England: A Short Guide to the Sights
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In the video, you will discover various things to see and things to do in England.
The English Countryside
The countryside has always been important to the heart of English culture and identity, full of beautiful villages, peaceful communities, historic sites, and well-maintained natural features such as woods and plains. Even today, there are still many areas all over the country where the landscape has not changed for centuries.
The English countryside is full of national parks and protected regions known as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Areas such as the Lake District inspired the greatest English-language Romantic poets, such as Wordsworth, Tennyson, Keats, and Shelley.
English World Heritage Sites
England is home to 19 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Notably, many of these are cultural sites, important historical markers in the development of modern technological and social changes.
One of the most famous of these is the Stonehenge area, 5000-year old monuments and prehistoric buildings on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire. Another famous example is the city of Bath, named after the Roman Baths found there. These baths were built in Roman Britain, 2000 years ago.
Indeed, in cities such as Liverpool you will find many UNESCO-protected areas. During the 19th and early 20th century, Liverpool was one of the largest ports in the world. It was vital in maintaining the British Empire, was a major port of the slave trade until its abolition in 1807, and a major departure point for emigrants to North America.