Visiting the United Kingdom is a dream for many. It is a place of great history and unique events. It is also a place where you can go to learn and to see those things. Places to visit in the UK are numerous, but here are a few:
A visit to the United Kingdom is not complete without a stop into London. It is the capital of the sprawling countryside and is full of history and things to see. You can visit the Tower of London that had more than one pleasant and nobleman locked away inside throughout history, the Tower Bridge is right next to Thames River along with Buckingham Place where the seat of the royal family still resides. You can visit Big Ben and the Parliament buildings where the government of Great Britain make plans and lead the country. West minster Abbey is not only a church, but the scene of more than one royal wedding.
A place to visit in the UK is Edinburgh. It is the capital of Scotland and it too has some amazingly well preserved and beautiful buildings. You can visit Edinburgh Castle which was built in the 13th century and is perched above the city looking down. If you visit you can watch One O’Clock Salute. You can also visit the Royal Place and gaze at the Scottish Crown Jewels. The Scottish National War Memorial is a must-see along with the Stone of Destiny also known as the Stone of Scone. It was held by London for over 700 years before being returned to its native country.
The city of bath is a place to visit in the UK if you are looking for healing waters. Bath was always a city to visit “to take the waters” if one was not well. Named after the Roman Baths of old; it has been providing watery help to people for the last 2,000 years. This city has three hot springs and the best-known one has 43 different kinds of minerals making it the sought after spring for cures. It has 275,000 gallons of spring water coming out per day at a temperature of 46.5 degrees Celsius.
Stonehenge and Salisbury
A World Heritage Site and one of the more unique places to visit in the UK is Stonehenge. This has been a pilgrimage site for more than 4,500 years. It may have been a place of worship or an ancient way of keeping the time. It is unknown, but tourists flock to the area to marvel at a monument erected before modern conveniences. It is over 20 square kilometers wide and now has a state-of-the-art visitor’s center which shows visitors how it was made and a glimpse back into the history of its construction. Plan ahead and make sure you have tickets for this sought after attraction.
A place to visit in the UK is Windsor Castle. This destination is only a short train ride outside of London. It sits next to the Thames and is surrounded by beautiful old timber buildings and the old cobblestones of the city. Visiting Windsor Castle means you are visiting one of the most famous castles of the royal family. It is the summer residence of the British Royal Family and has been for almost a thousand years. It was built by William the Conqueror and is the largest castle in the world that is still used regularly.
The Cotswolds and Lake District
Cotswold is one of the most beautiful cities in the United Kingdom to visit. It is almost 1,287 square kilometers of the countryside and it is an easy day trip outside of London. Cotswold is a network of small villages and many tourist visits to see the English Countryside at its best. Many visits also to escape the city and enjoy a little outdoors fund such as the 16 kilometers Cotswold Way or horseback riding around the countryside. You can also visit Castle Combe and Tetbury for a little history. Just north of Cotswolds is the Lake District National Park. This is an area of the 12 largest lakes and a region that is full of trails to explore.
York is a place to visit in the UK if you are interested in the Church of England. It has one of the largest cathedrals in the country, the York Minster. It is also one of the oldest as it dates back to the 3rd century, though much of its Gothic architecture is over 1,000 years younger than the building. If you tour the church you will see stained glass windows from the 14th century and the beautifully decorated choir. If you are interested, you can visit the crypt of the church which has some of the original building which was from the 11th century.
Cambridge & Oxford
Cambridge and Oxford are two extremely famous universities. They are also rivals over the titles and histories of the countryside. They are both top academic institutions and will continue to fight each other for the top spot in academia. They both participate in The Boat Race which takes place every year to prove who is on top for the year. If you visit Cambridge you will be able to wander the largest number of preserved buildings in the country, many of those, date to 1284 and are part of the University’s buildings still. While you are visiting the University, you should visit the town center to see many old-style town buildings.
Manchester is where the International Airport is located which means most tourists will get to see it whether they want to or not. Either way, it is worth a visit. It is full of well-preserved Victorian-style homes, Castlefield and some Roman Ruins. There are also old warehouses that once were factories and now have a lot of trendy shops and restaurants. A visit to Manchester also means visiting Manchester Cathedral. You can also visit the historic town hall and any of the areas museums and art galleries including the Museum of Science and Industry and the Manchester Art Gallery.
Canterbury is located in Kent and draws scores of Christians to the area because it is where St. Augustine first started converting pagans to Christianity. The most famous building to visit though is the Canterbury cathedral which is home to the Archbishop of Canterbury. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site because the cathedral is a work of art, inside and outside. It has the Miracle Windows, which show the life and murder of the famous Archbishop Thomas Becket. They also date to the 12th Century.