Many times in my pursuit of searching for the best holidays abroad, I forget I live in the UK, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. So I decided to check out the many great cities and places you can explore if you are visiting this beautiful country. There are so many options outside London, I personally live in the North of England so my go to places are the beautiful Yorkshire dales and Lake District. This country has some breathtaking locations that are worth exploring whether you are local or a tourist. I love the fact that every time I step outside my door I am surrounded by beauty.
So let’s start exploring in my own back yard. 😉
London definitely makes the of must visit places. It’s impossible not to include the beautiful capital of England and one of the biggest cities in the world and most visited. Starting with places like the Big Ben, the London Eye, Madame Tussauds, the Buckingham Palace and continuing with the numerous parks you will need more than a day to explore this magical place.
Stonehenge, One of the most significant and amazing prehistoric monuments in the UK, it is believed that its construction consisted of three stages. The purpose of the stones is still not clear, but it is surely worth visiting. It is located in Wiltshire, a county in South-west England.
The capital of Scotland is a must-visit place during your stay in the UK. There are beautiful parks you could explore there, like the Princes Street Gardens and the Holyrood Park. In the Princess Street you can shop in stores like Debenhams and Primark with a view of a castle. If you’re in Edinburgh you shouldn’t miss the Edinburgh Castle, a historic fortress, which dominates the skyline of the city. I love Edinburgh and if I had to move somewhere it would be on top of the list. Plus Scotish people are pretty awesome and welcoming. 🙂
Visiting the historic walled city of York, is something you should definitely do, whether you’re a family or a solo traveller. Having in mind that it is 2,5 hours from London, it would do a great day trip if you’re staying in the big city. With a really ancient history, there are so many things you could do there – enjoy the attractions, visit the museums and the historic buildings, go shopping, take many photos of the gorgeous streets.
Do you love football and art? Then Manchester is the perfect place for you. As a major cosmopolitical city, Manchester has to offer its visitors a lot of attractions, museums, architectural sites, libraries, and shops. One of the beautiful places worth-visiting in the city is the John Rylands Library.
Located in the city of Bath, the Roman Baths is one of the most visited locations in the UK with around 1 million visitors per year. It is, as its name hints, a well-preserved Roman site for public bathing and it has 4 main features. If you’re in Bath it is definitely a place you should visit.
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Beauty, elegance and nature is what every visitor will get when in the Scottish Highlands. The most amazing views of train rides, the Glen Coe, boat tours, castles, beaches, and the world famous Loch Ness is what you will find there. If that isn’t a dream destination, I don’t what else is.
Lake District National Park
Are you looking for wonderful views in England? Then you shouldn’t miss Lake Disctrict in the North-west part of the UK! In the park you are being offered the opportunity to enjoy many physical activities and 12 lakes to discover. The views are stunning and trust me, you will not want to leave at the end of the day.
Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site
When we think of Britain, we don’t really consider sandy beaches with blue waters. However the Jurassic Coast can prove you wrong. It stretches 154km from Exmouth to Dorset and it has some of the most stunning views. The Jurassic Coast is a Walk through time, 185 million years that is. Walking through the sandy beaches and fossils you can discover a great amount about what formed the coast and continue to shape the world today. In 2001 it became part of the World Heritage List and it is definitely worth a visit when in the UK.
The Eden project is a place worth-visiting, not only due to the diversity one can see there, but also the concept of the project is amazing! A wide range of flowers from all over the world and world’s largest indoor rainforest, can be found there, in Cornwall inside the two biomes. If you’re a plant lover this is a destination you shouldn’t miss! Also don’t miss to explore the beauty and beaches of south of England, after all you are on an island. 😉