Top Historic Locations

Glastonbury

In the heart of Somerset lies the town of Glastonbury, watched over by the imposing Glastonbury Tor, with the ruins of medieval St Michael’s Church on top.

Said to be the burial place of King Arthur and Guinevere, the town is steeped in myths, legends and history. The area is strongly associated with ancient Celtic worship rituals and evidence shows that people have lived here since Neolithic times.

Be sure to visit the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey during your time here – according to legend, the abbey was founded in the 1st century by Joseph of Arimathea.

York

Founded by the Romans in 71 AD and originally named Eboracum, York has an extremely long and rich heritage. In 866, the city was conquered by Danish Viking invaders, who changed its name to Jorvik.

In 1066, the Norman invasion changed the face of York to one that we can still recognise today. Structures such as Clifford’s Tower are a testament to the architectural skills of the Normans.

The city centre is encircled by well-preserved medieval walls and dominated by 800-year-old York Minster, Northern Europe’s largest Gothic cathedral.

Canterbury

The home of many saints, the site of one of England’s most important cathedrals and the base of the Archbishop of Canterbury, head of the Church of England, Canterbury has been an important pilgrimage site for hundreds of years.

As well as its religious importance, the city has a long literary heritage. It is the setting for Chaucer’s world-famous Canterbury Tales, and the home of Christopher Marlowe and Richard Lovelace.

Other important historic locations include a Norman castle and the ruins of St Augustine’s Abbey, where Christianity was first brought to England.

Winchester

This historic cathedral city has been inhabited for over two thousand years. Settled by the Celtic Belgae tribe and later invaded by Romans, the city evolved over the centuries and was the capital of England for some time before that title was transferred to London after the Norman Conquest.

The Saxon town planning system implemented by Alfred the Great can still be seen in the city today. Some of the most important local historic landmarks are the ruins of Wolvesey Castle, the Great Hall of Winchester Castle and Winchester Cathedral, the burial place of several monarchs and of the novelist Jane Austen.

Perth

There has been a settlement at the site of Perth since prehistoric times. Formerly the capital of Scotland and a traditional centre for trade, the city has a long and varied history. Nearby Scone Abbey was the traditional site of the crowning of the King of Scots for many years.

The most significant historic site in Perth is St John’s Kirk which dates back to the 12th century. Another important location is the Fair Maid’s House, Perth’s oldest secular building, which is now an educational centre about the history of the city.

Stratford-upon-Avon

The birthplace of William Shakespeare is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Britain. In the town centre you will find various properties associated with the life of Shakespeare, including the house where he was born in 1564, the school where he was educated, and the home where he resided at the time of his death.

The ancient Holy Trinity Church is the final resting place of Shakespeare and his wife, Anne Hathaway. This is a peaceful, picturesque and truly historic spot in rural England.

Durham

Revered as the last resting place of Saint Bede the Venerable and Saint Cuthbert, the whole centre of Durham is a designated conservation area. The city is dominated by the impressive Norman structures of Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle, just a short distance away from each other.

The city was also instrumental in the defence of England against invading Scots and was the site of the Battle of Neville’s Cross in 1346.

Liverpool

Liverpool is packed with historic structures and places of interest. The city originated as a small fishing village and began to expand after being established as a port in 1207. Over the next few hundred years the city continued to develop as a major trading port.

Liverpool’s growing wealth was reflected in grand public structures like St George’s Hall, the Philharmonic Hall and the Walker Art Gallery. The Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City is a designated World Heritage Site that contains many famous landmarks including Liverpool Town Hall and the Royal Liver Building.

Albert Dock alone has the largest collection of Grade I listed buildings in the UK.

Bath

This city is a designated World Heritage Site and is globally renowned for its Roman remains and impressive architecture. One of the most important historic sites is the well-preserved Roman Baths, which were built around natural hot springs.

There is also a museum here where you can view many Roman artefacts, including items thrown into the Sacred Spring as offerings to the gods. The city also has a wealth of beautiful Georgian architecture including the famous Royal Crescent.