Best things to do in United Kingdom
Find out more about those top places in United Kingdom
Standing as one of the mega cities in the world is London, the capital of England and the United Kingdom. Cherished and adored by all, the city has forever been one of the favorite destinations of travelers from around the World for a variety of reasons.
Among its numerous attractions are several iconic structures, such as the Buckingham Palace, London Eye and St. Peters Cathedral.
Representing past and present England, the Buckingham Palace is usually the starting point of tourists exploring the country. Originally known as Buckingham House, it was built in 1703 for the Duke of Buckingham and has become the official residence of the monarchs of the United Kingdom since 1837. Its 19 states rooms are accessible to the public from mid-July to September, when the Queen is on holiday. The tour of the Palace includes seeing the throne room and meeting rooms - asides the interior of the palace, you can move around its gardens. Another thing to look at for is the changing of guard which happens a few times every day.
Hyde Park is London’s most famous and largest park, established in 1536 by Henry VIII who used it as a hunting ground. As time passed it became one of the city’s most significant places becoming the location for demonstrations, debates, exhibitions, concerts and sports – also known for being the location for the 1851 Great Exhibition. Spreading over 350 acres the park is surrounded by the Serpentine and the Long Water lakes, and remains one of the best places to take a break the fast life of the city.
Established in 2000, Tate Modern is one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary art in the world. Visited by over 5 million people in 2018, it is one of London’s most visited locations, it features the best artworks you can find in the United Kingdom. Located in Bankside, London its exhibitions are divided into various sections with different themes, some rooms at the Tate Modern are accessible with no charge.
Considered one of Europe’s oldest Cathedral, the St. Paul’s Cathedral is situated on Ludgate Hill which is the highest point of the city. The original church dates back to AD 604, but the present one was built late 17th century with the designs of notable architect Sir Christopher Wren. With an English Baroque style, it was once the tallest building in London and has hosted several notable events such as the funerals of famous names, jubilee celebrations for Queen Victoria and Peace services marking the end of World Wars.
During your visit to the city, you would come to realize that there a quite a number of museums to see, however The Museum of London is the regarded as one of the best due to the fact that it offers much diversity when it comes to its exhibitions. Established primarily to document the history of London from prehistoric to modern times it is considered the largest urban history museum in the world and holds up to six million objects. Its exhibitions include archaeological findings, jewelry and fashion, war artifacts, medias and much more.
The 346 km river is the second longest river in the United Kingdom and the longest in England, flowing from Oxford to Greater London. The river has played a crucial part in the history of London having been a source of a fresh water source and a strategic site for the nation past wars. A great way for visitors to enjoy the beauty of the River Thames is to go on a boat cruise. The cruise offers tourists the opportunity to see the city in a different way while passing through some of its major attractions such as the Tower Bridge and the London Eye.
The Tower of London is a 900-year-old castle and fortress in central London that is notable for housing the crown jewels and for holding many famous and infamous prisoners.
Throughout its history, the tower has served many purposes: it housed the royal mint (until the early 19th century), a menagerie (which left in 1835), a records office, an armory and barracks for troops. Until the 17th century, it was also used as a royal residence.
Perfect for those with a penchant for Harry Potter, this Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London provides a unique opportunity to explore the magic of the Harry Potter films – the most successful movie series of all time.
Venture behind the scenes to discover a huge array of fantastic sets, costumes, and props. Learn some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and animatronics that made the Harry Potter films so hugely popular around the world.
Located on the South Bank of the River Thames is the London Eye, an observation wheel which is one of London’s most visited tourist destinations. Standing at an incredible 135 meters, it is supported by an A-frame on only one side and it was once the World tallest Ferris Wheel. Designed by David Marks and Julia Barfield, its main attraction of the London Eye is its observation Tower at 804 ft (245.06 m) high on its 72nd floor, it is the highest public viewing point in the city.
Known as the O2 Brixton Academy, it is the entertainment center of London. Originally established as a cinema and theater called “The Astoria”, it was remodeled in 1981 to become one of the leading venues for some of the biggest entertainment nights in the city. If you are looking for somewhere to enjoy live music this is the place.
Exuding coolness and eccentricity in equal measure, Brighton is like no other city in the United Kingdom. The largest city on England’s southern coast, Brighton developed as an upscale Georgian holiday resort but by the 1960s had become a hotbed for all things countercultural, a status the city takes pride in today. Brighton’s main attraction is its spectacular promenade, which is flanked by the oriental Royal Pavilion and the neon wonderland that is Brighton Pier. Beyond the shorefront the city becomes a maze of alleyways, known locally as The Lanes, packed with everything from traditional English pubs to burlesque houses and cutting-edge art galleries. While the British summer is famously temperamental, the eclectic seaside resort of Brighton is perfect regardless the weather.
The Royal Pavilion has been many things over its very history rich 200 years of existence. It was originality commissioned by King George IV to serve as his seaside pleasure palace before it was later repurposed to serve as a civic center. During the first World War, the Pavilion was again converted into a hospital.
The pavilion finally gained its magnificence after a brilliant transformation was made by John Nash in 1811 as commissioned by George, the Prince of Wales after he became the Prince Regent.
Over the course of its history, the Royal Pavilion has grown to become an icon for the people of Brighton.
If you’re tired of looking at old buildings and need to see something fresh for a change, the British Airways i360 is your best bet. Experience a one of a kind journey to the future, ride all the way up 138 meters! Then settle in the lush foyer to soak up the magnificent view of the South coast and Brighton from the airways i360 glass viewing pod.
Another great place to kick start your tour of Brighton is to visit the Lanes. The Lanes are famous for its collection of really narrow lanes lined with small shops and even breaking away to form even narrower alleyways. The narrow lanes of The Lanes run all the way from Brighton to Hove. A little window shopping or a romantic evening walk on The Lanes is the best way to start your tour of Brighton.
The South Downs national park is the newest national park in England. It became fully operational on the First of April 2011. Its main attraction is the Seven Sisters. The seven sisters are a series of chalk cliffs by the English Channel across the Cuckmere river. Other attractions on the national park are the devils' dyke, the Coastguard cottages and cape of Beachy head.
In Brighton and looking for the perfect mix of luxury and the sea breeze? Brighton Marina is the place to be. Situated on a busy yacht harbor, the Brighton Marina is the hub of luxury fashion boutiques, antique and craft shops, few galleries and restaurants with terraces overlooking the water, selling fresh sea food amongst other things. Getting to the Brighton Marina is easy, just hop on the Volk’s Electric Railway, as it shuttles between the marina and Brighton Pier. If you’re looking for something more exclusive, they’re a ton of Charter boats offering fishing tours and diving trips.
Dundee, Scotland’s often overlooked fourth largest city, has undergone something of a renaissance in recent years after decades of industrial decline. Nestled on the northern shores of the Firth of Tay, it enjoys one of the most spectacular settings of any city in the United Kingdom and now has a host of cultural attractions to match. The city’s main draw is undoubtedly the recently opened futuristic Scottish outpost of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, which dominates the city’s buzzing waterfront district. While the city’s stunning riverside transformation has stolen headlines, no visit to Dundee is complete without exploring its medieval center, bohemian West End and picturesque Victorian seaside district of Broughty Ferry.
The best way to start your tour of Dundee is to visit the RRS Discovery!
Built for Antarctic research, the RRS Discovery is more than 100 years old. It is a treasure trove of history and a glimpse into the past of the UK's ship building industry. It's Captain, Robert Falcon Scott took to the sea in his wooden three-masted behemoth, the last to be built in the United Kingdom withstanding the harsh winters of the Antarctic. After 3 years at Sea, the RRS discount returned to the UK to claim its rightful place leading British maritime history.
There is no shortage of wonderful places to see and spend time in the lovely city of Dundee. The McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum are one of them located right in the center of Dundee. Built as a Gothic Revival-style building, it houses a museum, The Tyler Goodjohn Appreciation Statue, and an art gallery with a collection of fine and decorative art as well as a natural history collection.
The V&A Dundee is a design museum; it was opened on 15th of September 2018. It is known as the museum of firsts as it is the first building designed by Kengo Kuma in the United Kingdom, it is the first design museum in Scotland, and the first Victoria and Albert museum outside London!
They are a number of castles dotted around Dundee but the grandest of them all is the Broughty Castle. The Broughty Castle is located in Broughty Ferry, Dundee, by the banks of the famous River Tay. Built as a full tower house castle it was finally completed around 1495. The historic castle is now used as a museum.
The River Tay is the most voluminous river in the United Kingdom and the home to the popular White rafting tour, the most popular tour in Scotland. If you’re in Dundee and looking for some marvel in the water, the White Water Rafting tour is the best bet for you.
Labeled by George Orwell ‘the belly and guts of the nation’, Manchester was the world’s first industrial city. However, while the factories have long since closed their doors, Manchester’s pivotal role in world history still defines the cityscape with Industrial Revolution-era buildings repurposed as hipster lofts, chic bars and world-class museums. Arguably, Manchester has had a bigger impact on the popular culture of the United Kingdom than London, as it was home to the world famous Factory Records, nurtured the Britpop craze of the 1990s and today houses two of the world’s best football teams, Manchester United and Manchester City. Like many former industrial cities in the United Kingdom, the city has undergone an unprecedented period of regeneration in the last twenty years making now the perfect time to visit.
Glory, Glory Man United! Old Trafford is the home to one of the most successful English football teams in the world, Manchester United. The Old Trafford has the largest stadium capacity in the whole United Kingdom with a capacity of 74,994. Tour the history rich grounds of the Manchester United football club, you just be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of your favorite stars.
The Manchester Museum is the pride of the city of Manchester. The museum displays a plethora of works of ranging from natural history to archaeology and anthropology with more than 5 million unique items from all over the world. With a whopping four floor of displays and fifteen exhibition galleries, the Manchester museum is the perfect place to geek out. Little tip, don’t freak out when you see its full size Tyrannosaurus Rex!
Get a chance to explore the different breath-taking set of the popular show Coronation Street, take a walk through Weatherfield on a trip down the nation’s most famous street to see how the magic is made being the scenes.
Lakeland as it is popularly known is a prime holiday destination for thrill seekers all over the world. Located on the mountainous region of North West England, it is famous for its lakes, forests and mountains, and its associations with Lake poets like William Wordsworth and a host of others notable people.
The whole of United Kingdom is dotted with beautiful rolling hills, lush landscapes and picturesque views. The city of Manchester is not left out of this. Visit the Yorkshire Dales from Manchester and experience nature first hand. A day spent touring the Yorkshire Dales and experiencing its stunning landscape is surely a day to remember.
Glasgow, Scotland’s largest metropolis, has often been considered Edinburgh’s ugly relation. Situated on the River Clyde, Glasgow was once known as the ‘Second City of the British Empire’ but for much of the 20th century the city seemed to be on a downward spiral of deindustrialization and dereliction. However, the controversial choice of Glasgow as the 1990 European Capital of Culture transformed the city into Scotland’s cultural capital and it has not looked back since. The city’s grand Victorian architecture has been restored and the long neglected riverside has been revitalized while the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the city’s most famous son, has attained worldwide cult status. Moreover, formerly industrial areas like Partick, Govanhill and Calton now effortlessly combine traditional Glaswegian hospitality with a cutting-edge art and food scenes.
After extensive renovations and refurbishing that lasted three years the Kelvingrove Art Gallery. The museum finally opened in 2006 and since then it has been one most popular destinations for both tourists and locals alike attracting people with its impressive architecture and warm atmosphere. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum boast of a stunning 22 galleries ranging from diverse arts, sculpture to animals and so much more.
Are you a lover of Football and you’re in Glasgow? Then Celtic Park or Paradise as it is fondly called by fans of the Celtic football club is the place to be! The stadium is situated in Parkhead, Glasgow and has the largest capacity of any football Stadium in the whole of Scotland with a capacity of 60,411. It is the fifth largest Stadium in the entire United Kingdom.
Loch Ness was made popular by the alleged sighting of the evasive and mysterious Loch Ness monster fondly referred to as Nessie. The urban myth, much like Bigfoot spread quickly making the loch ness a destination for a diverse range of people ranging from all round thrill seekers to conspiracy theorists. In actuality, the Loch ness is large, deep, freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands reaching for up to 37 km southwest of Inverness.
Loch Lomond has one of the most breath taking views of all the Lochs in Scotland. It is one of the largest and prettiest lochs; if not the prettiest in the whole of Scotland.
Discover nature here, enjoy a cruise and enjoy hikes on one or more of the 60 islands on Loch Lomond and its mountains.
Not big on outdoor activities? Not to worry we’ve got you covered. You can enjoy a lazy afternoon strolling the equally beautiful hill side of Luss, and stop for a quick bite one of the many cafes around.
The Glasgow Cathedral is considered a cornerstone of Glasgow’s history as it is the oldest building in the entire Glasgow. The Glasgow Cathedral is also known as or St. Kentigern's or the High Kirk of Glasgow or St. Mungo's Cathedral. After the Reformation the cathedral continues to exist in public ownership, and remains the oldest building in mainland Scotland.
The Culzean Castle is a great country house furnished with skillfully crafted furniture. It is an elegant piece of architecture created by Robert Adam. The Culzean was built in the late 18th century at a more peaceful time in Scotland’s tumultuous history. It is constructed on the edge of the rolling cliffs with its from facade facing the Firth of Clyde. The Culzean was constructed as a much less defensive castle enabling it to have high windows that let you experience breath-taking views of the surrounding landscape and gardens.
Big fan of that late night warm whiskey? Well what’s better than seeing how your favorite drink is made. Visit the brand-new whiskey distillery right in the heart of the beautiful city of Glasgow.
You have free rein to wander the grounds and witness a rich part the intertwined history Glasgow has with its budding whiskey industry. This rich history is even made more surreal with its whiskey and distillery tour featuring live footage and animation used to open a portal of splendor to you, bringing history to life. Watch the lively craftsmen with time-honed skills as they handcraft pure spirit using traditional methods.
For a long time Belfast was one of the United Kingdom’s no-go areas. Plagued by the sectarian violence that dominated Northern Ireland between the 1960s and the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, Belfast was in many ways a city under siege. However, in the two decades since 1998 the city has been transformed into one of the United Kingdom’s most exciting places. Notably, Belfast was where the infamous Titanic was built in 1911 and today the city’s former shipyards have been reborn as a vast museum dedicated to the ill-fated ocean liner. Despite the bombs that regularly ripped through Belfast’s city center, today it is one of the United Kingdom’s best-preserved ensembles of Victorian architecture. Moreover, the city’s old-fashioned and vibrant pubs provide plenty of opportunities to catch a live performance of traditional Irish folk music.
As a monument to the rich maritime heritage of Belfast the Titanic Belfast and opened in 2102 to celebrate this. The Titanic Belfast on the site of the former Harland & Wolff shipyard RMS Titanic was built. The tragedy of the Titanic was made even more popular by the 1997 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
Located in Donegall Square, the Belfast City hall remains a magnet of attraction to people of different ages. The building itself is owned and maintained by the Belfast city council. The hall acts as a divider, separating the commercial areas of the Belfast city center from its business zone.
What do we say to the God of Death? Not today!
Enjoy a tour of more than 15 locations where the famous HBO show was filmed, get an inside scoop on how the locations were used. Step into Winterfell as you enjoy a fun filled tour led by a knowledgeable guide and that’s not all, you get to meet the dogs that played the Dire wolves in the series.
Located on the northern coast of Northern Ireland in the county Antrim, the giant causeway is a magnificent work of nature with more than 40,000 basalt columns interlocking. Take a tour through its entire expanse and hear stories and legends about its existence. Learn why and how it was built and the volcanic history of Northern Ireland.
Visit a piece of history left 150-years ago from the Victorian era, HMP Belfast. HMP Belfast as it is also known is the only Victorian Era Prison that is left intact in the whole of Ireland, with its mouthful of a name now shortened to the Crum. Enjoy a deep dive into history as you explore the cells, execution chamber, and its graveyard as you learn about the prison’s history.
Enjoy a brief two-hour tour as you experience the work of multiple international street artists. The deeper you go into the west of Belfast; there you will find some of the more controversial political murals. Hear how the city of Belfast is working with locals to move towards peace through the launching of the Re-imaging project.