The United Kingdom or UK is a fabulous place to visit on your summer vacation. The UK is made up of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland and there are plenty of exciting things for you to see and do. Here are five reasons to visit the UK this summer.
Relax On Incredible beaches
Rent a car and drive to the beautiful southwest coast of England and explore the beaches of Cornwall. There are many reasons to visit the area and you won’t regret it. You can try camping, stay in a hotel, or rent a villa or a cottage right on the beach. You can spend your days, sun tanning swimming, surfing, or playing games like volleyball or football on the extensive beaches. You can also visit exciting cites like the National Maritime Museum Cornwall and the Pendennis Castle in Falmouth, the Tintagel Castle in Tintagel, and many other historical sites. Have a bite to eat at one of the many gastropubs while you watch the sun setting over the ocean.
Visit beautiful villages
There is no shortage of historical villages in the UK. Head just outside of London to the Cotswolds and you can explore historical villages like Chipping Campden, Chipping Norton, Cirencester, and Stow on the Wold. There are hiking trails between the villages and you can see spectacular sites like ancient Roman ruins, ancient churches and buildings that are hundreds of years old. Head to Scotland and wander through Skara Brae to see a stone built Neolithic settlement that is located on the biggest island of the Orkney archipelago.
Cruise the Waterways
A luxury river cruise along the Thames is a great way to explore. You can glide along in a luxury barge or small cruise ship and see the wondrous historical sites this area has to offer. Or you could try narrow boating along the canals in England, Northern Ireland, and Wales. There are over three thousand miles of canals and waterways for you explore. There are plenty of rental companies that offer boats and it is a great way to relax with friends and family. You can rent a boat that sleeps up to 16 people comfortably and cruise your way along beautiful lochs and visit quaint villages nestled on the waterways.
See world renowned Icons
There is no shortage of iconic landmarks in the UK. Head over to London and you can see Big Ben, Tower Bridge, The Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, The Globe Theatre, and many more. Travel about an hour by car from London to Wiltshire to see the world famous Stonehenge near Salisbury. If you travel to Scotland you can immerse yourself in Castle Trail and see stunning castles. Check out Portmeirion in Wales, this village will make you feel like you have been transported to the Italian Riviera.
Escape to Stunning Natural Wonders
Head to Northern England and explore the wonders of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. There are hiking trails, mountain bike trails, lush valleys and a caving system that you can explore. Alternatively you could visit the 137 metre deep Cheddar Gorge in Somerset. You can cycle or walk along Cliff Road, explore the two main caves, or even try rock climbing. Travel to Scotland and visit Puck’s Glen, near Dunoon, in Western Scotland and traverse along wooden pathways that travel through an area that is rich in natural sights like waterfalls, dense forest, and moss coated rocks.