England is the largest and richest country of Great Britain. For the
most part its territory is flat or hilly. There are upland regions in
the north and in Devon and Cornwall. The capital of England is London,
but there are other large industrial cities, such as Birmingham,
Liverpool, and Manchester. Other very interesting and famous cities are
York, Chester, Oxford and Cambridge.
Stonehenge is one of the most famous prehistoric sites in the world.
This ancient circle of stones stands in South-west England. It was built
between 3000 and 1500 B.C. and it measures 30 metres across. It is made
from massive blocks of stone up to 4 metres high. Why is was built is a
mystery. Some people think it was used for pagan religious ceremonies,
others consider it was a huge calendar used by Druids.
Not far from Stonehenge stands Salisbury Cathedral. It is a splendid
example of an English Gothic Cathedral; it has the highest spires in
England and it was built in the 12th century. Inside the cathedral there
is one of the copies of the Magna Charta and also the oldest clock in
The Lake District is a lovely region of lakes and mountains in
Northwest England, in a region called Cumbria. England’s largest lake,
Windermere and highest mountain, Scafell Pike, are here. The Romantic
poets Wordworth and De Quincey lived here and were called the Lake
Oxford is the oldest university of England and one of the most famous
cities in the world. It stands on the river Thames 90 km northwest from
London. More than 120,000 people have their homes here but the
population of the city is much larger due to a great number of students
who come to study here and thousands of tourists visiting it all year
London is famous for many things. Tourists come from all over the world
to visit its historical places, such as Cathedral, which has a huge
dome, and the Houses of Parliament, where you can see and hear the
famous clock, Big Ben. They also come to visit its theatres, museums,
and many shops, such as Harrods, where you can buy everything.
Like many big cities, London has problems with traffic and pollution.
Over 1.000.000 people a day use the London Underground, man cars are on
The air isn’t clean, but it is cleaner than it was 100 years ago. Until
the Clean Air Act in 1956, London was famous for its fog or ‘smog’,
which is a mixture of smoke and fog.
LONDON SIGHTSEEING TOUR
London is one of the largest cities in the world. About seven million
people live here. London is more than two thousand years old. London’s
most famous sights are Tower Bridge, Big Ben and the Houses of
Parliament, Trafalgar Square and St. Paul’s Cathedral. You’ll see all
these places and much more of London from our red double-decker.
We start from Trafalgar Square. On the column in the center there is a
statue of Admiral Nelson who defeated the French at the Battle of
Trafalgar in 1805. To the left of us you can see the National Gallery.
It has a fine collection of European paintings.
Now we are coming to Piccadilly Circus. It is the meeting point of six