There are hundreds of locations across the UK which are wonderful for tourists and attract tons of attention every year. Here’s a list of ten places across the UK which are of particular interest. Some are towns and cities, whilst others are more specific attractions of historical and cultural importance.
All of these places are easy to access and most can be reached by car, but if you add to your adventure by travelling by train you can collect Nectar points when you buy tickets online with FirstGroup. Here are our top ten places to keep in mind when you’re holidaying in the UK.
Hadrian’s Wall separates England and Scotland, and was built by the Roman emperor of the same name. It originally stretched for 73 miles across the north of the country reaching from the North to the Irish seas. A national path can be followed between the original end points.
A neolithic monument in Wiltshire, Stonehenge is a fascinating construction and is made up of circles of large standing stones. The purpose of the monument is still unknown, but many have debated why it may have been built for years. Whatever the history, this is a great trip for the family to use their imagination.
Tower of London
The Tower of London has a rich history dating back to 1066 and the arrival of William the Conqueror. In 1078 the White Tower was added to the building which is why the huge castle complex has the name of the Tower of London.
Edinburgh Castle was built in the medieval period and sits on top of Castle Rock, a large mount formed from volcanic rock. It was the royal seat of Scotland until 1603 and is now mainly used as a museum.
National Space Centre
Based in Leicester, the National Space Centre is the UK’s largest attraction entirely dedicated to space. Many exhibits are interactive making it a top choice for the whole family, with more informative elements designed for adult visitors too.
Longleat Safari Park
Longleat is one of the busiest, most popular safari parks in the UK. The site, which is in Wiltshire, gives visitors the chance to spot lions, tigers, rhinos and more. Many sections of the park are themed and it has plenty of additional amenities for dining and relaxing.
A large area right in the heart of the Peak District, Hope Valley offers a stunning vision of true English countryside. The village of Castleton is within the scenic valley and there are plenty of traditional stone cottages, show caves and ruins to explore at your leisure.
Named The Spa of the Goddess of the Grove by the Romans, Buxton is a stunning vision of Georgian Britain and has a rich history of tourism, dating back to the arrival of the railway in 1850. Visit the Opera House and the Pump Room as well as an array of beautiful buildings.
The Scottish Highlands represent a different kind of beauty than the Peak District. They are the heart of Scottish culture and scenery and the sparsely populated area allows for an intimate experience with the natural world. It is also possible to visit a few attractions including Eilean Donan Castle and, of course, the legendary Loch Ness.
At the other end of the United Kingdom is Polperro, a quintessential Cornish fishing village. With its tiny harbour and winding streets it’s a wonderful choice for a relaxing holiday and is beautifully picturesque.