What Makes the UK So Special?
Britain is full of great sights, whether they’re in the middle of a busy city or part of the beautiful natural landscape.
Britain may be small, but that doesn’t mean that it hasn’t got much to offer. In fact, what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in character. It’s got bustling cities, stunning coastlines and a picturesque countryside. It’s one of the most visited countries in the world as a result, and many Brits are catching on to this and opting for ‘staycations’. So if you’re looking to discover the best of Britain, where should you start? This guide will tell you all you need to know.
London is the UK’s tourism hotspot, with a record 17.4 million tourists visiting in 2014. This makes it the most popular tourist destination in the world for foreign visitors, and it’s not hard to see why either. It’s home to some of the most iconic landmarks on the planet in Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, as well as a World Heritage Site at Maritime Greenwich. It’s a foodie’s paradise too, with everything from Michelin starred restaurants to an exciting street food scene. Oh, and there’s the many shopping districts as well. It’s hard to find a reason to dislike London – and that’s why people keep coming to visit!
The Green and Pleasant Land
It’s not all about London though. The UK is home to some other great cities such as York, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast. It’s worth exploring the countryside too though. With rolling hills, mountains and endless green fields, rural Britain is truly idyllic. It’s also where you’ll find some world famous sights.
Stonehenge is located in the Wiltshire countryside, and has to lay claim to being one of the most photographed places in the world. The Lake District is another truly awe-inspiring location too. It’s considered by many to be the most beautiful place in England – and it’s not difficult to see why. The Highlands of Scotland and the Snowdonia National Park in Wales are also where you’ll find some of the best natural scenery on the planet. As far as reconnecting with nature goes, the UK is the place to do it.
A Famed Coastline
The main island of the UK has over ten thousand miles of coastline – that’s a lot to explore! Some of the highlights include the Jurassic Coast in the south-west of England, which is another World Heritage Site. This is home to Durdle Door – a stunning limestone arch that has to be seen to be believed.
Another great coastal location is Whitby in Yorkshire, which is famously mentioned in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. If you hop over the Irish Sea to County Antrim though, you’ll find one of the best sights on the British coast – The Giant’s Causeway, which is the site of an ancient volcanic eruption, and the resulting interlocking basalt columns are unlike anything you’ll ever see.
Where Will You Go?
As you can see, Britain really does have a lot to offer. If you’re looking for a break full of shopping and culture, there are plenty of great cities to choose from. If you want to take things a little easier though, the countryside and coast are full of fantastic places to relax and unwind. Don’t forget, even if you are based in the UK and planning a tour of Britain you should consider taking out some cover to protect you from cancellations and other mishaps – accidents can happen at home as well as abroad! So whether you’re visiting from abroad or are looking to visit a part of your country that you’ve never been to before, you’ll be spoilt for choice!