Whether you live in the UK and want to explore the best places or you are visiting and looking for ideas, then this is the list for you. We have put together the ten best places to visit in the UK so that you can choose the ones that you think you would like to visit. Given the size of the UK, you can pretty much visit all of the list below within a matter of hours, regardless of your location. You can also use public transport to reach each of them and there are some great savings to be had if you know where to look.
If you want lots of entertainment and shopping then London is the place to visit. There are so many places to see such as the museums and art galleries as well as some magnificent buildings to admire. There is a lot to do with regards to entertainment as well with theatres and cinemas and many festivals taking place as well. If you want to stay continuously entertained then this is the place for you.
The Lake District has arguably some of the loveliest landscapes in Britain. It is the second biggest national park in England which was formed by glacial erosion. As well as the lakes, there are woods, valley and fells and so if you enjoy the outdoors it will really suit you. There are lots of cycle paths and hiking trails to enjoy. Be prepared for all weathers though, it can be very changeable!
On the south-west edge of Wales you will find Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. It has beautiful beaches and small towns which attract many visitors each year. With miles of sandy beaches, high cliffs, pretty woods and inland hills it has everything you could wish for. There is even a cathedral and castles as well as many other interesting buildings in the many towns along the coast.
Devin is possibly best known for its clotted cream and cream teas but the area has a lot more to offer. There are many beautiful coastlines to explore with cliff paths to walk along and lovely long beaches for family fun. However, there are great towns inland as well so you will never run out of things to do. There are many great places to eat and drink and being used to visitors lots of lovely hotels to stay in as well.
The Giant’s Causeway
On the Antrim Coast this World Heritage Site is the top tourist attraction in Northern Ireland. The famous columns are a stunning site and you can climb the Shepherds Steps and get a fantastic view of the coastline from the cliff top trail. The visitors centre will give you information about the history of the area too.
Land’s End & Cornwall
Many people visit Cornwall because it is one of the warmest places in the country but also has a fantastic history and is beautiful. The interesting Land’s End is the very corner of the country and the surrounding beaches provide family fun but are also beautiful. Being slightly isolated it retains a quaint charm but the golden sand attracts many visitors. It attracts all sorts of people from surfers to artists so you will easily be able to fit in.
The Cotswolds has something to please everyone. The sleepy traditional villages are often what draws tourists, but the beautiful countryside with its hills is what gives the area its name. There are also many big towns and some cities within the area too, so you can shop, visit museums, stately homes, see a lot of countryside and admire little villages as well. It is popular so will be crowded in the summer but there are plenty of cosy pubs with open fires if you visit in cooler weather and it will be quieter too.
Yorkshire is loved by many because it has such lovely countryside as well as interesting towns to visit. There are old cities which reflect the heritage of the area and have plenty to see and do, such as York with its impressive stone cathedral; York Minster. Then there is the countryside with its moors which have fantastic views and opportunities for walking. The area is also really well known for its food and drink so if you enjoy both, then it could be a great place to visit.
The capital of Scotland has a fantastic history which can be seen everywhere from the castle up on the hill to the ancient cobbled streets. The city has many old and interesting buildings as even the ‘new town’ was built in the 18th century. As it is a city it not only has history and charm but plenty of entertainment and shopping as well.
This mystical site is famous across the world due to its magnificent display of stones. It is still a mystery how the stones managed to be brought all the way from Wales and the Marlborough Downs to build it and seeing it close up allows you to admire the feat even more. You can also learn a lot more about the history of the site and the archaeological finds that have been discovered there from the Neolithic and Bronze Ages.