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See & Do in the UK

The UK packs plenty as a travel destination with so much to see and do. The country is overwhelmingly popular with both international and local tourists. Therefore, it is not surprising that the UK is one of the most visited countries in the world, receiving more than 35 million international visitors each year. Furthermore, every year over 50 million Brits make a trip or holiday to various destinations across the UK.

The country offers international and domestic visitors its rich history, cultural diversity, vibrant cities, enchanting seaside towns, charming villages and natural sceneries. The UK also offers entertainment that includes world-class theatre productions and music performances by famous artists and groups. The cities are a shopping paradise offering from bargains to international brands. The UK is culturally diverse and you’ll not only find regional cuisines but also foods from around the world.

Harrods department store in London by Another Believer

City Destinations

London is the largest city in the UK and the country’s focal point as a travel destination. It is a vibrant and engaging city offering visitors plenty including famous landmarks, history, culture, entertainment, shopping, nightlife and food. Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and a city rich in history and a major historical landmark here is the medieval Edinburgh Castle. Cardiff is the capital of Wales and the city’s attractions centre along Cardiff Bay featuring wetlands, beaches, boat trips, water sports, entertainment and food. Belfast is the capital and largest city in Northern Ireland and a thriving city with a Victorian and Edwardian heritage.

Buckingham Palace in London by David Iliff

Seaside Resorts

Brighton & Hove (often referred as Brighton) is the largest seaside resort along the southern coast of England. It is famous for its pebble beach and popular attractions include the stunning Royal Pavilion with its domes and minarets and ever-popular amusement park at Brighton Pier. Blackpool is a seaside resort in northwest England and its main attractions are the entertainment and amusement facilities at Pleasure Beach, North Pier, Central Pier and South Pier. Llandudno is a Victorian-era seaside resort on the northern coast of Wales and set aside from other resorts with its old world charm.

South Pier in Blackpool by Rept0n1x

Historical Attractions

The UK has a long and rich history that goes back centuries from prehistoric times, to Roman rule, the medieval period, Victorian era and into the 20th century. Their legacies on the UK landscape include imposing monuments, castles, fortresses, cathedrals and palaces. Major historical attractions include the stone circles of the prehistoric Stonehenge, 11th century Tower of London, 12th century Edinburgh Castle, 18th century Royal Pavilion and the 19th century Palace of Westminster also known as the Houses of Parliament and the centre of British democracy and politics.

Edinburgh Castle by Ad Meskens

Museums & Galleries

The UK’s museums and art galleries are an archive of treasures not only from the UK but also from around the world. The categories include history, natural history, military, transport, science, art masterpieces and modern art to name a few. London is the epicentre with an overwhelming number of museums and art galleries that include the world famous British Museum, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Tate Modern and the National Gallery. Beyond London are the National Museum of Scotland and Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh, National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth and Merseyside Maritime Museum in Liverpool.

Science Museum by Redjar

Nature Parks

There are nature parks spread across the UK including 15 National Parks and even more Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (National Scenic Areas in Scotland). The nature parks feature a diversity of sceneries including woodlands, meadows, wetlands, mountains, lakes, rivers and valleys. The parks are also rich in wildlife living in a diversity of habitats including various species of insects, mammals, amphibian and reptiles. Most visitors come to enjoy the breathtaking sceneries but the nature parks also offer plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. Popular activities include camping, hiking, cycling, boating, fishing and swimming.

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in Wales by Manfred Heyde

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