The UK is one of the most interesting places to visit in the world. It is a center of vibrant art, history and culture. The Great Britain consists of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe appealing to millions of visitors because of its diverse scenery, beautiful culture and history comprising of beaches and shorelines, mountains and valleys, well preserved estates and castles, museums and old architectural gems.
One of the reasons why exploring the UK delights vacation goers is because of the relative ease at which one can explore the whole country. It is small in size, therefore whether you decide to lodge in London or Liverpool, you remain a stone’s throw from all attractions and wonderful sites.
Whether you are a sports fan or a musical enthusiast, the UK provides a myriad of shows, events and festivals to satisfy your desires.
What you should consider before trip in United Kingdom
Visiting anywhere for the first time can be overwhelming. It is advisable to research and gain as much information as possible before embarking on the trip.
The first thing to check as you prepare to travel to the United Kingdom is the visa requirement and what category you fall into. If you require a visa before traveling please ensure that your international passport is at least 6 months to the date of expiration.
Visa free travel to the UK is available for citizens of countries within the European Union, US, Canada, Australia and Switzerland.
If you are a National of a country that doesn’t fall within Europe, you will need to check your eligibility for tourist visa purposes on the UK Visas and Immigration website. Ensure to familiarize yourself with the requirements before you begin your visa application. Ensure you apply for visa at least 1 month before your intended departure date.
United Kingdom weather is relatively mild and does not experience extreme hot or cold temperatures. Therefore tourists visit all year round. Spring is usually from late March till early June and Autumn is from September to November. During these months it is usually dry and warm and therefore considered the best times to visit the United Kingdom. Winter falls between December and February. The snow, Christmas festivals and temperate weather makes it a nice time to travel to Great Britain especially if you desire a quiet trip. The downside is that some attractions and tour sites could be unavailable.
Summer temperatures get as high as 30°C which could be uncomfortable for individuals from polar and very cold countries. It is also a lot louder this season as most people go outdoors, making touring a bit stressful. Queues build up at attraction sites during summer so ensure to plan accordingly.
The Buckingham Palace has served as the home of official home of the British monarchy since July 1837 when Queen Victoria took residence there . It is now the administrative headquarters of the British Monarch, hosting official functions from State dinners to Receptions for world leaders and Heads of States. Every summer the doors to Buckingham Palace, the official residence of the Queen of England,is opened to the general public. The Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms, the stretches over 108m long and 24m high in size.
Child ticket ( 5 to 16 years) – £13.50
Family ticket ( 2 adults and 3 children) – £ 61.50 per ticket
Concession ticket – £13.50 to £22 per ticket
Child ticket ( 0-4 years) – Free
Adult ticket – £24 per ticket
Buckingham Palace Address:
Buckingham Palace, London, SW1A 1AA
Telephone: +44 (0)20 3123 7321
Public transport: Tube/Rail: Victoria Tube: Victoria, Green Park, St James’s Park or Hyde Park Corner
This is one of the largest protected landscapes in England. It spans over five countries namely Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire. One of the beautiful attributes of this location is that every country has its individual features and identity. The prettiest villages you have to explore in the Cotswolds are, Painswick, Castle Combe, Chipping Campden, Upper Slaughter, Bibury, Kingham, Burford, Bourton-on-the-Water and Bretforton.
This is one of the wonders of the world, this prehistoric monument sits in Salisbury. According to archeologists the Neolithic people spent 1500 years erecting the 100 stone monuments in a circular layout. These mysterious stones situated in Southern England were regarded as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1986, and over one million people have been visiting annually to appreciate its beauty.
Visiting this ancient landscape exposes you to Neolithic way of life, their homes, ancient objects and treasures.
Things to do here:
Online virtual audio & video tour of important features.
Visit the museum to have a look at 2500+ ancient artifacts and treasures.
Trace the footsteps of the ancient Neolithic people by talking a walk through the beautiful landscape.
Visit the shop to buy souvenirs, books and gifts that immortalize the memories of your visit.
To visit this Centre, you can take The Stonehenge Tour bus from Salisbury train station. It is over two hours drive from either London or Bath.
You can purchase tickets online or at the Centre.
Infant (0-4 years) – free
Family (2 adults & 2 children) – £49.40
Child (5-17 years ) – £11.40
Adult (18-64 years) – £19
The Stonehenge Address:
Near Amesbury, Wiltshire, SP4 7DE
This castle sits on top of the extinct volcano Castle Rock, making it impenetrable as it is surrounded by highlands on 3 sides. Yet throughout history, armies have managed to conquer and destroy parts of the castle.
Edinburgh Castle is one of the world’s most famous heritage sites. To explore from Scottish Royal Family history, to military history and beautiful landscapes and scenery, this is the tourist attraction to visit. The oldest part of the castle named St Margaret’s Chapel was founded in the 12th century closely followed by the Great Hall dating back to 1510.
The castle houses the Crown Jewels of Scotland, Prisons of War, the Stone of Destiny, the famous 15th century gun Mons Meg, Regimental Museums, the One O’ Clock Gun and the National War Museum of Scotland.
Adult – £19.50
Child – £11.50
Edinburgh Castle Location:
Edinburgh Castle, Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG.
Tower Bridge was constructed in on the 21st of June, 1886. When it was completed, it was the largest and most advanced bascule and suspension bridge of its time. The bridge transverses over the River Thames and close to the Tower of London, it has become a symbol of London and synonymous with the city’s architectural gems. There are five bridges currently being maintained by the City of London Corporation through a charitable trust, Tower of London is the most known of the five. The 124 year old bridge is 244 m in length and spans over 82m.
The Tower Bridge Exhibition houses the Victorian room transporting you to Victorian times. The Victorian room holds classic steam engines and coal burners that powered the bridge’s 1200 bascules.
The glass room offers a unique view of the capital city.
About 40,000 tourists visit pass through the Tower Bridge daily.
The exhibition charges entrance fees for children, adults and senior citizens.
Tower Bridge Address:
Tower Bridge, Tower Bridge Road, London, SE1 2UP, United Kingdom
The Great Bell of Clock and tower located north of the Palace of Westminster in London is commonly nicknamed the Big Ben. The tower was renamed Elizabeth Tower in 2012 to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. The 159 year old tower was completed in 1859. It was designed by Augustus Pugin. This architect designed a layout of 11 floors, ranging about 315ft. The tower is known all over the world and associated in Britain’s capital, London. It is popularly regarded as the most known British landmark globally.
All visits to the Big Ben and Elizabeth Tower are suspended for now. Renovations began in 2017 and is expected to be completed next year, 2020.
The tower is not open for visit to the general public but British citizens can write to their Member of Parliament to facilitate a tour.
Big Ben Address:
Westminster, London, SW1A 00A, UK
UNESCO declares Causeway Coast a World Heritage in 1986. It is situated in northern coast of Northern Ireland. This area is covered by over forty thousand interlocking hexagonal basalt columns resulting from ancient volcanic eruptions.
The coastal coast route stretches from Belfast city through pretty villages and breathtaking ocean scenery, green cliffs and valleys.
This tourist attraction is packed with hiking, canopy walking, coasteering, kayaking, hover crafting and iconic castles to explore.
Access to this tourist attraction is free of charge.
Causeway Coast Address:
44 Causeway Rd, Bushmills, BT57 8SU, UK
This cantilevered observation wheel is the most renowned and popular in the world. It welcomes over three million visitors annually. It is located on the South Bank of the River Thames. This wheel was opened in December 1999 but started carrying passengers on 1st of February 2000. It cost £70 million to construct. In June 2008, it was announced that since it was commissioned eight years ago, over thirty million people have ridden on this observation wheel.
London Eye Address:
The London Eye, Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7PB
The London Eye is a very popular tourist site and we strongly advise booking in advance to avoid any long queuing or disappointing visits.
The London Eye opens at 10:00 and closes between 18:00-20:30.
St Paul’s Cathedral
This Anglican cathedral sits at the highest point in London on Ludgate hill. It was founded in AD 604. The present building was designed by Sir Christopher Wren. The cathedral is one of the most recognizable and popular sites in London city.
For tourists and visitors not worshipers, the cathedral charges £20 to gain entrance. If you enter the cathedral, you will see at the artistic beauty and historical stories associated with this building. You can try the unique acoustics of the whispering gallery on the dome, see where the nations heroes are buried and walk in the footsteps of rulers and world leaders by exploring the cathedral floor.
St Paul’s Cathedral Address:
St. Paul’s Churchyard, London, UK
Monday – Saturday (8:30am to 4:30pm)
This is large and deep river flowing through the Scottish highlands. This elusive tourist attraction is known for some of the finest scenery in Europe. You can enjoy exploring Urquhart Castle and taking a boat cruise on the Loch river. You can also take the opportunity to explore the town of Fort Augustus.