Over 8.3 million tourists visited the United Kingdom in the first quarter of 2017, and the number further increased as we crossed the halfway point of the year. Travellers worldwide love this Western European island nation that comprises England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s the magic of dramatic landscapes, eccentric people, and rich culture that makes it one of the world’s most alluring travel destinations.
Are you ready with your battered suitcase to see the UK, fill your eyes with wonder and collect new travel tales? Let’s go!
Places that you must see
A great way to spend your afternoons is by visiting England’s iconic structures that are reminders of the glorious past. Tick off the London landmark Big Ben, neoclassical Buckingham Palace, the rare prehistoric monument Stonehenge and medieval castle Tower of London from your travel bucket list. If you love the idea of walking among the trees, the Lake District National Park in North West England and Hyde Park in Central London will soothe your soul. One of the unique travel experiences in England is discovering over 230 ancient monuments on the Isles of Scilly.
Feel like royalty while holidaying in Wales as it is home to many castles like Conwy, Cardiff, and Caernarfon. Active travellers and adventure seekers must visit the Snowdonia National Park where you can walk, trek, cycle and set up a camp to eat & relax. If you wish to learn about the Welsh culture, then you could spend a few hours at the St Fagans National Museum of History and National Museum Cardiff.
Sign up for a guided Edinburgh tour that would introduce you to the top attractions of the capital city, when you are pressed for time. However, if you love slow travel then visit the Edinburgh Castle, National Museum of Scotland and Scott Monument at your own pace. If you love trying out new things, then Camera Obscura and the World of Illusions near Edinburgh Castle is a fun place to visit with friends. Another great experience is wine-tasting at the Scotch Whisky Experience where you can learn about the distilling of Scotch whisky along with a barrel ride.
Getting Around the UK by Train
UK’s large and efficient railway network is the perfect mode of travel to explore the country. Train passes in UK make it far more convenient, comfortable and economical than other forms of transport, as far as discovering the hidden nooks and crannies are concerned. To save money, time and effort, buy rail passes before your trip. Be it individual country train passes, UK unlimited travel passes, specific city/region passes or BritRail Europe pass, International Rail offers a wide range of passes at nominal prices to fulfil every explorer’s travel needs.