5 of the oldest monuments and buildings you can visit in the UK
Wanting a fun-filled day out that’s got a historical edge? Look no further than us. With over 5,000 years of history between these buildings and monuments, you’ll be able to travel back in time through the ages to uncover a world filled with British historical wonder. Learn all about some of the longest-standing castles, as well as world-famed attractions with tickets to some of the oldest buildings you can visit in the country.
Historical buildings you need to visit
One of the country’s first world heritage sites, the grounds of Stonehenge are said to be filled with over 5,000 years of history. Made up of 75 stones in total, you’ll be able to walk around the entire site and find out about the building process to draw your own conclusion for Stonehenge’s original purpose. Used as an observatory and a place of spiritual worship, unlock the meanings behind the stones and burial mounds at one of Great Britain’s famed locations.
With morning and afternoon tours departing from Victoria Station to Stonehenge, you’ll be able to visit the monument at a time to suit you.
Tower of London
Built in 1078, the Tower of London has stood as a jewel of London’s history for nearly as long as a British monarchy has existed. As you walk around the building, you’ll be able to find out about practices and attitudes centuries old at the White Tower and the Medieval Palace. Figures of kings and queen adorn the walls, as well as six ravens at the Tower who are said to keep a watchful eye over the building, with the birds flying away as a sign that the kingdom will fall. Offering visitors the chance to gain an insight into Britain’s history, you’ll want to visit the Tower of London.
Founded in 960 and open as a place of worship from 1090, Westminster Abbey is steeped in religious and royal history. Once you’re inside the Abbey, you’ll be able to visit the memorials of leading cultural figures, including William Shakespeare, Charles Darwin and Sir Winston Churchill. As well as this, visitors can see the coronation chair, where monarchs have been officially anointed as the king or queen of England. But, even though tourists can walk through Westminster Abbey to learn more about British history, religious services are still observed, with thousands coming to worship daily. Located close by to the Houses of Parliament and the River Thames, you’ll want to visit the abbey and immerse yourself in the heart of London.
An official residence of Queen Elizabeth II, Windsor Castle is the world’s oldest castle to still serve its original purpose. Established by William the Conqueror in the eleventh century, buildings and expansion works have taken place at the castle ever since, with its exhibitions displaying regal history through the ages. As you walk around the castle, you’ll be able to view the Royal Collection’s paintings, tapestries and sculptures as well as St. George’s Chapel, where royal weddings have taken palace. If you enjoy history and the British monarchy, or you just want to find about Britain’s past, you’ll want to visit Windsor Castle.
Whether you find yourself in the Victorian Rose Garden, the maze that’s packed with historical information or you roam around the castle’s turrets, a trip to Warwick Castle makes for a great day out that’s fun for all the family. During the day, you’ll be able to enjoy calm moments, as you watch birds of prey fly around the castle grounds. But, if you’re looking for action, you’ll want to head over to the War of the Roses experience, complete with jousting displays that will truly immerse you in the Tudor period. See how over 1,000 years of history is told at Warwick Castle and enjoy an unforgettable day out.
Find out the opening times for Warwick Castle and more with our opening times guide to reflect seasonal changes.
Want to get the most out of what Britain has to offer? You’ll want to book your tickets now to these places as soon as you can.