The land of castles, afternoon tea, and rolling hills of green has all these things and so much more. With one of the world’s leading cities, a jagged and intricate coastline, brilliant mountain ranges and a stunning lake district, what’s not to love about this royal destination?
As you likely already know, London is the centre of the UK in terms of both finance and culture. It is a fabulously involving city with some exquisite hotels, excellent world-class restaurants and a plethora of sights, whether seeing historic buildings from the Thames or wandering through the treelined streets of Knightsbridge to find Harrods. A week here and you've still barely scratched the surface of what there is to see and do. But there's plenty more to the country, and where you go all depends on your own interests. Wander among the Cotswolds for a vision of rural country life, or head to the historic spa town of Bath, hitting Stonehenge or the old capital of Winchester along your way. Along the south coast toward Devon and Cornwall you'll find Britain's wild west, where you can surf from the sandy beaches or stay in a quaint beachside cottage.
Further north the Pennines are yours to climb and the Lake District yours to yacht. In Scotland, both Glasgow and Edinburgh will argue for your visit, while above is an awesome world of mountains and wilderness, in the Cairngorms and towering Ben Nevis. Wales will entice you with the beautiful Brecon, the sheer cliffs of Pembrokeshire, and some of the finest walks in the land. There's plenty more besides, whether visiting the grand cities of Oxford and Cambridge, or heading to Windsor Castle and the White Cliffs of Dover. You can't do it all at once, but we can help you make the most of these storied isles.
- Direct flights into London are plentiful from almost every major city.
- If you’re just visiting for a weekend we suggest sticking to London. For any of the other regions, a week to 10 days is a great amount of time.
- This is a good trip for families, walkers, and history buffs. London in particular also has a great scene for night owls.
- No visas are necessary for North Americans or Europeans.
As long as you avoid January and February, the cities are great throughout the rest of the year. If you’re visiting the countryside it’s best to stick to the warmer months between May and October.
London has everything you could possibly want, with price tags to match. Hotels in the UK’s cities run the gamut from boutique hotels on up to all the major chains. In the countryside you have plenty to choose from as well; pubs, lodges, stately homes, B&Bs, even castles if you’re feeling like a royal for the evening. Service in general is quite good, but as in most highly developed destinations, you’ll usually get what you pay for.
Walking Tour of London—Uncover the layers of history in the medieval town of old, see the Roman ruins and the gleaming new architecture of the city standing side-by-side, and learn about the different influences that have shaped the city over the decades.
Go Punting in Oxford—Punting sets the perfect pace to peer at the pleasures of Oxford. Take a picnic basket along or stop at one of the riverside pubs for a pint. A few lazy hours on the river will relax you as you drift by meadows and historic buildings.
Take Afternoon Tea—A British institution, afternoon tea is a must. Whether at the Ritz in London or a tea-room in Brighton, it is a delight to be savoured and breaks up the afternoon perfectly.
Visit Edinburgh Castle—An epic feat of architecture that glowers over the city, the castle is an intricate complex inside and provides unbeatable views over the rest of the city.
Explore Snowdonia in Wales—Hike in beautiful surroundings or ride the river rapids. This verdant expanse is worth getting lost in, as you climb the mountains to admire the dramatic setting before heading to a lovely local bed & breakfast.
What They Say
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— Vicki D.