If you’re off on a trip around the UK, you’re in for a treat. From the huge cities, to the smaller towns, the beautiful hills and valleys, the soaring mountains, to the entertainment of the coastal seaside resorts, there is, to coin a phrase, something for everyone.
Getting around is easy thanks to a comprehensive rail and bus network, and provided you book in advance you’re guaranteed a seat at a relatively competitive price.
Of course, if you’re not sure where to start, or even where to go, you’ll be needing a few pointers.
Try these suggestions out for size.
Ok, so we’ll state the obvious to begin with, but no visit to the UK is complete without heading to London. Sightseeing, sport, shopping, night-life, theatre breaks, you name it, you’ll find it. The capital is bustling and large, but it is certainly cultural, and a must do.
I’m going to lump these two together simply because they’re in such close proximity together, but they do the same thing in many ways, they show you the differences between the north of England the south, especially if you’ve started your journey in London. Both have a thriving music scene, with Liverpool obviously being the birthplace of the Beatles, and Manchester home to bands such as Oasis amongst many others. Sport is high up on the list, and a real staple of life here, as well as fantastic shopping and night-life options.
In total comparison to the cities we’ve just talked about, Cornwall is quaint, natural, rugged, and breath-taking. The coastline along the south-west of England is the stuff of legend, literally, with the legend of King Arthur set in Tintagel. Land’s End, the surfing beaches of Newquay, quaint St Ives, and the cream tea, Cornish pasty vibe – a visit is a must do, and the nature in this part of the country is stunning.
The east coast of England
Another coastal region with a totally different viewpoint is situated on the east coast, usually within Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. Here you will get the traditional ‘seaside’ vibe, with sticks of rock (candy to eat), fish and chips, amusements, funfairs, Punch ‘n Judy, building sandcastles, and getting a little bit sunburnt during the summer (although that part is not to be recommended!) As a note, Blackpool on the west coast is also hugely popular, with a famous pier and funfair too.
Scotland’s famous city is bustling with views to make your jaw drop, shopping, night-life, and culture. Edinburgh Castle is a must visit, whether it’s Hogmanay, the Edinburgh Tattoo, or a general visit. Just outside of the city you will find the Forth Bridge, an architectural icon, and natural scenery to blow your mind.
The Lake District
In the north of England you will find the Lake District, with Lake Windermere being its most famous resident. Here you will find peace and serenity in a beautiful setting, with hills starting to get steeper, the closer you get to the further reaches of the country, towards the Scottish border.
Wales’ has its fair share of mountains, and Snowdonia is its most famous. You can climb this beast of a mountain, or you can jump on the tram, whichever fits the bill, and sit and have a drink, enjoying the view, once you reach the top! This is a very popular activity, in fact, it’s a bit of a rite of passage!
Enjoying the UK is a varied business; there is so much to see and do that you will never get around it all, and its ever-changing landscapes, but planning your visit will give you the best start.