The United Kingdom is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, with an estimated 14.7 million tourists visiting in 2018 alone. With a rich culture and vibrant history - there are many reasons to visit the UK.
Here are six 'must-see' places in the UK to tick off your bucket list now!
A trip to the UK would be incomplete without visiting London. Home to Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and the infamous Tower of London, there is plenty of history to soak up whilst exploring the city. However, London is much more than its history - stroll along the Thames, explore Hyde Park, take in the wonder of a West End show - the possibilities are endless. Some of the most visited places in the UK are located in London; including the British Museum, the National Gallery and the Tate Modern.
Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh is known for its beautiful architecture and vibrant history, making it another popular destination with tourists – and one of the main reasons why 3.2 million of them came to Scotland in 2017. Take some time to explore the city, head down the famous Royal Mile or venture inside the famous castle gates. If you are visiting in the summer months, Edinburgh is home to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival - the world's largest arts festival, with a wide range of theatre and performance art on show.
After exploring the bustling cities, it is important to find some time to explore some of the UK's natural beauty. Home to the Snowdonia mountain range, Snowdonia National Park is a picturesque paradise. Whilst visiting the area, it is important to take some time to relax - hike, cycle or simply wander around the lush Welsh landscape. You'll need your camera!
The westernmost county in the UK, Cornwall is home to some of the UK's most stunning beaches - white sands, blue seas and (mostly) sunny skies can all be found in Cornwall. Whilst in Cornwall, it is vital that you also get your hands on a famous cornish pasty and delicious Cornish ice cream.
5) Scottish Highlands
Home to the highest mountain in the UK, Ben Nevis, the Scottish Highlands are scarcely populated but extremely beautiful. Whilst visiting the Highlands, pay a visit to the Eilean Donan Castle and Loch Ness (and be sure to keep an eye out for the infamous Loch Ness Monster). Aberdeen is the biggest city in this part of Scotland, and the third most populous in the country as a whole (after Edinburgh and Glasgow). Aberdeen makes an ideal base to explore the highlands from, but it’s also an attraction in its own right – and well worth a visit for its beautiful architecture alone.
York is understandably one of the most popular destinations in the north of England and is a hub of both culture and history. The best way to get a feel for the city is by walking across the ancient city wall - a 5-mile stretch that circles around the medieval city centre. York Minster is also a must-visit location – a huge, beautiful cathedral that dates back to the 3rd century.
In short, there are always new places to explore in the UK. Whether you are searching for history, adventure or simply the best fish and chips - there is something for everyone here. London is obviously the highlight for many tourists but, as you can see, the UK is so much more than just its capital.