One of the great things about living in the United Kingdom is having the chance to visit the many points of interest found across this incredible country.
For example, the Greater London Metropolitan Area is home to the world’s top museums, many historical sites, examples of modern and historic architecture, entertainment venues, beautiful parks and gardens, as well as amazing cafes, restaurants, pubs and endless shopping opportunities.
When you are in London, you will want to visit The British Museum, Buckingham Palace (and watch the Changing of The Guard), Parliament and “Big Ben” (i.e., Elizabeth Clock Tower), Tower Bridge and Tower of London, giant London Eye (Millennium Wheel) Ferris Wheel, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, National Portrait Gallery, London Zoo, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Regent’s Park, Hyde Park, St. James Park, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Shard skyscraper, and if you get the chance – enjoy a concert at Wembley Stadium, Royal Albert Hall, The O2, The Roundhouse, Brixton Academy or other music venues.
Outside of London, there are also many interesting places to visit. If you enjoy nature, you may want to spend time at Lake District National Park in northwestern England or Snowdonia National Park in Wales; walk along the beach at the White Cliffs of Dover or the Seven Sisters; travel through the Scottish Highlands; search for “Nessie” at Loch Ness, Inverness-shire (Scotland); visit Kynance Cove in Cornwall; hike to the High Force waterfalls in Durham; or take a stroll through the Dark Hedges of Northern Ireland. While you’re in Northern Ireland, you must see the Giant’s Causeway and its 40,000 volcanic pillars! Of course, one of the top tourist sites in England is the mysterious Stonehenge, a circle of massive monoliths dating back to about 2,400 BCE.
If you like castles, you’ll find plenty scattered throughout the United Kingdom, such as Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, and Hampton Court Palace (London); Windsor Castle (England); Bamburgh Castle (England); Brighton Royal Pavilion (England); Dover Castle (England); Warwick Castle (England); Leeds Castle (England); Bodiam Castle (England); Alnwick Castle (England); Edinburgh Castle (Scotland); Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh (Scotland); Eilean Donan Castle (Scotland); Dunrobin Castle (Scotland); Stirling Castle (Scotland); Caernarfon Castle (Wales); Conwy Castle (Wales); Caerphilly Castle (Wales); Belfast Castle (Northern Ireland); Hillsborough Castle (Northern Ireland); among many others!
Since the United Kingdom is an island nation, it naturally has many great beaches to enjoy on a warm, sunny day, including: Blackpool Sands, Devon (England); Bournemouth Beach, Dorset (England); Weymouth Beach, Dorset (England); Durdle Door, Dorset (England); Porthcurno, Cornwall (England); Fistral Beach, Cornwall (England); Brighton Beach, East Sussex (England); Bigbury-on-Sea, Devon (England); Bamburgh Castle Beach, Northumberland (England); West Wittering Beach, West Sussex (England); Aberystwyth North Beach (Wales); Barmouth Beach (Wales); East Beach at Lossiemouth, Moray (Scotland); East Strand Beach, Portrush (Northern Ireland); Portstewart Beach, County Londonderry (Northern Ireland); St. Brélade’s Bay Beach, Jersey, Channel Islands – and many more!
Other points of interest across the United Kingdom include the scenic village of Portmeirion in Gwynedd (Wales); Stratford-upon-Avon (William Shakespeare’s birthplace) in West Midlands (England); Blackpool Tower in Blackpool (England); the Eden Project (giant geodesic domes) in Cornwall (England); Aerospace Bristol (museum housing the famous Concorde jet) in Bristol (England); Roman Baths, Bath (England); Scott Monument, Edinburgh (Scotland); Glenfinnan Railway Viaduct (made famous in the “Harry Potter” films), Inverness-shire (Scotland); The Kelpies (giant 30-meter tall horse statues) near Falkirk (Scotland); Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow (Scotland); Skara Brae (5,000-year-old “Scottish Pompeii”) in Orkney (Scotland); Chester (walled city founded by the Romans in 79 C.E.), Cheshire (northwestern England); Chester Zoo, Cheshire (England); Hadrian’s Wall in Brampton, Cumbria (England); Angel of the North (largest statue in the UK) in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, (England); Cheddar Gorge and Caves in Somerset (England); St. Davids Cathedral in Pembrokeshire (Wales); Tintern Abbey, Monmouthshire (Wales); York Minster Cathedral in York, Yorkshire (England); National Museum Cardiff in Cardiff (Wales); and Radcliffe Camera (circular library) in Oxford (England).