Where to Visit for an Epic Summer Holiday in the UK 32

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Visiting the UK is an epic journey and there are so many exciting things to do and see. The UK is made up of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. It is filled with gorgeous scenery, beautiful beaches, exciting historical landmarks and there are so many activities for you to indulge in.


Yorkshire is a county in northern England and it is filled with luscious natural scenery and historical monuments. Head to the Yorkshire Dales National Park where you can mountain bike or trek through deep valleys, vibrant green meadows, and explore a system of caves. The historical monuments are from different eras and you can explore Viking heritage sites, ancient Roman ruins, medieval castles, medieval abbeys, fortifications, historic family estates, and Industrial Revolution era cities. 


Scotland is an exciting country and you should begin your visit in Edinburgh, the capital city. Old Town and New Town are both listed as UNESCO World heritage sites and they are great places to start. You can also visit historical sites like Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh Castle and visit ancient churches like Cannongate, Greyfriars, and St. Giles. If you want to explore the more remote areas of Scotland, you can rent a holiday home in a rural destination, away from the hustle and bustle, and enjoy exploring the surrounding countryside. Aberdeenshire is a few hours from Edinburgh and you can drive along Castle Trail. You can rent a car and follow the signs or join a guided tour. If you like golf you should definitely play a round at St. Andrews which is the oldest golf course in the world. 


Wales is a beautiful country and there are almost 2,700 km of coastline for visitors to explore. Take a trip to Cardiff, the capital city, and visit and historical sites like Cardiff Castle that was built during the medieval era. Experience the vibrant nightlife that this exciting city has to offer. If you want to explore nature head out to Snowdonia Park where you can go trekking, mountain biking, or just relax in the serenity of nature.


London is the capital city of the UK and there are many iconic landmarks to see. If you’re lucky enough to have a bright and clear day, then a great way to spot them all is to take a ride on the London Eye and get a bird’s eye view from above. Big Ben, Tower Bridge, The Tower of London, and many other landmarks are all visible from your comfy capsule. Make sure you take the time to visit at least one of the more than two hundred museums that are located in this vibrant city, here are the best free museums. You can also take a guided boat cruise on the Thames River to learn more about the history of this fascinating city. There are a whole variety of restaurants to dine at, a fabulous nightlife to explore and fabulous shopping awaits.


Wiltshire is about an hour by bus from London and it is the home of the exciting monument, Stonehenge. Stonehenge is one of the wonders of the world and it dates back to 3100 BC. This 5000 year old iconic landmark is still shrouded in mystery and no one has been able to figure for what purpose this large rock formation was built. There are plenty of accommodation options nearby or you can make it a day trip from London, Bath or Bournemouth.


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About Michael Hodson

I’m an attorney that took off on my birthday in December of 2008 to circumnavigate the globe without ever getting on an airplane. After 16 months, 6 continents and 44 countries, I made it all the way back home. Right now, I am back on the road writing about it all.

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