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Essex should be a staple of England tours

A tour of England encompasses more than just a visit to London. While the capital city should undoubtedly be included on the itinerary, there are many towns in the countryside and smaller cities that are well worth a visit, and that includes Essex. Located on the country's eastern coast, this city of more than 1.7 million has plenty to offer. 

Like many centuries-old European cities, Essex is home to a plethora of buildings that are spilling over with historical appeal, and the Chapel of St. Peter-on-the-Wall is arguably one of the most famous. While it may not have the visual appeal of some of the larger churches in England, the chapel is one of the oldest structures in the country that is still in regular use. The small place of worship dates back to the 7th century, and its place in a remote corner of Essex is a testament to the idyllic beauty you can find in England if you know where to look.

The Chapel of St. Peter-on-the-Wall may be small, but other buildings in Essex, such as the Audley End House, certainly make up for it. Located outside the city, this enormous estate dates back to the 17th century, and is a stunning work of architecture situated among stunning gardens and home to an impressive collection of artwork. 

The list of breathtaking, centuries-old buildings does not end at the border of England, as a tour of Scotland will present you with just as many opportunities to marvel at the architecture of generations past. Perhaps most notably, the St. Andrews Cathedral, which dates back to the 1100, is a historical highlight you can't miss. 

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