Top 10 Things to Do in the UK (outside of London)

Royal Crescent

Everybody knows London town is a hotspot for tourists. It’s packed full of incredible buildings, fascinating museums, first class theatres and cutting edge restaurants. You could easily spend two weeks there, submerging yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of big city life. But you’d be missing out if you spent your entire trip in the capital, because the rest of the UK has so much to offer. So grab your passport, book yourself a seat on an award-winning Emirates flight and, after a week in the city, head out on a whistle-stop tour of the UK’s best sights.

Top 10 Things to Do in the UK (outside of London)

1. Lake Windermere, Lake District, Cumbria

The largest natural lake in England is set in the lush countryside of the Lake District National Park. It’s a popular spot for hikers, watersport enthusiasts and photographers looking to enjoy the great outdoors. There are many pretty little villages to explore and the scenery is awe inspiringly beautiful.

2. Stonehenge, Wiltshire

The prehistoric UNESCO World Heritage Site took an estimated thirty million hours of labor to complete. The incredible stone structures lost their purpose somewhere along the way but you can discover the theories at this must-see sight. Great photo opps abound.

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3.  Eden Project, Cornwall

Visit the largest indoor rainforest in the world! Not only is it an amazing eco attraction, but it also puts on arts and music events, as well as running environmental and social projects locally and around the world.

4. Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Assassination, madcap and lackluster are only a few words that this literary genius invented. Come to the pretty market town of Stratford-upon-Avon were the master was born.  Visit the beautiful building where he was born in 1564 and where he grew up and eventually lived with his new wife, Anne Hathaway. The town has plenty of other Shakespeare attractions to keep fans entertained and lots of men in tights!

5. Royal Crescent, Bath, Somerset

For breathtaking architecture, a visit to Bath’s Royal Crescent is a must. The sweeping crescent was built from 1767 and 1774 and it’s one of the best examples of Georgian architecture in the UK. It’s basically a curved set of homes done in opulent charm and a modest 230 years old.

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Royal Crescent


6. Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln, Lincolnshire

This historic city of Lincoln is set on a steep hill (aptly named ‘Steep Hill’). At the top, you’ll find the cathedral – one of the finest examples of gothic architecture in Europe. For almost 300 years it was the tallest building in the world, and although it has now lost this accolade, it’s still an impressive sight.

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Lincoln Cathedral

7. Brighton Beach, East Sussex

Brighton Beach will give you a typical British seaside experience. It has a traditional pier, where you can eat ice cream and ride the fairground rides; a long promenade, where you can stroll while eating fish and chips; and stripy deckchairs for hire, so you can soak up the sun (which occasionally makes an appearance). Brighton is also a stylish city with excellent shopping and a buzzing nightlife scene, so it’s a great place to spend a few days.

8. New Forest National Park, Hampshire

The New Forest National Park in southern England is a picturesque spot to visit all year round. An idyllic place for walking, cycling or just browsing around the village shops, the New Forest is a relaxing holiday destination. Pitch a tent in a forest campsite or find a cosy bed and breakfast, then relax and enjoy the countryside where the famous New Forest ponies roam free.

9. Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

This iconic tourist attraction proudly overlooks the beautiful city of Edinburgh. Witness the one o’clock gun salute which takes places daily except Sundays – a tradition from maritime history dating back to 1861.


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Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

10Visit the isle of Wight

The Isle of Whight resides just off the south coast of England and is it’s second most populated island. The stretch of water between them is called the Solent. Sailing and maritime pursuits contribute hugely to the local economy so for the windsurfers and sailors among us this a haven. Getting there is easy with regular flights and ferrys from the mainland. There are also plenty of sailing equipment shops and yacht chartering services in the Solent area so you could realistically make your way over the solent yourself!

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