The UK doesn’t strike many as a particularly desirable vacation spot but if you’re looking for a sedate break that’s filled with understated charm, you could do far worse. For all its diminutive stature, Great Britain has a wealth of history and culture that encompasses ancient Celtic and Roman traditions as well as playing host to some of the most beautiful and cosmopolitan cities in the world. While the country has an unfortunate reputation for bad weather (and poor dentistry), it only takes a few hours in ol’ blighty to realize that there’s far more to this plucky little country than you realize.
Firstly… There’s more to the country than London
London is a magnet for overseas tourists but if you’ve visited the UK and only seen London, you haven’t really seen the country at all. There are a great many destinations across England, Scotland and Wales that offer great theatre, sumptuous food and historic architecture that eclipses anything you’ll find in the nation’s capital. Sure there’s The British Museum, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, but there’s also huge lines, over-inflated prices and an unpleasantly aggressive bustle that’s really uncharacteristic of the country as a whole.
Messing About In Boats
The country is best explored by its historic waterways to which the country owed so much of its industrial success at the turn of the 20th century. Renting a canal boat and exploring the country allows you to travel uphill or downhill through historic locks and travel through picturesque glens. If you’re looking for a more sedate and rural holiday filled with history and scenery, you could do far worse. You can hire a luxurious boat in various locations by clicking here. As well as the act of boating, you’ll find that major tourist attractions are often situated close to waterways including a range of historic castles and stately homes.
A world of art and culture
London has some great galleries, but they’re really just the tip of the iceberg. The Baltic Centre For Contemporary Art in Newcastle is a distinctive building on the banks of the river Tyne that plays host to a wide range of fascinating exhibits. Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology is a beautiful building that happens to be the oldest public museum in the UK and Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is Scotland’s most popular museum, but the most popular museum in the UK outside of London.
If you have a Harry Potter fan in your life then there’s far more to do than go searching around King’s Cross station looking for Platform 9 and three quarters. Indeed, if you plan far enough in advance you can catch a showing of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London’s West End but tickets are extremely expensive and sell out fast. Travel a little outside the city and you’ll find the Warner Bros. studio tour in Watford which is jam packed with sets, costumes and memorabilia from the films, or you could travel right up to Alnwick Castle in Northumberland which (aside from being a site of great historical interest) doubled as Hogwarts in the first two films.