The United Kingdom (UK) is made up of Great Britain which includes England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and a variety of smaller islands. The UK is renowned for the Queen of England and the monarchy drives tourists in their millions to the UK every year.
The UK is north-west of the main body of Europe and is surrounded by the North Sea, the English Channel and the Atlantic Ocean. The weather is a lot colder than some of its European counterpart countries and rain falls throughout the year with cooler temperatures.
London is the capital city of the UK and the city is famous for being one of the largest finance hubs in the world.
What to do/see in the United Kingdom
The United Kingdom is a vast place to cover in one trip with most people starting their holiday in London. With the usual places like Big Ben, The Tower of London and The Houses of Parliament often being the most popular places to visit, why not try some of the more unusual things to do there instead. For example take a walk through Highgate Cemetery which has an eerie history, or go to the Black Museum which is home to a collection of macabre items.
Harry Potter fans should check out Kings Cross Station where you can see Platform 9 3/4.
Head north and go to Scotland where you can find a myriad of Celtic myths and legends. For example, The Fairy Pools in Carbost is made up of several waterfalls and stunning clear waters. It is a step into the countryside and makes for a smashing walk.
For another watery experience you should go to see the Maunsell Army Sea Forts, which are based on Kent’s shores. The forts have a steam-punk edge to them and are reminders of the situation the country was in throughout WW2.
One not to miss for those music lovers is a visit to Liverpool; home of The Beatles. Albert Dock, Penny Lane, Strawberry Field and The Cavern Club are places to see on one of the Magical Mystery Tours which commences at the Albert Docks.
Where to stay in the United Kingdom
In the UK there are many areas for you to explore so you will be tired a lot of the time. Rest is therefore essential and where better to do this than your own romantic treehouse in Devon. Or you could have a farm stay in Devon with stunning area of the English countryside. The Nest Treehouse, with its spiral staircases and ease of access to public transport, is highly worth considering.
If nature isn’t your thing then how about a castle experience instead? Hadlow Tower in Kent is a gothic fairy tale country house hotel with grand ceilings and a wood burning stove. You are not far from public transport and an easy drive from London if you have hired a car. It is one of those worldwide rentals which takes your breath away.
Endeus also has a variety of vacation rentals to offer as an alternative to the more affluent locations above.
- When people come to the UK they tend to just visit London. Please don’t do this as the UK has some beautiful countryside and other larger cities, like Bath and Bristol, which have equal charm. Hire a car or get a train to another part of the UK.
- Train services in the UK are however expensive, so please be sure to check out other alternatives like National Express coach services or rent a car. If you opt to rent a car please remember to drive on the LEFT side of the road.
- In the UK you can get a “Taste of the UK” card which is vital to keep those food costs down. You can often use this to get 2 for 1 deals or 50% off at some restaurants so please keep this in mind when dining out. In public bathrooms and often older private bathrooms, you will find two taps to use, check for a coloured spot on the tap to find out which is hot and which is cold.
- The people in the UK have traditionally been told not to talk about certain topics and mostly they stick to this rule. Avoid talking about politics, fox hunting, religion and most of all your income as the locals don’t want to know your earnings.
London is a vibrant, multicultural city with a fantastic transport system to help you get around. For the cultural enthusiast there are a multitude of attractions such as Big Ben and The Tower of London alongside more quirky areas like Brick Lane and Camden Town where you can see both vintage and alternative lifestyles. There are many interactive museums and art galleries and you can take a walk in one of the many city parks or walk down the beautiful river Thames. In the evening there are restaurants galore, many nightclub options and top theatre shows on offer. This is a city not to be missed.
Over a million people visit the capital of Scotland every year to visit historical castles and churches and explore the 18th century Georgian New Town. Edinburgh city has a macabre past where the haunted vaults and city walls paint a history of bloodshed and gory crimes. Meet at Mercat Cross to take a walking tour of the cities bloodiest streets and be spooked learning about its ghostly past. To recover take a trip to Deep Sea World to stroke a seal or/and go ceilidh dancing in the stunning auditorium of Ghillie Dhu. Note: Festivals like Fringe showcases the performing arts and puts Edinburgh on the map.
Bath lives up to its name and you can plunge into a historic tour of the Roman Baths dating back over 2,000 years in history. After a day visiting the mysterious Stonehenge circle or Windsor Castle you can unwind and bathe in the naturally heated spring water at Thermae Bath Spa. Once revived and rejuvenated, head out into the city and invest some time in musical traditions held at Bath Abbey by watching an organ recital or try the Bizarre Bath comedy walk for 90 minutes of cracking comedy. Annually Bath comes to life via its Literature Festival which brings magic to those lucky to be in the audience.