The United Kingdom is well known across the world for the royalty that live there across London and Edinburgh or to see the towering metal spires and medieval castles. They are also well known for their ocean-side hiking trails that pass by fossil infused cliffs all across the coastlines. Sit down for a cup of tea and cake, or for the more adventurous ones, head underground to their numerous pubs spread throughout every city corner.
While the British live on an island, they definitely aren’t disconnected from the world. You’ll find England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have more museums, modern amenities, hiking trails, historical monuments, castles and tourist attractions than you can imagine. Here are a few of the best ones that you can’t miss when visiting the UK:
- Have a taste of royalty in London, the capital of both England and the UK, by visiting Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, Big Ben. Don’t forget to get your iconic photos with the royal guard, the red phone booths, and the big red buses.
- Understand the mysterious Stonehenge “hanging rocks”, one of the most beautiful monuments across Europe. They are almost 5,000 years old and the mystery of why they stand still is unknown to this day.
- Ride across Scotland on the “Hogwarts Express” train where you’ll recognize many of the scenes from the movie as well as exploring their many medieval castles and the elusive Loch Ness monster.
- It is best to avoid making travel plans to the UK from December to February as these are winter months. The days are short and the weather is dreadfully cold for you to enjoy your time outside.
- London and many of the cities in the UK are quite expensive so cut costs wherever you can.
- There aren’t many free things to do but search for state-run museums and galleries so you’ll be able to get in for free.
- If you’re called “love” or “darling” when you’re in a bar or hear a dry joke that you may not understand, that’s just the English sense of humor!