England, birthplace of Shakespeare and The Beatles, is a country in the British Isles bordering Scotland Wales.

The capital, London, on the River Thames, is home of Parliament, Big Ben and the 11th-century Tower of London.

It is also a multcultural, modern hub for the arts and business.

Other large cities are Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester and the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

1. Bath


Bath is a town set in the rolling countryside of southeast England, known for its natural hot springs and 18th century Georgian architecture.

Honey-coloured Bath stone has been used extensively in the town’s architecture, including at Bath Abbey, noted for its fan-vaulting, tower and large stained-glass windows.

The museum at the site of the original Roman-era Baths includes The Great Bath, statues and a temple.

2. Liverpool


Liverpool is a martime city in northwest England, where the River Mersey meets the Irish Sea.

A key trade and migration port from the 18th to the early 20th centuries, it is also famously the hometown of The Beatles, Ferries cruise the waterfront, where the iconic merchantile buildings known as the Three Graces – Royal Liver Building, Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool Building – stand on the Pier Head.

3. London


London, the capital of England and the United Kingdom, is a 21-century city with history stretching back to Roman times.

At its centre stand the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic Big Ben clock tower and Westminister Abbey, site of British monarch coronations.

Across the Thames River, the London Eye observation wheel provides panoramic views of the South Bank cultural complex and the entire city.

4. Manchester


Manchester is a major city in the northwest of England with a rich industrial heritage.

The Castlefield conservation area’s 18-century canal system recalls the city’s days as a textile powerhouse, and visitors can trace this history at the interactive Museum of Science and Industry.

The revitalised Salford Quays dockyards now house the Daniel Libeskind-designed Imperial War Museum North and the Lowry cultural centre.

5. York


York is a walled city in northeast England that was founded by the ancient Romans.

The City Walls form a walkway on both sides of the River Ouse.

The Monk Bar gate houses an exhibition tracing the life of 15-century Plantagenet King Richard III.

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