Tours, Activities, and Things to Do in the United Kingdom
The United Kingdom, made up of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, is an island nation in northwestern Europe. England - birthplace of Shakespeare and The Beatles - is home to the capital, London, a globally influential center of finance and culture. England is also site of Neolithic Stonehenge, Bath's Roman spa and centuries-old universities at Oxford and Cambridge. The United Kingdom does icons like nowhere else, and travel here is a fascinating mix of famous names and hidden gems.
From the graceful architecture of Canterbury Cathedral to the soaring ramparts of Edinburgh Castle, via the mountains of Wales, and the picture-postcard landscape of the Cotswolds, the United Kingdom's astounding variety is a major reason to visit. The cities tempt with top-class shops and restaurants, and some of the world's finest museums, while cutting-edge clubs and world-famous theatres provide endless nights to remember. Next day, you're deep in the countryside, high in the hills or enjoying a classic seaside resort. In the United Kingdom, there really is something for everyone, whether you're eight or 80, going solo, or travelling with your friends, your kids or your grandma.
A journey through the United Kingdom is a journey through history. But not dull and dusty history - this is history you can immerse yourself in. You can lay hands on the megaliths of a 5000-year-old stone circle, or patrol the battlements of a medieval fortress - just as they were patrolled by chain-mail-clad soldiers many centuries ago. Fast-forward to the future and you're admiring 21st-century architecture in Glasgow or exploring the space-age domes of Cornwall's Eden Project.
The United Kingdom is home to the oldest occupied castle in the world, it is home to one of the most famous bands in history, and it is home to several unique museums and natural landscapes, among other popular attractions. Here, you can go for a river cruise on the Thames and take in iconic sights such as Big Ben and the London tower bridge. Even better, hop off the cruise and head to the top of the tower bridge exhibit and look through glass floors at the river below. Take a ride on the famous London Eye, or explore London's old fortress for a glimpse of the impressive crown jewels. Take in a show or concert at the many theatres and music halls around.
Experience the luxury of a relaxing Roman Bath in the town of Bath, or explore one of the many museums in the United Kingdom, including the impressive Titanic Museum of Northern Ireland, or watch the famous changing of the guard ceremony in London. Follow the footsteps of Mary, Queen of Scots on a walking tour in Edinburgh, or go looking for the Loch Ness monster in the beautiful Scottish highlands. As an island nation, there's no shortage of coastline to admire and there are breathtaking views in almost every direction. Explore the awe-inspiring Giant's Causeway and Antrim Coast of Northern Ireland, or head to the white Cliffs of Dover and see a unique natural sight. You can also enjoy outdoor activities like bike tours, boating, walking tours, sports events, or just taking in the beautiful coast and countryside. You can even go on tours in both England and Scotland celebrating the world-famous wizard, Harry Potter. There really is no limit to the possibilities.
While the United Kingdom has a complex culture and obscure traditions, it feels familiar to many visitors - on the surface, at least - thanks to a vast catalogue of British film and TV exports. And for most visitors, the national language - English - is equally familiar, and one more reason why travel here is a breeze. Of course Wales and Scotland have their own languages, but everyone speaks English too - even if the local accents in places such as Devon, Snowdonia and Aberdeen can be a bit confusing at times.
Getting from place to place is pretty straightforward, so there isn't much need for concern when planning a trip here. Although the locals may grumble (in fact, it's a national pastime), public transport is pretty good and a train ride through the United Kingdom landscape can be a memorable experience in itself. Whichever way you get around in this compact country, you're never far from the next town, the next pub, the next national park or the next impressive castle on your hit-list of highlights. The choice is endless. Any trip here is bound to be full of excitement, intrigue, and fun, no matter which attractions and activities you choose!