With bustling cities, quaint country villages, secret coves, haunted castles, and snow-capped peaks, a journey through the UK is like travelling through time. Eccentric and unique, few places around the world can pack in as much history, culture and nature as the UK does. Made up of four nations, England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, the sense of heritage is apparent wherever you choose to go.
London, the capital of the UK, is one of the most dynamic cities in the world, making it the most popular point of interest in England. From its museums and palaces to its pubs and markets, London is incredibly diverse and always exciting. Other historic English cities include Bath, where visitors can tour the Roman baths, Chester with its Roman wall, Stratford Upon Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, and Warwick, with its historic castle. In addition to its thriving cities, England also has plenty of spectacular scenery, from the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge, one of the wonders of the world, to the New Forest, where semi-wild ponies roam the land.
Made up of rugged coastlines, sparkling blue lochs, snow-capped mountains and a strong sense of culture, Scotland is a fascinating destination to visit. While its two biggest cities, Edinburgh and Glasgow, provide world-class museums, stylish boutiques and trendy bars, the true magic of Scotland lies outside of city boundaries. From searching for the mysterious Loch Ness monster, to exploring traditional Gaelic-speaking Highland villages, to taking a ride on the real Hogwarts Express, to visiting the 5000 year old Heart of Neolithic Orkney, Scotland is full of amazing adventures. Scotland is also the home of whisky, so be sure to check out a couple of the many distilleries while you are visiting, most of which offer a whisky tasting session after each tour.
Wales is often the most underrated of the UK’s four nations, but, although it may be small, the vibrant seaside villages, the UNESCO listed beaches and the welcoming, passionate locals are worth taking the time to visit. Snowdonia National Park provides some of the best hiking trails in the country, while the gorgeous island of Anglessy offers some great scenery and wildlife, along with rejuvenating spas and gourmet cuisine.
Although it only covers about a sixth of Ireland’s land, Northern Ireland has plenty to see and do. Despite the many negative headlines that it has received in the past, the glorious mountains, winding rivers, miles of spectacular coastline and lively traditions make it a destination well worth the visit. For those of you looking for some Irish pop culture, you will find many live music events, Irish dancing shows and countryside pubs, where you can spend hours trying the local ales while sitting beside a roaring fire.
England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales – each of the UK’s four nations has so much to offer. From dramatic scenery, a rich and individual culture, and buckets of eccentricity, wherever you go in the UK, you will have an unforgettable experience for sure.
One of the most visited cities in the world, London is innovative and cutting-edge, but, at the same time, packed with history and culture. From Big Ben to Westminster Abbey to the London Eye to Buckingham Palace, London is full of fascinating attractions to explore. While West London, with its grand architecture, may have more upscale stores that cater to the wealthy elite, East London is full of trendy bars and hipster cafes, and is now, arguably, the creative hub of the city. Central London is where you will find the majority of London’s iconic attractions, as well as some of the best museums and galleries, which is why this is the area in which many visitors choose to stay. For those who want to look out at London’s magnificent skyline, there are quite a few places from which you can do so, but for the highest viewing point, visit The Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe.
Although London’s sights may be famous world over, there is so much more to the city than what you see on postcards. Home to over 8.5 million people, who speak 300 different languages, everything about London is full of diversity and variety. From bustling East London markets sprawled in front of fine dining restaurants to bargain vintage shops in some of the wealthiest neighbourhoods of the city, no matter where you visit in London, the contrasts of old and new that you will experience will not fail to fascinate you.
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