One of the world’s most interesting travel destinations is the …United Kingdom. Yes, that’s right. Unfortunately, it seems as if the UK has fallen out of favor with some travelers, but we find it a delightful place that is full of unique attractions, interesting cultures and beautiful landscapes. What’s more, for many visitors the language is relatively easy to understand (remember we mentioned the language, not the accents).
If you have not been to the UK, you should take a look at our Guide to its best places to visit. We even have a separate guide that explores the wonders of Scotland. In addition, we recently added a new piece on the Best Castles to Visit in Wales, England and Scotland.
We have to admit that we always look forward to the time we can grab in London, as we never tire of its museums, galleries, pubs, shopping and assorted things to do. It is a great city for walking and wandering and you every time we visit we find something new. As many times as we have been in London, you would think that we would not be candidates for taking one of the many “walking” tours offered, but we always find a new topic of interest to us and the guides are usually very informative and uniquely comical.
Outside of London, we find ourselves drawn to the beautiful Cotswolds, Bath and its Roman heritage, the Lake Country, York and its unique Viking heritage. For some unexplained reason we are almost magnetically attracted to the many archaeological sites along Hadrian’s Wall. In addition, Wales, its castles and unique coastal villages also seem to send us a beguiling message to visit as soon as we can.
As for Scotland, well visiting Scotland is a reward in itself. The sights, the culture, its painful, self-destructive history (including the story of Mary Queen of Scots), all intertwine to make a most interesting visit. However, we usually spend as much time hiking around the Scottish countryside as we do anything else. In spring, summer and fall, Scotland can be a glorious place to visit.
Maybe it is time for you to think about visiting the UK? We think it would be well worth your time to visit this dynamic collection of nations. If you have kids, the UK is one of the easier places to tour, it offers a great deal of information about things and places they have likely heard in school and it is a kid-friendly destination. Of course, it will give your kids a great deal of ammunition to ping you about concerning their adventures while you were driving on “the wrong side of the road”! If that worries you, we even have advice for “driving on the left“.
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