There’s so much to see and do in London, try not to be overwhelmed. The top sights like the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey are a must, but you will always find something not matter what your interests are. Go to the National Gallery (with the National Portrait Gallery behind) and the Tate Modern for the best in art. Don’t forget that all of the major museums have free entry. There is a mind-bending array of restaurants and food outlets catering for every taste, style and budget.
The spectacular windswept hills make Edinburgh a sight to behold, and the rich history makes it a city to remember. Don’t miss the world-famous Edinburgh Castle, St. Giles Cathedral, the Royal Yacht Britannia and the Museum of Scotland, but there will always be plenty to see. Visit Edinburgh during Hogmanay and you’ll be one of 80,000 revellers in the city! And yes, you must try the traditional fruitcake.
Walk or take the tram to the summit of the Great Orme—you’ll be rewarded with a splendid view of Llandudno, the popular Welsh seaside resort. (Just remember the appropriate attire, it can get chilly up there.) This could be a great base for days out in North Wales.
Soft ocean breezes, sandy beaches and swaying palms, no wonder the small English town of Torquay has been named “The English Riviera”. More than just a beach spot, Torquay boasts an enormous coastal aviary and the famous Kent’s Cavern Prehistoric Caves. Agatha Christie spent most of her life here, and the city is now home to multiple film companies. With such a rich literary history, Torquay may be the perfect place to finish writing that novel or screenplay, or just to relax with a good mystery.
Liverpool’s fortunes have historically been tied to shipping. But imports and exports like sugar, spice and tobacco pale in comparison with Liverpool’s most famous export of all — The Beatles. Relive the hysteria at The Beatles Story Experience, and check out Paul’s childhood home, but also leave time for exploring Liverpool Cathedral and the Walker Art Gallery.
The UK’s favourite holiday resort continues to attract millions of visitors. Families and couples, young and old, Blackpool’s unique appeal is that it appeals to everyone. Whether you’re looking for thrills and excitement, family entertainment and historic gems or beautiful gardens and stunning beaches, Blackpool has it all. Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool Zoo, the Blackpool Tower, the Illuminations and a packed year-round events calendar all add to the charms of this seaside spot.
With a population of almost 300,000 in the city proper, Belfast has grown into a cosmopolitan destination and become a popular weekend break spot. With feelings of optimism and life pulsing through the city, Belfast makes for an energising getaway. It’s never been easier to tour the city, thanks to a number of intriguing bus, taxi, boat and pedestrian options. Don’t miss the Ulster Folk Museum or the Belfast Cathedral, and make sure to experience some of the award-winning restaurants, bars, clubs, galleries and theatres.
Just two hours north of London by rail, the city of York holds 1900 years’ worth of history in its ancient walls. The Romans built the city in 71 AD, and the Vikings captured it in 866 AD. Discover 300 years of history at the fantastic National Railway Museum, from there move on to the York Castle Museum for an overview of the most recent 400 years. Afternoon tea at Betty’s is compulsory.
The star attractions of the area around Keswick are of course the Skiddaw Mountains and beautiful Derwentwater. If you are not a climber, you can enjoy the public parks, swimming pools and gardens of Keswick or take days out to other parts of the Lake District. For evening entertainment try the Theatre by the Lake or the cinema. Keswick has a superb choice of eateries that cater to all tastes.
Scotland’s largest city is a friendly, bustling town with imposing 19th-century buildings, vibrant theatre life, the most talked-about independent music scene outside the USA and watering holes that run the gamut from trendy bars to traditional pubs. The city’s buses and metro system make it easy to explore. Don’t miss the re-opened Kelvingrove Art Museum, and the Victorian Necropolis. Glasgow is the gateway to the Highlands and Islands, go and explore!
Don’t forget other destinations voted as top places to visit including, Manchester, Bristol, Bath, Brighton, Norwich and Newquay to name but a few.