There are so many incredible things to do in the United Kingdom. So when you visit, you need a bucket list! Famous for its many hard to understand accents, tea drinking natives, red phone boxes and Queen, the UK has a booming tourist industry… despite the rain. Whether you want to explore the stunning English countryside or check out the cosmopolitan capital city of London, the UK has something for everyone. So without further ado, here is what we consider to be the top things to do in the United Kingdom, certainly worthy of a place on your Blighty Bucket List anyway.
Here’s our pick of the top things to do in the United Kingdom
When in the UK, the lively capital city has to be at the top of your bucket list. The city with its rich culture and history has so much to offer that you can spend weeks roaming the streets and still not see it all. Enjoy the parks, (Hyde Park, Regents Park and Holland Park are especially pretty) and local markets such as Borough and Camden Market. Pop over to Covent Garden for the street performers, visit the museums and lose yourself in the city’s street life. Don’t forget the changing of the guards ceremony at Buckingham Palace, the Clock Tower and to take a ride on the London Eye.
The Lake District
The Lake District National Park is in the northwest of England, in the county of Cumbria. For all outdoor fresh-air enthusiasts, the Lake District is the perfect place to visit for stunning mountains, deep valleys, quaint villages, rugged coastline and picturesque market towns such as Kendal, Ambleside and Keswick on scenic Derwentwater. It’ll be crowded during the summer months due to its popularity as a vacation destination but well worth the trip.
The Snowdonia National Park is in Wales, and the place is quite diverse as it is home to Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales and glacial landforms. Along with its breathtaking views, the site is great for hiking enthusiasts. This park is among the top tourist spots in the UK with its excellent trails, beautiful landscapes, and Europe’s longest zip line. Do check out all the outdoor activities available here as they are considered the best in the UK.
Stratford-upon-Avon is a market town in the Stratford-on-Avon district, in the county of Warwickshire, England. Here you can visit the house where William Shakespeare was born (in 1564) and where he spent a significant portion of his life. For all of the people with a passion for theatre and literature, this will be an unforgettable experience. Pay homage and get a fascinating glimpse into the life of the world’s most famous writer.
Windsor castle is the oldest and the largest occupied castle in the world. The original castle was built in the 11th century after the Norman invasion of England by William the Conqueror. Guided tours take visitors around the grounds of the castle which are divided into upper, middle and lower wards although some parts are off limits to visitors. During the WWII bombings Londoners took cover in the Underground railway tunnels but the royal household used Windsor Castle as a refuge.
Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire
Blenheim Palace is a monumental country house in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England. This world heritage site with over 300 years of history is home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and his family. It’s also the only non-royal, non-episcopal country house in England to hold the title of palace.
Westminster Abbey was previously called the Collegiate Church of Saint Peter and is a large, mainly Gothic abbey church in the City of Westminster, London. Initially built by Henry III in 1245, it is one of the most important Gothic buildings in England. Under the decree of the King of England, Westminster Abbey was designed to be not only a great monastery and place of worship, but also a place for the coronation and burial of monarchs. If on your own, the outside line can take about 45 minutes to enter and then plan about an hour to tour the Abbey.
The British Museum
This free museum is open 7 days a week and it’s a great place to visit on a rainy day! The British Museum is in the Bloomsbury area of London and is a public institution dedicated to human history, art and culture. Its permanent collection of some eight million works were mainly sourced during the era of the British Empire and is among the largest and most comprehensive in the world.
South of England
The South of England has an old-fashioned charm and is home to rolling hills, quirky fishing towns in Cornwall where you can sip a cream tea and munch on a Cornish pasty. The busy port cities of Portsmouth and Southampton are worth a day trip at least. Plus the Isle of Wight offers stunning natural landscapes. For unspoiled villages, cathedral cities, and ancient monuments you definitely want to spend a week exploring ‘the south’.
Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum
Come out of Baker Street tube station and look to your left, there is always a long line of people waiting to enter Madame Tussaud’s. Marie Tussaud, a famous wax sculptress, opened a museum in 1884, which is now known across the world as Madame Tussaud’s which can be found in various cities around the world. The museum is famous for its life-like figures of well-known people such as the Royal family, sports stars, film stars and even some notorious criminals too. The chamber of horror is another section in the basement where historical characters from the French revolution are featured.
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There is so much more to see and experience in this amazing country. Plan ahead so that you can take your time exploring and be prepared to be flexible because sometimes travelers you meet along the way will have the best suggestions for undiscovered gems and awesome things to do in the United Kingdom.
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