A Really Long List Of Everything You Have To Do In The United Kingdom

Interest in travel to the U.K. has spiked in response to the results of last week’s Brexit vote. When the U.K. voted to leave the European Union, the value of the British pound dropped significantly, hitting a 31-year low vs. the U.S. dollar. 

While this is terrible news for Britons, it makes traveling to the U.K. quite attractive for Americans looking to capitalize on a more favorable exchange rate.

If you want to visit the U.K. but don’t know where to start, we’ve got you covered. Behold: a massive list detailing what you should do, see and eat in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. 

Northern England

The Lake District

If you’re in the mood for natural beauty, drive out to the Lake District in Cumbria County. The mountainous setting sports some of Britain’s finest scenery, and is a great spot to hike, bike or swim. The Lake District is also a lovely place to take an artistic pilgrimage; William Wordsworth famously gathered inspiration from the stunning scenery.

Hadrian’s Wall

Built by Romans under the orders of Emperor Hadrian, the wall stretched 73 miles and was constructed between A.D. 122 and 128. A frontier of the Roman Empire, Hadrian’s Wall, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is Britain’s most important Roman ruin. You can visit this monument and explore the foundations of a Roman fort.

Yorkshire

Yorkshire is likely the best place in England you never thought to visit. The sizable county contains great English cities like Leeds and York, breathtaking parks and caves and the largest number of Michelin-starred restaurants of any English county outside of London.

Coastal Spots

Dover

It’s the White Cliffs of Dover. Need we say more?

Isle of Wight

Take a holiday to the Isle of Wight for its amazing beaches and outdoor adventures. Queen Victoria loved the Isle of Wight, making it a must-see in our book. You can visit Osborne House while you’re there, a home built for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert between 1845 and 1851.

Brighton 

Enjoy Brighton’s eclectic shops and fun (if slightly cheesy) pier. If you’re looking for a little culture, walk on over to the Royal Pavilion. Built as a “seaside pleasure palace” for King George IV, the Royal Pavilion is a true feather in Brighton’s cap.

London

Churchill War Rooms

See the secret underground bunker where Churchill’s War Cabinet met during the Blitz and strategized the path to victory in World War II.

Victoria and Albert Museum

Enjoy free admission to the V&A, a renowned museum of art and design that houses many of the U.K.’s national collections.

British Museum

See the Rosetta Stone — no, not the software — the ancient artifact that allowed modern scholars to understand Egyptian hieroglyphics. Then swing by the Parthenon sculptures. The history contained in the British Museum is staggering. 

Borough Market

Stop by Borough Market for a taste of London’s street food and sugary confections.

West End

See a world-class show at one of West End’s many theaters. While you’re at it, do some shopping on Oxford Street and grab a fantastic meal in the village of Mayfair, which boasts an impressive array of Michelin-starred restaurants.

Hampstead Heath

Take a break from the commotion of London’s city streets at this beautiful park. Climb up Parliament Hill for the best views of London and stroll through the Pergola and Hill Garden.

London’s Outskirts

Richmond upon Thames

Just 10 miles southwest of central London, Richmond is filled with some of the city’s best food, sights and more. J.M.W. The River Thames runs through the borough. Turner famously painted landscapes of Richmond Hill. Richmond Park, a national nature reserve, is famous for its deer. According to the park’s website, there are 630 Red and Fallow deer that have been roaming the reserve since 1529.

Hampton Court Palace

King Henry VIII famously spent much of his time here, especially during the second half of his life. All of Henry’s six wives spent some time at the palace over the course of their lifetimes as well. The gardens features the UK’s oldest surviving hedge maze. It was commissioned around 1700 by William III.

Windsor Castle

The oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, Windsor Castle is Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite weekend home. Tour the lavish state apartments and watch the Changing of the Guard. 

St. Albans Cathedral

Just 20 minutes from London’s St. Pancras International Train Station, St. Albans is a stunning cathedral and abbey church, housing the “oldest site of continuous Christian worship in Britain.” 

Scotland

Edinburgh

Explore the iconic hilltop Edinburgh Castle, climb to the top of Arthur’s Seat and take a haunted tour through Edinburgh Vaults. If you visit in August, stick around for Edinburgh’s famous Festival Fringe, the largest arts festival in the world.  

Scottish Highlands

View the Highlands’ astonishing beauty as you hike through mountains and lochs (including Loch Ness, if you dare). Start off in Glencoe, a beautiful glen with a dark past, and head up to Fort William to climb Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles. From there, travel to Inverness for a chance to see Nessie and some ancient castles, to boot.

St. Andrews

Every true Prince William and Duchess Kate fan knows that the couple met at University of St. Andrews in the beautiful Kingdom of Fife. Hit the links at the Old Course and tour ruins at Blackfriars Chapel, Chapel of St. Mary on the Rock and St. Andrews Castle. 

Northern Ireland

Belfast

Belfast is a modern city filled with history and culture. Head to Titanic Belfast to relive the Titanic’s tragic journey in the city where it was built. Visit the studios where “Game of Thrones” is shot and experience the city’s legendary arts and music scene.

The Mourne Mountains

The Mourne Mountains are ideal for tourists looking for a little adventure. The highest peaks in Northern Ireland offer some of the best hill walking around.

The Giant’s Causeway

This magical rock formation is the product of volcanic activity as many as 50 to 60 million years ago. Walk along the interlocking polygons and take some Instagram-worthy shots of the coast. The area is perfect for hiking or packing a picnic.

Wales

Brecon Beacons National Park 

The Brecon Beacons National Park is absolute heaven for outdoorsmen. Thrill-seekers can go caving or rock climbing on the cliffs. If you’re looking for a more easygoing activity, fish on the River Wye or walk by waterfalls.

Conwy

Visit the magnificent Conwy Castle, built for Edward I. Then head down the street to squeeze inside Quay House, the smallest house in Britain. Finish off the day with a pint at the Albion Ale House, named one of the best bars in the world by The Guardian. 

Snowdon

Climb aboard the Snowdon Mountain Railway to reach Snowdon’s peak, the highest mountain in Wales. Then take a trip west to view jaw-dropping coastal scenery at the Llŷn Peninsula.

Cardiff

Wales’ capital city is a thriving metropolis with fantastic food, shopping and historic sites. Pop over to Cardiff Castle, stroll through Bute Park and give yourself plenty of time to explore St. Fagans National History Museum. 

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