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The Best Historic Architecture in England

From towering cathedrals to handsome baroque palaces, England’s architecture is impressive both visually and historically. Nothing beats the feeling of wandering around an ancient site, discovering stories and haunting tales of yesteryear, before heading out into the modern town or city that surrounds it.

If you’re planning an English break this year, why not head to one of the countries historical hubs and enjoy a cultural hit as well as all the modern attractions that the city has to offer. Not sure where to start? These are some of the best examples of historic architecture in England:

Westminster Abbey, London

London icon Westminster Abbey has been the location of royal coronations since 1066 and is unquestionably one of the most important Gothic buildings in England. An absolute must-see if you’re spending time in London, a visit to the abbey is to walk in the footsteps of kings, queens, and historical heroes. Explore the cloisters, the royal tombs, Poets’ Corner and the beautiful gardens.

Rievaulx Abbey, North Yorkshire

Hidden in a remote valley in the North York Moors, Rievaulx Abbey ruins represent one of England’s most powerful Cistercian monasteries. When you visit, you can stroll around the grassy ruins and explore the museum, which is home to artefacts from the abbey’s heyday.

Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury

Salisbury Cathedral is more than a historical monument, it’s a place of worship to this day and a truly impressive building. Construction of the cathedral we know today was started in 1220, and the building retains its impressive appearance thanks to ongoing restoration work.
Hotels near Salisbury Cathedral
Visit the beautiful south-west town of Salisbury where you can explore the old town centre, Stonehenge, and nearby Old Sarum, and enjoy a step back in time from start to finish. There are plenty of great hotels in Salisbury, so you can be sure you’ll always have somewhere comfortable and elegant to retire.
The Mercure Salisbury White Heart is set in a Grade II listed Georgian building in the historic city centre, just five minutes walk from the cathedral. 

Hadrian’s Wall

Built to guard the north-west frontier of the Roman Empire, Hadrian’s Wall spans 73 miles from coast to coast, touching on more than twenty heritage sites which you can visit today. Discover forts and ancient tower remains, and explore the towns that join the wall together. Hadrian’s Wall is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and well worth a visit if you’re in the north of England.
Wherever you plan to take your trip, you can find beautiful Accor hotels scattered around the UK in all the best locations. Choose a hotel that’s perfect for you, and book in advance to secure the best deal. For even more convenient planning, download the Accor hotels app on Google Play or the App Store and browse hotels on the go!

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