Ibn Battuta, who is a world-renowned ancient traveller, was spot on when he said:
“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”
Travelling is inarguably one of those things in life that must not be ignored. It has a magic up its sleeves that is sure to sooth your soul and inspire your life in a positive way. It helps you become modest, thanks to the realization imparted by travelling that how little space you occupy in this vast world.
Nonetheless, when it comes to travelling, most of the people plan to go abroad and explore what is out there. However, they seem to ignore the fact that UK boasts no less than any of the international travel destinations. UK is abundantly generousin jaw-dropping sceneries andstunning places. The diverse nature oftourism destinations in UK ensures that your endeavour becomesa worthwhile experience.
Therefore, if you are UK resident and planning to go places, consider exploring your own country and trust us, you will not be disappointed. To help you decide whereto head for, we have compiled a list of UK’s most amazing destinations. So what are you waiting for? Get your backpack ready and let’s put the pedal to the mettle.
1. The bodacious Bath
The ancient city of Holy Roman Empire is like a lesson through the history. There are many well-preserved ancient architectures in the city. Apart from these historical streets and buildings, Bath is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in the UK.
It is heaven for literature enthusiasts too, owing to its connection the amazing writer Jane Austen. There are plenty of spas in Bath which offer you a refreshing massage service. In addition to that, do not miss The Royal Crescent, The Circusand The Alexandra Park at any cost.
2. The shining Shetland
Shetland is a place comprising of 15 scenic islands and meadows. It is not less than a blessing for people who are fond of river adventures and fishing. The days are filled with amazing sights but the nights are more enchanting.
You can witness the magical northern lights and Aurora Borealis which lit up the sky every night. Many people around the world visit Arctic Circle just to watch this wonder of nature, but British citizens are lucky that they can see the aurora dancing across the sky while staying in UK.
3. The youthful Yorkshire
Yorkshire is quite an obvious entry to the list. It is one of the most visited places in UK and over 40 million tourists visit this city every year. Yorkshire enjoys an enormous reputation in terms of food and restaurants.
Yorkshire Moors and Yorkshire dales will provide you with a bundle of fresh air to breathe in. There are many heritage-related sites to add to the pleasure for the touristsin Yorkshire.
4. The captivating Cairngorms National Park
For those travel lovers who want to explore the natural beautyof the Scottish Highlands, Cairngorms National Park is a gift. It is potentially UK’s largest National Park, perfectly suitable for hiking and biking activity.
Treading the twisty curvy trails of Cairngorms National Park, you will be able to see different animals and birds along the route. There are as many deer in the park as the number of tourists so you are sure to cross ways with many of them.
5. The wondrous Watergate Bay
Watergate Bay Is a lovely little beach spot that is surely going to give you goose-bumps. It is situated at the coast of Cornwall. If you and your friends love surfing, this spot is perfect for you. Lying with your companion and enjoying the sunset is the best thing you can do on this beach.
Another plus point is the hotels that provide delicious food and comfortable feeling. Watergate Bay is also famous for hosting events, championships and festivals such as parties and beach Polo.
6. The earnest Edinburgh
It is one of those Scottish citieswhich are capable of surprising you. This city has a history of thousands of years. Laden with castles and picturesque sceneries, it is a must visit for history and nature fanatics. If you really want to observe Scottish culture closely, add this city in your travel list.
Travel through the city and you will love the sight of Royal Mile and Holyrood Palace. Also do not miss out The Edinburgh Dungeon and National Museum of Scotland to make the visit worthwhile.
7. The cheerful Chinatown
Situated in Liverpool, Chinatown is the hub of all the Chinese residential and food activity. Liverpool is famous for its diverse multi-cultural population, and Chinese make a big part of it. There are about 10,000 Chinese citizens currently living in Liverpool.
You will fall in love with delicious Chinese food and culture once you roam through Chinatown. The friendly nature of Chinese people will add spice to your flavour. Other than restaurants, there are a number of shopping malls and community centres. The colourful murals and vibrant living style in Chinatown are bound tocaptivateyour eyes.
8. The laudable Little Venice
Why go to Italy to see how Venice looks when you can experience the same in London? It is located it central London but not as jam-packed as you would expect.
The water surroundings are quite serene, lined with a lot of restaurants and food points. The views are astonishingly refreshing which is a rare thing in a crowded city as London. Boating, fishing and picnicking, you get all in one package in this little Venice.
9. The charismatic Cotswolds
What more a tourist asks for other than golden-coloured towns and villages full of dynamism and lively galleries? You will feel like Cotswolds has touched your heart soon as you enter this amazing land.
Cotswolds is famous for colourful festivals and fascinating museums. Make sure you visit Cotswold Water Park, Cotswold Farm Park and Westonbirt Arboretum in order to live this city to the fullest.
Visit in the spring and you will be welcomed by dancing daffodils and naughty little lambs, or visit it in summer and the magical lights will surround you in a miraculous fashion.
10. The courteous Cambridge
Want an escape from reality into a fantasy? Well, Cambridge says Hi! Famous for the world-renowned University of Cambridge, the city has to offer much more than that. Fitzwilliam Museum, Food Park and River Cam are all awe-inspiring places you must not miss.
The city of Cambridge offers tasty meals and drinks in all the bars and restaurants. Also pay a visit to the iconic bakery & café known as Fitzbillies. They serve simple yet amazing food in very low prices.
11. The fanciful Forest
If your childhood was full of fantasies related to forests, well here is your chance to turn them into reality.The New Forest offers you a spell-binding adventure through its woods. The sights like horses grazing in the field, the birds singing in the trees and the sun setting across the meadows will make you fall in love with it.
Just a two hour drive from London will lead you directly to the New Forest. This national park is loaded with cycling and walking tracks. Wild animals is not a rare sight in this forest so do not be surprized if you encounter one.
12. The affectionate Alnwick
Alnwick is located in Northumberlandand is unquestionably one of those places which are certain to give you the feeling of extreme calmness. This place can literally relieve you from all the hustle and bustle of the city life. This countryside is comprised of peaceful villages and inspirational sights.
You can also feed your hunger devouring a variety of seafood available in the markets. The beaches in Alnwick are perfect place to sooth your tired body and mind. Seafood and long stretches of beaches are things not to miss. The Harry Potter fans can’t afford to miss Alnwick Castle, where many scenes of the series were filmed.
13. The lively Lake District
As the name suggests, Lake District holds Britain’s finest scenery, greenest landscapes and majestic views. Nature is on exhibition in this amazing place and you can find lakes, valleys andforests, all in one place.
Rent a bike, if you don’t have any, and ride the magical roads to quench the thirst of your eyes. The Lake District, thanks to its artistic persona, has been the house of many artists such as William Wordsworth. The poet was really inspired by the natural beauty of this area and it is quite visible in his poetry.
14. The blooming Brighton
If you are bored by your dull routine, Brighton is there to rescue you. In this eccentric city you, will always find something unanticipated to enjoy. This city truly caters the needs of the diverse base of tourists owing to its parks, museums and malls.
In addition to that, Brighton is an all-season versatile city. Summers bring this town a lot of tourists along with plenty of sunshine. Place this city in the list of your travel plans and you will not be disappointed.
15. The sacred Stonehenge
You must be aware of one of the oldest World Heritage Sites on earth, the Stonehenge. This has been a place of huge attraction for more than 4,500 years. It is widely believed that these stones were erected to be a place of worship.
A large number of tourist flock to see this ancient marvel and find it extremely fascinating. The surroundings are green and can cater the picnicking plans of your friends and family. There are also many medieval churches and other buildings in the area.
16. The yare York
York enjoys the reputation of being northern England’s most popular tourist destination. This medieval city has served as the ecclesiastical capital of the Church of England. Since this city participated heavily in the spread of Christianity, thereare some enchanting churches of Gothic architecture and also possesses country’s most magnificent cathedral.
Other noteworthy landmarks is its ancient City Walls, stretching five kilometres around the old medieval city. Also, do not skip to visit National Railway Museum to see a unique collection of Royal Trains.
17. The captivating Canterbury
Does Canterbury Tales ring any bells? Yes you got it right,famous English poet Geoffrey Chaucer known as the Father of English poetry, wrote extensively about this place.You are bound to discover many amazing features once you start moving around the city.
Canterbury used to draw pilgrims for more than 1,500 years and the city’s most famous attraction is Canterbury Cathedral. This cathedral is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will surely become a storyteller after visiting this city.
18. The cosmopolitan Cardiff
Cardiff is the capital of Wales and is home to few of the UK’s most attractive sites. From the spectacular scenery of the national parks to its many historic fortresses, one of which is Cardiff Castle. There are also some ruins of a Roman fort, built back in 1090.
Make sure you also visit State Apartments, the Clock Tower and the Chapel. You will also have many opportunities to wander through restaurants, theatres, galleries, and shopping malls.
19. The lush Loch Ness
Event though, there are many legendry stories associated with Loch Ness about monsters, but the scenery of the city suggests that it should be associated with fairies. Loch Ness is one of the most famous tourist attractions for wanderersin Scotland.
While searching for monsters, you are most likely to find some of the most scenic views in Loch Ness. Keep in yourlist the Urquhart Castle if you do not want to miss anything. And who knows, you might actually find a monster, or a fairy.
20. The worthy Westminster
On the northern bank of the famous river Themes, Westminster is an area of central London. Westminster has a lot of recognition in the world owing to its political background. There are many visitor attraction spots and historic landmarks which include Palace of Westminster, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral.
It is an ideal place for all those political science lovers and historians. Westminster is usually associated with the Parliament of the United Kingdom, which is included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites.
All these places deserve to be placed in your go-to list. After visiting these places, you will be thankful to all those people who suggested them. Therefore, if you are a foreigner and planning to visit UK, or a UK citizen with planning to go abroad, keep these 20 places on the top of your check list. If you are going to visit with friends and family, do not worry about anything including hoteling, touring and excess baggage, because everything can be sorted once you are on the right track.
Author Bio: This article has been written by Abbie Ella who lives in the UK and works for UK2PK Cargo, a cargo to Pakistan from UKCompany. During her job she has travelled a lot within UK hence knows what places are worth seeing.