8 great adventures you can have in Great Britain
We promise, you'll want to go back again and again.
There is hardly a traveller who doesn't want to visit Britain. Invigorating culture, luxury shopping, bustling cities, quaint seaside towns and breath-taking landscapes--no matter what type of adventure you're looking for, Great Britain has it all on offer.
Whether you'll be travelling solo or with friends and family, we've got the perfect itinerary to
ensure your trip to the UK is one you won't soon forget.
1. Visit Iconic Sights and Shop Until You Drop in London
While London is known as the capital of England-it's also much, much more. The magnificent, bustling city with its gothic architecture boasts a number of iconic monuments such as Big Ben, The Tower of London, Westminster Abbey and the famous Buckingham Palace - all of which will make for a great Instagram moment and are must-see for any visitor. For an even better photo opportunity, take a spin on the London Eye and experience spectacular views of the city's skyline and River Thames.
Once you've seen the sights, be sure to head to Oxford St & Regent St for your shopping fix. The area, which is considered a shoppers' paradise, includes luxury department stores such as Selfridges, Top Shop and House of Fraser and has something for everybody. Stop in for a meal at one of London's many Michelin star restaurants including Benares, Tamarind or Veeraswamy (UK's oldest Indian restaurant).
2. Experience the Breath-taking Scenery in Northern England
Immerse yourself in Northern England's beautiful landscapes by heading to the Lake District where you can take a leisurely walk around England's largest lake - Lake Windermere or, if you enjoy hiking, put your boots on and trek up England's highest peak, Scafell Pike. The view from the top is said to have inspired many writers, as on a clear day, you can see Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and even the Isle of Man!
Explore more of the region and take a short drive to the Peak district (home to Britain's first National Park) and ride the Heights of Abraham cable car which offers breath-taking panoramic views of the area. If heights aren't your thing, simply explore the surrounding National Parks on foot. At the end of the day, treat yourself to a famous local delicacy, the Bakewell Pudding. The unique dessert, which is named after the local Village, is made from a delicious mix of pastry, jam and almond paste.
3. Enjoy Castles and Beaches in Devon
Just two hours by train from London, the county of Devon is home to a number of cathedrals and castles from many eras. Explore England's rich history by visiting the architectural treasures of the gothic Exeter cathedral, reminiscent of medieval times; the Tintagel Castle, which was the birthplace of the legendary King Arthur; or the stately Castle Drogo built by Edwin Lutyens which draws inspiration from medieval and Tudor times.
As well as its historic castles, Devon is also famous for its stunning coastlines. Explore the family-friendly beaches, tiny pebbled coves and windswept bays of Plymouth, Exmouth and Torquay along Devon's south coast before heading north to take in the rolling hills and beautiful green countryside of both Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks.
The Devon food scene is second to none, with plenty of cosy foodie pubs, great restaurants, traditional tearooms and everything in-between serving fantastic Devon produce. So while here, make sure you find time for a cream tea, pint of cider or Devon crab sandwich whilst you're here - or perhaps all three.
4. Travel to Edinburgh for a Culture Extravaganza
Visit Edinburgh, Scotland's capital and get lost in the cobblestone streets of Old Town and marvel at its ancient structures, including the famous Edinburgh castle which overlooks the city and houses Scotland's crown jewels and Stone of Destiny. While the city is beautiful anytime of the year, if you plan on visiting during summer, be sure to check out one of the many festivals held within the city including the Edinburgh International Festival or the Fringe Festival.
Explore the gorgeous Holyrood Park which has an array of spectacular hills, lochs, ridges and basalt cliffs and is just a short walk from the centre of town. For a breath-taking view of the city, hike up to Arthurs Seat which sits 251m above sea level and is perched on top of an ancient volcano. Edinburgh is also known for its amazing culinary scene so if you're in the mood for a Michelin Star meal, try Number One or The Kitchin for first-class modern food incorporating the finest local Scottish ingredients.
5. Search for Monsters in the Scottish Highlands.
With its stunning lochs and beautiful mountains (including Ben Nevis - the highest mountain in the United Kingdom), the Scottish Highlands should be on every itinerary. Head to Inverness (known as the 'Highland Capital') and take a boat cruise out onto Loch Ness to search for Nessie, the infamous monster or visit The Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition to learn more about the legend and surrounding area.
As well as taking in Inverness' New and Old Towns, take one of the many walking or cycling trails and explore the surrounding areas including Fort Augustus, the Caledonian Canal, Clootie Wells and Plodda Falls - one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Scotland and a hidden gem which has a sheer drop of over 100 feet (30m) in the spectacular forest surroundings.
6. Live the Fairytale in Cardiff
Cardiff--voted Britain's most sociable city is also known as the 'City of Castles' and with good reason! Located in the centre of town is arguably the country's most famous castle, Cardiff castle. The impressive, medieval structure was updated during Victorian times and has been used in the set of many TV shows including Doctor Who, Sherlock and Torchwood.
For a fun shopping experience head to the central market, where you'll find a wide range of welsh food, fabrics antiques and much more. To grab yourself a bargain on a range of vintage items, walk through the Cardiff flea market. If you're up for some spine chilling fun, join a ghost walk, which will take you through a number of historical sites where you can learn about the city's ghosts and legends.
7. See Nature's Glorious Handywork in Northern Ireland
With its magical landscapes, it's no wonder that Northern Ireland was chosen as the main shooting location for Game of Thrones. True GoT fans can take several guided walking and cycling tours to explore the range of famous filming locations.
The magical Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland is a UNESCO World Heritage site and somewhere no-one should miss while in Ireland. It's columns of layered basalt are a natural phenomenon that were caused by a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago and with the whole of Causeway Coast stretching 195 miles it's perfect for a road trip.
8. Soak in the Myriad of Colours in Belfast
Did you know that Belfast is where the Titanic was built? Learn more about the world famous vessel by visiting Titanic Belfast, an interactive exhibition which includes multiple galleries, special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features, was named as the world's leading tourist attraction by the World Travel Awards in 2016. As well as the Titanic, discover more about the SS Nomadic which served as the Titanic's sister ship and is the last remaining White Star Line vessel.
As well as nautical history, Belfast is a city full of art & colourful murals. We recommend taking one of the city's famous black cab tours to truly learn the history from a local. When you're done, stop in at the Ulster Museum, which further showcases the history of Belfast with exhibitions that explain the crafts and trades of the famous city. Visit the Belfast Botanic Gardens to take in the array of colourful geraniums and begonias before finishing the day with a pint of Guinness at one of Belfast's great bars. Try the Crown Liquor Saloon or the historic Duke of York.
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