The UK might be small, but there are lots of things to do, and, let’s be honest, sometimes you just don’t have the time (or money) to embark on a round-the-world trip. Often, a trip to Britain can be just as phenomenal, with its beautiful countryside, breathtaking beaches and food that’s better than you might think. We’ve gathered the top destinations in the UK, from the bustling cities to the small villages off the beaten track.
It may be a tourist spot, but sometimes it’s fun to play the tourist. One of the best ways to discover London is from the Thames, on one of the cruise ships that allow us to get on and off as we please. They cost about £10 and (as the name suggests) you can get on and off as many times as you like. The cruise starts at Westminster Pier and goes all the way to Greenwich, where adrenaline junkies can climb to the top of the O2 Arena and then take one of the Emirates Air Line gondolas for a magnificent view of the city from the air. If you are prone to vertigo, be careful though: there can be a lot of wind, which could influence your mood! Once you’ve completed the sightseeing tour, head for the trendy Shoreditch district – a hipster hangout and the perfect setting for some great Instagram photos. This is a more trendy part of London, as you can’t turn a corner and come across a new piece of street art (there are even tours specializing in this area). There are also some great places to have a brunch! If you like cereal, consider a trip to the Cereal Killer Café, which offers cereal at any time of the day. And for a lively brunch, try the Bounce, where you can play ping-pong while having a drink. One of the most exciting things to do for sports lovers is to go see a Premier League match in one of the many stadiums that you can find in the Greater London area.
Edinburgh is a city just waiting to be explored. From the vaults and wynds (narrow lanes) that screen the old city to the newer areas of Stockbridge and Cramond, Edinburgh is full of weird and tempting places that take us on a walk each time a little further, until we reveal sudden and unexpected panoramas, such as sunny green hills, reddish rocks, or a glimpse of the blue of the sea in the distance. Edinburgh is famous for its many festivals, summer and winter (with the Fringe in August, the world’s largest arts festival, and the Hogmanay at New Year’s Eve). But with its elegant shops, gastronomy, underground city and medieval castles, Scotland’s capital is a pleasure to visit at any time of the year.
The criteria for a good destination are: beautiful culinary discoveries, full of things to see, and, a slightly hipster atmosphere. Bristol is a city that I fall in love with more and more every day. No matter when you visit it, there’s always something to do, from the historic SS Great Britain to the aquarium, to incredible street art (including some by Banksy), everywhere you look. Go in the summer, and you’re sure to find a festival, such as Harbour Fest, which offers non-stop activities, or the incredible International Balloon Fiesta, where hundreds of hot air balloons take to the skies. Lunch at St Nick’s, an indoor market with lots of food stalls, and end the day with a slice of pizza and cider at The Stable. For something a little out of the ordinary, go for tapas and a glass of wine while enjoying the harbour view at the Olive Shed then enjoy one of the many casinos in this ocean-side city. Before playing for real, you can have fun and practice on online casinos, as it gives you free bonuses and helps you with many advices like how to play roulette or blackjack for example, so you can impress your friends in front of the dealer!
The city of Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, is located on the island of Ireland and has a population of approximately 340,000 inhabitants. It is a rather small city but it offers all the services you might need. In addition, the whole region of Northern Ireland has become even better known thanks to Game of Thrones. Belfast has plenty of entertainment and nightlife in the clubs and pubs. The so-called beer gardens are very popular as well. You can visit the botanical gardens or the many architectural wonders of this blooming city. Of course it’s hard to separate the place from its war-torn past but this isn’t always a necessarily bad thing. There are numerous museums where you can learn about local history and the many street-art murals are a creative witness of this past.
When you think of Liverpool, do you think of the famous local quartet, the Beatles? This UNESCO World Heritage-listed maritime city has so much more to offer, and is a must-see if you choose to visit Britain. If you like architecture, this northern port city has the most listed monuments and the largest cathedral in Britain. A three-hour walking tour starts every day at 11am in front of the statue of Prince Albert. It tries to explain the origins of the “Scouse” accent, which is the Northern-English tongue fall. Young people love Liverpool because the city has everything to spend the wildest evenings, especially if you like pop music. Get to Heebie Jeebie’s to have endless fun. The Hatters Hostel is great, as is Tavernco, which offers the best full English breakfast to cure your hangover.
If you’re looking for a holiday without going halfway around the world, with stunning scenery, incredible seafood and tons of outdoor activities, South Dorset is the place to be. One of its highlights is the famous Jurassic Coast, which stretches from East Devon to the incredible Old Harry Rocks, near Swanage in Dorset. The cliffs were formed more than 250 million years ago during the Triassic period. But in addition to the fossils and the geology, there are some very beautiful landscapes and beautiful walks to do. Don’t miss Durdle Door, a stone arch over the sea on one of Dorset’s most beautiful beaches. A kayak trip is a great way to enjoy the scenery. Visit Corfe Castle, a ruined hilltop castle that was the inspiration for Kernach Castle in Enid Blyton’s Club of Five novels.