We often write about the best places to visit in exotic locations including incredible world heritage sites, popular American tourist spots, attractions in Australia and the best hotels around the world and often overlook the incredible places we have right on our doorstep in the UK. So, weâ€™ve put that right with our top 10 tourist attractions in the UK.
Iâ€™m sure people will say but what about this, what about that but this is our list and we are sticking with it. They are in no order;
Lake District National Park
The Lakes or the Lake District as often referred, Lake District National Park is a stunning part of the UK with a plethora of fabulous opportunities to embrace the outdoors whilst also providing some unique attractions. The incredible mountains, lakes and forests are a joy to visit with opportunities to go climbing, enjoy a cruise on Windermere, visit the World of Beatrix Potter as well as Hill Top (not in the same place), go on a vintage railway journey, visit the Wordsworth museum and so much more. A fabulous part of the UK!
The Tower of London
Home to the Crown Jewels and many other treasures, The Tower of London is an immensely popular castle found on the North bank of the River Thames. Officially called Her Majestyâ€™s Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London which hardly rolls off the tongue, it is an impressive place. Meet the Ravens, take a tour of the tower with a Beefeater, experience the Ceremony of the Keys and of course see the priceless Crown Jewels.
St Pauls Cathedral
Another London landmark, St Pauls Cathedral is a popular place to visit in London. Charles & Diana got married there, the state funeral of Winston Churchill took place there along with various other events in British History. Over 1400 years old and rebuilt on numerous occasions it is primarily a place of worship but stepping inside and marvelling at the interior is awesome.
The Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew is a world heritage site home to over 50, 000 plants. A huge collection of orchids, the Rock Garden, Japanese Gateway, the Treetop Walkway, Palm House and Bluebell Woods are just a few of the reasons to visit Kew Gardens. A great place to explore for the whole family.
Take a trip to Staffordshire and spend a day or two enjoying the theme park, water park, mini golf or maybe a spa. The Smiler, Oblivion, Galactica, Wicker Man and Nemesis are just a few of the rides thrill seekers patiently queue up for but there is plenty more with some more sedate rides, family attractions and lots to do for the little ones.
Edinburgh Castle is one of the most famous historic sites in the UK. The historic castle dominates the Edinburgh skyline and is a must visit if you are in the city. You can take an audio tour or check in with the costumed performers who bring the castle to life in fine style. The Edinburgh Military Tattoo which takes place in August is a spectacle of musicians and performers from across globe and the highlight of many events that take place at the castle throughout the year.
One for the little ones, Legoland Windsor Resort is a theme park very much aimed at kids. With over 50 rides & attractions as well as special events taking place throughout the year, Legoland is a hit with the kids. Top it off with a stay at the Legoland Hotel and be a hit with your children forever moreâ€¦well at least a week!
Chester Zoo is one of the biggest zooâ€™s in the UK spread over 125 acres and with over 21,000 animals to see. Cheetah, Rhinos, Aardvark, Elephants, Giraffes, Lions, Penguins, Meerkat, Komodo Dragon, Pythons, Crocodiles and majestic Tigers are some of the more popular animals at Chester Zoo. A great day out for the whole family.
Walk in the footsteps of your Neolithic ancestors at Stonehenge â€“ one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe. Explore the ancient landscape on foot and step inside the Neolithic Houses to discover the tools and objects of everyday Neolithic life. Visit the exhibition and visitor centre with 250 ancient objects.
Natural History Museum
Near the Science Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum in South Kensington is the gem that is The Natural History Museum. There are some incredible collections and galleries at the Natural History Museum. Set over 4 zones there is so much to see and do. The Blue Zone celebrates life on earth with everything from dinosaurs to mammals or head to the Green Zone is all about evolution including a magnificent Blue Whale skeleton. The Orange Zone is home to the Darwin Centre where all the research takes place and is also where you can enjoy the tranquillity of the Wildlife Garden. Finally, there is the Red Zone where you can take a journey through our spectacular Earth sculpture and find out about the tremendous forces that shape our planet.
Thatâ€™s our list, there are many, many more places of beauty, fun and awesomeness to be found across the UK so get exploring and adventuring now.
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