Tourism plays a significant part in the economic life of England. The United Kingdom as a whole is the 10th most visited country. London, Bath, Oxford, Cambridge, York, and Canterbury remain popular historic tourist destinations.
England's long history and pervasive culture, make it (and especially London) a popular tourist destination. Many tourist spots have witnessed great events of history that have shaped England and the greater world. Many of England's tourist attractions have also inspired work of poets, novelists, folk writers, and artists for thousands of years.
The city of Manchester, famous for being the first industrialised city, and Liverpool, the famous birthplace of The Beatles are also popular tourist destinations that show the more modern side to England.
UNESCO Bath, voted friendliest city in the United Kingdom.
The English countryside has been described as particularly suitable to ecotourism, if affected by the sad irony "that the things that make the landscape of Britain comely and distinctive are almost entirely no longer needed. Hedgerows, country churches, stone barns, verges full of nodding wildflowers and birdsong, sheep roaming over wind-swept fells, village shops and post office and much more can only rarely be justified on economic grounds, and for most people in power those are the only things that matter".
England possesses a wide range of natural environments, and continues to benefit from a significant Ecotourism industry:
|Site||Location||Visitor count (2009)|
|Tower of London||London||2,389,548|
|St Paul's Cathedral||London||1,821,321|
|Palace of Westminster||London||963,362|
|Hampton Court Palace||London||541,646|
|Portsmouth Historic Dockyard||Portsmouth||532,158|
|Beaulieu Palace House and Abbey||Beaulieu||351,975|
|Wikivoyage has a travel guide for England.|