I've spent a lot of time promoting Greece over the last few months. This guest post of the top 5 things to do when visiting the UK gives me a chance to think of my own country though. The UK may not be as big as some of its European rivals when it comes to size, but it certainly delivers when it comes to things to do. Whether you are an outdoorsman, a city lover or you prefer being by the sea, the UK has something for everybody.
Top 5 things to do when visiting the UK
Houses of Parliament
Known for being one of London’s most iconic buildings, the Houses of Parliament/ Palace of Westminster offers a unique blend of 1000 years of British history and modern day politics. There are plenty of tours available for around £12 that offer you a full insight into the history of the building and surrounding area. Pro tip – Try to catch a picture of a red bus passing by the Houses, or over by Big Ben!
Up in Northern England, Durham Cathedral is a Norman building built around 1093. It is often described as one of the greatest surviving medieval buildings in Europe. Set on a rocky headland next to Durham castle, the medieval cathedral is perched above the city with a river sweeping round. It is a world heritage site and over 600,000 people pass through its doors each year. Anyone visiting the UK and planning on heading North, should definitely add seeing the Cathedral to their schedule.
Night out in London
If you a planning on visiting the UK, your trip will not be complete without a night out experiencing some of the country’s best bars and clubs. Amongst the glitz and glamour of the famous London night life is Crockfords Casino, known for being the oldest private gaming club in the world. Whilst London can be expensive, it is a unique experience that is not to be missed.
One of the wonders of the world – Stonehenge is perhaps the best known prehistoric monument in Europe. The mystery of the enigmatic stone circles will certainly never be solved. When visiting the UK, you can have the chance to see this wonder for yourself. Stonehenge gives you the opportunity to explore an ancient landscape on foot and step inside Neolithic houses. Whilst there you will discover the different tools and objects used in everyday Neolithic life, whilst you also will come across an exhibit of a 5,500 year old man.
Depending on the time of year you plan on visiting the UK, Blackpool illuminations could well be worth a visit. The lights stretch for 10 kilometres across the city, and the switch on attracts around 20,000 people each year. Whilst Blackpool has a certain reputation as a destination for bawdy stag and hen parties, the illuminations certainly make up for it.