Are you planning a trip to London? While some people like to just plan as they go or even arrive without knowing where they want to visit, in order to get the full experience of a London trip, it’s best to plan ahead. That way you can make sure that you take in as much as you can while there. While there are a staggering amount of things to take in when in London, here are a few of the must-see attractions in and around the city.
- Tower of London
No trip to the city is complete without a visit to the Tower of London. Located on the north bank of the River Thames, this historical site was built by William the Conqueror in 1078. Throughout history it has been a symbol of oppression, torture and imprisonment. It is one of the most visited tourist site in the country and is looked after by the Historic Royal Palaces. When visiting the Tower of London you can learn about why animals were once imprisoned there and you can witness reenactments of battles from the English Civil War. All extras are included in admission price.
- London Zoo
Don’t let the fact that the London Zoo is within city limits deter you from visiting. Despite this fact, it is one of the best and most renown zoos in the UK. It is also the oldest scientific zoo in the world, founded over 180 years ago. With 750 different species, the zoo offers an all day adventure. You can wander around the zoo taking in such exhibits as Gorilla Kingdom, Butterfly Paradise and Penguin Beach, just to name a few.
- Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Tour and Exhibition
Shakespeare and England go hand in hand. When visiting the city, you want to make sure that you take in the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Tour and Exhibition. You can tour the reconstructed Globe Theatre and see how theatre was done back in Shakespeare’s day. The tour includes actors, interactive displays and recordings. Beneath the Globe Theatre is the exhibition, where you can learn all about how plays were produced during Shakespeare’s time. Learn about the writing process, rehearsals, use of music and dance along with the special effects from the era. You can even take in a traditional afternoon tea.
- Windsor Castle
If you are a a fan or the royal family, or British royalty in general, then Windsor Castle is a must stop. Located just outside of London high above the River Thames, it is the largest continuously occupied castle not just in Britain, but in the world. You’ll get to see where the Queen prefers to spend her weekends, including the luxurious state apartments and St. George’s Chapel.
- Thames River cruise
If you want to take in as much of London’s scenery as possible without having to hike for days, then the Thames River cruise is just the thing for you. You can lounge around on the boat while floating by the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral and other London attractions. You can relax and take in the sights.
These are just a few of things that you’ll want to take in when visiting London, and you can accomplish them all with a London Pass. You may also want to visit St Paul’s Cathedral, visit one of the many museums located in the city and hit a few stores. But even if you just visit the above mentioned attractions, your trip to London will be well rounded and enjoyable.
Are you heading to London soon? Are your must-see attractions mentioned above? What else do you plan on taking in while in the city?
Vern Marker is a freelance writer with a passion for travel.