What to See and Do in the UK?
Things to see and do in the UK
The UK may be spread over two relatively small islands but it manages to fit a lot of geographical and cultural diversity into that space. The UK has been a dominant force in world culture for over 1,000 years. It is a place of incredible history, beautiful landscapes, regional population diversity, and a testament to the success of multi-culturalism. This means there is an unlimited list of things to see, do, and experience when you move to the UK. It would be almost impossible to list every sight to see, so the list below should be viewed as a starting point. Make your own discoveries about the natural and cultural wonders that the UK has to offer.
Bath is a hotspot for all visitors to the UK and with its Roman baths, incredible Georgian architecture and preservation of a genteel Britain, it’s no wonder why. Jane Austen fans will also not want to miss the chance to visit the Jane Austen center, built in recognition of its famous resident.
Beatlemania in Liverpool
The most famous band of all time begun in the northern English city of Liverpool and you’ll hear the sounds of The Beatles on every corner of the city. There’s a museum dedicated to the Fab Four and you can even listen to live music at the place where they got their start – The Cavern. Once a drab industrial city, Liverpool is now a thriving hub of culture and one of the truly iconic British cities.
Entrance to the British Museum is free, and it is so big that you could spend weeks wandering around and still not take everything in. You’ll see everything from the sarcophagi of Ancient Egyptian royals to Roman antiques and everything in between.
The setting of the famous Graham Greene novel, Brighton Rock, this bohemian seaside village is a treat for people of all ages. The scenery is beautiful, the pier brims with life, and you can even visit the ornate gardens of the former seaside home of George IV.
Canterbury Cathedral is the most famous religious building in England after Westminster Abbey. Whilst here, visitors will be treated to tombs of medieval kings, marvel at 12th century stained glass windows, and visit the spot where Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in 1170.
The medieval streets of Edinburgh come alive every July when the Edinburgh Festival comes to town. It has been in operation for 70 years and it continues to draw world-class performances from a variety of genres. There is no better time to visit this beautiful city than at festival time.
After you’ve sampled a tumbler of whisky, why not continue your tour of Northern Ireland and experience the natural marvel that is the Giant’s Causeway. The natural, hexagonal formations of basalt seem as if they were crafted by hand and no matter what time of year it is, this World Heritage Site is a must-see.
Just the mention of the name is enough. London Town is one of the world’s greatest cities. From the Tower of London to the River Thames, to Buckingham Palace and Big Ben, there are so many sights to see that you could spend your life in London and never see it all.
It is the birthplace of the industrial revolution and the ‘Manchester Sound’ that dominated the 80s and 90s music world. Think of bands like The Stone Roses, Oasis, Blur, The Happy Mondays and you think of Manchester. England’s second biggest city and a place not to be missed for lovers of history, music and great cities. Manchester is also home to the most famous football team in the world, Manchester United.
North Devon Coast
Where else could you take in one of the most beautiful coastlines on the planet and sample the culinary marvel that is Devonshire Tea. Scones, jam, cream and tea go perfectly together and it will be a treat to cozy up inside and sample these delicacies after you’ve taken in the wild and blustery coastline.
Old Bushmills Distillery
Bushmills produces some of the finest whisky in the world and what better place to sample it than at its birthplace. Located in Bushmills, Country Antrim, Northern Ireland, Old Bushmills Distillery has been active for 400 years.
Orkney is an archipelago of islands off the coast of Scotland that is home to a 5,000-year-old village. The UNESCO World Heritage Site was discovered when a sand dune was disturbed and a Neolithic village emerged.
Oxford and Cambridge
Visiting two of the world’s oldest and most prestigious universities—Oxford and Cambridge—is a treat for the eyes. You can wander under ancient archways, relax in century old pubs, and imagine all the brilliant and talented people that have walked the very same streets.
Wales is blessed by three sides of beautiful coastline, and the Pembroke Coast may be the pick of them all. It’s littered with historic sites like Pembroke Castle, St. David’s Cathedral and Laugharne, where Welsh poet Dylan Thomas was born and lived for much of his life.
Snowdonia is perhaps the most majestic mountain range in the UK and the jewel in Wales’ crown. The 3,546ft peak of Snowdon Mountain is accessible by train and visitors will be treated to vista after vista of incredible scenery.
St Andrew’s Golf Course
St Andrews Beach is the most famous golf course in the world and a place of pilgrimage for lovers of golf.
Stonehenge is undoubtedly one of the most famous and mysterious structures from the ancient world. Built between 3000 and 1600BC, this giant stone circle on the Salisbury plain is something that you must experience in person. The interactive museum posits some of the popular theories about the reason for its construction, while also displaying over 250 prehistoric treasures.
Stratford-upon-Avon is the home of The Bard and there’s no better place to catch a performance of one of Shakespeare’s famous plays than at the Royal Shakespeare Company. The town itself is also incredibly beautiful with its setting on the River Avon.
The Isle of Mann
There’s no better way to see the Isle of Mann than by train. You can even take the train to the top of the island’s highest peak on the Snaefell Mountain Railway.
The Isle of Skye
At the Isle of Skye, you can take in the rugged natural beauty of this Scottish outpost and walk amongst the waterfalls and fairy pools. This site provides you with the most popular walking routes.
The Lake District
A muse for romantic poets from Wordsworth to Coleridge and Keats, this is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in the UK. There are plenty of walking trails and you can even explore the area from England’s largest lake, Lake Windermere.
The northern English town of York is picturesque and full of amazing history. It is surrounded by a medieval wall and the street known as The Shambles is lined with houses that lean towards each other to the point of almost meeting in the middle of the street.
Built by the first king of England, William the Conqueror in 1068, Warwick Castle has been perfectly preserved. History buffs will love the re-enactments and tours of the dungeon.
West Highland Route
Lovers of trekking and unspoiled wilderness will love the West Highland Route. You’ll walk 154km (96 miles) from just outside of Glasgow to the heart of the Scottish Highlands in Fort William, taking in sights like Loch Lamond, Rannoch Moor and Glencoe along the way.
Wimbledon is the most famous tennis event in the world. You can’t buy tickets online; instead you have to camp out and hope you get a ticket. Once inside you’ll be treated to one of the most glamorous sporting events in the world and bucket loads of strawberries and cream and Pimms. Just pray the rain stays away.
Home of Queen Elizabeth II, Windsor Castle is the oldest inhabited castle in the world and the resting place of some of England’s most famous and notorious kings, including Henry VIII, Charles I and George IV.
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