From the enigmatic Stonehenge in the south to the monumental Hadrian’s Wall in the north, archaeology in England is as rich through time as it is in geographical distribution. The earliest evidence of humans dates back to before the Last Glacial period. Beginning just before the end of the Ice Age and on into the Medieval period there were successive arrivals of people who brought with them new ways of living: the first farmers, the Romans and the Anglo-Saxons, all contributing to the diversity of archaeological sites in England we can visit today.
Visiting Sites & Museums in England in 2021
England is currently in national lockdown. Government advice is to stay at home. People are only permitted to leave their place of residence for legitimate reasons, such as work. Overnight stays are only permitted for work, not for leisure. Foreign visitors are also subject to the stay at home order. For more information, check the Travel section on the official Gov.UK Website.
Archaeological and historical attractions and museums in England are closed. People are allowed to visit the gardens and parks of heritage sites, where these are accessible, for the purpose of exercise.
15+ D-Day Sites to Visit in England
When we think of D-Day, we all have mental images of troops landing on the beaches of Normandy. What about where they left from? D-Day was months in the planning and preparations, all of which took place in the UK. In honour of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, we have compiled a list of the sites in the UK where you can learn about the other side of the D-Day landings …Continue Reading >>
London Wall Walk: the City’s Roman & Medieval Past
The London Wall Walk is a 2.8 kilometre (1.75 mile) walk follows what remains of the wall built by the Romans and maintained and rebuilt during Medieval times, that starts at the Tower of London and leads you to the Museum of London. Besides seeing London’s ancient Wall, this is a great way to see significant places of the City of London … Continue Reading >>
Our interactive map of England pin-points archaeology and history sites and museums, landmarks and memorials and other points of interest around the country. The map allows you to find places of historical interest using a number of different functions. You can look at all the sites and museums within a single county, or you can find sites near your present location. You can search for places to visit within a specified radius of a named location, as well as refining that search to suit your interests. Although the map displays best on desktops and laptops, it can also be used on mobile devices – particularly to find sites and museums near your present location. Go to the map >>
The division of England adopted here is primarily geographical, 12 regions defined by a distinct geographic identity. Archaeological sites and museums in each region are then listed according to the ceremonial counties of England. These ceremonial counties are appropriate here as they tend to be more geographic than administrative. Sites and museums that are located within the unitary authorities of Bournemouth or Poole can be found listed in the ceremonial county of Dorset. The following is a list of the 12 regions and their constituent counties.
The South-West Peninsular: Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly | Devon
Wessex and the West Country: Dorset | Somerset | Wiltshire
The Weald and Downland of south-east England: East Sussex | Hampshire | Isle of Wight | Kent | Surrey | West Sussex
Greater London: London
The Cotswolds and Upper Thames Valley: Berkshire | Gloucestershire | Oxfordshire | Warwickshire
The Chilterns and Northampton Uplands: Bedfordshire | Buckinghamshire | Hertfordshire | Northamptonshire
East Anglia: Cambridgeshire | Essex | Norfolk | Suffolk
The Midlands Plain and Welsh Borders: Cheshire | Herefordshire | Merseyside | Shropshire | Staffordshire | West Midlands | Worcestershire
East Midlands: Derbyshire | Leicestershire | Lincolnshire | Nottinghamshire | Rutland
Yorkshire and the Humber Basin: Yorkshire
The Lake District and the North-west: Cumbria | Greater Manchester | Lancashire
Northumbria: Durham | Northumberland | Tyne & Wear