What are the best attractions in the UK to see when you visit? As with any of these lists, it’s always difficult to narrow down the best, but there are a few places that shouldn’t be avoided. While a few days in London should be the priority for any trip, getting around most of the UK to take in the attractions is do-able, if not perhaps in the same trip. From Stonehenge to the National Space Centre, and including the Eden Project and the Giant’s Causeway, the following list represents some of the UK’s top 10 attractions:
1 – London
Deserving a trip in its own right, London visitors can take in everything from Buckingham Palace to Trafalgar Square, as well as the British Museum, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and many more. If only there for a few days, visiting theatres in the West End represents a particularly recommended activity.
2 – Stonehenge
Still something of a mystery, these standing stones have stood for thousands of years, and are located in Somerset. Buses run every day from London to the site, while trains can also be taken to nearby Salisbury for connecting transport. Guided tours can be taken that contextualize the importance of Stonehenge to English history, and the theories over how it came to be built.
3 – Edinburgh
If you’re only going to Scotland for a short period of time, then you can’t go far wrong with Edinburgh. The Scottish capital has an extensive range of historical sites, excellent shopping, and a reputation as one of the liveliest cultural centres in Europe.
4 – The National Space Centre
Ideal for family trips, the National Space Centre in the Midlands city of Leicester is worth visiting for anyone with an interest in space travel, and features a large number of interactive exhibitions.
While London Zoo should be explored if in the capital, getting out of the city to the Wiltshire countryside can be rewarded if you visit Longleat Safari Park. The park contains rhino, tigers, and rare species, and represents another excellent family day out.
6 – Eden Project
Located in Cornwall in the South West of England, the Eden Project is an innovative base for conserving natural habitats and plant life, and is one of the most best examples of a destination that can combine education and entertainment.
7 – Bath
The city of Bath is worth visiting for its Georgian architecture and relaxed pace of life alone, but is also notable for its Roman roots, and for its preserved spas.
8 – Windsor Castle
This Royal residence is a perennially popular tourist destination, and can be easily reached from London. The castle also puts on regular events on its grounds.
9 – Snowdon
One of Wales’ most attractive National Parks, Snowdonia features the 3,650 foot high Snowdon, and represents a significant challenge for any walker or climber.
10 – Giant’s Causeway
Visits to Northern Ireland should take the time to see Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site made up of giant rock columns and flats that form a natural causeway to the sea.
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- The mystery of Stonehenge (travelwithkat.com)
- Eden Project – Inspiring People, Places and The Do (nickpeperell.com)