Often referred to as Great Britain (GB) or simply Britain, this island country to the northwest of European mainland has been a marketable tourist destination for decades, thanks to its stupendous topographic settings as well as its rich cultural diversity and heritage going back millennia.
Consisting of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, this world-renowned superpower is fascinatingly only a bit bigger than the state of Minnesota. This is a plus for your vacation pleasures as you can easily explore the whole country from one coast to the next simply by train or a bus.
10. Loch Ness
Home to the mythical Loch Ness monster, the spectacular Loch Ness has been a popular UK tourist attraction for centuries. The picturesque scenery is a sight to behold. You get the chance to view the Urquhart Castle
from the 14th Century as well as the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre with its whole history recounted.
9. Cardiff: Welsh Capital
From the spectacular historic castles to the magnificent scenery, Cardiff in Wales is absolutely inspiring. Visit the Cardiff Castle, an immense historic masterpiece that has stood the test of time since the 11th century. Shop in the various Victorian shopping arcades including The Hayes and Cardiff bay. Also treat yourself to Welsh delicacies as you enjoy the galleries and theater experiences on the vibrant Mermaid Quay.
Standing just an hour’s train ride from London, this historic cathedral city listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site lies along the River Stour and has been a tourist attraction Centre for over 1500 years. The major attraction here is the centuries-old Canterbury Cathedral, home to the Archbishop of Canterbury and a manifestation of baroque architecture of the Britons of the early days. These alongside the Canterbury Tales and the outstanding Canterbury Roman Museum will entice any tourist to this small historic city.
7. Liverpool and Manchester
The two cities near the border with Wales are home to even more diverse cultural heritage. The highlights here include the Manchester Cathedral, the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester Art Gallery and Chinatown. Down at Liverpool, the Beatles Story in the Albert Docks area, Mersey-side Maritime Museum and Walker Art Gallery.
6. The University Towns of Cambridge and Oxford
No one can resist the chance to visit two of the world’s most famous universities, better still when the chance presents itself in one single hop-on hop-off bus ride — the monumental institutions are a paltry 128 kilometers apart.
5. Medieval York and its Minster
Also in northern England, the medieval York boasts one of the most marvelous Gothic cathedral designs, an architectural masterpiece, in all of the UK stretching way back to the 3rd century. Complemented with impressive interior artistry, this is definitely worth your viewing time.
4. The Cotswold and the Lake District
These could be described as the idyllic pasturelands of England and are a portrayal of anything English that is pleasant and peaceful. Located just next to the popular Bath and Bristol, these overwhelmingly photographed regions of the UK include Gloucestershire and Warwickshire counties.
3. Historic Windsor and Stonehenge
Enriched with Thames-side settings and cobblestone lane-ways, Windsor is home to Windsor Castle which has served as summertime home to the royal UK family for a millennium. Also head down to the planet’s oldest pilgrimage that has stood for over 4500 years – Stonehenge. This world heritage site was erected initially as a worship place but has since hosted tourists wishing to witness the display of Man’s ingenuity.
Scotland’s capital is one of the most attractive cities in the UK. Highlighted by Edinburgh Castle – a Gothic royal fortress rested above the old city – which has played host to numerous sight-seers since the 13th century, Edinburgh will sure to capture your essence with incomparably rich variety of picturesque attractions.
1. London – UK Ultimate destination
The English capital and the home to the Queen is easily the ultimate destination for anyone planning to visit the UK. Vibrant with life, the metropolis offers a rich variety of mystic sights that have stood the test of time. Starting from the Tower of London located next to the River Thames, you move down to the royal Buckingham palace – host to the UK Royal family since Queen Victoria – where you enjoy the pomp of the Changing of Guard. Westminster Abbey down the Whitehall road is another must see edifice. Your excursion is not complete if you don’t visit the wide range of museums handy in the capital.
Originally posted 2017-03-07 06:34:50.