When people visit the UK, London is always going to be the go-to spot. In fact, ask some young Americans and they might have difficulty distinguishing between the capital and the rest of the British Isles. However, that’s to be expected because the media certainly tends to focus on London. After all, it has the Royals, Big Ben, it’s home to Harry Potter and the West End. You could easily spend a week or even a month in London and never run out of new things to do. But that doesn’t change the fact that there are plenty of other fantastic places to visit around the UK. So, let’s explore some of the possibilities and make sure you don’t miss out on great opportunities.
Southampton probably isn’t on that many bucket lists, but there are a few reasons why it should be a stop on your UK tour. First, this is home to the most popular port in Britain. Southampton cruises can take you to various spots around the world but they can also provide you on an epic tour of the British Isles. This includes a stop at Guernsey and Dublin so if you want to explore as much as the UK as possible, this is definitely the way to do it. It’s surprisingly budget friendly too and could easily fit into a typical holiday schedule.
Of course, the port is significant for another reason. This is the place where Titanic left for it’s grand and ultimately doomed voyage. There’s plenty of history to discover here as well as a stunning memorial. We recommend taking the Titanic trail where you’ll learn all about the voyage and the significance of Southampton in its journey.
The city also has various medieval relics to explore including the third longest unbroken stretch of city wall in the UK. It’s quite impressive and you can even explore old medieval vaults.
The Beauty Of Edinburgh
If you don’t mind a fairly long drive from London or a pleasant train ride, you should definitely consider taking a trip to Edinburgh. The city is absolutely gorgeous and has inspired various painters and poets over the years. Many see it as Scotland’s version of London and one of the most remarkable places to visit is Edinburgh Castle. If you’re lucky, you might be there when there’s a music festival. If that’s the case, expect the sky to be lit up with fireworks and music to shake the walls. Of course, when it’s not home to some of the country’s most popular bands, you’ll find it’s a remarkable place to discover and explore. There’s even a one o’clock salute that is held daily.
The city is also home to some incredible art galleries and fantastic dining experiences that you won’t want to miss. If you’re in the mood to go shopping stroll down Princes Street. Here you will be able to find some of the most popular brands in the world as well as niche shops that don’t exist anywhere else.
Myths In Salisbury
Salisbury is a beautiful place but most people who travel there do so for one reason. To explore the incredible remains of Stonehenge. This is one of the oldest World Heritage sites and has stood for 4,500 years. It is believed to be a place of worship, but no one is completely sure what it was for. Even historians are stumped and some do believe this is a spot for magic. Be aware that this is an incredibly popular location and you will need to book ahead to ensure that you get a chance to visit it.
Bathe In Bath
If you want to explore the remains of the Roman era of Britain, then you should certainly think about exploring bath. After all, the city was named after the Roman Baths and is believed to have healing waters. There are three hot springs which offer 43 different minerals.
Unfortunately, you are not able to bathe in the original Roman baths. These are considered heritage sites. You are however able to visit spas that allow you to bathe in water from the city. This is a wonderful experience and definitely a unique opportunity that can only be found in this stunning location. Be sure to visit the museums here too for an incredible look into the past of the city.
We hope you see now there’s a lot more to see and do around the UK outside of London. Once you head out of the capital, you’ll find some remarkable places and fantastic experiences await.