Top 5 places to visit for first-timers to the UK

If you’re heading to the UK, you’re in for a treat. The UK offers a unique combination of rolling countryside, ancient castles and busy cities. With such a diverse amount of sights and experiences to have, you’ll be hard pressed to decide where to visit. Here’s our guide to the five must-visits.

LondonLondon

England’s capital city and the most famous of all, London is a tourist paradise. From rambling down the posh streets in Oxford and Mayfair to enjoying a pint in pubs in trendy districts like Soho, there’s a huge amount of activity to keep you busy. London is best navigated by bus or on the tube, so familiarise yourself with them before visiting.

Must-see locations: Houses of Parliament, National History Museum, British Museum, Imperial War Museum, Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, London Zoo.

The Lake District

Tucked away in the north of England sits the Lake District, a beautiful national park that looks as if it has been lifted from the pages of fantasy fiction. Stunning mountains, enormous lakes and little villages nestled in between, the Lake District is one of the UK’s most popular excursions and for good reason – it really is stunning.

Famous for its hospitality and its hillwalking, you’ll need a good pair of walking boots e.g. from a shop like Brantano to tackle some of the Lake District’s grassy hills and mountains.

Must-see locations: Lake Windermere, Kendal, Helvellyn, Keswick.

scotlandEdinburgh

As a base to explore Scotland, there’s no better city than Edinburgh. Featuring a fusion of modern and ancient architecture, it’s the place to go for those who want to see castles on one street and Georgian buildings on the next. It is a vibrant, bustling capital city that attracts thousands of visitors a week with its universities and incredible nightlife.

From Edinburgh, you can take trains out across Scotland to see sights such as the UK’s biggest mountain, Ben Nevis in Fort William.

Must-see locations: Edinburgh Castle, Arthur’s Seat, Princes Street, St. Giles’ Cathedral, Royal Botanic Gardens.

Brighton

In the south of England sits the coastal city of Brighton, which gives tourists a flavour of traditional seaside resorts. But unlike other seaside retreats, Brighton is firmly cemented in the modern age. A celebration of all things art and culture, the city is famous for its cosmopolitan nature and equality-promoting ethos. Better still, there’s an amazing seaside to enjoy complete with a famous pier.

Must-see locations: Royal Pavilion, Brighton Wheel, Brighton Museum, North Laine, Brighton Pier.

west-yorkshireYorkshire

In the north of England sits an area dubbed ‘God’s own country’ by those who reside within it. Yorkshire is comprised of sprawling grassy countryside and some of the most quaint towns and villages you’ll find anywhere in England. It’s a place very stubbornly British, that prizes English values with loving dedication. Ask anyone for a ‘Cuppa’ in Yorkshire and you’ll get a great cup of tea.

It’s also the place to find York, a city that is truly ancient – with a history that dates back to Roman times and artefacts and architecture to prove it. There’s also Leeds – the arguable ‘cultural capital’ of the North.

Truly a must-see for visitors to the UK who want to see authentic England.

Must-See locations: National Railway Museum (York), North York Moors, York Minster, Royal Armouries Museum (Leeds)

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