The United Kingdom
is land of diverse landscapes, exciting culture, stunning coastline and excellent cuisine! It is made up of the island of Britain which includes the countries Wales
as well as many smaller islands and Northern Ireland
, which borders the Republic of Ireland. There’s so much to see and do – keep reading to find out Wimdu’s favourite spots in the UK!
Where to stay
Visitors to the United Kingdom will find that booking and renting a holiday apartment or guest room with Wimdu is far more beneficial than reserving a hotel or hostel, and that the amenities included can easily surpass all typical hotel expectations – for example you’ll get access to a kitchen! Wimdu
have a huge amount of accommodation options throughout the United Kingdom, from cottages in Wales to seaside holiday apartments in St Ives and city centre apartments in Manchester to trendy loft apartments in Cardiff.
The United Kingdom is where The Beatles are from, the biggest selling pop act in US history.
Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, is from the UK!
Almost 75% of the land in the United Kingdom is used for farming!
People in the United Kingdom drink more tea than any other nation on earth!
Things to see and do in the United Kingdom
There’s so much to see in England
is the capital and is a hugely popular city for tourists to visit. There are so many amazing tourist attractions in London including the Tower Bridge
, London Eye
, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
, Madame Tussauds
and Oxford Street
. You’ll need several days to even scratch the surface of London – there’s so much to see and do! England is not all about London however and there are many other excellent cities including Bristol
to be explored. Each offers a unique take on British life, culture and architecture. The English countryside is a marvel to behold and on a sunny day there is no finer place to be in Europe! The Cotswolds
, located just north of Bristol, is a beautiful part of the country and you can go walking, camping and fishing there! There are several amazing national parks in the UK including the Peak District
and the Lake District
is a beautiful country with many, many miles of beautiful countryside, an exciting and individualistic culture and some vibrant towns and cities. Cardiff is the capital and the administrative and cultural centre of Wales. It’s located in South Wales close to the border with England. There’s many excellent tourist attractions in the city including the Millennium Stadium
where the Welsh rugby team play, Cardiff Castle
, Cardiff Bay
and St David’s Hall
. Cardiff is relatively small for a capital city and was recently voted the best place in the UK for young people to live! It is just a short journey by train from Cardiff to the student city of Swansea
, the pretty seaside towns of Tenby
and the foody, market town of Abergavenny
. West Wales is home to Aberystwyth
, a popular student coastal town and Newport
, a quaint seaside village. North Wales is home to the pretty towns of Bangor
and the island of Anglesey
. There are many beautiful rolling hills, epic mountains and lush green farmland in Wales that is great for exploring!
is home to the UK’s second biggest tourist attraction (the city of Edinburgh)and some of the most epic landscape on the British Isles. Edinburgh
attracts over 5 million tourists each year due to its picturesque streets, amazing castle and historic Royal Mile
. Ben Nevis
is the UK’s biggest mountain and is popular with hikers who come from all over the British isles. Scotland is also home to the Hebridean Islands
which are on the west coast of the country. They are popular with people looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life! Glasgow
is also a popular tourist destination and Scotland’s best art galleries and museums can be found in the city.
Northern Ireland’s capital of Belfast
is becoming a more and more popular tourist destination and those who visit fall in love with the friendly attitude of the locals and good tourist attractions. The recently opened Titanic Belfast museum
tells the story of the Titanic and its doomed voyage to America. The Titanic was constructed in the city and the museum has been getting rave reviews – the building that houses the museum is shaped like the front hull of the Titanic! Derry
is also a popular tourist hotspot and the famous Giants Causeway
is one of the country’s most impressive natural phenomenon’s!
The UK is home to many major airports and it is both affordable and quick to get to from mainland Europe. Some of the biggest include London Heathrow
, London Gatwick
, Birmingham Airport
, Manchester Airport
and Edinburgh Airport
. It takes just one hour to reach London from Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels! Getting around Britain is easy thanks to the good public transport system in place and high quality, well maintained roads. Taking the train is the best way to travel between cities and is also very quick. Train travel is quite expensive however and if you are looking to save money perhaps it is a better idea to avail of the bus system which also connects many cities and towns. National Express
operate long distance bus routes between cities such as London, Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester. If you are visiting more remote parts of the United Kingdom then expect to find less public transport and a lower quality of roads.