07 Mar Best attractions to visit in the UK
When most people think of the UK, the first thing that comes to mind is the magnificent city of London. Most want to visit London so that they can see where the Queen lives and admire the incredible architectural wonders that make up the city, but there’s much to the UK than just London. A visit to the UK provides a chance to visit beautiful stately homes, castles and quaint market towns. You’ll also have the opportunity to walk amongst Britain’s beautiful green countryside, admiring views of rolling hills, rugged mountains and naturally beautiful lakes.
Some of the most beautiful places you should visit include:
I first went to Hadrian’s Wall on a school trip to discover more about Roman history. The wall was built by an army of 15,000 men in under six years as a defensive fortification to mark the northern limit of the Roman Empire. A large stretch of the wall still remains and it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. If you want to explore the world’s largest Roman artefact, there are exciting Hadrian’s Wall walking holidays that will take you on a hiking adventure from coast to coast.
One of the most iconic attractions in England, Stonehenge dates back to 3000 BC and historians have no idea how the stones got there or what they were used for. The stones weigh more than 50 tons each and only 600 men could have lifted or moved them. Located in Salisbury on Salisbury Plain, Stonehenge is the world’s oldest prehistoric monument and definitely worth visiting at least once in your lifetime.
The Lake District
Located at the northwest of England, The Lake District is famous for its beautiful mountains and lakes. If you’re an outdoorsy person, the Lake District has some excellent bike paths and hill climbing adventures. The weather there is a bit unpredictable and the locals will even joke telling you that it is not a wonder to experience all the four seasons in a single day. But it’s an area of outstanding natural beauty that inspired poets like William Wordsworth and authors such as Beatrix Potter.
The Roman baths
The Romans Baths were constructed around 70 AD by the Romans as a grand bathing and mingling area and today the baths are one of the best preserved Roman remains in the world. Pay a visit to the baths and walk on the same ground that the Romans walked more than 2000 years back, before heading to the famous Pump Room for afternoon tea. The city of Bath is incredibly quaint, with crescent-shaped rows of Georgian buildings and a modern day spa where you can relax and unwind. If you’re feeling peckish I’d highly recommend stopping at Sally Lunn’s, which is one of the oldest tea houses in Bath and is famous for its “Sally Lunn Bunn”. For ideas on things to do, check out my post on how to spend a day in Bath.
My favourite area of the UK for a driving holiday has to be The Cotswolds, which stretches through some of the most beautiful and peaceful areas in the UK including the Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, and Worcestershire. I love to potter around the quintessential English towns and enjoy a drink in the pub after a good, long walk. It’s a fantastic place to visit if you just want to get away from it all and have a relaxing weekend break. My favourite villages to visit are Castle Combe, Bibury and Bourton on the Water. If you’re driving back towards London I’d highly recommend visiting Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens, which has all sorts of wildlife roaming freely around the park. Unlike in a zoo, you’re able to get really up close and personal with the animals!
Located at Holyrood, Arthur’s Seat is an extinct volcano that erupted about 350 million years ago. As you walk up the hill, you will see the signs of magma that once flowed by the rich basalt rocks that are around the mountain. From the top, you will have a beautiful, panoramic view of the city of Edinburgh.
Located in Northern Ireland, Giant causeway is an area of around 40,000 interlocking basalt columns that were formed from a volcanic eruption millions of years ago. Although according to legend, the rocks were formed when a giant from Ireland was challenged to fight a giant from Scotland so he built the causeway across the North Channel so they could meet. You can climb the basalt columns when you visit and follow the footstep of Finn-McCool the giant.
Cliffs of Dover
On a sunny day, The Cliffs of Dover are truly breathtaking when viewing them from a ferry across the English Channel. One of Britain’s most beautiful natural attractions, the cliffs are instantly recognisable because of their white colour, since they are composed of chalk with accents of black flint. As you walk along the cliffs, you will enjoy the most beautiful flora and fauna that can only grow on the white soils. Nearby you can visit Dover Castle, Samphire Hoe Country Park, Dover Museum and South Foreland Lighthouse.
Windsor Castle is located in Windsor and is one of the royal residences where Queen Elizabeth II hosts state functions. The castle was built in the 11th century and is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. It’s incredibly well maintained and there are many parts open to the public, including the chapel, the State Rooms and Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House. Best of all, if you buy a ticket to Windsor Castle you can have it stamped on the way out so that you can return again and again throughout the year, free of charge. So if you missed out seeing it all the first time, you’ll still have chance to see the parts you missed next time.
The Eden Project
Located in Cornwall, The Eden Project consists of two striking igloo-shaped greenhouses or “biomes” that contain plants that have been collected from many diverse climates and terrains. It’s a great place for a family day out if you happen to be on holiday in Cornwall and there are lots of adrenaline-pumping activities here too. The Eden Project boasts England’s longest zipwire -SkyWire – covering 660 metres and travelling at speeds of up to 60mph, plus Britain’s first 360 swing, which does a 10m loop. Other attractions include a giant bee sculpture and rainforest canopy walkway which will take you through the treetops in the Rainforest Biome.