Sightseeing in the UK
Not sure where to start? This guide will give you an overview of worthwhile attractions in the UK
If you’re heading off on a sightseeing tour of the UK, there are plenty of sights you simply must include on your itinerary. Below are some of the most fascinating, so be sure to add them to your list. Still need to find a hotel in the UK? You can book UK accommodation in any UK city or town you plan to visit.
Top travel attractions in the UK
- 1) Buckingham Palace. If you’re visiting London, a trip to Buckingham Palace is an absolute must! No, you probably won’t spot any royals, but you will be able to watch the grand ceremony of the Changing of the Guard at 11.30am every day in summer, and every second day in winter. During August and September, the 19 State Rooms of the Palace are open to visitors, and you can view some of the Royals’ most valued treasures, including magnificent French and English furniture, and original works by Rubens, Rembrandt, Canaletto and Poussin.
- 2) Edinburgh Castle. Built upon what is thought to be an extinct volcano, Edinburgh Castle is an ancient, majestic fort in the heart of a modern Scottish city. The towering structure can be seen from almost anywhere in the city, and it attracts more than a million visitors each year. It’s a beloved national icon, and a recognised World Heritage Site.
- 3) Stratford-upon-Avon. The birthplace of Shakespeare, the most celebrated playwright who ever lived. Take the two-and-a-half hour trip from London to explore this famous Shakespeare attraction – from his place of birth to his burial site. Be sure to take in a show or two at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre while you’re there.
- 4) Stonehenge. The eerie monument remains one of the great mysteries of the modern world. Why was it constructed? And by whom? No one’s ever solved the riddle, but thousands flock to see it year after year. Having gained World Heritage Status, Stonehenge continues to be one of the UK’s most intriguing attractions.
- 5) Giant’s Causeway. An ancient volcanic eruption in County Antrim was responsible for the formation of Giant’s Causeway, a collection of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. This geological phenomenon is one of the region’s most fascinating attractions, and the only World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland.
- 6) Caernarfon Castle. After conquering Wales in the 13th century, King Edward I fortified Wales with castles, thus subduing the Welsh and enforcing England’s power over them. Caernarfon Castle is considered to be the most magnificent commissioned by King Edward. It was built to mirror Rome’s “dream castle”, Constantinople, and is widely considered to be the finest castle in Wales today.
- 7) York Minster. This Gothic cathedral is remarkable for two reasons: Its immense size, and its breathtaking design, which includes the world’s largest piece of medieval stained glass. Many Britons celebrate it as one of the wonders of their city, and as you gaze its sweeping façade, it’s not difficult to see why. Take in this architectural masterpiece as you explore its chambers, rooftop (275 steps up!) and its Undercroft, which contains ancient Roman, Norman and Viking remains, and the treasury jewels.
- 8) Loch Ness. Possibly the world’s most famous lake, this immense Scottish loch is believed to be the home of the Loch Ness monster, a creature whose existence is a mystery. Many swear to have spotted the legendary monster rising from the water, whilst others are convinced that it’s just a myth. What do you think? Does the Loch Ness monster really exist? Head to the lake to decide for yourself.
Find a hotel in the UK close to these top attractions
If you’re planning to visit any of these attractions, be sure to find UK hotels in the towns you’ll be visiting. It’s easy to find cheap hotels in London, hotels in York and accommodation in other parts of the UK, including hotels in Edinburgh – especially when you plan in advance.