The Grand Union Canal traverses rolling countryside and industrious towns on its 137-mile journey from London to Birmingham. The Shropshire Union Canal offers quiet stretches away from big-city bustle, while the mighty Thames River flows right through the heart of London.
As the name suggests, the islands of Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm lie in waters of the English Channel. Jersey boasts golden-sand beaches on its southern and western shores, while Guernsey is known for its scenic cliffs and rugged coastline.
In Eastern England, The Broads reserve offers sailing, rowing, cycling and bird watching. The Essex coast features wharfs, piers and all the trappings of its maritime heritage, while the Greater Yarmouth coastline boasts 15 miles of sandy beaches and the Golden Mile promenade.
Northern Central England
Shrouded in mists and steeped in lore, the woodlands and moors of Northern Central England exude romance and mystery. A visit to Chatsworth House is like stepping into a modern fairytale. The Robin Hood legend lives on in the real-life Sherwood Forest and Nottingham.
A journey through Northern England is like a tour of the some of the most influential points in the country's history. Castles and abbeys from the Middle Ages still stand in Yorkshire. In Cheshire, city walls and the ruins of an amphitheater speak of the sway once held by ancient Rome.
Southern Central England
Stratford-upon-Avon boasts the birthplace, home and grave of William Shakespeare. The lovely village of Broadway, known as the "Jewel of the Cotswolds," sets an idyllic scene, while the Black and White Village Trail showcases the traditional timber-framed architecture of Herefordshire.
From the dark history of the Tower of London to the majesty of Buckingham Palace, the sights of the capital city are the largest draw in Southern England. Visitors can shop like a Royal on Sloane Street or walk in the footsteps of the Beatles at the Abbey Road crosswalk.
Cornwall and Devon boast hundreds of miles of shoreline, with quiet coves, dramatic sea cliffs and sandy beaches, while the town of Bath claims England's only natural hot spring. In Wiltshire, the draw isn't water but stone—the enigmatic monoliths of Stonehenge, to be exact.