England’s history is long and rich. Settled by prehistoric man, inhabited by Celtic
tribes, conquered by the Romans, and invaded by the Normans, the country
prospered through medieval and Victorian times bringing its rich heritage
into the 21st century for all to enjoy today.
Remnants of early civilizations are everywhere from the Roman Hadrian’s Wall
in the north to prehistoric Stonehenge and Sutton Hoo. From the great cathedrals of York and Lincoln to Westminster Abbey to the wool churches of the Cotswolds to countless small village churches, man’s testimony to his Christian heritage lies scattered across the land.
From Northumbria’s Alnwick to Cornwall’s Tintagel, castles mark strategic military sites. Castle Howard and Blenheim Palace are but two of many stately homes, examples of a time of unaccounted wealth and prosperity of the few.
Villages and country towns—Lacock in Wiltshire, Eyam in Derbyshire, Corfe in Dorset are three of many thousands—still echo their humble rural origins and the architecture of a bygone day. Large cities—London, Manchester, and Birmingham—teem with life.
Footpaths and cycle ways lead through valleys, alongside rivers, and over the hills bringing the best of the countryside into view. From the craggy Peak District to the gentle Cotswolds, England’s green and pleasant land beckons.
Elsewhere the land has been tamed, and the famous British garden brought to full flower. Rhododendrons colour Cragside’s hills. Kew’s acres speak of royalty, and Stourhead’s landscaped follies tell of man’s desire to landscape parkland for a perfect view.
An ancient burial mound, a Roman mosaic, a thatched cottage, the ruins of an industrial past—all survive to enrich our journeys today.
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