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The Long Walk, the pathway leading to Windsor Castle is 2 1/2 miles long.

Windsor Castle

Windsor & Eton

The world’s largest and oldest continuously occupied fortress, Windsor Castle is a majestic vision of battlements and towers. Used for state occasions, it…

Westminster Abbey.

Westminster Abbey

The West End

A splendid mixture of architectural styles, Westminster Abbey is considered the finest example of Early English Gothic. It's not merely a beautiful place…

Looking up the hill at Edinburgh Castle. Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle has played a pivotal role in Scottish history, both as a royal residence – King Malcolm Canmore (r 1058–93) and Queen Margaret first made…

Tate Modern museum on the southern bank of the River Thames.

Tate Modern

One of London's most amazing attractions, Tate Modern is an outstanding modern- and contemporary-art gallery housed in the creatively revamped Bankside…

Steam rising off the hot  mineral water in the Great Bath, part of the Roman Baths in Bath, UK

Roman Baths

Welcome to one of Northern Europe's most significant Roman sites. Today more than a million visitors a year come to see its historic finds, atmospheric…

Canterbury Cathedral, Kent, England

Canterbury Cathedral

A rich repository of more than 1400 years of Christian history, Canterbury Cathedral is the Church of England’s mother ship, and a truly extraordinary…

London Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

Kensington & Hyde Park

With its thunderous, animatronic dinosaur, riveting displays about planet earth, outstanding Darwin Centre and architecture straight from a Gothic fairy…

St. pauls cathedral with red double decker bus in London, United Kingdom

St Paul's Cathedral

Sir Christopher Wren’s 300-year-old architectural masterpiece is a London icon. Towering over diminutive Ludgate Hill in a superb position that's been a…

The Tower of London

Tower of London

Few parts of the UK are as steeped in history or as impregnated with legend and superstition as the titanic stonework of the Tower of London. Not only is…

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Eden Project

South Cornwall

Looking like a cross between a lunar landing station and a James Bond villain's lair, the gigantic hemispherical greenhouses of the Eden Project have…

Dusk view of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on the banks of the River Thames in London

Shakespeare's Globe

Seeing a play at Shakespeare's Globe – ideally standing under the open-air "wooden O" – is experiencing the playwright's work at its best and most…

Great Court, British Museum, Bloomsbury, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

British Museum

With almost six million visitors trooping through its doors annually, the British Museum in Bloomsbury, one of the oldest and finest museums in the world,…

Viking settlement at Skara Brae, Orkney islands, Scotland, Uk

Predating Stonehenge and the pyramids of Giza, extraordinary Skara Brae is one of the world's most evocative prehistoric sites, and northern Europe’s best…

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Durham Cathedral

Northeast England

Monumental Durham Cathedral is the definitive structure of the Anglo-Norman Romanesque style, a resplendent monument to the country’s ecclesiastical…

A view of Warwick Castle and the River Avon, Warwick, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Warwick Castle

Warwickshire

Founded in 1068 by William the Conqueror, stunningly preserved Warwick Castle is Warwick's main attraction.

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Glasgow Cathedral

Glasgow Cathedral has a rare timelessness. The dark, imposing interior conjures up medieval might and can send a shiver down the spine. It's a shining…

JUNE 18, 2017: Visitors seated on the shore of Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park.

One of London’s best parks, Hyde Park spreads itself over 142 hectares of neat gardens, wild expanses of overgrown grass and glorious trees. As well as…

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Science Museum

The Science Museum will mesmerize with its interactive and educational exhibits covering everything from early technology to space travel. Take the family…

ROSLIN, SCOTLAND - JULY 18, 2016: Rosslyn Chapel (Collegiate Chapel of St Matthew), found by  by William Sinclair. It was mentioned in The Da Vinci Code book

Rosslyn Chapel

Many years may have passed since Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code and the subsequent film came out, but floods of visitors still descend on Scotland's…

Evening Big Ben

Houses of Parliament

Both the elected House of Commons and the House of Lords, who are appointed or hereditary, sit in the sumptuous Houses of Parliament, officially called…

Buckingham Palace in London, United Kingdom.

Buckingham Palace

Built in 1703 for the Duke of Buckingham, Buckingham Palace replaced St James's Palace as the monarch's official London residence in 1837. Queen Elizabeth…

August 2017: Palm garden at a greenhouse in Kew Royal Botanic Gardens.

Kew Gardens

Richmond, Kew & Hampton Court

Where else in London can you size up an 18th-century 10-storey Chinese pagoda and a Japanese gateway while finding yourself among one of the world’s most…

Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom – December 20, 2019: Stirling Castle is a fortified wall sitting atop Castle Hill and is part of the Stirling Sill, a quartz-dolerite formation millions of years old. Records date it back to the early 12th century and the inner grounds are home to replicas of the famous Unicorn Tapestries. The castle offers spectacular views of Stirling from the Outer Defences.

Stirling Castle

Hold Stirling and you control Scotland. This maxim has ensured that a fortress of some kind has existed here since prehistoric times. You cannot help…

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Borough Market

For a thousand years, a market has existed at the southern end of London Bridge, making this still-busy ancient gathering point a superb spectacle…

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Hampstead Heath

North London

Sprawling Hampstead Heath, with its rolling woodlands and meadows, feels a million miles away from the city – despite being about 3.5 miles from Trafalgar…

December 28, 2014: Interior of Salisbury Cathedral.

Salisbury Cathedral

England is endowed with countless stunning churches, but few can hold a candle to the grandeur and sheer spectacle of 13th-century Salisbury Cathedral…

London Bridge over Thames River.

Tower Bridge

It doesn't matter from where you first glimpse Tower Bridge, with two neo-Gothic towers rising gracefully from either side of the Thames: London's…

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Whitby Abbey

There are ruined abbeys, and there are picturesque ruined abbeys. And then there's Whitby Abbey, dominating the skyline above the East Cliff like a great…

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Museum of London

Romp through 450,000 years of London history at this entertaining and educational museum, one of the capital's finest. Exhibiting everything from a…

Leeds castle taken Just before the Sun appeared over the hill

Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle, an immense moated pile just east of Maidstone,  is often considered the world’s most romantic castle. It's certainly one of the most visited…

Glastonbury Tor Sunrise

Glastonbury Tor

Bristol, Bath & Somerset

Topped by the ruined medieval Chapel of St Michael, the iconic hump of Glastonbury Tor is visible for miles around, and provides Somerset with one of its…

London, England

Camden Market

Eclectic and alternative, Camden Market attracts millions of people each year and is one of London's top places to visit. What started out as a collection…

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Madame Tussauds

Packed with waxwork likenesses of celebrities, Madame Tussauds is kitschy and pricey, but makes for a fun-filled day. There are plenty of personalities to…

The Temple Church, a late-12th-century church in London, England

Temple Church

The magnificent Temple Church was built by the secretive Knights Templar, an order of crusading monks founded in the 12th century to protect pilgrims…

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Corfe Castle

The massive, shattered ruins of Corfe Castle loom so dramatically from the landscape it's like blundering into a film set. The defensive fragments tower…

Westerham England - August 21 2019; Chartwell country house of Winston Churchill now part of National Trust.

The Chartwell Estate was home of Sir Winston Churchill from 1924 until his death in 1965. It offers a breathtakingly intimate insight into the life of…

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Greenwich Park

Greenwich Park is one of London’s loveliest expanses of green, with a rose garden, impressive playground, a 6th-century Anglo-Saxon burial ground and…

MARGATE, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2014 Turner Contemporary gallery, exhibition space, designed by David Chipperfield.

Turner Contemporary

Turner Contemporary is a blockbuster art gallery, bolted together on the site of the seafront guesthouse where master painter JMW Turner used to stay…

Sunrise behind Durdle Door, on the Jurassic Coast.

Durdle Door

Durdle Door is the poster child of Dorset's Jurassic Coast. This immense, sea-fringed, 150-million-year-old Portland stone arch was created by a…

Down, England - July 28, 2006: Down House, Charles Darwin's home, now a Museum, seen from the back garden.

Down House, on the edge of the quaint Kent village of Downe, was Charles Darwin's home from 1842 until his death in 1882. It was here that he developed…

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Britain's festive Christmas experiences

Get well and truly stuck into the festive season with these Christmas experiences in Britain that are set to up the jolly antics.

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Christmas markets in Britain

Follow twinkling lights and dive into a festive atmosphere filled with holiday cheer at Britain’s Christmas Markets.

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Christmas market stalls lining Cathedral Street in Manchester

Halloween and Bonfire Night in Britain

It’s spooky season in Britain, from monster hunting to firework displays, Halloween and Bonfire Night are unmissable autumn celebrations.

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Day trips from London

Britain packs a punch when it comes to the eclectic range of destinations within close proximity to London.

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Britain’s best eats

Know what to expect from British cuisine? Think again. There's so much more to the diverse British foodie scene just waiting to be experienced.

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Top filming locations: Britain on screen

Great Britain sets the scene to embark on a star-studded adventure, seek out the stories from the latest releases and pose for that picture-perfect moment.

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LGBTQIA+ guide to Liverpool

England’s north western city is all about its creative pulse, known for musical beats and vibrant communities.

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A crowd of people celebrating Liverpool Pride

LGBTQIA+ guide to Newcastle

Packed with bars, bistros, and late-night clubs, Newcastle is home to a booming LGBTQIA+ scene.

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LGBTQIA+ guide to Glasgow

Modern and sophisticated with a down-to-earth attitude, Glasgow’s unique charm has seen it voted ‘the friendliest city in the world’ by Rough Guides.

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LGBTQIA+ guide to Manchester

Manchester claims world-famous football teams, a rich cultural heritage and one of the liveliest LGBTQIA+ communities in the UK.

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LGBTQIA+ guide to Bristol

Home to stylish hotels, famous street art, lively bars, and the largest free Pride in the UK, Bristol is a dream destination for LGBTQIA+ travellers.

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LGBTQIA+ guide to Cardiff

The Welsh capital offers a buzzing LGBTQIA+ scene.

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Discover the Beatles and beyond in Liverpool

Love Me Do in Liverpool, the birthplace of the Beatles, as you follow in the footsteps of the Fab Four.

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Rooftop of Oh me oh my restaurant in Liverpool

Enjoy Britain’s best music festivals

The summer signals festival season in Britain, so grab your wellies and get ready to party with one of the many music festivals taking place around the country.

Crowd at the Green Man Festival in front of the stage

Spectacular Scottish festivals

From the Edinburgh International Festival to Glasgow’s Celtic Connections, tune in to Scotland’s best festivals.

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The music lover’s guide to London

Discover the spots that inspired the songs from The Clash and the Sex Pistols, to Queen and David Bowie.

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Music venues you can’t miss

From the Beatles’ Childhood Homes in Liverpool, to Abbey Road and David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust street in London, discover the UK’s most iconic musical landmarks.

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Period drama filming locations

From loyal royal fans of The Crown, to loving the scandal of Regency high society in Bridgerton, discover the places that bring it all to life.

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James Bond filming locations

From the Scottish glens, to international art - spy Britain's favourite agent.

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Visit Bridgerton filming locations

Live out your Regency fantasies and immerse yourself in the record-breaking series.

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Hampton Court Palace is a historic royal palace built by Cardinal Wolsely and handed to his monarch King Henry VIII in the year 1528.

Visit Harry Potter filming locations

Follow in the magical footsteps of Harry Potter around these great British filming locations.

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Visit Peaky Blinders filming locations

Explore the filming locations of Steven Knight's hit crime drama, Peaky Blinders.

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Boat Dock at The Black Country Living Museum in Dudley, West Midlands

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Whether you're looking for museums, markets or amazing views, we'll prove you really can get something for nothing.

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Britain’s best breweries and vineyards

Britain’s drink scene is as diverse as its people, and they all love a good knees-up.

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Hands on food

The diverse landscapes of Britain offer everything from coastal foraging to the free-range pork used in its sausage-making classes.

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The cream of the crop of Britain’s fine dining food scene

Britain has a diverse fine dining scene, with one thing in common - sensational, seasonal and local produce by multi-award-winning chefs.

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Top distilleries in Britain

Whet your whistle with at Scottish whisky, raise a glass to English gin making - but did you know Wales is also leaving its mark?

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Eat local - foodie map of Britain

Whether you're hopping from London to Cardiff or taking a road trip in the Scottish Highlands, we have something delicious just for you.

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British food festivals you don’t want to miss

Whether you’re a meat eater, a seafood lover or a plant-based enthusiast - tuck into Britain's food festivals.

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Discover Britain’s best exhibitions and theatre shows

Discover Britain’s unmissable exhibition and theatre shows that wrap you in multi-sensory world.

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Bonkers yet brilliant: that sums up our style. Where else can you chase cheeses down-hill, or race in boats made from Yorkshire puddings?

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Britain’s unmissable stores

From flagships to firsts, British heritage labels to boutique bizarres, and emporiums to bespoke - Britain’s shopping experiences are unmissable.

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Experience Britain’s top heritage cities

From medieval Edinburgh to Georgian Bath, Britain’s cities are full of chocked with cultural treasures and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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Explore Britain’s most spectacular castles

Full of secrets and scandals, Britain’s castles are full of stories - get hands on with history as you explore these historic forts.

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Taking place across the region, the Highland Games combine jaw-dropping landscapes with awe-inspiring displays of sport, strength and Scottish tradition.

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Iconic department stores, shopping centres and an eclectic mix of high-streets all make Britain’s shopping great.

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London’s markets

Celebrate diversity in flavours, local finds and vintage gems across London's bustling markets.

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Out-of-town shopping

While city centres are great for history, culture and shopping – it’s out of town shopping centres which can zip you away from the city’s bustle.

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Royal and historic walking routes

Retrace the steps of British Royalty across the capital. Wander past iconic palaces and through its leafy Royal Parks.

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Royal events and ceremonies

Discover celebrations fit for a king and queen: from the Household Cavalry and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo to spotting Royals among a clutch of huge hats at the races at Royal Ascot.

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The King’s royal residences

For a unique insight into royal life, grab your map and discover grand palaces, historic castles and beautiful country retreats.

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Britain is bursting to the battlements with places full of royal importance, all waiting to be discovered by you.

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Pride parades, film festivals and bear parties: the UK’s LGBTQIA+ calendar is jam-packed with fun and flamboyant events.

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LGBTQIA+ guide to Birmingham

A thriving LGBTQIA+ scene, with famous gay club nights and Birmingham Pride - the UK’s largest two-day LGBTQIA+ festival.

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This seaside city is known for its open attitude, vivacious clubbing scene and two-day Pride extravaganza.

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Home to the largest gay scene in Scotland, Edinburgh’s vibrant ‘Pink Triangle’ is the place to visit for low-key pubs, lively clubs, and day-time hangouts.

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From the buzzing bars and restaurants of Soho, the city’s gay heartland, and Vauxhall’s infamous party scene the city offers endless possibilities.

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Iconic British train journeys

With over 150 heritage railways across the nation, it’s no surprise that Britain is steaming ahead with exciting train experiences and trips for you to get stuck into.

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Britain's best canals and rivers

See Britain's urban and rural areas from our waterways - from private canal boats to high speed jaunts along rivers.

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Best spa cities

It’s time to slow down, relax and unwind - so clear the diary, switch off your phone and reset your mind and body in Britain.

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Britain in bloom

From flower shows to cycling trails, here’s the pick of outdoor experiences as Britain springs into life.

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Festival season

From the biggest names in music to literary icons, Britain’s packed festival calendar welcomes all.

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Haunted at Halloween

From ghostly hotel stays to playful poltergeists and haunting experiences, Britain gets spooky for Halloween.

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Christmas Markets

Check out the markets making their return for the festive season in towns and cities across Britain.

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Insider Secrets | 18 January 2022

Secret britain: 30 little-known british places you must visit.

Explore Britain with a fresh set of eyes, aided by the experts from Bradt Travel Guides, who’ve personally curated these 30 lesser-known delights...

1. Ross Back Sands, Northumberland

Ross Back Sands Beach, looking towards Bamburgh Castle (Shutterstock)

Ross Back Sands Beach, looking towards Bamburgh Castle (Shutterstock)

This gloriously deserted sandy spit extends for 5km from Budle Bay to Lindisfarne. Access is via a 1.5km-long footpath through Ross Farm and across the dunes, which puts off the few travellers who venture here.

Your reward, however, is an unbeatable panorama: all sky, sea and white sands with Lindisfarne Castle at one end and, at the other, Bamburgh Castle and the Farne Islands. A pair of binoculars will come in handy, not only to check out the seals lazing on Lindisfarne’s bay (best viewed from Guile Point) but also to scan the sea for divers, grebes and scoters in winter, and terns in summer.

- Gemma Hall, author of Bradt's Slow Travel: Northumberland

2. walberswick, suffolk.

Walberswick (Shutterstock)

Walberswick (Shutterstock)

Walberswick was formerly a small trading port before its harbour silted up. Long adopted as a bohemian retreat by artists like Philip Wilson Steer and Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the former fishing village has long-since morphed into a enclave for media-types.

These days it is popular with walkers and birdwatchers, and young families who come here to relax and go crabbing in the creek. The most atmospheric way to reach Walberswick, though, is by way of the rowing-boat ferry across the River Blyth from Southwold, an enterprise that’s been in the same family for five generations.

- Laurence Mitchell, author of Bradt's Slow Travel: Norfolk & Suffolk

3. carn euny, cornwall.

Carn Euny, Cornwall (Shutterstock)

Carn Euny, Cornwall (Shutterstock)

Although this ancient hut settlement is managed by English Heritage, the sense of private discovery is overwhelming. To get here, it’s an easy walk from Chapel Carn Brea car park north-east over Tredinney Common past a very natural, gurgling holy well that marks the site of St Euny’s Chapel.

The low stone walls of the roundhouses are clearly visible, beneath a soft blanket of turf and wildflowers and the entrance to a mysterious fogou (underground structure) is also apparent. This remote and beautiful acre lies on a south-facing slope; it’s a place to linger, maybe with a picnic and a jug of local cider. 

- Kirsty Fergusson, author of Bradt's Slow Travel: Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly

4. hunstanton, norfolk.

The red and ginger cliffs of Hunstanton, Norfolk (Shutterstock)

The red and ginger cliffs of Hunstanton, Norfolk (Shutterstock)

Standing a short walk along the beach from the Victorian resort of Hunstanton (‘Sunny Hunny’) are the magnificent banded cliffs of Old Hunstanton. The cliffs, which are comprised of layers of rusty ginger sandstone (‘carrstone’), red limestone (‘red chalk’) topped with chalk, are framed by a foreground of chalky sand and green, seaweed-covered rocks.

Unusually – actually, uniquely – for East Anglia, they face west. With the setting sun lighting up the cliffs as it lowers across The Wash, and a painterly combination of red, white, green and blue, this is the sort of place that holds great appeal for romantics and landscape photographers alike. 

- Laurence Mitchell, author of Bradt's   Slow Travel:  Norfolk   &   Suffolk

5. sunbiggin tarn, cumbria.

Sunbiggin Tarn, Cumbria (Shutterstock)

Sunbiggin Tarn, Cumbria (Shutterstock)

Lakes of any size are very thin on the ground in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Sunbiggin Tarn’s rarity makes it popular with wildlife and visiting humans alike.

Interesting birds can be seen here all year around but this place’s greatest claim to fame is probably its starling murmurations. One of the country’s largest and most spectacular, it involves tens of thousands of birds and occurs here at dusk on most autumn and winter evenings.

- Mike Bagshaw, author of Bradt's Slow Travel: Yorkshire Dales

6. yoesden nature reserve, high wycombe.

Spot a rare chalkhill blue butterfly at Yoesden Nature Reserve (Shutterstock)

Spot a rare chalkhill blue butterfly at Yoesden Nature Reserve (Shutterstock)

Six miles north of High Wycombe, Yoesden has changed little since medieval times. Descending from ‘beech hanger’ woods, its sun-soaked chalk grassland provides a haven for less common flora and fauna.

In late June, it’s a pink and purple picture with chalk fragrant, pyramidal and common spotted orchids. By August, blue is the colour with devil’s bit scabious, nettle-leaved bellflower and lots of Chiltern gentian attracting butterflies – keep an eye out for the azure Adonis blues and the powdery chalk hill blues as well as the common blue and small blue varieties. Open daily, and free to visit.

- Neil Matthews, author of Bradt's Slow Travel: Chilterns & The Thames Valley

7. the grey mare’s tail nature reserve, dumfries & galloway.

Grey Mare’s Tail Nature Reserve, Dumfries & Galloway (Shutterstock)

Grey Mare’s Tail Nature Reserve, Dumfries & Galloway (Shutterstock)

The wild and rugged landscape of this National Trust for Scotland reserve in Dumfries & Galloway is a taste of the highlands in the lowlands. The 60m Grey Mare’s Tail waterfall is the UK’s fifth highest; a walk up alongside it will eventually bring you to isolated Loch Skeen and Britain’s rarest native freshwater fish, the vendace.

Continue climbing to the top of White Coomb (821m), Dumfriesshire’s highest peak for inspirational views to the Scottish Borders and even beyond if the weather goes in your favour. Look out for peregrine falcons, osprey and, if you’re lucky, golden eagle, which have been reintroduced in recent years.

- Donald Grieg, author of Bradt's Slow Travel: Dumfries & Galloway  

8. solar heritage boat tours, west sussex.

On the waters in West Sussex (Shutterstock)

On the waters in West Sussex (Shutterstock)

The catamaran was powered by nothing else but the sun, gliding across through the marshy waterscape of Chichester Harbour in West Sussex’s south-west corner.

"She’s quiet, doesn’t scare wildlife, uses no oil or lubricants and doesn’t cause wake," explained our guide, as binoculars were passed around to my fellow passengers to spot the abundant birdlife and wait for a glimpse of its couple of dozen resident seals.

The craft is one of only three, built to ferry people to an exhibition of alternative energy sources held in Switzerland and now-recycled here to spectacular effect. Surely the ultimate form of Slow Travel? Costs £10 per adult. 

- Tim Locke, author of Bradt's Slow Travel: Sussex

9. birkenhead park, wirral.

Birkenhead, the UK's Central Park? (Shutterstock)

Birkenhead, the UK's Central Park? (Shutterstock)

The port of Birkenhead on Wirral was a town of firsts in the 19th century, including being home to the world’s first publicly funded park.

But Birkenhead Park, a naturalistic 100 acres of meadows, fields, gardens, woodland, lakes and structures, has another boast. It inspired the American landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted in his design of New York’s Central Park.

Birkenhead Park isn’t the only Victorian joy of this peninsula. Wirral’s other secrets include the industrial garden village of Port Sunlight, Ness Botanic Gardens (which introduced the rhododendron to Britain’s borders) and pretty Parkgate village, with its now landlocked seafront promenade.

- Kate Simon, author of Bradt's Slow Travel: Cheshire

10. the strawberry line, somerset .

The awe-inspiring village of Cheddar in Somerset (Shutterstock)

The awe-inspiring village of Cheddar in Somerset (Shutterstock)

Wending its way through a scenic stretch of Somerset countryside, the Strawberry Line takes its name from the railway that, until 1963, transported produce grown on the slopes of the nearby Mendips.

Walking or cycling the old, mostly traffic-free, trackbed – which extends for 16km between Yatton and Cheddar – you’ll pass rural villages, apple-rich orchards (this is cider country after all), wooded valleys and wetlands teeming with wildlife, including otters, owls, bats and butterflies.

There are plenty of pitstops along the way too, not least the brilliant, not-for-profit Strawberry Line Café, which now occupies the old Victorian-era waiting room at Yatton station; handily, they also offer bike hire.

- Norm Longley, author of Bradt's Slow Travel: Somerset

11. amberley museum, west sussex.

Displays at West Sussex's Amberley Museum (Shutterstock)

Displays at West Sussex's Amberley Museum (Shutterstock)

Close to the South Downs Way and right next to Amberley rail station, this serendipitous museum is, variously, a huge industrial relic; a nature reserve within a chalk pit patrolled by peregrine falcons; a community of craftspeople; and a collection of all sorts representing industry in the south-east over the centuries.

Each visit will sidetrack you with something new: nosing round the printworks and the transplanted Southdown Bus Garage, or chatting to the woodturner. Finish the day with an amble around Amberley, with its astonishing show of thatched roofs, and a medieval castle (now a hotel) looking out onto the water meadows known as Amberley Wildbrooks. Open  Wednesday to Sunday, £13.60 per ticket. 

- Tim Locke, author of Bradt's  Slow Travel: Sussex

12. hartland abbey, devon .

Hartland Abbey, Devon (Shutterstock)

Hartland Abbey, Devon (Shutterstock)

Far superior to many other great houses, which sometimes struggle to justify their entrance fee, Hartland Abbey (open Sunday to Thursday until 4 October) is still owned by the family that inherited it in the 16th century.

It has a lived-in feeling (you are likely to find a family member working in the walled garden) and the quality of the contents is one of the advantages of a house that has never been sold, but passed down through the centuries by inheritance. Scattered around the house are laminated newspaper cuttings that add snippets of intrigue...

- Hilary Bradt, founder of Bradt Travel Guides and author of  Slow Travel: Exmoor, North Devon and South Devon

13. cotswold line cycle route.

Glorious views from Dover's Hill (Shutterstock)

Glorious views from Dover's Hill (Shutterstock)

For quiet, tiny lanes that are perfect for gentle moseying on a bicycle, the Cotswolds is in abundance. And 120km of these lanes make up the Cotswold Line Cycle Route (NCN Route 442), which follows the Cotswold Line railway between Oxford and Worcester, so you can cycle as far as you like, then catch the train back (or vice versa).

There’s plenty to view along the route, as it winds its way through peaceful stone villages with rose-hugging frontages and reputable gastro-watering holes (many currently offering a takeaway service). Take Kingham or Charlbury, for example, in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, or the market town of Moreton-in-Marsh, all with a train station to boot.

Further north, head towards Chipping Campden, with tearooms-aplenty and the glory of Dover’s Hill for a picnic with views, to catch the return train in nearby Honeybourne.

- Caroline Mills, author of Bradt's Slow Travel: The Cotswolds

14. lundy island, devon.

Lundy Island, Devon (Shutterstock)

Lundy Island, Devon (Shutterstock)

Marooned in the middle of the Bristol Channel and often cut off for days through bad weather, this island feels like a lump of the Hebrides mysteriously dumped in the south-west. It is a wild, beautiful and almost treeless place, with a tiny resident population, no cars, a lot of sheep, cattle and ponies, and kilometres of footpaths.

The chief attraction is the cliffside breeding puffins (best see April to July), but the chance to get away from it all ensures that few visitors only come here once. All the accommodation is self-catering in historic properties, including a castle and a lighthouse, now owned by the Landmark Trust.

15. Hawkstone Park Follies, Shropshire

A glimpse of the mysterious Hawkstone Park Follies (Shutterstock)

A glimpse of the mysterious Hawkstone Park Follies (Shutterstock)

If you’ve never before visited Hawkstone Park Follies , we envy you your first glimpses of this mysterious place. The restored 200-year-old pleasure garden is an exhilarating mix of sandstone cliffs and crags, dotted with dozens of follies originally created by the Hill family of Hawkstone.

Ascend the 150 steps of the 30m-high monument, raised in 1795, and you’ll have views over 12 or 13 counties. Its dramatic scenery made Hawkstone Park a location for the BBC’s 1988 adaptation of The Chronicles of Narnia , and it remains highly recommended for children (and grown ups) who enjoy exploring – although wear sturdy shoes. Open only on weekends, £19 (for one household, up to three in a car). 

- Marie Kreft, author of Bradt's Slow Travel: Shropshire

16. natural history museum, tring, hertfordshire .

Natural History Museum, Tring, Hertfordshire (Shutterstock)

Natural History Museum, Tring, Hertfordshire (Shutterstock)

This outpost of London’s Natural History Museum has been a visitors’ delight for over a century. Six floors showcase 4,000 specimens on public display in taxonomic order, classified into related groups: stuffed birds and animals, menacing sharks hanging from the ceiling, insects in pull-out cases and plenty more.

You can wonder at the skeletons of long-dead creatures, such as the giant ground sloth from the Pleistocene era, or examine a set of fully dressed fleas (clothes made in Mexico in 1905). It's free to visit, and open daily.

- Neil Matthews, author of Bradt's   Slow Travel: Chilterns & The Thames Valley

17. south west coastal 300, dumfries & galloway (mostly) .

A bay on the Mull of Galloway (Shutterstock)

A bay on the Mull of Galloway (Shutterstock)

Scotland’s ‘forgotten south-west corner’ has its own version of the hugely successful North Coast 500 road trip. The South West Coastal 300 includes the hill country of the Southern Uplands and craggy coast of the Solway Firth.

A combination of Burns, the national bard, and a dram or two in various distilleries along the way makes for a heady mix. Visit Scotland’s most southerly point, the Mull of Galloway, and pan for gold in its highest village, Wanlockhead, also home to the country’s highest micro-brewery, with the cracking strapline of ‘Beer with Altitude!’

- Donald Grieg, author of Bradt's  Slow Travel: Dumfries & Galloway

18. chinnor & princes risborough railway, oxfordshire.

Teams of devoted volunteers have restored this  attractive heritage railway line , which runs on a combination of diesel and steam some of the locomotives date back to the 1930s.

Sit back and enjoy a pot of tea as your 50-minute round journey passes Whiteleaf Cross, a white cross of mysterious origins etched into the hillside. Special events include a ‘titfer day’ (half price for anyone wearing a hat) and Sherlock Holmes murder mystery evenings with supper on board. Open Sundays and bank holidays.

19. Skipton Castle, North Yorkshire

Skipton Castle in Yorkshire (Shutterstock)

Skipton Castle in Yorkshire (Shutterstock)

Many visitors to Skipton are not even aware there’s a 900-year-old castle here as it’s so well hidden, but there is and it’s a cracker. What makes it so special is its completeness; it is a fully roofed and remarkably well-preserved medieval building, a fact for which we have one woman to thank – Lady Anne Clifford.

After the castle’s destruction by Cromwell’s bully boys during the English Civil War, she had it completely rebuilt, and the yew tree she planted in 1659 to commemorate the event still graces the central courtyard.  Open daily, £8.70 per ticket.

- Mike Bagshaw, author of Bradt's   Slow Travel: North York Moors & Yorkshire Wolds

20. clare, suffolk.

The church in Clare, Suffolk (Shutterstock)

The church in Clare, Suffolk (Shutterstock)

A fine medieval wool town in the Stour Valley, Clare is often overlooked.

Daniel Defoe, writing in the early 18th century, described it as ‘a poor town and dirty’ – these days it is anything but. Particularly striking is the 15th-century Ancient House, which has luxuriant white pargeting (decorative plastering) like the sugar icing on a fancy cake.

Directly opposite is St Peter and St Paul’s Church, a handsome perpendicular building in which Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon have bespoke pews with their crests. The sundial outside, inscribed ‘Go about your business’, seems to tell the time with uncanny accuracy.

21. Blackgang Beach, Isle of Wight 

The remote Blackgang Beach (Shutterstock)

The remote Blackgang Beach (Shutterstock)

Quite simply, Blackgang Beach is a strong contender for the most beautiful – and rarely visited – of all the island’s beaches.

The reason for its low profile is clear enough: it is inaccessible to all but the most determined and reached by a steep, sometimes awkward (but never dangerous) path – which may also explain why it’s also the island’s unofficial nudist beach.

The walk from car park to beach takes around 15 minutes but can feel much longer. The reward is a glorious beach of ochre coloured, fine-gained pebbles (your feet sink ever so slightly as you cross the beach) that lies under a magnificent sandstone escarpment that looks like a vast slab of honeycomb. 

- Mark Rowe, author of Bradt's   The Outer Hebrides   and  Orkney

22. st martin’s vineyard, isles of scilly.

Tresco Gardens on the Isles of Scilly (Shutterstock)

Tresco Gardens on the Isles of Scilly (Shutterstock)

Established in 1996 by Val and Graham Thomas, this little-known vineyard   is one of the island of St Martin’s best-kept secrets. Their wines have become a local triumph and, until only very recently, were only available on the Isles of Scilly themselves, either direct from their cellar or served in one of the many fantastic local pubs and restaurants.

The first vines trialled on this hectare of south-facing slopes were white varieties – Reichensteiner and Madeleine Angevine – but today five varieties are produced: three white, one rose and one red. Enjoy a tour and tasting session before stocking up on bottles to take home with you.  Go for a self-guided tour, costing just £7.

- Kirsty Fergusson, author of Bradt's   Slow Travel: Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly

23. borth, ceredigion.

Beaches and birdwatching await in Borth (Shutterstock)

Beaches and birdwatching await in Borth (Shutterstock)

You get two wildlife spectacles for the price of one along this stretch of Welsh coastline in August.

On the beach at Borth, thousands upon thousands of Manx shearwaters – Britain’s answer to the albatross – gather here to feast upon shoals of whitebait, clupeid and sandeel. Some Manxies come stupidly close, occasionally even over the beach, so there are plenty of opportunities for photoshoots.

Just down the road at Cors Dyfi Reserve, admire another piscivore: Wales’ most famous ospreys. Assuming they have bred successfully, the pair’s youngsters should have fledged and be fattening up for their first southwards migration. Wish them – and the similarly migratory shearwaters – luck.

- James Lowen, author of Bradt's 52 Wildlife Weekends

24. flamborough head, yorkshire.

Flamborough Head's white cliffs (Shutterstock)

Flamborough Head's white cliffs (Shutterstock)

If asked to name the site of England’s oldest standing lighthouse, most northerly coastal chalk cliffs and largest seabird colony, very few people would plump for East Yorkshire, but Flamborough Head holds all three titles.

This promontory, sticking boldly out into the North Sea, has a rich Viking history which is easy to imagine whilst on an exciting boat trip through the tidal races below the cliffs. Being on the water allows a grandstand view of fishing gannets and puffins but those that would prefer to stay on dry land can occasionally spot whales from the clifftop viewpoints.

- Mike Bagshaw, author of Bradt's   Slow Travel: Yorkshire Dales

25. mynydd carningli, pembrokeshire.

Towering some 340m above the seaside town of Newport, this now-extinct volcano has a scrambly summit that just begs to be climbed. At the top you’ll find Iron and Bronze age remains, but that’s not the only selling point – for ‘Mynydd Carningli’ translates as ‘mountain of angels’.

Legend has it that Celtic saint St Brynach climbed to the top to commune with the angels. Although you don’t have to believe in seraphims to worship this saintly summit, go to the top and look towards the beautifully rugged Pembrokeshire coast to witness views that are truly angelic.

- Phoebe Smith, author of Bradt's Britain’s Best Small Hills

26.  chee dale, derbyshire.

Stepping stones at Chee Dale in Derbyshire (Shutterstock)

Stepping stones at Chee Dale in Derbyshire (Shutterstock)

This must be a contender for loveliest riverside walk in the Peak District. And although it is every bit as dramatic as Dovedale, it receives a fraction of its visitors. Following the River Wye from Miller’s Dale car park, you wind your way west and south to Blackwell Mill (returning along the Monsal Trail).

The walk is one of pure delight: limestone cliffs drop straight to the water, great viaducts tower high overhead and boardwalks wind their way through wetlands of wildflowers, where dippers perch on branches and stones, bobbing in the water as they search for food.

- Helen Moat, author of Bradt's Slow Travel: Peak District

27. orkney’s stone age sites, rousay island.

Stone Age sites on Rousay Island (Shutterstock)

Stone Age sites on Rousay Island (Shutterstock)

While the crowds flock to Skara Brae, the island of Rousay lies just to the north, waiting for the world to notice that it boasts more than 100 archaeological sites, including 15 chambered tombs, as concentrated a compendium of ancient monuments as anywhere in northern Europe.

Centre stage is the Westness coastline, considered the most important archaeological mile in Scotland, and its Midhowe chambered cairn, a huge communal burial chamber dating back thousands of years, and known as the Great Ship of Death. Close by, above wave-pounded ledges, is Midhowe Broch, one of Scotland’s best-preserved examples of these enigmatic Iron Age structures.

If you’re not tombed out, make for the Knowe of Yarso Cairn. The highest of Orkney’s tombs, the site offers views across Eynhallow Sound and the Orkney Mainland.

- Mark Rowe, author of Bradt's   The Outer Hebrides and  Orkney

28. cotswold canals.

Stroudwater Navigation in the Cotswolds (Shutterstock)

Stroudwater Navigation in the Cotswolds (Shutterstock)

Canals are not greatly associated with the Cotswolds, but there are actually two, and they’re well worth exploring: the Thames and Severn Canal and the Stroudwater Navigation. The 56km pair, which, merging in Stroud, became known as the Cotswold Canals, were built in the 18th century to help transport goods up and down the Thames and Severn, before their closure in the 1920s.

The Cotswold Canals Trust restoration project to reopen the derelict canals has seen volunteers clearing towpaths, rebuilding walls and restoring locks. Visitors can help with the work – or by taking one the four gentle boat trips along the canal, with all funds going towards the canals’ restoration.

- Caroline Mills, author of Bradt's   Slow Travel: The Cotswolds

29. culbone church, somerset.

Culborne Church, Somerset (Shutterstock)

Culborne Church, Somerset (Shutterstock)

To reach the smallest parish church in England, you first have to walk for over 2.5km. through the woods of west Somerset Quite suddenly there’s Culbone Church below you, squatting in a clearing with its spire, set slightly askew, reaching hopefully towards the treetops.

It seats 33 worshippers at a pinch (the average congregation is about seven) and there’s no room for anything except the pews, a tiny wax-spattered harmonium squeezed into a corner, and that Norman font, so roughly carved that the marks of the stonemason’s chisel are still visible.

- Hilary Bradt, founder of Bradt Travel Guides

30. the bays, harris, outer hebrides.

Breathtaking Bays on the Isle of Harris (Shutterstock)

Breathtaking Bays on the Isle of Harris (Shutterstock)

The Bays is the name given to the rugged, elemental east coast of Harris. Visit on a clear evening as dusk approaches and the ice-moulded rocks seem to change colour with every heartbeat while the small water pools catch fleeting slivers of light, appearing as giant glow-worms among the heather.

Several walks are signposted off The Bays coastal road that allow you to explore this violent beauty. You can park the car or hop off the bus, walk a circular route, following waymarkers over open land for up to 6km. A picturesque stretch of 2.5km links the township of Plocrapol with Scadabhagh.

- Mark Rowe, author of Bradt's   The Outer Hebrides and Orkney

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16 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in England

Written by Bryan Dearsley Updated Feb 21, 2023 We may earn a commission from affiliate links ( )

A former resident of the UK and now a frequent visitor, Author Bryan Dearsley spent eight weeks touring England in the summer of 2022 while on assignment for Planetware .

One of the most popular travel destinations in the world , England offers almost endless possibilities for vacationers seeking things to do and top attractions to visit.

Pulteney Bridge and the River Avon in Bath, England

Part of the beautiful British Isles, this small but influential country bursts with fascinating history, exciting cities, and rich cultural traditions. Historic sites are at every turn, from prehistoric megaliths and ancient Roman sites to centuries-old castles and town centers dating back to the Middle Ages .

England is also extremely easy to get around, with its most popular tourist destinations well connected by trains and buses. Alternatively, you can drive between points of interest on a well-planned system of motorways. Whether you choose to tour the country by car or public transport, you're guaranteed an unforgettable experience.

To help you get the most out of your travel itinerary, be sure to use our list of the best places to visit in England.

1. Stonehenge, Wiltshire

2. tower of london, city of london, 3. the roman baths and georgian city of bath, somerset, 4. the british museum, bloomsbury, london, 5. york minster and historic yorkshire, 6. windsor castle, berkshire, 7. chester zoo, cheshire, 8. lake district national park, cumbria, 9. canterbury cathedral, kent, 10. liverpool & the beatles, merseyside, 11. eden project, cornwall, 12. the cotswolds, 13. the national gallery, city of westminster, london, 14. warwick castle, warwickshire, 15. tate modern, southwark, london, 16. royal museums greenwich, london.

Stonehenge

Stonehenge , 10 miles north of the historic city of Salisbury on Salisbury Plain, is Europe's best-known prehistoric monument. It's so popular that visitors need to purchase a timed ticket in advance to guarantee entry.

Exhibitions at the excellent Stonehenge Visitor Centre set the stage for a visit. Here, you'll find displays explaining through audio-visual experiences and more than 250 ancient objects how the megaliths were erected between 3000 and 1500 BCE. They also offer fascinating insights and information about life during this time.

After walking around the various viewing points adjacent to these enormous stones, visit the authentic replicas of Neolithic Houses to see the tools and implements of everyday Neolithic life. A highlight is watching staff, and volunteers provide demonstrations of traditional skills from 4,500 years ago.

Although you can no longer go inside the circle to wander among the stones during normal opening hours, you can reserve special early morning or late evening access into the circle through English Heritage, which manages the site.

  • Read More: From London to Stonehenge: Best Ways to Get There

Tower of London

Prison, palace, treasure vault, observatory, and menagerie: the Tower of London has done it all and it's one of the top attractions in London . Widely considered the most important building in England, there's enough to see and do at this World Heritage Site to keep visitors busy for hours.

The centerpiece of this Thames-side fortress is the White Tower . Built in 1078 by William the Conqueror, it's home to amazing exhibits, such as Line of Kings. The world's oldest visitor attraction , the collection was established in 1652 with a remarkable display of royal armor.

Other highlights include the impressive Crown Jewels exhibition, classic Yeoman Warder Tours, the Royal Mint, and exhibits and displays regarding prisoners and executions. All told, the Tower of London covers some 18 acres, so there's a great deal of exploring to do.

If you're traveling with children, be sure to check for special events for kids. These include a fun "Knights School" and other immersive programs that provide a fun insight into the castle's history.

  • Read More: Visiting the Tower of London: Top Attractions, Tips & Tours

The Roman Baths and Georgian City of Bath

If you only have time to visit one of the nicest small cities in England , you couldn't do much better than Bath. This remarkably beautiful city in Somerset boasts more fantastic tourist attractions than you could hope to visit in a day.

While most famous for the magnificent 2,000-year-old Roman Baths built around the city's rejuvenating hot springs, it's equally well known for its honey-colored Georgian Townhouses , such as those located on Royal Crescent. One of them, #1 Royal Crescent, is open to the public and offers a fascinating look at life in Bath during the Georgian period. Some 500 of the city's buildings are considered of historical or architectural importance, a fact that has resulted in the entire city being granted World Heritage status.

Among the most interesting to visit today are the Holborne Museum with its large collections of artworks, silver, and period furniture; the famous Assembly Rooms, star of countless period dramas on TV and home to the interesting Fashion Museum ; and the Jane Austen Centre and its neighbor Mary Shelley's House of Frankenstein, which tell the stories of two of Bath's most famous residents.

Bath also makes an ideal location from which to explore some of England's most stunning countryside, including the Avon Valley, the Mendip Hills, the Cotswolds, and countless other fantastic Somerset landmarks.

Iron Age piece in the British Museum

With collections of antiquities that are among the world's finest, a visit to the British Museum is undoubtedly one of the top free things to do in London . This superb museum holds more than 13 million artifacts from Assyria, Babylonia, Egypt, Greece, the Roman Empire, China, and Europe. The most famous ancient artifacts are the Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon in Athens, as well as the famous Rosetta Stone .

But there are many other outstanding pieces on show here that help make this one of the best places to visit in London. The Ancient Egyptian collection is the largest outside of Cairo, and the hoard of Roman silver dating from the fourth century known as the Mildenhall Treasure, unearthed in Suffolk in 1942, is nothing short of spectacular.

If you've got time, be sure to look into joining a guided tour or participate in a workshop or lecture. Fun private after-hour tours are also available. Dining and shopping opportunities are also located on-site.

Address: Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London, England

Official site: www.britishmuseum.org

York Minster and Historic Yorkshire

Magnificent York Minster is second in importance in the Church of England only to the cathedral at Canterbury. It stands in the center of the historic city of York, surrounded by half-timbered homes and shops, medieval guildhalls, and churches.

In turn, York's romantic streets are surrounded by three miles of magnificent town walls that you can walk atop for spectacular views over the city and its surroundings. While here, visit the National Railway Museum , one of England's most visited tourist attractions.

York is also a good base from which to explore northeast England, in particular the rugged beauty of the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors. Elsewhere in this corner of the country, you'll find some of England's most beautiful historic towns and cities, including Durham , famous for its castle and cathedral, and Beverley , which also boasts an attractive minster.

  • Read More: Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in York, England

Windsor Castle

England is a country that's deeply rooted in tradition, history, pageantry, and pomp. Little surprise, then, that some of the biggest draws for tourists here revolve around the Royal Family, who have played an important role in shaping the country, along with many other parts of the world, for centuries.

If you've only got time to squeeze in one royal attraction, make it Windsor Castle. An easy 40-minute train ride from Central London, Windsor Castle is famous as one of the Royal Family's official residences, and throws its doors open to visitors regularly when the King is away.

And it's rich in history, able to trace its roots all the way back to the 11th century, when a triumphant William the Conqueror had a fortress erected on this very spot. Highlights of a visit to Windsor Castle include the castle's chapel, the State Apartments, as well as the magnificent Queen's Gallery.

And bring your walking shoes. The grounds are huge, stretching for some six miles around the castle and providing some of the best selfie opportunities anywhere with this historic building as a backdrop.

Address: Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire, England

Zebra at the Chester Zoo

Located in Upton in Cheshire, just over a mile north of Chester city center, Chester Zoo is England's most visited attraction outside of London and is one of the best places to visit in England for families.

The more than 11,000 animals living in this 125-acre site represent about 400 different species. But the zoo's appeal reaches beyond just animal lovers, with prizewinning landscaped gardens also available for visitors to enjoy.

You can tour these extensive grounds on the zoo's monorail system to reach highlights that include Chimpanzee Island, a penguin pool, and Europe's largest tropical house. There's plenty of other fun things to do at Chester Zoo, too, so expect to easily spend a day enjoying this top-rated tourist attraction.

While in Chester, take time to walk its old city walls , the best preserved of their kind in Britain. You should also spend time exploring Chester's other distinctive feature: its galleried walkways . Known as the "Chester' Rows," these impressive medieval architectural gems run the full length of stone and half-timbered buildings dating from the 14th century, and make for a unique and picturesque setting.

Chester Cathedral is also worth exploring if you can squeeze it into your travel itinerary. So, too, are Lower Bridge Street and Watergate Street, both of them home to numerous picturesque old buildings.

Address: Cedar House, Caughall Road, Chester, Cheshire, England

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Lake District National Park

Covering some 900 square miles, Lake District National Park is a must-visit destination for travelers to England. With 12 of the country's largest lakes and more than 2,000 miles of rights of way waiting to be explored, there's little wonder the region continues to inspire, with its magnificent views and scenery straight out of a painting.

Other things to do include visiting the park's many fells, including Scafell Pike which at 3,210 feet is the highest mountain in England. Be sure to also spend time exploring some of the lovely little towns and villages dotted throughout the region, such as Grasmere.

Better still, hop aboard a tour boat excursion across Lake Windermere and Ullswater, and you'll be rewarded with some of the best scenery anywhere in the country.

Address: Murley Moss, Oxenholme Road, Kendal, Cumbria, England

Canterbury Cathedral

Located in the heart of the historic city that bears its name, Canterbury Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site , is home to the Archbishop of Canterbury and is the cradle of English Christianity.

It all started when St. Augustine converted the pagan Anglo Saxons here in 597 when he became the first bishop. Excellent guided tours of the cathedral are available, and for a truly memorable experience, consider booking an overnight stay in the grounds at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge .

But there's much more to this beautiful medieval city than just its cathedral. Canterbury is also a popular cultural and entertainment destination with great shopping, galleries, and cafés, as well as attractions such as those focused on Chaucer's medieval England and the city's Roman past.

Some of the other best places to visit in Canterbury include the Old City, the ruins of St. Augustine's Abbey, and medieval Beaney House.

Address: 11 The Precincts, Canterbury, Kent, England

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Penny Lane in Liverpool

As English as an afternoon tea, references to The Beatles are everywhere in Liverpool. Located in the northwest of the country, Liverpool is around three hours from London by rail and offers music fans plenty of opportunities to soak up some city sites , along with Fab-Four-related attractions.

Topping your list should be The Beatles Story. Located in the revitalized Albert Dock area of the city, this fun museum features enough facts and exhibits to keep the biggest fans busy for hours. Other related points of interest in Liverpool include visiting the famous Cavern Club, along with the real places about which they sang, including Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane.

Other must-dos include themed walks and guided tours, visiting the former homes of Paul McCartney and John Lennon, and getting in some souvenir shopping at The Beatles Shop, located just steps away from the Cavern Club.

Eden Project

The incredible Eden Project is a collection of unique artificial biomes containing an amazing collection of plants from around the world.

Located in a reclaimed quarry in Cornwall, this spectacular botanical gardens complex consists of huge domes that look rather like massive igloo-shaped greenhouses. Each of these impressive (and futuristic-looking) buildings houses thousands of different plant species in tropical and Mediterranean environments.

As well as these stunning displays of plant life, the Eden Project hosts numerous arts and music events year-round. If you're able to extend your visit, consider booking a stay at the on-site hostel, or enjoy a meal in one of its restaurants. Adventure activities such as ziplining and giant swings are also available.

Address: Bodelva, Par, Cornwall, England

The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds cover some 787 square miles and encompass parts of some of England's prettiest counties: Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Worcestershire, and Warwickshire. And all of it begs to be explored.

Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty due to its rare limestone grassland habitats and old-growth beech woodlands, the beauty of the Cotswolds has much to do with its quaint villages and towns , such as Castle Combe, Chipping Norton, and Tetbury.

Like so much of England, the Cotswolds is perfect to discover on foot. One of the best routes is along the Cotswold Way, a 102-mile footpath with spectacular views of the Severn Valley and the Vale of Evesham. This route runs the length of the Cotswolds, and can be picked up pretty much anywhere you visit.

The National Gallery

Displaying one of the most comprehensive collections of paintings in the world, the National Gallery is London's second-most visited museum. The collections, which present an almost complete cross-section of European painting from 1260 until 1920 , are especially strong in the Dutch Masters and the Italian Schools of the 15th and 16th centuries.

In the Italian galleries, look for works by Fra Angelico, Giotto, Bellini, Botticelli, Correggio, Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese. It's also where you'll find Leonardo da Vinci's Madonna and Child with St. Anne and John the Baptist , Raphael's The Crucifixion , and The Entombment by Michelangelo.

In the German and Dutch galleries are works by Dürer, van Dyck, Frans Hals, Vermeer, and Rembrandt. Among artists from the 18th century through 1920, standout works are by Hogarth, Reynolds, Sargent, Gainsborough, Constable, and Turner. French works include those by Ingres, Delacroix, Daumier, Monet (including The Water-Lily Pond ), Manet, Degas, Renoir, and Cezanne.

With no-cost admission, a visit to the National Gallery is one of the top things to do in London for free. Guided tours and lunchtime lectures are also available for free and are highly recommended.

Address: Trafalgar Square, City of Westminster, London, England

Warwick Castle

If you're looking for a truly memorable English excursion for the whole family, and one that offers a fascinating insight into life in medieval times, you couldn't do much better than visit Warwick Castle.

Located in the beautiful city of Warwick on the River Avon, this impressive fortress has dominated the landscape and history of the region for more than 900 years. Today, it serves as a backdrop to medieval-themed events and reenactments, from jousting festivals to fairs and concerts.

Warwick is also great base from which to explore the Cotswolds, as well as nearby towns such as Stratford-upon-Avon , famous as the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Bigger city destinations, including Liverpool , hometown of The Beatles, as well as Birmingham and Coventry , are an easy drive away.

Address: Stratford Road / West Street, Warwick, Warwickshire, England

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Tate Modern

When the Tate Modern opened its new 10-storey extension in June 2016, adding 60 percent more gallery space, visitor numbers jumped by almost one-fourth, making it one of England's most visited attractions.

Now regarded as among the world's best and certainly one of the largest, museums of modern and contemporary art, the Tate Modern shows a wide range of artistic expression, including paintings, works on paper, sculpture, films, performances, installations, and other forms of artistic expression.

Among the well-known artists represented here are Picasso, Rothko, Dali, Matisse, and Modigliani. Be sure to go to the viewing level for 360-degree views of the London skyline and the River Thames far below.

Other galleries under the Tate umbrella that you should consider visiting in England include Tate Britain (also in London), Tate Liverpool , and Tate St. Ives in Cornwall.

Address: Bankside, Southwark, London

Official site: www.tate.org.uk

Cutty Sark

Downstream from Tower Bridge, Greenwich is the London base of the Royal Navy and holds England's largest expanses of preserved historic architecture and parks. And although lovers of things maritime will certainly gravitate to Greenwich, there's a lot more there than just ships and boats here.

The highlight for most visitors is the Cutty Sark , the last surviving of the 19th-century clippers from the lucrative tea trade between Britain and China. Built in 1869, the Cutty Sark was one of the finest and fastest ships of its day, and you can board it to explore the clipper, from its figure head to the sailors' quarters below decks. For a special treat, book an afternoon tea overlooking the ship.

At the Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre , exhibits showcase more than 500 years of maritime history. In Queen's House , the National Maritime Museum is the largest of its kind in the world, featuring the Royal Navy from Tudor times to the Napoleonic Wars.

Greenwich Park , dating from the 15th century and the oldest of London's eight Royal Parks, is filled with beautiful gardens and walking paths, and here you'll find the Old Royal Observatory and the Prime Meridian Line , marked by a steel rod in the floor of the Meridian Building. This is the zero meridian of longitude, dividing the world into eastern and western halves; you can stand with one foot in each hemisphere.

If you're hungry, add a great English breakfast from Heap's Sausage Cafe to your list of things to do in Greenwich.

Address: King William Walk, Greenwich, London, England

Official site: www.rmg.co.uk

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Plan a City Fix: After touring the best places to visit in London, you may want to see more of England's great cities. The largest of these, including Manchester , Liverpool , Birmingham , and Bristol , are all easy to reach by train. From the latter, you can easily nip over into wonderful Wales to visit its lively capital of Cardiff .

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Beyond Borders: If you're visiting the popular attractions in Chester , cross into North Wales and perhaps on to Snowdonia National Park . North of England is Bonnie Scotland, with its glorious highlands and art-rich cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh . With the "Chunnel" speeding up crossing the English Channel by the EuroStar, you can be in the French capital of Paris in only 2.5 hours.

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The UK is so full of beautiful and magical places that you’ll be spoilt for choice. From picture postcard scenery to stunning Italian architecture, from cozy villages to serene beaches, there are many beautiful places in the UK. One of the greatest pleasures of a UK vacation is that there is something for everyone here. There is much more beauty to behold in this diverse country, so here we are to help you find them. Make sure to head out of the cities and check out some of these incredible places during your visit.

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Here Are The Most Beautiful Places In The UK That Will Leave You Speechless

1. the dark hedges, northern ireland.

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Bregagh Road in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, is popularly known as the Dark Hedges thanks to its tunnel of beech trees. This passageway of beech trees looks quite spooky and dramatic, making it one of the most photographed scenic spots in the UK. Fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones may also recognize it as the show’s “Kings Road”.

2. Portmeirion, Wales

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Modelled after an Italian setting, its naturally beautiful location is one of the most scenic places to visit in UK. This small yet vibrant Mediterranean-style village was built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975. It is Located near the River Dwyryd and has hotels, spa, restaurant, tea-room, beach, and numerous shops. Don’t miss out on this one as it is one of the most beautiful places in the UK to visit during spring or summertime.

3. Fingal’s Cave, Scotland

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This cave is a sea cave on the island of Staffa which is full of unique angular basalt columns. They create an area with breathtaking natural acoustics, especially with the waves that crash inside. What makes this cave so special is its size and the fact that there is a natural walkway through which visitors can get right inside at low tide. It is similar to the nearby Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.

4. The Old Man Of Storr, The Isle Of Skye

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The dramatic and unusual rock towers that form the Old Man of Storr are located on the Trotternish Peninsula. It is also set atop an ancient landslide. The iconic and breath-taking 3.8km walk on the Isle of Skye will take you through some of the most beautiful places of UK.

5. Lake Windermere, Cumbria

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Located in the idyllic Lake District National Park in northwest England, Lake Windermere is one of the most famous places of UK. It is surrounded by mountain peaks and villages, including Bowness-on-Windermere. It also holds the place for being the largest natural lake in England. Definitely a great place to explore with family and friends!

6. Stonehenge, Wiltshire

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One of the most prehistoric structures in all of Europe, Stonehenge dates back to c. 3000 BC. The ring of stones has puzzled scientists and archaeologists, and no one still knows what it was used for. It is believed to have been erected as a place of worship, but today it is one of the best places in UK as it attracts a major chunk of tourists to this place. 

Also Read: History and Excitement in Wales

7. Durdle Door, Dorset

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The Jurassic Coast near Lulworth in Dorset is home to the incredible Durdle Door. Its limestone arch is over 400 feet tall and is privately owned, though it’s still open to visitors. This natural wonder of the UK is breathtakingly beautiful, hence comes under the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Durdle Door, an iconic landmark of Dorset is one of the most photographed and top places to visit in UK.

8. Tresco Abbey Gardens, The Isle Of Scilly, Cornwall

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The Isle of Scilly is located about 30 miles off the coast of Cornwall and has an almost tropical air. It is home to the privately owned Tresco Island and the Tresco Abbey Gardens, an oasis of palm trees and exotic plants. It has over 20,000 plants from 80 countries around the world.

9. Whiteless Pike, Lake District

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The Lake District is a popular activity holiday destination, especially during the winter months, for skiing, snowboarding, and other outdoor activities. Whiteless Pike is a hilly range (or fell) located in the Lake District. It sits over Lake Buttermere, and the small peaked summit also provides beautiful views of the lakes Crummock and Loweswater.

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10. The White Cliffs Of Dover

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The iconic and striking white cliffs of Dover are located on the English coastline, facing the Strait of Dover and France. The chalky cliff face reaches heights of 350 feet. These beautiful places in the UK will leave you speechless.

11. Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

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On the north-eastern coast of Ireland are the massive hexagonal shaped black basalt columns known as the Giant’s Causeway. It was formed 50 to 60 million years ago by volcanic activity in the region. This stunningly beautiful natural feature is also listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

12. Cheddar Gorge, Somerset

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Located near Bath and the village of Cheddar is the magnificent natural setting of Cheddar Gorge. These limestone cliffs were created by Ice Age melt waters, and are the perfect spot for a long walk. You can also explore its fascinating prehistoric findings from the Stone Age occupation.

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13. Tintern Abbey, Monmouthshire, Wales

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Though the roof has long disappeared from Tintern Abbey, this 12th-century church remains hauntingly beautiful. Located in the dramatic Wye Valleys, the Gothic ruins inspired the famous poem by William Wordsworth. Great poets and painters such as Wordsworth and Turner have visited this place two hundred years ago.

14. Micheldever Forest, Hampshire

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From late April to early May, a multitude of dainty bluebells covers the floor of the Micheldever Forest in a “purple carpet.” It is just one of the numerous places across the country where these flowers bloom each spring. You can also find bluebells at the Blickling Estate in Norfolk, Buckland, Devon and Dunham Massey, Cheshire among other places.

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15. Wistman’s Wood, Dartmoor

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Said to be a legendary Druids’ grove, Wistman’s Wood is one of only three high-altitude oakwoods on Dartmoor in Devon. Its well-established ecosystem has oaks that are estimated to be around 200 to 400 years old. This unusual and atmospheric forest and the many boulders scattered around it are covered in moss, lichen and ferns. In Wistman’s Wood one can expect rapid weather changes, hence ensure that you have adequate footwear and clothing.

16. Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland

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Located on the northeast coast of England, Bamburgh Castle was once a Celtic fort. Built around 430 AD, it was later destroyed by the Vikings and rebuilt by the Normans and restored during Victorian times. With such a rich history and breathtaking views of the sea, it is one of the best places in the UK to visit. It’s one of the largest inhabited castles in the country and has stood guard over Northumberland for more than 1,400 years.

17. Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands

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One of the most well-known lochs (or lakes) of the Scottish Highlands is Loch Ness. Located near the town of Inverness, the deep, freshwater loch is most famous for the mythical (and fictional) Loch Ness Monster, or “Nessie,” who is said to live in it. You can also visit the remains of Urquhart Castle that lies on the shores. It is one of the best and most beautiful places in the UK to visit in December for the many activities that are provided like hiking, trekking and biking.

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18. Gold Hill, Shaftesbury

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Gold Hill is a steep cobbled street with picturesque houses in the town of Shaftesbury in Dorset. The view of down Gold Hill is said to be “one of the most romantic sights in the UK.” Gold Hill is also referred to as ‘Hovis Hill’ as it was the location for the Hovis TV advert which is the most iconic advert of all time in England.

19. The Needles, The Isle Of Wight

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The spectacular Needles is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the UK. What was once a tall and thin rock cliff that gave the group its name, collapsed in the late 1700s. Now, the row of three distinctive stacks of chalk rises to a height of 30 meters from the sea off the western coast of the Isle of Wight.

20. Llanberis Pass, Snowdonia

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This rugged slate strewn mountain pass runs over 8 kilometers from Llanberis to Pen-y-Pass. It’s fine mountain scenery is home to numerous walks, including ones that will take you to Snowdon and the picturesque towns of Betws-y-Coed.

21. Norfolk Lavender, Norfolk

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The village of Heacham in Norfolk is home to some of England’s loveliest lavender fields. You can also find similarly stunning fields at the Cotswolds, Kent, York, Hertfordshire, and Somerset.

22. The Royal Pavillion, Brighton

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The Royal Pavilion, also known as the Brighton Pavilion, is an exotic palace in the center of Brighton . It was built as a seaside pleasure palace for King George IV in 1811 when he was still Prince Regent. It is a unique mix of Regency grandeur with stylistic elements from India and China.

23. Glen Nevis, Scottish Highlands

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Glen Nevis is one of the most picturesque glens (or valleys) in Scotland. It is located at the foot of Ben Nevis, the highest (and one of the most popular) mountains in the UK. To the other end of the glen is the town of Fort William.

24. Rye, East Sussex

Rye, East Sussex

This town near the coast in East Sussex is known for its cobbled lanes that are lined with medieval , half-timbered houses. You can visit the 14th-century Ypres Tower (now the Rye Castle Museum) and the Norman St. Mary’s Church to get stunning views of the town.

25. Llanthony Priory, Monmouthshire, Wales

Llanthony Priory, South Wales

Situated in the picturesque Vale of Ewyas, near the Black Mountains, is this ruined former Augustinian Priory. The Llanthony Priory dates back to the 1100s and fell to ruin (like Tintern Abbey) after Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries .

26. Kynance Cove, Cornwall

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The white sand and blue seas of Kynance Cove look like something in the Mediterranean. The stunning beach, with its secret caves and islands, is one of the most photographed and painted located in Cornwall. It was featured on BBC’s hit series Poldark.

Also Read: Cornish Food You Have To Try 

27. Lavender Fields, Banstead

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Located just a few kilometers from central London, the lavender fields at Banstead cover over 25 acres. Located in Banstead, Surrey, the Mayfield Lavender Farm is the perfect picnic spot for a day out.

28. Pen-y-Fan, Brecon Beacons, Wales

Pen-y-Fan Wales

Located in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Pen y Fan is the highest peak in South Wales. Located 886 meters above sea level, the impressive views from the peak and the neighboring Corn Du are truly magnificent.

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29. Fairy Pools, The Isle of Skye

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Situated in a hidden valley in the Isle of Skye is a series of crystal clear pools and waterfalls. They are surrounded by cone-shaped hills and bubbling streams. Located near Uig, they’re the perfect size for a quick (if freezing) dip.

30. Dunnottar Castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Medieval fortress Dunnottar Castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

The ruin of the 15th-century Dunnottar Castle is located atop a natural peninsula. The rocky outcrop of land juts into the North Sea just off the northeast coast of Scotland.

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31. Minack Theatre, Cornwall

The Minack Theater Cornwall

This clifftop amphitheater is carved into a rocky granite outcrop overlooking the town of Porthcurno and the bright blue Atlantic. Built into the 1930s by Rowena Cade, it is now a popular open-air performance space.

32. Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

hatsworth House and Estate, Derbyshire, UK

The stately Chatsworth House in Derbyshire is one of the most stunning country houses in England. Situated on the east bank of the River Derwent, it is set amongst expansive woods and landscaped parkland. It is the home of the Dukes of Devonshire and has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family. Chatsworth House has also been featured in numerous films, most famously as Pemberley, Mr Darcy’s home in Pride and Prejudice.

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33. Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Barafundle Beach Pembrokeshire

Located near the village of Stackpole in Pembrokeshire, Barafundle Bay was once owned by the Cawdor family. Nestled between cliffs, and known for its sand dunes and pine trees, this scenic and secluded beach is said to be among the top beaches in the world.

34. Hadrian’s Wall, Cumbria

Hadrian's Wall in Northern England

Also known as the Roman Wall, this defensive fortification was built by the Romans, beginning in 122 AD, in the reign of the emperor Hadrian. It was meant to separate the Roman province of Britannia from the lands of the northern Ancient Britons, including the Picts. However, it doesn’t mark the modern boundary between England and Scotland.

35. Buachaille Etive Mor, Scottish Highlands

Buchaille Etive Mor Glencoe

Also known simply as “The Buachaille,” this is perhaps the most recognizable mountain in Scotland. It is located at the head of Glen Etive in the Highlands and is encircled by the River Etive. Some of the most stunning and iconic views of the mountain are from Glen Coe.

36. Llyn Dinas, Snowdonia, Wales

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This lake near Gwynedd in north Wales lies in a valley north of Beddgelert. Though the lake itself is quite shallow (with a maximum depth of only 10 meters) it covers a massive area of over 60 acres. The mountain lake offers some excellent walks with panoramic views. These are some of the most beautiful places in the UK, you shouldn’t miss.

37. High Force, Durham

High Force Waterfall

The fast-flowing waterfalls and lush forest of High Force in County Durham make it one of the most spectacular and beautiful places in the UK. With a drop of 21 meters, the twin falls are surrounded by a diverse range of flora and fauna.

38. Smoo Cave, Scottish Highlands

Waterfall in Smoo Cave, Durness, Scotland

The large Smoo Cave is a combined sea cave and an inner freshwater cave located in Durness. This mystical cave is riddled with caves and tunnels. However, the most stunning sight is the waterfall where the Smoo burn drops over 24 meters into a cavern below. These beautiful places in the UK are truly worth a visit.

39. Langmull Beach, The Isle Of Mull

Langamull Beach Isle of Mull

Often called one of the best-kept secrets on the Isle of Mull, Langamull Beach looks like something out of the Caribbean. Though it is located 3 kilometers away from the nearest roads, this secluded beach offers spectacular views over to the Small Isles and Skye.

40. Dun Briste, Downpatrick, Northern Ireland

Dun Briste Downpatrick Head Co Mayo

Located near the town of Knockaun lies the colossal 50-meter-tall sea-stack called Dun Briste. Meaning “the Broken Fort,” the stack was separated by the mainland by corrosive waves in the late 1300s.

41. Sgwd Yr Eira, Brecon Beacons, Wales

Sgwd yr Eira waterfall in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales,

Sgwd Yr Eira is one of several spectacular waterfalls found in Mellte Valley of the Brecon Beacons. Literally meaning “fall of snow,” you can still walk behind the falling sheet of water, on a pather carved by generations of sheep farmers. These beautiful places in the UK are so mesmerizing that you wouldn’t want to leave.

42. Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scottish Highlands

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This spectacular railway is perhaps the most instantly recognizable location in Scotland. Featured in four of the Harry Potter films on the journey the Hogwarts Express makes from King’s Cross Station to the school, it has become known as the Harry Potter Bridge.

43. Mealt Falls, The Isle Of Skye

Mealt waterfall, Isle of Skye

Located near the magnificent Kilt Rock (which is said to look like a pleated kilt) is the stunning Mealt waterfall. Fed by the nearby Mealt Loch, this waterfall is so high that on windy days the water doesn’t even touch the ground.

44. St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall

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St Michaels Mount, located to the east of Penzance in Cornwall is one of the most photographed locations in the UK. This abbey is located on a small tidal island and was built by Benedictine monks (the same religious order that also constructed a sister abbey at Mont St-Michel in France) during the 12th century.

45. Big Ben, Westminster Abbey

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Big Ben, a tower clock designed by Augustus Pugin is one of the most significant places to visit in the UK. This is so popular that artists all over the world use Big Ben to represent the country. The name refers to the largest of the six bells (13-ton bell) in Westminster Palace. Big Ben is known for its accuracy and for the massive sound of the hour bell. This place is also recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

46. London Eye, Lambeth

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Located on the river Thames, London’s number one attraction is a giant wheel that stands at almost 140 meters tall. There are 32 capsules that will take you to the top to experience 360-degree views of the capital. The ride is quite exhilarating when you come face to face with the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben as you rise up. A trip to London is incomplete without a visit to Europe’s tallest observation wheel.

47. Tower Bridge, River Thames

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Another iconic landmark of London is the Tower Bridge which is a suspension bridge. It was built somewhere between 1886 and 1894 by Horace Jones and engineered by John Wolfe Barry. It has two towers, in Victorian Gothic style, which hold machines that lift the bridge to allow passing of river traffic beneath it. One can get incredible views of London from the two high-level walkways which are 42 meters above the River Thames. This bridge is open to the general public 363 days a year.

48. Hyde Park, London

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Hyde is the largest of the four Royal Parks in Westminster. In 1600’s it used to be a hunting ground but today it plays a significant role in the cultural scene of the city. Free speech, demonstrations and music concerts are held here. Hyde Park’s 350 acres of lush green English foliage is also home to some of London’s most important landmarks. It’s the best place to take a break from the hectic cityscape and enjoy the serene surroundings of Hyde Park. 

49. Windsor Castle, Berkshire

Windsor Castle

This 11th century castle built in the Gothic style is the place where the British royal family resides. Except for Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Windsor Castle is open to the public on all other days. As Windsor Castle is a working palace, opening arrangements may change at very short notice. Hence it’s advisable to check before planning a visit to avoid disappointments.

50. Old Town, Edinburgh

Old Town, Edinburgh

Old Town is so full of history and culture which will make you feel that you have stepped back in time. This place is dotted with buildings, forts, cathedrals and alleyways which dates back to hundreds of years. Apart from this various visitor attractions, walking tours, shops, galleries, cafes and pubs will keep you busy throughout the day. Old Town in Edinburgh is spellbindingly beautiful and one of the most perfect places to visit in UK.

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10 Handy Tips For A Stress Free Travel To The United Kingdom

The UK being one of the world’s biggest tourist destinations, it’s always important to plan ahead when visiting this wonderful country. With so many amazing places in the UK lined up for you, this checklist is sure to help you on your way.

1. Check for peak months and avoid travelling during these months to have the best experience at the UK beautiful places.

2. All four seasons can hit in one day, hence be prepared for all weather conditions.

3. Depending on your country of residence, do check all passport and visa requirements for hassle free travel.

4. Put together your travel itinerary well in advance and based on this prepare your packing checklist.

5. Book tickets in advance, not just the flight tickets but also your admission tickets to all of the UK’s top attractions. You will save a lot of time!

6. Public transports are easy and the best way to get around, hence make sure you have complete knowledge about it, so that you’re all sorted for your trip.

7. There are many attractions that one can see for free like, changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and the many museums and parks. 

8. If you are doing the trip on your own, it’s highly recommended that you get an Oyster card for the Tube and the double-decker bus ticket which are much cheaper than the single-ride tickets.

9. The electrical sockets in the UK are different, so pack a universal travel adaptor to charge all your electronic gadgets. 

10. The UK has a diverse range of accents, hence it’s always good to know the different accents. If not all, at least a few of them will help understanding things a little easier.

These beautiful places in the UK are sure to leave an indelible mark on you. Finding the holiday rentals for your holiday in the UK is also not tough because of Cozycozy now. Click to know more. The beauty of the landscape is something everyone must experience at least once in their lives! If we have missed out your favorite, please comment below. 

Eight new places that were awarded city status in May 2022 by the Cabinet Office are, Bangor (Northern Ireland), Wrexham (Wales), Colchester, Doncaster, Douglas (Isle of Man) and Dunfermline, Milton Keynes, Stanley (Falkland Islands).

The largest Indian community in the UK lives within the Ealing Southall constituency in western London. With all the major facilities, great neighborhood, safety and cooperation from the police, London is truly a blessing to live in.

London, Newcastle, Liverpool, Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool, Bristol, Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds are some of the main cities in the UK.

The UK has something to offer to every kind of traveler. Some of the most beautiful parts include The Old Man of Storr, the Isle of Skye, Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland and Tintern Abbey, Monmouthshire, Wales.

Some of the prettiest places in the UK include Portmeirion, Wales, Stonehenge, Wiltshire, Durdle Door, Dorset and Lake Windermere, Cumbria.

Cornwall, Yorkshire and Cumbria are some of the most breathtakingly beautiful counties in England that are sure to leave you spellbound.

The Tower Of London is the most visited place in the UK. It is a historic castle that stands on the north bank of the River Thames. This rare surviving royal building from the 11th to 16th century is also a symbol of royalty.

Newtown Linford is named the poshest village in the UK. An average price of a house in this area is around £692,157.

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The 15 best places to visit in the UK in 2024

From charming seaside spots to bustling cities, we’ve got all the staycation inspo you need right here

Chiara Wilkinson

For all the bucket list places around the world, it can be easy to forget that we actually have some pretty amazing places to explore right here on our doorstep. Sure, the British weather can have a mind of its own and train travel can leave a lot to be desired, but if you’re willing to put up with all of that, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what there is to discover. 

From quaint coastal towns with trailblazing restaurants and bustling cities with an edge of their own, to gorgeous islands that feel nothing like the UK , these are the parts of the country that should hands-down be on your staycation wishlist for next year. These places have thriving food, drink and arts scenes, they’re home to exciting new openings and they have plenty of big events for you to scribble into your calendar, pronto. 

Thinking of planning a holiday a little closer to home next year? By sifting through all of the hottest launches for next year and using our expert knowledge of cultural scenes around the country,  Time Out’s UK team has curated the very best British destinations for you to plan a trip to in 2024. And the best part? Y ou can visit most of them easily, cheaply and without having to catch a flight. Time to get booking!

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Where to visit in the UK in 2024

Bristol

1.  Bristol

Should we really be surprised that (apparently) everyone is moving to Bristol ? Its cultural scene is just as exciting as London ’s, but it’s still only a short coach journey away; it has picture-perfect streets and bustling, diverse nightlife. And i n 2024, its arts offering is only getting better. A musical adaptation of the 2006 film ‘ Starter for Ten ’ is coming to the renowned Old Vic theatre from February 29 to March 30, while   DIASPORA! , a brand new festival showcasing BIPOC global ethnic majority artists – across theatre, dance, music, visual and digital arts, as well as poetry and spoken word – is launching in May.   Undershed , a new immersive gallery, is on track to launch in Spring, and   Boxhall   – a street food, beer and events space by the same people who behind London’s   Boxpark   – will also open its doors.   

The perfect day Start with grabbing a coffee from Clifton Coffee Roasters  before pottering around Gloucester Road and perusing the many shops (it’s the largest strip of independent retailers in Europe). Then, hop on a Bristol Ferry water bus tour  to see the city from the water . Finally, feast on a dinner of Spanish small plates at Bravas (or check out one of the city’s other excellent restaurants ), before heading out to rave the night away at one of the many DIY-style clubs . 

Plan your trip The 2024 edition of Bristol’s newest music festival, Forwards , takes place on August 31 and September 1. 2023 headliners included Aphex Twin, Erykah Badu and Raye .

📍 The best things to do in Bristol 🍴 The   best  restaurants in Bristol

Hull

2.  Hull

Hull became a surprising capital for the UK’s LGBTQ+ community in 2023. From  Monroe’s   to Unit 49 and Cherry’s – named after the late ‘Ru Paul’s Drag Race’ star Cherry Valentine – an influx of new gay bars and clubs means Hull’s new Freedom Quarter is slowly growing its ecosystem of queer-friendly spaces. As well as its thriving LGBTQ+ scene, in 2017 the East Yorkshire city was also named the city of culture. It’s got The Deep , an enormous aquarium with 3000 species, a picturesque old town which survived the city’s relentless WWII bombings, and lots of up and coming indie art galleries like Ground and Artlink . Don’t sleep on Hull.

The perfect day  Get your caffeine fix at Still. by Two Gingers Coffee before having a wonder around Hull’s charming old town or pottering in the shops at Hepworth’s Arcade . After that, head to indie events space Ground to check out whatever arty happenings they have on. Finally, stop for a pint at Ye Olde White Hart before heading to one of the infamous 13-hour parties (yes, really) at Gate No. 5 .

Plan your visit Pride in Hull will take place on July 29, 2024. 

📍 The best things to do in Hull

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3.  Isles of Scilly

A lot of people say that the Isles of Scilly are the British version of the Caribbean – and you know what? We’d totally agree. This stunning archipelago off the coast of Cornwall is largely unspoilt, with white stretches of sandy beaches, turquoise waters and plenty of opportunities to go island hopping and dolphin spotting. But there’s more, too: head to the local museum to immerse yourself in the islanders’ deep sense of culture and tradition, sink yourself silly on local ales at seaside pubs or indulge your sense of adventure by snorkelling over the many under-the-sea shipwrecks. Bliss. 

The perfect day Travel to the islands by Skybus from Land’s End – it only takes 20 minutes, and there’s a gorgeous view. Once you arrive, make your way over to St Mary’s Riding Centre to take in the stunning scenery on horse-back. If that’s not your thing, hire bikes and explore the coastal trails of St. Mary’s islands before taking a transfer boat to St. Agnes to visit the Turks Head for a hearty pub lunch made using local ingredients. Once your food goes down? It has to be time for a swim.

Plan your trip The Isle of Scilly food festival is a ten-day celebration of local provenance taking place in September, with mouth-watering events like beach BBQs and vineyard tours.

📍 The best places to visit in Cornwall

London

4.  London

Ah, good old London . No matter how many times you’ve visited or how long you’ve lived there, you’ll always find new things to discover in the capital. There are a tonne of new restaurants to feast at, all sorts of gorgeous hotel openings and plenty of fresh cultural things to do. Most notably, in 2024, you can dance at Drumsheds , the mammoth warehouse club housed in a former IKEA, catch a blockbuster exhibition – like Yoko Ono at the Tate Modern or The World of Tim Burton at the Design Museum – and see epic new West End performances ( Mean Girls , anyone?).

The perfect day  For lunch, grab a delicious loaded sandwich at Dom’s Subs on Hackney Road for (or treat yourself to a boujee meal out at Morito ), before perusing the cute independent shops on Columbia Road and gawking over the even cuter animals at Hackney City Farm . Head over to Soho for a late-afternoon pint at the iconic French House , then round off your day with a delicious pre-theatre dinner at the newly opened Forza Wine at the National Theatre , before catching a play. 

Plan your trip Book tickets to see the stage adaptation of Studio Ghibli’s ‘ Spirited Away ’, taking place at the London Coliseum from April 30 until August 24.

📍 The best things to do in London 🍴 The best restaurants in London

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5.  Belfast

The Norn Iron capital is criminally underrated. If you’re yet to discover its welcoming warmth and cultural vibrance, 2024 is the year to change that. Over the next twelve months Belfast has mega ambitions to deliver its biggest ever cultural celebration via a project dubbed ‘ Belfast 2024 ’. Set around the theme of ‘People, Place and Planet’, the whopping programme of 24 large-scale commissions and over 200 events, workshops and activities includes a collaboration with the Eden Project, a guerilla gardening scheme aimed at rewilding the peace walls in the west of the city and an immersive music showcase celebrating Belfast’s contemporary Black culture.

The perfect day Begin with a wholesome morning stroll through the Botanic Gardens , followed by a hefty brunch at Output . Then wander through the parliament buildings at Stormont and the monumental Titanic Belfast museum. In the evening, find your way to The Muddlers Club hidden within the historic back streets of the Cathedral Quarter, or if you’d rather eat in, order from cult favourite Mexican place Boojums . Round off the evening by grabbing a pint accompanied by some banging live music at the Dirty Onion .

Plan your trip  The cultural celebrations kick off from March and will run through to November. Make sure to be in the city on March 17 for an ‘enhanced’ edition of St Patrick’s Day shindigs.

📍 The best things to do in Belfast

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6.  St Andrews

Forgive us for including two Scottish seaside towns in this list (see: number 14), but it’s a good excuse to plan a road trip, right? A coastal gem in the Kingdom of Fife, St Andrews is home to an ancient university, three stunning beaches, botanic gardens, multiple pubs, a famous golf course and not much else. But it’s also beautiful, extremely walkable and very peaceful, and if you’re after a bit more action, it’s also close enough to Dundee to plan a day trip to the renowned V&A museum . St Andrews has also been tipped to be a hit set-jetting destination for 2024 with the town featuring heavily in the final season of ‘ The Crown ’, thanks to it to being where Prince William met Kate Middleton while at university. Fans, come this way.

The perfect day Line your stomach with a delicious fry up from Northpoint (which claims, like many places in town, to be where ‘Will met Kate’). Then, you’ll probably want to go for a lofty beach walk on West Sands, where ‘Chariots of Fire’ was filmed, before returning to town for some fresh fish and chips from Cromar’s (if the weather allows, eat them on another nearby beach: Castle Sands). In the evening, catch a local show at The Byre Theatre  or sink some pints at one of the town’s many pubs: Aikman’s and Brew Co. are very good choices.

Plan your trip  V isit in July: most of the students will have left for the summer and you might actually get to enjoy the beach with some sun.

📍 The essential guide to Scotland

Lewes

7.  Lewes

‘Like a box of toys under a great amphitheatre of chalk hills... on the whole it is set down better than any town I have seen in England’: so said William Morris about Lewes in the 1800s. The sloping Sussex town has been a favoured haunt of artsy progressives, not least Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell and the rest of the bohemian Bloomsbury set. In 2023, it gained a brand new cultural space in the form of Charleston in Lewes (head here in the new year to catch the ‘Bring No Clothes: Bloomsbury and Fashion’ exhibition, closing March 3). There’s more, too: as you wonder Lewes’ charming wonky streets you’ll stumble past the former home of Anne of Cleves, Lewes Castle , a hodgepodge of artisan stores and delicious foodie spots – as well as the most bonkers pub in the UK, the Lewes Arms.

The perfect day  Take the brand new Sussex Art Shuttle and travel a short distance outside of town to see Charleston Farmhouse , before heading back for a veggie burger at Bun and Bean and a pastry dessert from Flint Owl Bakery . Spend the afternoon learning about the history of the castle and Lewes Priory , then browse the independent shops in The Needlemakers . Finish with a meal and a movie at Depot .

Plan your trip  The stunning Glyndebourne Opera House is hosting a festival of world class opera from May 16 to August 25, while the incredible extravaganza that is Lewes Bonfire Night is taking place around November 5.

📍 The best things to do in Lewes

Newcastle

8.  Newcastle

There’s plenty to shout about in Newcastle (and not just the nightlife, though we love that too). The city’s food scene already had a pretty good reputation, but new openings in 2023 have really seen it thrive, like natural wine and pizza spot Bawn  and new brunch spot Cafeteria :  a sort of posh style greasy spoon, which seem to be all the range now. Pair this with a load of great galleries and pubs, the legendary Wylam Brewery and Tyneside Cinema and seriously reasonable prices and you’ve got a cracking weekend away. Or you might just want to pack up and move there. It happens. 

The perfect day  Grab a coffee (with a view) at La Verne Vintage , before walking waterside and over the Quayside bridge. Head to the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and wander through whatever exhibition is on, before heading to the very top floor for fantastic views over the city. Then head to Ouseburn, Newcastle’s coolest neighbourhood, and grab a pint and a banging vegan lunch at The Ship Inn . If you’ve got an itching for more art, check out the Biscuit Factory next door. After a few more pints, hit up World Headquarters for a night on the Toon. 

Plan your trip  The Newcastle Fringe 2024 will run from July 18 to  29. Catch shows at the very cool Northern Stage as well as a number of pubs. 

📍 The best things to do in Newcastle

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9.  Falmouth

Falmouth has always been Cornwall’s cooler town. Home to Exeter and Falmouth university campuses, student life here has brought a bit of vibrancy and edge to the quiet cobbled streets – but there’s always been a glaring gap when it came to the question of nightlife. Recently, though – thanks to new music venue  The Cornish Bank  –  its late night credentials have shot up. From Klub Nos Lowen, a cult folk music night, to up and coming indie bands, this spot is the ideal place to absorb some of the county’s best culture.

The perfect day  Start with a paddle at Gyllyngvase Beach, then warm yourself up with a coffee at Gylly beach cafe . Then check out the independent boutiques and galleries on the high street. (Shout out to Mirri Damer jewellery and Wild Pony vintage.) After grabbing some grub from Harbour Lights fish and chips, head to Chain Locker for a harbourside pint before moseying on to a gig at The Cornish Bank. If you have time, pop in to Beerwolf too, a charming pub/bookshop.

Plan your visit  T he annual worm charming championship  (you read that right)  takes place in late May every year. The Sea Shanty Festival  takes place on June  14 to 16  2024, and Falmouth Week , an extravaganza of music, sailing and local culture, takes place on August  9 to 18 .

📍 The best things to do in Falmouth

Manchester

10.  Manchester

Manchester never fails to serve up a cultural banquet. After a huge year that saw the launch of Factory International at Aviva Studios, the rescue of grassroots gig venue, The Snug , and the long-awaited reopening of Manchester Museum , 2024 is set to be another big one. The star of the show will be the huge, innovative Co-op Live  which is opening in April, backed by Bruce Springsteen and Harry Styles and already has the likes of Liam Gallagher and Oilvia Rodrigo lined up to perform. And in much-anticipated news for its food scene, L’Enclume chef Tom Barnes is opening his first solo restaurant, Skof , in the Noma district in spring.

The perfect day  Swing by Idle Hands to fuel up on carbs and caffeine before perusing around the Northern Quarter’s indie shops (don’t miss Queer Lit or the Craft and Design Centre). Pick from a huge range of edible options at Mackie Mayor for lunch (or head to the Michelin-starred Where The Light Gets In , for something special) then use the new Visit Manchester Pass to check out the National Football Museum and take a craft beer tour of the city. End with a tipple and live music at YES .

Plan your trip  Head up some time between October 23 and 27 to catch the Worldwide Music Expo , which is set to attract over 2,600 big guns from the global music industry.

📍 The best things to do in Manchester 🍴 The best  restaurants in Manchester

Ramsgate

11.  Ramsgate

Last year it was all about Margate , but now, another neighbour has joined Kent’s roster of cosy, culture-filled seaside towns that everyone’s getting obsessed with. Enter: Ramsgate , a walkable gem with a hell of a lot of character. Check out one of its locally-run galleries and studios (including Level 11 , specialising in dog pics), and don’t miss filling up at one of its new food offerings: this year, bar/restaurant Seabird  arrived on the scene , as well as new monthly pop-up Catch at the Camden Arms , serving up a delightful seafood set menu. Oh, and the world’s biggest Wetherspoons is here. You heard us. 

The perfect day  Pull up at Ramsgate Station and stroll towards the seafront, stopping at The Modern Boulangerie on Harbour Street for brunch and a ridiculously good cinnamon roll. Take a coffee to go and spend time checking out Ramsgate’s indie shops, from the records at Vinyl Head to the pottery, books and glass at Island Vintage . Head to the harbour and head out on a seal-spotting boat trip , before grabbing a sunset pint at the Royal Harbour Brasserie . Finally, warm up with pub grub at The Bedford Inn  (top tip: you can rent a room at their brand-new hotel too). 

Plan your trip  Go when it’s sunny and try to catch the town’s  International Film Festival in June or the Festival of Sound in August. 

📍 The best things to do in Ramsgate

Norwich

12.  Norwich

Hugged by the marshes and woodlands of Broads National Park, Norwich brings the ancient to the contemporary — from its cobbled alleyways and two dazzling cathedrals to the modern exhibitions at the Sainsbury Centre and its Michelin-star prowess. In summer 2024,  Norwich Castle (which was apparently one of Europe’s most important mediaeval fortresses) is set to reveal the results of a mighty £15m revamp, due to include redecorated rooms and the restoration of its 12th century Norman keep. As the self-proclaimed ‘City of Stories’ and England’s first UNESCO City of LIterature, you’ll be enchanted by Norwich’s tale.

The perfect day  Order your morning drink of choice at Strangers Coffee then stop by the city’s 900-year old market on Gentleman’s Walk to check out the organic produce and food stalls. Save room for dessert so that you can enjoy elevenses at Figbar then take in the magnificent architecture of Norwich Cathedral and check out the curiosities hiding within the antique shops on Elm Hill. Round it all off with dinner from Grosvenor Fish Bar .

Plan your trip A c elebration of queer art and ideas, Queerfest Norwich is happening February 8 to 24.

📍 The best things to do in Norwich

Alnmouth

13.  Alnmouth

For a tranquil seaside break in 2024, the tiny fishing village of Alnmouth on the border between Scotland and England is a solid bet. Think: wild, windswept walks, pastel-coloured fisherman’s cottages, freshly-caught fish and blissful peace and quiet. Three surrounding beaches make up part of Northumberland’s 40-mile long coastal path — which happens to be a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, recently renamed ‘National Landscapes’ – and as such, there’s a delightful cluster of wildlife to look out for, including adorable puffins and grey seals.

The perfect day Sit down for an A.M. coffee and fresh kippers on toast at Bistro23 before checking out Almouth’s cluster of independent stores like Scots of Alnmouth and Jane and Harry’s. Then stop by the Ferry Hut , a bitesize museum dedicated to the ferrymen of yesteryear. Spend the afternoon adventuring along the coastal path before indulging in a well-earned dinner at The Whittling House .

Plan your trip Alnmouth Arts Festival  is happening on June 15 and 16, with more than 50 designers and craftspeople exhibiting their work in venues throughout the village.

Ullapool

14.  Ullapool

A tiny village and port around 45 miles from Inverness in the Scottish Highlands, Ullapool is well situated for walkers and cyclists to get their dose of the great outdoors: explore the nearby Corrieshalloch Falls, scramble up Stac Pollaidh mountain or to hop on a ferry to the Outer Hebrides. But there’s more to this place than just hiking boots and anoraks. Ullapool also going under something of a cultural renaissance, with Scotland’s most remote club night bringing of-the-moment electronic DJs to the area and The Seafood Shack and new 3AA Rosette restaurant  The Dipping Lugger  attracting foodies from far and near. The town was recently chosen as one of Time Out’s most underrated travel destinations in Europe, so get down soon.

The perfect day Wrap up warm and drive over to the foot of Stac Pollaidh mountain, with its spectacular peak of Torridonian sandstone. Reward yourself with a packed lunch on the top after a two-hour climb, before heading home and warming up in The Ferry Boat Inn  where you can enjoy a slap-up dinner with some of the freshest seafood you’ll ever eat.

Plan your trip The next Baile/Baile club nights take place on February 3 and March 2, showcasing some of Scotland’s most exciting DJ talent.

Wrexham

15.  Wrexham

Who’d have thought a small Welsh city would have been taken over by Hollywood celebs and become the subject of an extremely popular Disney+ documentary? Wrexham, home to the formerly flailing football club Wrexham AFC, became one of the UK’s hottest tourist destinations after A-listers Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney bought the club in 2020. The city is also home to St Giles’s, one of the most stunning churches in Wales. Then there’s the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct – a huge 18-arched stone and cast iron structure carrying the Llangollen Canal across the River Dee – and two National Trust properties, Erddig Parkland and Chirk Castle . In 2024, the national Football Museum for Wales is also expected to open, with exhibitions on Welsh language communities, fan culture and LGBTQ+ experiences.

The perfect day Start the day at Aussi brunch spot Lot 11 . After fueling yourself, you’re obviously going to want to check out The Racecourse, the stadium that’s home to Wrexham AFC. Then you’ll need to grab a pint at The Turf , the football team’s pub of choice. For the afternoon, hop in the car for a 20 minute drive to check out the gorgeous views from the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and surrounding World Heritage Site.

Plan your trip Wrexham Feast , an annual food and drink festival, takes place in late September.

📍 The best things to do in Wrexham

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The great uk bucket list: 100 things to do in the uk.

british places to visit

Despite being British, and living in the country in-between trips abroad for my entire life, I have to admit that it’s taken me a while to fully appreciate the United Kingdom.

I lived in a suburb of London until I was 18 years old, and then moved to the West of England; this and subsequently meeting people from all over the country and exploring new regions of the UK made me realise how there’s loads of unique things to do in the UK and what a beautiful island I live on.

As I travelled abroad and started to meet people from all over the world, I learned that many yearn to explore the Yorkshire dales , the southern Cornish islands and the beautiful ancient universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

I realised that, for a country of such a tiny size, there’s a huge amount of culture, history and landscape packed in.

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I’ve still explored painfully little of the UK, and I know that there’s so much more to check off my Great British Bucket List!

But here are the 100 things that I have either been to and loved, wish to go to one day or great things to see and do that other bloggers have recommended.

Here are the 100 best things to do in the UK.

Click on the map to view the best things to do in a certain area, or scroll down to read the entire UK bucket list!

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What would be on your UK Bucket List?

LONDON

Where better to start this UK bucket List than the capital of the country?

One of the most famous cities in the world, London is the centre of British society, with a compelling history, ever-changing arts culture and a vibrant atmosphere.

Read on for the popular, touristy attractions and more off the beaten path things to do in London!

Note: You can get around London itself by public transport, but if you decide to visit some of the attractions outside of the city centre, it’s advisable to hire a car with a company like SIXT.

1. Explore inside Westminster Abbey

british places to visit

One of the most famous churches in the country, the gothic style Westminster Abbey has been the traditional place of the coronation and burial of British monarchs.

It’s actually not technically an Abbey, but a ‘Royal Peculiar’, which is a church responsible to the sovereign.

Take a visit to Westminster Abbey and marvel at the majestic detailed interior carvings and tapestries; it is very easy to imagine somebody becoming a King or Queen here!

2. Go up on the London Eye

It’s ever so touristy, but if you only do one mainstream thing in London, make it the London Eye.

It takes half an hour for your pod to travel the full length of the wheel, and the views of the capital sprawling out beneath you are absolutely unmatchable.

3. Admire Big Ben and go inside the Houses of Parliament

british places to visit

One of London’s most iconic structures; Elizabeth Tower which contains Big Ben, proudly stands on Southbank with the Houses of Parliament next door. On Saturdays and during parliamentary recesses, you can take an audio or guided tour of the houses.

You will be taken through a thousand years of history and educated in the fascinating and complex tale of how British politics came to be today!

Read More – Ten Facts About Big Ben

4. Take an unseen tour in Camden

By Laura from Grassroots Nomad

One of the more off the beaten path things to do in London is a tour led by the formerly homeless with Unseen Tours. One of the highlights of the trip was the climb up Primrose Hill to look out over London city.

I have been to this part of London and have admired this view before, but for my guide Mike it isn’t just a beautiful view. It is a reminder of his old life and the bankers that caused the financial crisis and recession that changed his life forever.

5. Visit St Paul’s Cathedral

british places to visit

This Anglican Cathedral is placed on Ludgate Hill in the City of London, and is dedicated to Paul the Apostle; founded in AD 604. It is one of London’s most notable sights. Take a guided tour of the cathedral and enjoy the fascinating history that the marvellous building revels in; and if you’re visiting on a Saturday, you can even climb the dome of the cathedral!

6. Look out over the capital at Greenwich Observatory

Known as the place where ‘East meets West’, the observatory is where GMT has been calculated for centuries.

Here, you can stand with one foot in the Western Hemisphere and one in the Eastern, learn about the makings of the first telescope and educate yourself with how time was standardised in the UK the world!

You’ll be sure to be graced with some outstanding views of London as well.

7. Walk over Tower Bridge

british places to visit

The famous Victorian bridge is open to walk over and explore, where you can enjoy the exhibition and monument, and learn all about its history.

To look at the city from another perspective, you can walk over the glass floor of the exhibition, peering down 42 metres to see the city and River Thames sprawling below.

8. See the Guard Change at Buckingham Palace

british places to visit

At 11:30am every day in the summer and on alternate days throughout Autumn and Winter, a patriotic ceremony takes place at Buckingham Palace, where the guards pass over duties as they change shifts.

You’ll undoubtedly recognise the guards that stand outside the palace – with their red uniforms and tall black hats – as a symbol of Britain.

9. Shop at Camden Market

At this bustling North London marketplace, you can purchase all sorts of quirky clothing, jewellery and trinkets and enjoy food from all over the globe.

The markets have a reputation of being somewhere a bit alternative, and you can find all sorts of non-conformist goods here! When you’re done shopping, you can take a seat by the canals and have a drink at one of the famous pubs…

10. Take a nighttime ceremony of the keys tour in Tower of London

A visit to the Tower of London, the UK’s most famous castle and jail (which has seen various regal prisoners!) is a must when you’re in the capital. If you want something behind the scene, you could go on an exclusive night time ceremony of the keys tour!

The clunk of the locks as the guards turn the keys and your small group is locked in the Tower of London. Then you’re reminded of the poor souls who were tortured and lost their lives here. Could those souls still be hanging around? – Tracey Neilson

Here’s some more information about visiting the awesome Tower of London !

11. Buy antiques at Portobello Road Market

Here is the world’s largest antiques market which boasts over 1000 stalls and shops that sell unique collectables and antiques. If you’re looking for something special to commemorate your time in Great Britain, here’s the place! There’s also a huge amount of retro and vintage clothes on sale, some at amazingly cheap prices.

12. Absorb the alternative vibe of Brick Lane

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You may know  BrickLane  as one of the best places in London to “go for a curry,” due to its large collection of South Asian shops and restaurants. But besides the good eats,  BrickLane  is home to the ultra-hipster Cereal Killer Cafe, the bustling  BrickLane  Sunday Market, and incredibly cool street art.

Quite the change from its old reputation as the scene of the crime of the Jack the Ripper murders, it is now truly a must-see neighbourhood in East London.

13.Enjoy real London life at Trafalgar Square

Some call it the heart of London; Trafalgar Square accommodates Nelson’s Column, stone lions and the Fourth Plinth. It has been an important square in the city since the 13 th century and its name derives from The Battle of Trafalgar – a major London naval victory in 1805. It is the perfect place to sit and pass a few hours absorbing London life (as long as you avoid the pigeons!)

14.Visit the Natural History Museum

The museum houses 80 million items from botany, entomology, mineralogy, paleontology and zoology departments. It is a fascinating tour through our ancient history and how this has enabled Britain and the world to evolve into the place it is today. There are lots of great interactive activities and the museum is geared toward all ages!

If you want a bigger fix of the capital, check out these ten unusual things to do in London , or how about these thirty free things to do in London .

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Much of the South East is in very close proximity to the capital of the UK, however, the area basks in gorgeous countryside and enjoys stunning beaches.

The closest point to the continent, the area revels in a rich history (although, hasn’t enjoyed the invasions too much!) which makes for some fascinating things to do in South East England, many of which are UK bucket list worthy.

Check out these fascinating counties for a fusion of rural and urban societies and cultures. 

15. Brighton Pier

Views of the pier in Brighton on a sunny summers morning. The pier is shot from underneath for a different perspective. Brighton Palace Pier Opened in 1899 and home to fairground rides, bars, restaurants and deckchairs to enjoy the sea view.

The whole of Brighton was built up around the Victorian age, and the world-famous pier still retains a somewhat Victorian air.

There’s a nationally famous fish and chip restaurant and various bars, arcade games and funfair rides to enjoy; this is proper British seaside fun!

16. Canterbury Cathedral

One of the oldest Christian structures of England, the cathedral at Canterbury has always had national significance. It was founded in 597 but rebuilt in the 1000’s; of which a great deal still stands.

The cathedral displays a range of stained glass, some which has survived from the Medieval era and more from through the ages, including some contemporary pieces from the 20th century.

This and lots of other historical information at the cathedral means that here, you can learn about centuries of fascinating British history which has moulded the country into how it is today.

17. Hever Castle

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The childhood home of Anne Boleyn – Henry VIII’s second wife and Queen Elizabeth I’s mother, and one of British history’s most colourful female characters – Hever Castle still stands majestically in the middle of a moat, open for visitors nearly every day of the year.

You can really engage with Tudor history throughout this castle, which has preserved some of the ancient rooms fantastically.

18. White Cliffs of Dover

The iconic white cliffs are located at the UK’s closest point to France; and have been an symbol of liberty and prosperity for centuries.

The unique cliffs can be enjoyed with a coastal walk – where you can see all the way to France on a clear day! It’s easy to do a white cliffs of Dover day trip from London , or you could stay in the area and enjoy some of the South East’s other attractions!

19. Windsor Castle

One of the queen’s residences, and the largest and oldest inhabited castle in the world, Windsor Castle is a must for every history enthusiast.

Here, you can enjoy a changing of the guard ceremony and explore some of the inhabited rooms. Take a look for the flag flying; if it is, it means that Her Royal Highness is around!

20. Beach huts at Whitstable

There are few things as charmingly British as colourful beach huts, and these excel in the pretty Kentish seaside town of Whitstable.

While these are all privately owned, the exterior of each individual hut can be properly enjoyed by a walk along the beach!

21. North Laine, Brighton

Full of independent shops and alternative traders, North Laine represents the unique identity of this coastal town. North Laine grew in the 1830s, when the Brighton Pavilion was constructed; and has prospered ever since.

It now enjoys a reputation as Brighton’s cultural epicentre and is the perfect place to pick up any quirky items of shopping!

22. Brighton Pavilion

No, it’s not the Taj Mahal! With influences from India and China, this majestic palace is a former royal residence; it was the holiday home of George, the Prince of Wales in 1811!

It was adapted again in 1815. It’s one of the best examples of Regency exoticism in the country and the interior is open to visitors.

23. Leeds Castle

Proudly protruding from the middle a moat, Leeds Castle has been called ‘The Loveliest Castle in the World’. Built in

Norman times, it was subsequently was the home of British Royalty for centuries (it was once Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon’s palace!) and now exists as one of Britain’s favourite tourist attractions – and the site of the world’s largest dog collar collection!

24. Sissinghurst Gardens

The Grade I listed Sissinghurst Gardens are what really give the county of Kent its nickname ‘The Garden of England’. With 460 acres of Wealden countryside and manicured gardens, there are plenty of gorgeous views and outstanding flowers to take in at Sissinghurst.

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The counties that comprise South West England have a unique culture and heritage.

From acres of farmland, iconic beaches, historic cities to vibrant cultural hubs, the West Country is a glorious pocket of the country that maintains a distinct identity.

The South West definitely contains some of the more beautiful things to do in England. I’ve spent five years exploring this diverse region, and I know that I’ll be back for more one day!

Read More – Eight things that the West Country does best

25. Clifton Suspension Bridge

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An icon of Bristol (my favourite city, in case I haven’t mentioned it), the Clifton Suspension Bridge was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and opened in 1864; it was constructed at the narrowest point of the Avon Gorge to connect Clifton and North Somerset, and was built high enough for warships to get into the city.

Nowadays, it’s still a popular way to get out of the city and into rural Somerset, and is known as one of the most beautiful bridges in the country, which makes it a popular UK bucket list photography spot. Read More – Bristol, I Love You

26. Roman Baths, Bath

The Romans discovered the hot springs of Bath and subsequently created their hot baths here, as a place for the local community to socialise and pamper.

The baths have been fantastically preserved and nowadays you can take a guided tour around the attraction, during which you can vividly imagine being a part of Roman society some 2000 years ago.

27. Bath Abbey

The site of the first King of England’s coronation in 973, Bath Abbey has since had an intriguing and complex history and has always been one of the best things to do in Bath .

An abbey has stood on the site since Norman times, but it fell into disrepair until 1499, when Bishop Oliver King had a dream that instructed him to redesign the monument. This grew to a halt during the Dissolution of the Monasteries, but started again under Elizabeth I and developed into the astounding cathedral that it is now.

Read More – The Five Best Things To See In Bath

28. Stonehenge

A prehistoric stone circle in Wiltshire, Stonehenge is internationally recognised and is known nowadays as a symbol of Britain.

The circle is over 4500 years old, and how the stones were transported to this location with no technology remains an enigma, which adds to its appeal as a tourist attraction! The site remains one of great spiritual significance.

29. Stokes Croft Street Art

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If there was a place for a revolution, it could only be Stokes Croft in Bristol.

The UK’s best outdoor art gallery, talented graffitists are constantly adorning the walls of this hippy street with slogans, bright pictures and catchphrases about a variety of topics including, politics, pacifism, independence and jokes.

It’s a wonderful place to see a thriving new culture emerging.

Read More – The Five Best Things To See In Bristol

30. Get Lost in Cotswold Villages

There’s nowhere quite as quintessentially British as the Cotswolds; which means that visiting them should be an essential on your UK bucket list.

With charming old houses, beautifully tranquil streets and surrounding rolling hills; during a walk in these villages, you could easily feel like you’ve gone back 300 years. I really recommend visiting Stow-on-the-Wold, Winchcombe, Tetbury and Bibury.

31. Go Surfing in Newquay

One of the best spots in the UK to catch a wave, the chilled seaside town of Newquay has fully engaged with the sport to offer a delightful surfing culture – one that you might even expect to experience somewhere in Australia or California!

Read More – How to feel like you’re not in the UK when you’re in Cornwall

32.Visit Wells Cathedral

One of Britain’s most famous and beautiful cathedrals, Wells Cathedral is nothing short of a masterpiece.

The exterior is intricately carved with fascinating designs, and the interior boasts different prayer sections, an impressive navel and sometimes a live choir.

Read more – How to visit Wells and Glastonbury for just a pound!

33.Stroll Around Vicar’s Close

Just round the corner from Wells Cathedral is the oldest residential street in the UK!

All of the houses on this road date back from the 14 th century and still act as houses to this day. In fact, the only reminder that you are still in the 21 st century is the occasional parked car.

34. Lay on a tropical beach at the Isles of Scilly

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Just a short ferry from Penzance lay these stunning tropical-looking islands.

You’re always only 10 minute’s walk from the beach; where the crystal blue waters and golden sands look more Caribbean coast than the British seaside.

35. Walk on Dartmoor

Thanks to SoloSophie for this amazing image – follow her on instagram for more! These mystical moors have a lot of fables and stories surrounding them, and they are a fantastic place for an afternoon hike. With rolling hills, friendly wild ponies and stunning waterfalls, including featured Venford Falls, this is the British countryside at its best!

36. Stand Right at the Edge of the Country at Lands End

The most southernly point in mainland UK, Lands End sounds like a bit of an apocalyptic name but it is actually where many begin a South – North exploration of the country.

Looking out on the Atlantic Ocean, you can feel almost as if you’re at the end of the world – but don’t worry, once you turn eastwards you’ll be back in the gorgeous Cornish landscape!

37.Experience the tropical Eden Project

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In the heart of Cornwall is The Eden Project, two biomes which contain plants from diverse environments. The project is a source of environmental education; it encourages visitors to learn about the importance of the plants that it showcases and how they are fundamental to modern society, as well as enjoying the atmosphere of a rainforest or Mediterranean climate in the UK. It’s an interesting and unique day out for adults and children alike!

38. The Jurrasic Coast

This gorgeous rugged coastline spans Dorset and East Devon and, with rocks that are aged up to 185 million years, is one of the most geologically fascinating areas of the country.

If you’re up to the challenge, all 95 miles of the coastline can be walked (as well as the rest of the South West in the South West coast path).

It’s definitely one of the best places to visit in Devon and Dorset.

Check out the Jurassic Coast  website , Facebook or Twitter for more information.

39. Museum of Witchcraft

If you’re lover of the mystical and marvellous, get down to the Museum of Witchcraft in Cornwall, the world’s largest display of anything supernatural.

Witches have a fascinating history here in the UK, with many so called ‘witches’ exisiting in communities in Medieval times, and here you can learn all about them!

40. Cheddar Gorge

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Made up of two caves, Cheddar Gorge offers a compelling amount of prehistoric history and the site is where ‘Cheddar Man’ – the skeleton Britain’s oldest man (!) was found.

The stunning caves provide an insight into ancient British history and geology.

41. Bedruthan Steps

Want to feel like you’re abroad in Cornwall? Then check out these gorgeous, Mediterranean-esque steps. Dramatically jutting out to sea in crystal blue waters, they certainly don’t look like the Great British Seaside!

42. Take a walk down Glastonbury High Street

Fancy something weird and wonderful?

Take a stroll down Britain’s hippiest high street, where most shops boast tarot cards and magic herbal supplements! Many people walking around Glastonbury will be wearing the most fantastic brightly coloured outfits – it’s a town where anything goes!

43. Hike up Glastonbury Tor

And while you’re in town, take a stroll up Glastonbury Tor! Known as the UK’s most spiritual hill, there’s plenty to marvel at at the top; a compass points you to different South-Western towns and the views of the surrounding countryside are unbeatable. It’s said that the cleansing air of the hill means that everybody comes down a changed person, too…

44. St Micheals Mount

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Somewhat of a hidden treasure of an island lies a little off the coast of Cornwall.

The smaller, lesser-known sibling of Mont Saint Michel in Normandy shares the same tidal characteristics as its French counterpart and has been occupied since at least 4000 BCE.

The fortified castle sitting atop of the island has been destination for royals such as Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II and is now managed by the National Trust.

45. Lulworth Cove

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Situated on the world heritage Jurassic coastline in Dorset, the stunning, secluded Lulworth cove is a must visit for anyone venturing down to South-West England.

Not only will you be greeted with some amazing views of natural beauty across the cove but also within easy walking distance you will find the famous limestone arch of Durdle Door.

You can also rent kayaks, go coasteering and explore a nearby fossil forest!

46. Dive off the West coast  with seals and basking sharks

Written by Florine from World Adventure Divers

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Encompassing beautiful field and moorland, the metropolis of Birmingham and countless smaller cities and towns, the West Midlands is an often underrated area of the country. There’s so many things to do in the West Midlands, whether they be old cities or country walks, read on to find out the pick of the best!

47.Visit Worcester Cathedral and Friar Street

Written by Helen from  Bristolian Backpacker

A wonderful cobbled street, full of shops, restaurants and a few bars and pubs to sit outside of. One of the oldest buildings ‘Grey Friars,’ dates back to the 15th century and is now a National Trust building.

Taking a stroll along the river and checking out Worcester Cathedral is a must too.

48.Hike in the Malvern Hills

Not frequented very often by tourists, these rolling hills are ideal for quintessentially British walks and picnics.

The Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is known not just for its gorgeous green fields but also its spring water, which derives from some of the many holy wells in the area.

49. Oxford University

Established in 1096, Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world and the second oldest in the world – closely beaten to the title by the University of Bologna in Italy.

Visitors are welcome to explore the public areas of the university. Here, you can admire the majestic buildings of the colleges, tour the museums and libraries and even enjoy a spot of souvenir shopping!

Check out this city guide to Oxford for some great tips for the city!

50. Visit Shakespeare’s place of birth

Quite possibly the world’s most famous playwright, William Shakespeare was born and grew up in the historic town of Stratford on Avon.

On a visit here, you can look around his childhood house and learn all about the playwright who has inspired generations for centuries.

51. Cadbury World

(Spoiler: it’s not actually a town made out of chocolate. When I visited Cadbury World, aged 4 years old, I was very disappointed about this. But it’s still pretty amazing)

The international chocolate brand Cadbury was founded in Birmingham in 1824 and it has dominated the chocolate market, both in Britain and abroad, ever since.

Cadbury World is a self-guided tour where you can learn all about the history of and making of chocolate, as well as the unique Cadbury story. Learning all about Britain’s chocolate brand should be on everyone’s UK bucket list!

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From the rolling hills of the Peak District, to the exciting cities of Lincoln, Nottingham and Sheffield, the East Midlands is a diverse region, ideal for those who are seeking both adventure and culture. Read on for the top things to do in the East Midlands!

52. Chatsworth House

Written by Rachel from The Taylor Made Travels

The United Kingdom has many impressive great houses but there is something about Chatsworth that causes people to fall instantly in love with it, and continue revisiting.

Sitting in the middle of the stunning Peak District and famous for being Mr Darcy’s House in the 2005 film of Pride and Prejudice,  you can easily spend a day here exploring the house, gardens ( with its famous water fountain) and for younger explorers the adventure playground.

Enjoy a Bakewell Tart created in the local village while you sit back and admire the stunning scenery.

53. Explore the Magna Carta at Lincoln Cathedral

Written by Michaela from This FP Planet 

The Cathedral City of Lincoln is petite, and has a totally walk-able compact city center, but this charming city takes the motto ‘good things come in small packages’ seriously, and has bags to offer any tourist.

After defeating our historic ‘Steep Hill’ (as the name would suggest, it’s a fair hike!) you’ll be warmly greeted with traditional old style English pubs, cute cobbled paths, quirky boutique shops and cafes as well as the Castle grounds and Cathedral.

Any weekend tripper should include a visit the Castle to discover of of only four surviving sections of Magna Carta!

54. University of Cambridge and punting on the river

The University of Cambridge is the second oldest in the English-speaking world (second to Oxford), and was founded in 1209.

The university now boasts extraordinary architecture and fascinating educational museums which reminisce notable alumni and groundbreaking discoveries at the university.

While you’re exploring Cambridge, I highly recommend going punting too!

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The  Traditional Punting Company  offers the best  punting in Cambridge   where you’ll see the world-famous College Backs in the heart of the city.

During the tour you’ll soak up the atmosphere of the exclusive riverside Colleges, admire sublime bridges, and pass prestigious private gardens.

Expert guides will guide you along the River Cam, regaling you with Cambridge’s inspiring history and secrets of the city.

Join their VisitEngland Rose Marque tour to travel back across 800 years of Cambridge history.

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55. The Peak District

A national park in rural Derbyshire, the Peak District offers breathtaking views, charming country walks and meadows boasting some of the country’s best flora and fauna.

The unspoiled countryside is interrupted only by scenic historical villages. Where better to enjoy a countryside walk?

56. Norfolk Broads

The Norfolk Broads is a series of lakes and rivers, all merging into one another to create a fantastic navigable wetland area. The Broads span over 303 kilometers and are perfect for boating and lakeside activities.

The area has been coined ‘Britain’s Magical Wetland’ and makes for a perfect rural day out.

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Revelling in some of the best British seaside, and enjoying lakes, mountains and moorland, the North West is a fascinating area of the country. Despite being diverse and containing some of the most remote things to do in England, it is easily driveable, and can be explored by train or car. 

57. Boat Cruise of Lake Windermere

Written by Rachel from  Taylor Made Travels

Taking a cruise of the largest natural lake in England will provide views of some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK, which provided inspiration for Beatrix Potter’s stories.

You can choose whether to take a quick boat ride around some of the lakes islands or spend the day stopping off at the various villages surrounding the lakes to sample the local delicacies and meander the winding streets.

58. Hike the Yorkshire Dales

Written by Maria from  Global Brunch

The Yorkshire Dales offer countless scenic hiking routes for various fitness levels. Walk along the lush green hills and enjoy the views of Yorkshire’s most stunning National Park.

Have a picnic along the way and enjoy some wild strawberries or stop at a traditional pub for a refreshing pint; a very quintessentially British item on your UK bucket list!

59. The Beatles Tour

The best-selling music group ‘The Beatles’ were born in Liverpool, and here you can explore more of their history through The Beatles experience, visit some of their childhood homes and grab some food in the Cavern Club.

After The Beatles Tour, there’s still a lot more to explore in Liverpool: learn more about the huge impact the city had on British music, industry and immigration at the Museum of Liverpool or the impact the Titanic had on the city at the Merseyside Maritime Museum, while not forgetting to leave some time for the excellent shopping at the Liverpool One.

Want to discover more of the Beatles’ home city? Here’s the best things to do in Liverpool by Naomi from Probe Around the Globe!

60. Bolton Abbey

Written by Steph from  Big World Small Pockets

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Bolton Abbey in North Yorkshire is the site of some incredible 12th Century Monastery ruins set among beautiful gardens.

We often used to go here on Sundays when I was studying in Leeds and I loved the feeling of being out in the wild countryside that this place offered.

There are some great walking trails to enjoy here and throughout the grounds, a sense of magic and mystery pervades.

61. See the Blackpool Illuminations

By Rachel from  Taylor Made Travels

For a few weeks every Autumn, Blackpool becomes ‘The Vegas of the North’, with over 1 million bulbs lighting up the promenade of this Northern beach resort.

The best way to see this free light show it to take one of the trams along the promenade and then walk back while enjoying a dinner of fish and chips or a pie barm (bread with a meat and potato pie in the middle) and for pudding some traditional Blackpool Rock.

Come during the day and brave the Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach Theme Park or head up the Blackpool Tower to get great views over the surrounding area.

62. Castle Howard

Written by  Rachel Nicole

Castle Howard is a beautiful stately home on the outskirts of York.

The house is open daily to the public and makes for a lovely day out for all the family. From the stunning interior of the house to the 1,000 acres of woodland, there’s something for everyone to discover here.

The estate plays host to many events all year round; such as local markets and proms in the park, and the Christmas decorations are a must-see!

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Check out the ancient city of York, or the renowned nightlife of Newcastle for a proper North Eastern experience! This area of the country enjoys unique museums and plenty of traditional things to do and see. Read on for the best things to do in North East England!

63. Walk the historic city walls in York

Written by Vivian from  Miss Happy Feet

Passing through medieval walls and the city gates, you will get a fantastic view over the city along the way.

The historic walk is free but a guided tour is highly recommended if you would like to know more about the significance of the walls in the early days.

Stop at the Gatehouse Coffee at Walmgate if you need a break!

64. Afternoon tea at Bettys Tea Room

Afternoon Tea is the very essence of British elegance and tea culture and there is no better place to enjoy this tradition than the famous Bettys Tea Rooms in York, a little piece of heaven for anybody with a sweet tooth.

65. A day by the seaside in Whitby

Whitby is not only famous for being the inspiration of Bram Stokers great novel Dracula but also for it’s fresh and delicious Fish & Chips. What better place to dig in to the famous English dish then at the seaside?

66. Wensleydale Cheese Museum

You can’t come to Britiain without finding out how British cheese is made, can you?

There’s a visitor centre, creamery and museum right in the heart of the town with the same name.

You’ll discover how the cheese was made throughout the centuries and get to observe old cheese making equipment! And yes, there’s lots of cheese up for grabs….

67. Experience the Newcastle Nightlife

Love it or hate it, it’s fair to say that nowhere does nightlife quite like Newcastle, Britain’s most northern main city. Here, the drinks are cheap and everyone is super cheerful – until the next morning, that is!

68. Hadrian’s Wall

Originally sprawling coast to coast, this defensive wall was built in AD 122 by 15,000 men and work was completed in just 6 years.

At its time of use, it marked the end of the Holy Roman Empire. Today, much of the wall still remains and it is possible to follow the trail on foot by taking the Hadrian’s Wall Path .

69. Get an Ice Cream at Scarborough’s Harbour Bar

Written by Jen from  She Gets Around A visit to a true British seaside town isn’t complete with some fish and chips or an ice cream. Scarborough has the best of both, with Harry Ramsden’s Fish and Chips and the best ice cream sundae in the country at The Harbour Bar .

This family-run ice cream cafe has been open since 1945 and has barely changed in over 70 years. Whether it is a towering Knickerbocker Glory or Banana Sundae they have everything your ice cream heart desires. An absolute must for tradition, fun and 1940s glamour.

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With absolutely stunning views and landscapes, is easy to believe that Scotland could very well be enchanted.

With an array of charming islands, bustling cities and beautiful glens and lakes, there is ample to keep you occupied in the most Northern part of the UK; here’s some unique things to do in Scotland that you should add to your UK bucket list right away!

70. Shetland Islands

By Sonja from Migrating Miss

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Closer to Bergen in Norway than London, this group of over 100 islands has been home of various groups of people since pre-histroic times.

Amongst the barren but beautiful landscape, you can see amazing historical sites there like Jarlshof, which show the remains of houses dating back to the Bronze Age.

Visit Shetland during the summer to experience all day sun, or visit in January to experience the Up Helly Aa fire festival and a chance at seeing the Northern Lights.

71. Glen Coe

Written by Sonja from Migrating Miss

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There are generally two ways to head north in Scotland, and I recommend the route that takes you through Glen Coe.

The remains of a super volcano have left behind some of the most breathtaking scenery. Don’t miss the Three Sisters, three rugged mountain ridges next to each other.

If you have the time, take a walk through arguably the most famous and beautiful Glen in Scotland.

72. The Commando Memorial, Spean Bridge

By Sonja from  Migrating Miss

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This monument just north of Fort William honours the elite Commando Soldiers, many of whom lost their lives in WWII and whose ashes are buried here, along with those of contemporary Commandos who have fought in more recent times.

The Commando Memorial depicts soldiers overlooking their old training ground and on to Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles.

73. West Highland Way

Written by Gemma from  Two Scots Abroad

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One of the best ways to see Scotland is on foot!

The West Highland Way is a 96 mile trek which starts just outside of Glasgow and ends in Fort William (with lots of stops along the way!) Hikers trek over mountains, through farms, and alongside lochs – the true beauty of Scotland!

74. The North Coast 500

Written by Toccara from  Forget Someday

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This is a 500-mile circular drive starting and ending in Inverness, Scotland.

This drive takes you along stunning coastlines and countless lochs.

You’ll navigate through winding mountain passes and awe-inspiring landscapes. Step back in time as you visit castles, historic ruins, and heritage centers. Tantalize your tastebuds as you sip award-winning whiskies, taste deliciously organic beer, and sample some of the Highland’s local delicacies.

With numerous trails to hike, beaches to explore, and history to discover, there is certainly no shortage of things to do and see along this award-winning route around Scotland’s northern Highlands.

75. Ben Nevis

The highest mountain in the British Isles, the summit of Ben Nevis offers a compelling ascent to experienced climbers.

Even if you’re not as apt at climbing, many walks can be enjoyed at the often snow-covered mountain. Gorgeous vistas of the Scottish highlands are enjoyed on the mountain, with access to the now ruined observatory, which was used to keep a watch over the area. Climbing Ben Nevis is an essential part of every Scotland road trip itinerary !

76.Loch Lubnaig

By Florine from World Adventure Divers

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In the heart of the Trossachs National Park, near Callander, Loch Lubnaig is one of the prettiest lochs in Scotland. Kayak lovers and Fishing addicts will usually be found enjoying its peaceful waters surrounded by the hills of Ben Ledi and Ben Vorlich.

77. Diving the historical wrecks of WWI of Scapa Flow, Orkney

By Florine from  World Adventure Divers

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Did you know Britain has the most famous wreck diving site in Europe?

At the end of WWI, fearing to surrender their fleet to the British Army, the German decided to scuttle their 74 ships located in Orkney.

Thanks to the cold water, adventurous scuba divers come from all over the world to explore these exceptionally well-preserved shipwrecks.

78. Puck’s Glen

By Toccara from Forget Someday

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Puck’s Glen opened to visitors as Britain’s first forest park in 1935. It is named after Puck, a mischievous spirit who haunts many legends and appears in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Puck’s Glen Gorge Trail is a strenuous path that cuts through the dramatically rocky gorge.  This 1.75 mile (2.8 km) trail takes visitors past several waterfalls and beneath towering Douglas firs. It’s like walking through a fairytale!

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Less than an hour of driving away from Glasgow, Luss is the best stopover to explore Loch Lomond National Park.  Walking through the adorable village of Luss will offer stunning views of the largest Loch in Britain.

From the pontoon, you can embark on a boat trip around the numerous islands on the loch.

80. Dunnottar Castle

Written by Lauren from Craving Sunshine Dunnottar Castle is a stunning ruined clifftop medieval fortress, 18.5 miles south of Aberdeen and 2.6 miles south of the seaside village of Stonehaven.

This breathtaking castle has been the backdrop for films such as Shakespeare’s  Hamlet starring Mel Gibson and more recently Victor Frankenstein starring Daniel Radcliffe & James Mcavoy.

Rumour has it that Dunnottar also inspired Merida’s home in Disney’s Brave . Dunnottar is definitely one of the best castles in Scotland and is well worth a visit.

81. John O Groats

876 miles from Lansend in Cornwall, John O Groats is the furthest North inhabited point in the UK, and is popular with travellers in England as either the start or finish of a British journey.

But it’s not just the title of ‘The Far North’ that makes this place worth visiting; come here to catch a glimpse of Atlantic puffins, grey seals and killer whales, take amazing boat trips and marvel at the gorgeous, unspoilt scenery.

John O Groats is not actually the furthest North point in the UK – nearby, less famous, Dunnet Head is higher up. There’s not much to see here, but if you really want to go to the end of the world, it’s worth visiting Dunnet Head too!

82. Faerie Glen, Isle of Skye

A gorgeous landscape, which many deem to be ‘supernatural’, the Faerie Glen comprises natural pools, gently sloping hills and miniature waterfalls.

Many people note the magical feeling they are graced with from a visit to the glen, and each visit engrosses an element of surprise and mystery.

83. Loch Ness

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Loch Ness is a the lake in the Scottish highlands which is rumoured to be where ‘The Loch Ness monster” (Nessie) lives. There are many boat tours to ‘look’ for the monster and also a very historic castle along its waters called Urquhart.

84. Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle stands on the skyline of the Scottish capital on Castle Rock, where an edifice has stood since the 12 th century.

It has played a pivotal role in Scottish development throughout the centuries, and is now is home to the crown jewels of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg, a 15th-century gun.

You can take guided tours of the castle or enjoy an audio tour. Edinburgh’s a fantastic city with loads to explore and there are lots of day trips from Edinburgh that aren’t to be missed.

There are loads of other things to do in Scotland that aren’t featured on this list. Check out these fifty useful travel tips for Glasgow  or the best things to do in Stirling !

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Just to the west of England lays this often-forgotten about area of the UK. There are so many things to do in Wales; the south of the country boasts exotic beaches and charming rolling hills while the north of the country enjoys colourful towns and a fascinating language!

Visit Wales to experience a culture like no other and add some of these experiences to your UK bucket list!

85. South Stack Lighthouse

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On the Anglesey coastline is this stunning lighthouse. Placed on top of a patch of grass on a rocky hill, the bright white lighthouse beacons from afar and revels in a postcard-perfect view.

86. Portmeirion

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Portmeirion is a little town in North Wales that looks like it belongs in Italy. It’s an explosion of colours and architectural styles, with bright turquoise shutters, pretty pink hydrangeas and exotic palm trees. Stay at the hotel to swim in the most amazing swimming pool by the river (it starred in a Ted Baker ad !).

87. St Fagan’s Museum of Welsh life

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One of Europe’s best open-air museums and Wales’ most popular heritage attraction; if you grew up in Wales then you can guarantee you went to St Fagans Museum on a school trip at least once!

Established in 1947, St Fagans Museum is home to a Welsh village created using over 40 original buildings from various historical periods in Wales, transported from their original locations and re-erected on the 100-acre parkland. 

The full list of buildings at St Fagans includes a bakery, tollhouse, tailor’s workshop, school-house, a post office and traditional farm houses as well as livestock. The buildings have been chosen because of their relevance to ordinary people from different social backgrounds and from different eras.

88. Snowdon (Snowdonia National Park)

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It’s the tallest mountain in both Wales and England and part of the popular Three Peaks Challenge.

If you’re not up for hiking to the top but you still want to see the pretty panoramic view, you can hitch a ride on the Snowdon Mountain Railway!

89. Beddgelert

By Carly from Girl Out Of Bounds This is a picturesque town build completely on lore. It is said to be the resting place of Gelert, the loyal hound of the medieval Prince Llewelyn.

I won’t spoil the story, but it’s worth a visit. You can read the lore at Gelert’s grave, a short walk from the town centre.

90.The Smallest House in Great Britain

Located in Conwy, Wales, the smallest house in Great Britain is known as the Quay House and has a floor area of 3.05 by 1.8 metres and a height of 3.1 metres. It was a residence until 1900 – when the tenant was evicted because the council declared the house unfit for human habitation!

The house is owned by the last tenant’s descendants and is now open for visitors, with information and history about the house inside.

91. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantsysiliogogogoch Train Station

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It’s the village with Europe’s longest name (which is unsurprising), and visitors flock from far just to get a snap of the crazy station sign! The village is located on the island of Anglesea, across the strait from Bangor.

The name translates to “Saint Mary’s Church in a hollow of white hazel near the swirling whirlpool of the church of Saint Tysilio with a red cave”. Easy to remember, right?

92. Gower Peninsula

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The Gower Peninsula was the UK’s first AONB in 1956 and it stil remains just as stunning today. It boasts moors, limestone cliffs and stunning golden beaches.

A place for surfing or hiking the Wales Coast Path, it’s a fantastic spot to enjoy some of the best scenery Britain has to offer.

93. Brecon Beacons

A South Wales mountain range, Brecon Beacons offer a range of hiking, rock climbing and abseiling opportunities. Enjoy an active day amongst the regions highest peaks, and a relaxing night stargazing in this rural area of the country.

94. Barry Island

Barry Island is a seaside resort town in the Vale of Glamorgan, home to a nationally famous pleasure park ,which has operated as such since the Victorian times. Come here to enjoy some timeless rides in a fantastic British seaside atmosphere.

95. Ogmore Beach

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Ogmore-by-Sea is a small sea-facing village that can be found on the South Wales coast between Cardiff and Swansea. The beach is a sweeping arc of rocky pre-jurassic carboniferous limestone, in which the sand is only exposed at low-tide. Nearby, you can visit Dunraven Bay, or Southerndown beach, where a great deal of Doctor Who is filmed.  

The sand dunes are the scene of a daring WW2 prisoner escape story – 86 German Prisoners of War escaped through a 70 feet tunnel from Island Farm POW camp (set amongst the sand dunes) in 1945. Apparently, parts of Laurence of Arabia were filmed in these sand dunes.

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Don’t forget about the land across the sea! Northern Ireland is a distinctly unique part of the UK, and contains some of the nations’ best beaches and most picturesque scenery, along with the busy city of Belfast, among others! Here’s some of the best things to do in Northern Ireland…

96. Giant’s Causeway

A UNESCO world heritage site, Giant’s Causeway is located off the coast of County Antrim and is formed of 40,000 basalt columns, which are told to be the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. It is known as the fourth greatest natural wonder of the UK. Legend has it that the columns are a causeway built by a giant; constructed so two Irish and Scottish giants could meet and fight. Even if this isn’t true, there’s certainly a strong sense of mythology here!

97. Game of Thrones filming location

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If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, you can enjoy filming locations all over Northern Ireland; and even if you’re not, there’s some absolutely jaw-dropping places in this region that tell a thousand stories!

The best to check out are the eerie dark hedges, a row of trees that were planted by the Stuart Family in the eighteenth century.

They were built to look compelling and intriguing and still remain fascinating to this day.

98. Drive the causeway coastal route

This coastal road traverses the 120 mile distance between Belfast and Londonderry and is widely known as one of the most beautiful drives in Europe. The drive explores coastal roads and mountains; coming together to offer a breath-taking and compelling journey.

99. Ulster Museum

Located in the Northern Irish capital city, the Ulster Museum is the largest museum in the region and features a huge amount of exhibitions and artefacts from Ireland and beyond, over the centuries.

Here is the perfect place to educate yourself in the history and culture of this nation!

100. Belfast Black Taxi Tour

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This Belfast-based cab company can really show you around Northern Ireland’s capital! The guides have over 28 years of driving experience and have picked up random facts that you won’t get anywhere else. Take a Belfast black taxi tour for a real insight into this fascinating city!

And remember to explore downtown Belfast, which includes the Titanic Experience , when you’re done!

Once you’ve finished exploring these, check out this awesome list of unique things to do in Ireland , which includes both attractions in Northern Ireland and in the neighbouring Republic of Ireland!

Your Great British Packing List

Your Great British packing list will be quite similar to that of any Europe trip. We have mild summers and cool winters, but don’t often get snow!

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There you have it, the very best things to do in Great Britain! Would you add anything else to this Great British Bucket List? Which of these have you visited and loved? Which one is top of your ‘to go to’ list? Let me know in the comments below!

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Hell of a list. So many things, so little time. I just crossed off some things from my bucket list in London. The incredible National Gallery and British Museum. You can just spend days in these warehouses of art. And the best part is: they are Free. So you walk in, walk out and savour art like a good glass of Bordeaux: with little sips. Keep rocking. Rik

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This is a very big complete list of the things to see in GB. You did a very good job, thank you for this. I really want to see the white cliff and the beach houses look so cute!

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great list! I’m saving this post!:)I I’ve done a few of these places:)

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Wicked list! I have spent some time in England, studying in London, with a trip to Wales and Ireland. But I haven’t made a dent in this list, so I think I’ll have to go back for a more comprehensive visit!!

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Wow – Fantastic list! Clearly, we need to clear more time on our calendars to see everything!! 🙂

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Wow what a comprehensive list! Great post it’s true we are so lucky to have so many wonderful places to visit in the UK. We love jumping in our camper van and heading somewhere new so this has given us a few new ideas. Thanks very much!

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I’m bookmarking this for later, great list! Hopefully I can make it to the U.K. sometime soon 🙂

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I was born in the UK and I would encourage anyone planning a visit to head ‘up north’ rather than staying around London. The hebrides in Scotland are fantastic – head up to Oban then hop across on the ferry to Mull. York and Harrogate are also fantastic, as well as the Peak District including Castleton, Eyam, and Buxton.

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I have seen so much less of the North than I should have! I’m going to save all of these for future reference. Thanks very much for your comment! 🙂

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Wao such a long list. England is such a nice place to visit with some wonderful attractions and nice places to visit in England. One of my personal favorite is Buckingham Palace. It is one of the few working royal palaces remaining in the world today. The lavishly decorated State Rooms of the Palace are open to visitors during the summer months, and you can visit all year round to see the famous Changing the Guard.

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Wow what a wounder full list! Great post and i am so lucky to have so many wonderful places to visit in the UK. because soon i am going to UK for the sake of studies i will visit all these places..Thank you so much sharing

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You missed out Chester. Chester was founded as a “castrum” or Roman fort with the name Deva Victrix in the reign of the Emperor Vespasian in 79 AD. One of the main army camps in Roman Britain, Deva later became a major civilian settlement. … Chester is one of the best preserved walled cities in Britain. Chester is one of the most beautiful historic cities in England, famous for its galleried rows, Roman remains, shops & boutiques, the town crier, ghost walks and complete city walls. Chester’s Rows are covered walkways at the first floor in each of the city’s four main streets, are unique not only in Britain but everywhere is the world. They have allowed double level shopping in the town at least since the 13th Century. It has a Cathedral, the original church was built in the Romanesque or Norman style, parts of which can still be seen today. This church was subsequently rebuilt from around 1250 onward in the Gothic style, a process which took about 275 years an resulted in the incredible structure seen today.

With the most complete set of monastic buildings in the country, a Georgian square and series of streets, the remains of Roman barracks on the Dean’s field and the largest open green spaces within the walls, visitors can eperience everything the cathedral has to offer.

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Nothing for East Anglia as far as I can tell but, as I’m now discovering via a photographic ‘project’ (website will very soon be updated for this), it has its own unique wonders, albeit a little different from elsewhere. Just as examples, Brancaster & Holcombe Beaches on the north norfolk coast (catch those huge skies and, when the tide is out, vast expanses of wildness) and the sea wall walk from Tollesbury to Heybridge along the River Blackwater in essex taking in Osea Island (lots of history about that) – the salt marshes, the oyster beds. Wild and, in a way, quite ‘strange’ with a kind of spooky feeling in certain weather.

Sounds lovely! I’ll have to check out that part of the country one day. Not too far from where I live. I remember reading about Osea Island in one of my old jobs!

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WOW wonder ful article. 7th, 34th, 37th were my favorite.

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Wow, your comprehensive article helps me a lot. There are some places never I thought before. Thanks and keep posting Claire, you’re a wonder woman hha

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Hello Claire. I thoroughly enjoyed your article however, having lived in many parts of the UK I hope you won’t take it amiss if I mention some of the places you have not included (or I didn’t notice). Let’s start in my home town of Kingston-Upon-Hull which was a very large fishing port, and very badly bombed, city when I lived there in the 40’s and early 50’s. It is now one of the cultural hubs of the north of England crammed with museums, architectural and maritime attractions. Well worth a visit. Next is Portsmouth where I lived through my teens. The view over The Solent from the top of Portsdown Hill is spectacular wherever on that hilltop one views from. Also on the hilltop is Fort Nelson, one of four ‘Follies’ built to protect Portsmouth Harbour and it’s surroundings, which can be visited. Other ‘follies’ are the Solent forts of which I believe there are four but I know only of three the foremost being Spitbank Fort, now a hotel. An easy walk over the hill from Portsmouth is the village of Southwick and Southwick House (used to be HMS Dryad – named after an 18th century frigate). It was here that General Eisenhower and his team planned D-Day. I understand the Revival Tours around the site are to begin again in 2021 but it should be noted that tickets sell out very, very fast. Last but not least is Portchester Castle, a Roman fort where I played as a child but which is now National Trust and where many go to picnic. Next is Cruden Bay, North Aberdeenshire where I brought up my family. It would take a book to mention all the interesting places, sights, and golf courses in the area so I’ll stay close to Cruden Bay itself which is about 9 miles south of Peterhead. The bay has a 2½ mile almost flat, wide, golden-sand beach from where the first flight to Norway took off. Cruden Bay golf course used to be one of the top 100. I don’t know what it is now but to play there recently people travelled to Peterhead on cruise ships. On the outskirts of Cruden Bay is Slains Castle. It is said Bram Stoker used this as the basis for Dracula which he wrote mainly while staying in the Kilmarnock Hotel in the village. It should be noted that Whitby, where Bram stoker also stayed and wrote, makes the same claim. Near Cruden Bay is the Bullers of Buchan, a hamlet of about 12 houses around a sea-pot with spectacular explosive views when the sea is running in the right direction. I now live near Ayr, South Ayrshire, the home of Robert Burns (his home is actually in very nearby Alloway). Though it may appear a bit ‘out in the sticks’ Ayr is very well served by inexpensive road and rail connections from Glasgow and as well as Burns has much more to offer. It’s 1½ mile very well kept beach is like Cruden Bay – flat, golden sand from where can be seen the Isle of Arran, Argyl & Bute, and Ailsa Craig – one of only two places where the granite for curling stones is found but only Ailsa Craig granite is used for olympic curling stones.. Nearby are Culzean Castle which welcomes visitors, has some excellent forest walks, and was lent to Eisenhower as his lifetime Scottish ‘home-from-home’. And Dumfries House (owned by the Prince of Wales). Its large grounds are open 365 days a year and one can stay in the house with open access to the sitting rooms, dining room and garden area. Ayr is also the home of an annual Whisky festival – usually the second Saturday in June, and South Ayrshire has many scenic walks to walk of the whisky, and scenic drives for those who did not imbibe! Ayr is also a good place to stay for those who prefer to stay out of cities but near enough to make visiting easy. Glasgow is 45-60 minutes by frequent train service, and Edinburgh is about 2½ hours.

Thanks for the long comment! Of course, feel free to include these too 🙂 I wrote this post about 5 years ago so it probably needs updating! Hopefully others will read your comment and add some of these places to their list too!

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London Bucket List: 50 Epic Things to Do in London

Julie Last updated: February 13, 2024 England 34 Comments

London Travel Bucket List

If you are planning a trip to London, how do you decide where to go? London is massive. It takes days, weeks really, to see the best of London and trying to figure out what to do can be overwhelming.

Here is a list of the best things to do in London, 50 to be exact. Don’t expect to see them all on your first trip to London, we didn’t either. But you’ll be back. London is the type of city you can visit multiple times and never get bored.

At the end of this post, we give recommendations of the 10 best things to do in London, to help you narrow down this mega list of sights. Or, skip ahead to our list now.

Table of Contents

The London Bucket List

Big Ben is one of London’s most famous landmarks. For a first timer in London, it’s thrilling to get that first glimpse of Big Ben.

Big Ben is the name for the largest of the five bells inside of the clock tower but nowadays, the nickname Big Ben includes both the bell and the clock tower.

This iconic tower sits on the north end of the Houses of Parliament. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Currently, only UK residents are allowed to tour the inside of Big Ben.

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Big Ben | Best Things to Do in London

The best way to see Big Ben is by strolling across the Westminster Bridge, from the London Eye, or on a hop-on hop-off bus tour of London.

2. Houses of Parliament

Sure, it’s great to see Parliament and its iconic architecture from the outside. But did you know that you can tour the Houses of Parliament and even attend the debates at the House of Commons or House of Lords? For more information, click here.

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Parliament | Best Things to Do in London

3. Stroll across Westminster Bridge

For one of the most iconic views of London, stroll across Westminster Bridge. With the red double decker buses, black taxis, and stunning views of Big Ben and Parliament and the London Eye, this short walk is one of the best things to do in London.

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Westminster Bridge | Best Things to Do in London

4. Westminster Abbey

Visiting Westminster Abbey is one of the best things to do in London.

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Westminster Abbey | Best Things to Do in London

This is where kings and queens are crowned, where famous people are buried, and where marriages take place.

More than 3,300 people are buried in Westminster Abbey. These include Charles Darwin, Sir Isaac Newton, Geoffrey Chaucer, Charles Dickens, Laurence Olivier, Stephen Hawking, and most of the Kings and Queens of England.

Westminster Abbey has also been the site of quite a few royal weddings. The most recent royal wedding was Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011.

On May 6, 2023, King Charles was coronated at Westminster Abbey.

While here, you have the option to add on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries. It’s the best £5 you’ll spend in London. The views of Westminster Abbey are breathtaking and you’ll stand in rooms that were closed for hundreds of years, opening to the public just a few years ago.

The best time to visit is first thing in the morning, when crowds are low. For the best experience, book your tickets online in advance and get updated hours on the official website.

For information on how to plan your visit to Westminster Abbey, things to do while you are here, tips for the best experience, and to see more photos, take a look at our Guide to Westminster Abbey.

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Henry VII Lady Chapel, Westminster Abbey

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Poet’s Corner, Westminster Abbey

5. Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is a royal residence. Since 1837, this is where the British monarchs called home.

Strolling along The Mall to Buckingham Palace is a must-do for first timers to London. This is also the place to watch the Changing of the Guard.

On a visit to London, you have the option to tour Buckingham Palace, and you can learn more here.

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6. Take a Stroll on The Mall

The Mall is the wide, tree-lined street leading up to Buckingham Palace. When a big event occurs in London, whether it’s a funeral or a marriage, people line the streets to watch the royal procession. This is the place to be, an iconic street in London, with Union Jack flags lining the road.

On most days, it’s just a quiet, pretty street. It is worth a leisurely stroll, especially if you will be visiting Buckingham Palace.

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The Mall | Best Things to Do in London

7. The Changing of the Guard

The Changing of the Guard is a ceremony that takes place between St. James’s Palace and Buckingham Palace. The ceremony starts at 10:30 am at St. James’s Palace, at 10:45 the procession enters The Mall and walks towards Buckingham Palace, and at 11 am the official Changing of the Guard occurs at Buckingham Palace.

You can watch this ceremony on The Mall and in front of Buckingham Palace. It helps to get here early (as much as an hour early during the very busy summer months) to get a good spot.

The Changing of the Guard occurs every other day at 11 am (usually Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday). In the summer, the Changing of the Guard may occur daily. This schedule can change and the ceremony will not occur in inclement weather. Click here for the up to date schedule.

8. The Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall

The Horse Guards is a large parade ground off of Whitehall. This space is used as part of the Changing of the Guards ceremony.

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9. Churchill War Rooms

This is absolutely a must-do while in London. During World War II, Winston Churchill and his staff hunkered down under the streets of London and “ran” the war. In these bunkers, they were relatively safe from Nazi air raids. In this museum, tour the bunkers, see where they lived and slept, and learn about Winston Churchill. You do not need to be a history buff to appreciate this museum.

Visit the official website for updated hours and pricing. To get more out of your visit, you can take this semi-private tour.

Before your trip to London, I recommend reading The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, Defiance During the Blitz by Erik Larson. It is about Winston Churchill’s first year as prime minister during the bombings by Hitler. This story is told by using the journals from Churchill’s inner circle and it provides a fascinating insight on the mind of Churchill and what it was like to live through this time period.

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Churchill War Rooms | Best Things to Do in London

10. #10 Downing Street

#10 Downing Street is the headquarters of the government of the United Kingdom and the residence of the Prime Minister. You can only get a glimpse of the famous doorway from a distance, since the residence is protected behind sturdy fencing and armed guards.

11. Enjoy London’s Parks

London has several parks, all great places to take a break from city life.

When walking between Buckingham Palace and Westminster, consider strolling through St. James’s Park.

Hyde Park is much larger and it is popular for joggers. This is also the site of Winter Wonderland, a Christmas market and holiday amusement park that is open from the end of November through early January. If you are traveling as a family, bring the kids and feed the birds at the Serpentine, the lake in Hyde Park.

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Ice rink at the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

12. Take a Ride on the London Eye

For one of the best views of London, take a ride on the London Eye. For 30 minutes, as your pod slowly makes one revolution, you get a bird’s eye view of Parliament and Big Ben and the River Thames. In the distance, you can see St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Shard, and other famous London landmarks.

London Eye | Best Things to Do in London

London Eye | Best Things to Do in London

London Eye Photo

You can either purchase your ticket immediately before boarding the London Eye or online in advance.

There are two different lines to board the London Eye, the general admission line and the Fast Track line. The Fast Track line is shorter and will board the pods before those in the general admission line.

Sunset tends to be the most popular time of day to ride the London Eye. If you plan to ride it at sunset, a Fast Track ticket may be worth it to save you some time (or get here early).

We have had good luck purchasing our ticket at the London Eye. Once here, you can see how long the line is. If it’s long and you don’t mind spending the extra money, purchase a Fast Track ticket to jump to the front of the line.

Get updated pricing and hours on the official website.

13. Take a Beefeater Tour at the Tower of London

The Tower of London dates back to 1066. It was used as both a prison and a royal residence and now houses the crown jewels. For an educational but slightly gory look at British history, don’t miss the Beefeater tours held daily.

A visit here can last between 1 to 2 hours.

I recommend taking a Beefeater Tour (Yeoman Warder tour) since it is very entertaining and you learn a lot about the Tower of London. This was one of Tyler and Kara’s favorite London experiences when they were 8 and 10 years old and well worth it whether or not you have kids. Once at the Tower of London, you will join the next available tour (no need to book it in advance).

For hours, pricing, and to purchase your tickets in advance, visit the official website.

Tower of London | Best Things to Do in London

Tower of London | Best Things to Do in London

14. Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge is another London icon. Its medieval style makes many people think that is very old (it was constructed in 1894) but it was designed to complement its neighbor, the Tower of London. If you are interested, you can climb the towers for another bird’s eye view of London.

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Tower Bridge | Best Things to Do in London

Tower Bridge Walkway

Tower Bridge Walkway | Best Things to Do in London

Walking across the bridge is free, but if you want to climb the tower and walk across the glass walkway, you will have to buy a ticket. Tickets can be purchased online in advance or at Tower Bridge.

Ride the elevator to the top of the North Tower. From here, walk across the East Walkway and West Walkway, crossing the glass floors that have views down to the street. Descend the South Tower to road level. From here, it is a short walk to the Engine Rooms, where you can learn how the drawbridge was powered before modern technology took over.

With this highly rated tour, you get early, skip-the-line access to the Tower of London where you get to watch the opening ceremony by the Yeoman Warders, plus skip-the-line access to the Tower Bridge experience.

For hours and updated pricing, visit the official website.

15. Borough Market

Borough Market is open all year. With small restaurants and food shops, you can dine on everything from raw oysters to freshly baked bread to Taiwanese or Indian street food to French pastries.

Borough Market | Best Things to Do in London

Borough Market | Best Things to Do in London

Borough Market

In December, the Borough Market is decorated for Christmas. This is the perfect place to sample some new foods or shop for gifts for family and friends, ranging from olive oils to condiments to wine and liquor to foods from around the world.

It is open 7 days a week, except for major holidays. Hours vary by the day of the week, so get updated hours for your visit on the official website.

16. The View from the Shard

This 72-story skyscraper is the tallest building in London and the United Kingdom and the 7th tallest building in Europe.

The Shard | Best Things to Do in London

The Shard | Best Things to Do in London

View from the Shard

View from the Shard | Best Things to Do in London

The View from the Shard is the viewing platform is located on the top of the building, on the 68th, 69th, and 72nd floors.

If you like gazing across cities from a high vantage point, in London, it doesn’t get any better than this.

A visit here lasts 45 to 60 minutes, not counting any time you may spend in line to enter the Shard. We purchased Fast Track tickets in advance, which really came in handy and saved us time.

17. Tate Modern

At London’s Tate Modern, visitors view contemporary artwork from around the world, including paintings, sculptures, videos, and constructions. Works of art by Picasso, Dali, and Warhol are on display.

Tate Modern

Tate Modern | Best Things to Do in London

Visitors can stroll through the gallery free of charge and you can book tickets in advance to go to an exhibition on a specific artist. The Tate Modern is a wonderful gallery with much exciting and unexpected artwork to offer, and its exhibitions are inspiring for any art lover.

Get updated hours and upcoming exhibitions on the official website.

18. Take a Walk Across Millennium Bridge

Built in 2000, the Millennium Bridge is a pedestrian bridge that crosses the Thames River. It has been featured in several movies, such as Harry Potter and Guardians of the Galaxy.

It connects St. Paul’s Cathedral, on the north bank of the River Thames, with Tate Modern, on the south bank of the River Thames.

Millennium Bridge London | Best Things to Do in London

Millennium Bridge | Best Things to Do in London

19. St. Paul’s Cathedral

St. Pauls’ Cathedral is another very famous landmark. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the present day cathedral was consecrated in 1697 after the Great Fire of London in 1666 destroyed the old St. Paul’s Cathedral. The funerals of Margaret Thatcher and Winston Churchill were held here, as was the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

On a visit here, you will see the interior of the cathedral, the crypt, and climb the 528 steps to the dome for panoramic views of London.

St. Paul’s Cathedral opens at 8:30 am most days of the week. On Wednesdays it does not open until 10 am and Sundays it is closed to visitors. I recommend getting updated hours before your visit because these can change.

Purchase your tickets in advance on the official website. A visit here will last an hour to an hour and a half.

St Pauls Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral | Best Things to Do in London

London View from St Pauls

The view from St. Paul’s Cathedral

20. Monument to the Great Fire of London

On September 2, 1666, a fire started on Pudding Lane, lasted four days, and burned 86% of London to the ground. This monument commemorates that fire and how the city rebuilt from the ashes to become even grander than it was before.

Monument Great Fire London | Best Things to Do in London

Monument to the Great Fire of London

View of Sky Garden

The view from the Monument to the Great Fire of London

Climb 311 spiral steps to the top for a view of London. You can see the Shard, Sky Garden, and other famous London landmarks.

Before you go, get updated hours and pricing on the official website.

21. Sky Garden

Sky Garden, also referred to as the Walkie Talkie, is one of the newer skyscrapers in London. On the top level is an observation deck with panoramic views of London. Some people say that the view from here is better than the Shard.

Sky Garden | Best Things to Do in London

Sky Garden | Best Things to Do in London

Fenchurch Sky Garden

Fenchurch Restaurant

It is free to visit Sky Garden 7 days a week at certain hours, which you can get on the official website. It’s best to book your ticket in advance because they have a limited number of spaces.

There are also two restaurants, Darwin Brasserie and Fenchurch Restaurant. If you have a reservation at one of these restaurants, you do not have to reserve an entrance ticket.

We had lunch at Fenchurch Restaurant. The food and drinks are excellent.

22. Afternoon Tea

For a quintessential British experience, dine on finger sandwiches, scones, and small cakes at one of many hotels offering afternoon tea.

We had afternoon tea at The Dilly , at the Montagu Kitchen & Lounge at Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill, and at the Wellington Lounge at the InterContinental London Park Lane. This was in December, so they all had a Christmas theme.

For 10 of London’s best afternoon teas, click here.

Christmas Afternoon Tea London Photo

Christmas themed afternoon tea at the Montagu Kitchen & Lounge

23. The British Museum

The British Museum is one of the world’s top museums. This museum contains a massive collection of historical artifacts, including a portion of the Parthenon, the Rosetta Stone, Egyptian mummies, and hieroglyphics.

A visit here typically lasts 2 to 3 hours, but you could spend all day here. This place is enormous and filled with historical treasures.

Admission is free but donations are accepted. For the best experience, book your time slot in advance.

British Museum

British Museum | Best Things to Do in London

24. Trafalgar Square

This is a public square in the Charing Cross neighborhood of London. This is another famous landmark, and home to Nelson’s Column and the National Gallery. Trafalgar Square is the center of New Year’s Eve celebrations in the city.

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square | Best Things to Do in London

25. The National Gallery

London’s National Gallery is a world-famous art museum that sits in Trafalgar Square.

The gallery houses western European paintings that date from the 13th to the 19th centuries. Here, visitors view original paintings from artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Monet, Rembrandt, Turner, Cézanne, and Van Gogh.

In addition to its fine collection, the artwork is displayed in an elegant and spacious building that is designed to complement its magnificent paintings.

When visiting the gallery, you can freely stroll through the displays of paintings. You can also book tickets in advance to go to an exhibition about a specific artist. Even if you are not an art lover, the National Gallery has much beauty and history for all visitors to admire.

The National Gallery is free to enter. You can book a time slot in advance to save time waiting in line. Get updated hours and book your time slot on the official website.

National Gallery London

The National Gallery | Best Things to Do in London

26. The National Portrait Gallery

If you are an art aficionado, here’s another art museum for your list. This world famous museum houses portraits of famous British people. Like the National Gallery, it is located off of Trafalgar Square, although it is a separate museum.

With more than 215,000 works of art, the National Portrait Gallery contains the largest number of portraits in the world, according to the official website.

Get updated hours on the official website.

27. Eat, Drink, and Shop at Covent Garden

Covent Garden is a district in the West End that is now a popular shopping and tourist site. Pop into the cafes, watch street performers, or simply roam the shops.

Covent Garden is a wonderful mix of shops and restaurants. Most shops are small boutique shops, but you’ll also find Apple, Chanel, Free People, L’Occitane, Pandora, and Tom Ford.

For food, purchase macarons at Laduree first e has accent, have a seasonal cocktail at Frenchie’s, taste the chocolate at Neuhaus and Godiva, or have mulled wine at Chez Antoinette.

For a full listing of shops, restaurants, cafes, and bars, visit the official Covent Garden website.

Covent Garden at Christmas

Covent Garden at Christmas 

28. Neal’s Yard

Neal’s Yard is a colorful alley in the Seven Dials neighborhood of London, not far from Covent Garden. It’s a lovely, hidden place and worth it just to take a photo. Go just around the corner to Neal’s Yard Dairy for some amazing artisan cheeses.

Neals Yard London

Neal’s Yard | Best Things to Do in London

29. The Underground

The Underground is London’s metro. It is fast, efficient, and easy to use. It’s the easiest and most convenient way to get around the city. Ride the Underground enough times and “Mind the Gap” may become your favorite British phrase.

Underground London

30. Photograph the Red Phone Booths

With smartphones in everyone’s pocket, who needs a public telephone anymore? These iconic phone booths could become a thing of the past. Pretty soon, you may be more likely to find one of these inside the British museum than on a London street. But creative people are turning these phone booths into micro businesses, selling coffee, ice cream, and more.

You can still see the red phone booths around town. Want a photo of a red phone booth and Big Ben? The best place to do this is on Great George Street, in between Parliament Street and Horse Guards Road. This is a popular thing to do so you may have to wait in line.

Big Ben London

Red phone booth and Big Ben

31. Take a Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Ok. So we don’t normally recommend bus tours, that is, unless you are in London. For first-timers to the city, this is a great way to see the main sites in just a matter of hours. You can choose to stay on the bus and get an overview of the city, or use it as transportation to get between sites.

This was one of our favorite London experiences…seeing Big Ben, Tower Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Whitehall, Piccadilly Circus, and so much more, all in just two hours. 

32. Take a Walking Tour of London

There are numerous options for walking tours in London. SANDEMANs offers free walking tours that get rave reviews. Those with an interest in Harry Potter can take a Harry Potter walking tour  and those over 18 can take a Liquid History Tour of London. There are also Jack the Ripper tours, street art tours, and foodie tours.

On this tour, visit four famous pubs in Soho to see where The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, and David Bowie hung out. 

The list of walking tours in London is long. Here are a few more options.

33. Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus is similar to Times Square in New York City. This meeting point, where several main roads come together, is a very busy spot in London. Enormous neon signs bath the area in colorful light and double decker red buses and cars continually stream by. Have a seat on the steps of the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain and watch London in action.

Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus | Best Things to Do in London

34. Natural History Museum

London’s world-famous Natural History museum is a center of scientific excellence and an enjoyable destination for London travelers.

Since the museum is home to over 70 million species it has much to offer, including several billion-years-old dinosaur skeletons, the world’s first discovered T-Rex fossil, a meteorite as old as our solar system, and exhibits on mammals, human evolution, and on Charles Darwin’s discoveries.

Natural History Museum London

Natural History Museum | Best Things to Do in London

Dippy the Dinosaur

The most popular exhibition in the museum, however, is of Dippy, a well-loved Diplodocus plaster skeleton.

In addition to its collections, the museum is set inside of a beautiful Romanesque structure that was intentionally designed to complement the museum’s exhibitions. As a result, the open church-like structure feels as much a relic as the items inside.

Due to its amazing exhibitions and magnificent building, the Natural History Museum is a must-see during your time in London.

Get updated pricing and hours on the official website, and book your time slot in advance.

35. Victoria and Albert Museum

This is another of London’s great museums. This is the world’s largest museum of decoration arts and design. Paintings, sculptures, medieval objects, jewelry, photographs, and costumes from around the world can be seen here.

Victoria Albert Museum

Victoria & Albert Museum | Best Things to Do in London

36. Take a Break in Kew Gardens

This is a giant botanical garden in southwest London. A half day here is a great way to take a break from city life. Tour the greenhouses and walk along the manicured property. This is a tranquil, pretty spot in London.

Kew Gardens

37. Eat Fish & Chips

Fish & chips is classic British food. You can find it at any pub, but one of the best restaurants in London for fish & chips is The Golden Chippy.

Fish N Chips

38. Stand in the East and West Hemispheres

In Greenwich, visit the Royal Observatory and see the Prime Meridian. Here is your chance to stand over 0° longitude, placing one foot in the eastern hemisphere and one foot in the western hemisphere.

You can also visit the planetarium museum. Since this observatory sits on top of a hill, you have a great view over Greenwich and the River Thames from here.

Prime Meridian Greenwich

39. Old Royal Naval College

This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Greenwich. It once served as a naval hospital and later as a naval college. Now, this site is being used as a filming location for many famous movies such as The King’s Speech , Patriot Games , Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides , Four Weddings and a Funeral , The Avengers , and The Dark Knight Rises.

Naval College Ceiling

The Painted Hall, Old Royal Naval College

40. Up at the O2

The O2 is an entertainment district with an arena, music club, cinema, and restaurants. Up at the O2 is a 90 minute experience where you get to climb onto the O2 roof. The views over London from the top are spectacular.

Visit the Up at the O2 website for full details, hours, cost, and how to schedule your visit. Tickets are also available through GetYourGuide.

41. IFS Cloud Cable Car

The IFS Cloud Cable Car provides another form of transportation across the Thames River. This cable car connects the Greenwich Peninsula to the Royal Victoria Dock. People love it for the views and the convenience.

42. Portobello Road Market

This is a world-famous market and a great place to visit if you like to go shopping for antiques. Portobello Road Market is open daily but the main day is Saturday. This area was also a filming location for the movie Notting Hill starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. 

On this walking tour of Notting Hill, you get to visit Portobello Road Market, famous filming locations, and celebrity homes.

Portobello Road London

Portobello Road | Best Things to Do in London

43. Churchill Arms

Churchill Arms is one of the oldest pubs in London, dating back to 1750. It gets its name because Winston Churchill’s grandparents were regular visitors here.

The exterior of Churchill Arms is decorated 365 days of the year with flowers, making it also one of the most photographed pubs in London.

In December, thousands of lights are strung along the outside of Churchill Arms and the inside gets a covering of lights as well, plus some Christmas decorations here and there, making it one of the most festive places to visit in London at Christmas.

Churchill Arms

Churchill Arms | mikecphoto/shutterstock.com

44. Camden Market

Camden Market is one of London’s best places to go shopping. This large market contains small shops, stalls, and restaurants. You can find everything from clothing to home décor to Mexican groceries to leather goods and Cuban cigars.

For a complete listing of the stores and restaurants as well as hours, visit the official website.

45. Cocktail Bars & Rooftop Restaurants

Here are a few of our favorite rooftop restaurants and cocktail bars in London. Make your reservations in advance.

The Library Bar at the Lanesborough Hotel. This upscale bar serves amazing craft cocktails in a cozy, elegant setting.

8 at the Londoner. This rooftop bar and restaurant serves creative cocktails and Japanese cuisine. We recommend the Lychee Rose cocktail, the beef tataki, and the lobster tacos. It’s pricey but everything we had was phenomenal.

The Rooftop. This rooftop bar and restaurant has awesome views over Trafalgar Square. It is located on top of the St. James Hotel.

Trafalgar Square Christmas Lights

The view from The Rooftop | Best Things to Do in London

The Aviary Rooftop Restaurant. Located on top of Montcalm Royal House, from this restaurant you get panoramic views of London. In the winter, dine in an igloo. 

Aviary London

The igloos at Aviary Rooftop Restaurant

46. Go shopping at a Department Store

There are several famous London department stores to visit and go shopping.

Harrod’s is London’s premiere department store. Seven floors are filled with luxury items to purchase from all around the world. They even offer afternoon tea. Harrod’s is located in Knighstbridge on Brompton Road.

Selfridges is a high-end department store that is located on Oxford Street. This store is famous for its creative window designs, so much so that they have been photographed and featured in Vogue, Icon, Harper’s Bazaar, and The New York Times.

The exterior façade of Liberty London resembles a Tudor building. Inside, for sale are men’s and women’s clothing, jewelry, and Liberty fabric, which is famous for its bold, colorful prints. Liberty London is located in the West End on Great Marlborough Street.

Fortnum and Mason started off as a grocery store, dating back to the 1700’s. It first sold exotic goods from around the world, imported by the East India Company. Now, it is one of the best places in London to shop for tea and biscuits.

Hamley’s is London’s largest toy store. If you are visiting London with kids, don’t miss this colorful, somewhat chaotic store. It is located on Regent Street.

Fortnum and Mason Christmas

Fortnum and Mason in December

47. Visit Ben Franklin’s House

For sixteen years, from 1757 and 1775, Ben Franklin lived in London. This house is the only surviving house that he called home. It is now a museum and can be visited while you are in London.

This house can only be visited on a tour, of which there are several to choose from. Learn more on the official website.

48. Shakespeare’s Globe Theater

The Globe Theater opened in 1599. For fourteen years, the theater thrived, presenting many of Shakespeare’s plays. In 1614, it burnt down. It was rebuilt again and used until 1642, when the Puritans of London shut it down. In 1644, the Globe Theater was demolished.

The building that stands today is a replica of the original Globe Theater. It sits just a few hundred feet from the original location. Now, you can tour the theater or watch a show.

Globe Theater

Globe Theater | Best Things to Do in London

49. Abbey Road

This is a must for Beatles fans. Stroll on famous Abbey Road and cross the street Beatles style.

The Beatles crosswalk is located on Abbey Road, next to Abbey Road Studios and the intersection with Grove End Road. To get here, ride the Underground to St. John’s Wood and walk west towards Abbey Road.

There’s even a webcam of the Beatles crosswalk.

50. Take a Day Trip from London

If you have a few days in London, why not take a day trip?

Windsor Castle, another royal residence, can easily be done in a half day from London. You can also add on Stonehenge, visiting Windsor Castle and Stonehenge on the same day.

Another popular London day trip is to visit Stonehenge and Bath. You can do this either by renting a car for the day, traveling by train, or taking a tour. Some tours include Stonehenge, Bath, and Windsor.

The White Cliffs of Dover is another popular day trip that takes one full day.

Finally, you can also day trip to the Cotswolds.

Best Things to Do in London: On a Map

How to Use This Map: Click the icons on the map to get more information about each point of interest. Click the star next to the title of the map to add this map to your Google Maps account. To view it on your phone or computer, open Google Maps, click the menu button, go to “Your Places,” click Maps, and you will see this map on your list.

Top Ten Things to Do in London

Here are our ten must-have experiences in London.

  • British Museum
  • Tower of London
  • Stroll across Westminster Bridge for iconic views of Big Ben and Parliament
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Have afternoon tea
  • Visit the Shard, Sky Garden, or ride the London Eye for a bird’s eye view of London
  • Tower Bridge
  • Covent Garden
  • Buckingham Palace

Connect all of these with the Underground and you have a nice introduction to London. And don’t forget to Mind the Gap!

Learn how to put all of these together in our 5 Day London Itinerary.

How Many Days Should You Spend in London?

Ideally, plan on spending a minimum of 3 days in London. As you can see, the list of things to do in London is very long, and it would take one busy week to get to everything.

Three days gives you enough time to see what’s listed on our London Top 10 List.

For a first visit to London, 5 days is a nice amount of time to spend here. You can use all five days to visit London or take a day and day trip to Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, Bath, the White Cliffs of Dover, or Oxford.

So far, we have visited London twice. Our first visit was in 2012 for 5 days. One of these days included a day trip to Stonehenge and Bath. Our second visit was in December 2022. We spent 7 days in London, repeating a few of our favorite experiences, day tripping to Windsor Castle, and exploring new spots in London.

Best Time to Visit London

For clear skies and the warmest weather, visit in June, July and August, but be aware that this is also the busiest time to visit London. May and September have very nice weather and slightly lower crowds. London in December is magical, with Christmas lights and markets and a very festive vibe in the city.

SPRING:  In spring, temperatures rise, the skies begin to clear, and rainfall chances go down. The average high temperature in March is 12°C (53°F) but this rises to 19°C (67°F) by the end of May.

SUMMER:  Summer is the warmest, driest time of the year to visit London. The average high temperature is 23°C (73°F), but during heat waves it can get much warmer than this. In recent years, London has seen temperatures reach 38°C (100°F).

FALL:  Fall is the reverse of spring. Temperatures cool off and rain chances increase. The average high ranges from 19°C (67°F) to 12°C (53°F) and October is one of the rainiest months of the year, with 9 days of rain.

WINTER:  Winter in London tends to be cold, cloudy, and drizzly. The average high temperature is 9°C (48°F) and the average low is 4°C (40°F). Rain falls about 8 or 9 days a month, making winter one of the wettest times to visit London. Snowfall is rare, but when it occurs, it’s magical. We were lucky to experience London with a dusting of snow on our most recent visit.

Big Ben Snow

Westminster Bridge, Parliament and Big Ben during a rare snowfall.

Where to Stay in London

For advice on where to stay in London, we have a guide to the Best Hotels in London, which is organized by location and budget.

More Information about London

LONDON ITINERARY: In our article 5 Days in London , we include detailed daily itineraries for exploring London. You can do all five days or follow just a day or two, if you have less time in the city.

LONDON TRAVEL ADVICE: Here are 12 important things to know if it will be your first time in London.

WHERE TO STAY: Take the guesswork out of where to stay in our article Best Places to Stay in London.

WESTMINSTER ABBEY: Tour Westminster Abbey in photos and learn how to plan your visit in our Guide to Westminster Abbey.

LONDON AT CHRISTMAS: For an overview of what to do, here are 15 things to do in London at Christmas. We also have guides to the best Christmas lights and best Christmas markets. Learn how to put it all together in our London Christmas Itinerary.

ITINERARIES WITH LONDON: London and Paris can be combined into a wonderful 7 or 10 day trip. With 10 days, you can also visit London, Amsterdam, and Paris.

If you have any questions about the best things to do in London, or if you want to share your favorite experiences, let us know in the comment section below.

More Information for Your Trip to Europe

If your visit to London is part of a bigger trip to Europe, here is more information to help you plan your trip.

FIRST TIME IN EUROPE: If this is your first time in Europe, don’t miss our article 7 Things to Know when Planning Your First Trip to Europe.

PARIS: For the top experiences in the city, read our article Best Things to Do in Paris . Learn how to visit Pere LeChaise Cemetery , plan your time with our 3 Day Paris Itinerary, learn where to get the best views of Paris , and read our Paris Food Guide for information on what to eat in Paris.

BEST OF SCOTLAND: Edinburgh , the Isle of Skye , and Glasgow all are essential places to visit on a first visit to Scotland. Learn how to put these all together into a 10 day Scotland road trip.

BEST OF IRELAND: For a list of top experiences in Ireland, read our post Best Things to Do in Ireland. Walk the Cliffs of Moher , drive the Ring of Kerry , visit Dublin , and explore the Dingle Peninsula. Learn how to put all of this together in our 10 Day Ireland Itinerary.

EUROPE ITINERARIES: If you have 10 days for a trip to Europe, check out our 10 Days in Europe Itinerary , which lists 10 itineraries for your next trip to Europe. If you have less time, we also have an article that lists 25 different ways to spend one week in Europe.

MORE CITIES AROUND THE WORLD: Visit more cities around the world with our guides to Rome , Paris , New York City ,  Barcelona , Athens , Lisbon , and Sydney.

Read all of our articles about England in our United Kingdom Travel Guide.

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Hi, just a quick question about St. Paul’s Cathedral. On the website, it shows ticket slots from 10-12:00, 12-14:00, etc. What happens if we show up at 11:00? Do we need to leave by 12:00 or can we stay until we’re finished?

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It’s not totally clear on the website (I checked the FAQ section ) but in general, time slots are usually for when you have to arrive. Once inside, there is usually no time limit, meaning you can stay past 12:00. I think you should be fine but again, I’m not 100% about this. But it is not like they are going to come looking for you once you are inside. Cheers, Julie

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The ancient city of York is steeped in a rich history. Head to the Jorvik Viking Centre, York Castle and York Minster to see some of its most impressive sights.

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We loved our time in York and there’s so much to ramble and wander around. You can even rent your own little boat and explore the city by the riverfront, too.

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It really is one of the places to visit on a British road trip.

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11.) Cambridge   

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The college rivalry between Oxford and Cambridge is, well, unrivalled!

Take a wander around the beautiful grounds of the University (King’s College chapel is a must-see) whilst exploring the charm of Cambridge.

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Don’t forget to try your hands at punting too. It’s pretty hard work but better if you can get someone else to do the punting. It’s one of the places to visit on a British road trip when exploring the East of England . 

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12.) Liverpool

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Liverpool is famed for its musical heritage and beautiful city centre.

Take a tour of some of the main sights but save some energy for the night – that’s when the city comes alive.

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Enjoy the thousands of live music venues, bars and buskers that line the city’s streets. Plus, you can easily partner this up with a trip to Manchester, too.

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13.) Newcastle

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This northern city is one of Britain’s best-kept secrets to visit! Once an industrial powerhouse, Newcastle has been redeveloped into one of the country’s most fun cities to visit.

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Take a wander through its bustling city streets and make notes to stop to see the Angel of the North. It’s easily one of the best places to visit on a British road trip and a perfect starting point to visit Northumberland and all its castles. 

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14.) White Cliffs of Dover

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Not too far from Brighton, the White Cliffs of Dover are a perfect place to explore the natural beauty of our island.

Take a wander across the many coastal paths that crisscross this area of outstanding natural beauty.

15.) Durham

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Not too far from Newcastle , Durham is the perfect stop on your journey through the North of England .

Don’t forget to explore Durham Castle and Cathedral that’s so iconic and imposing in the city. 

16.) The Lake District

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Rolling hills and vast lakes have created a landscape that’ll leave you impressed and inspired to keep exploring.

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Once you’ve visited the charming town of Windermere, head into the hills and enjoy the beauty of this region.

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18.) St. Ives

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No visit to Cornwall would be complete without a visit to St. Ives.

This beautiful Cornish gem is a great place to relax, surf or even eat your weight in delicious Cornish Pasties. Yum.

Honestly, the whole coast of Cornwall is gorgeous and easily one of the places to visit on a British road trip if you love natural beauty and little fishing villages. 

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19.) Scilly Isles

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Although you won’t be able to drive here, you can jump on a ferry direct from Cornwall . 

Spend a day or two exploring one of the most unique set of islands in England .

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Discover the best historic sites in england, from hadrian's wall to bletchley park and more..

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08 Aug 2021

There’s a host of top historic and cultural landmarks in England to visit, including Hadrian’s Wall, Stonehenge and Bletchley Park to name but a few.

Reflecting a wealth of myriad influences, the historical places of England are as diverse as this island nation’s history. Indeed, the country we know today as England has witnessed the rise and fall of many cultures, civilisations and empires. From pre-historic peoples to Celtic tribes, Roman conquerors and Anglo-Saxon and Norman invaders, England is a country forged of many influences.

We’ve put together an experts guide to English historical places and heritage attractions, with our top ten places to visit.

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1. Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park is an English country house and estate in Milton Keynes, 50 miles north of London. Originally the eccentric home of the Leon family, as Adolph Hitler’s campaign to invade Europe intensified, Bletchley Park was taken over by the government, who deemed it the perfect place to move the Government Code and Cypher School.

Bletchley Park, known by the codename Station X, became the site where the British managed to decipher the machinations of the Enigma, the highly effective code encryption machines used by the Nazis.

This team of code-breakers included mathematician Alan Turing, has been estimated to have shortened the war in Europe by more than 2 years, and saved the lives of around 14 million people.

Today, visitors can explore the history of Bletchley Park’s role during the war.

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2. Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian’s Wall is a magnificent remnant of Roman Britain and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Built under the rule of Roman Emperor Hadrian between 122 and 130 AD, it took six legions to complete this once 73 mile wall – 80 miles by Roman measurements.

The purpose of Hadrian’s Wall was once thought to have been as a fortification to keep out the Scots, but today historians believe it was a way of monitoring movement between the north and south in an attempt to consolidate the Empire.

Despite the significant undertaking in its construction, Hadrian’s successor as Roman head of state,  Antoninus Pius , abandoned the wall following the former’s death in 138 A.D.

Large sections of Hadrian’s Wall remain intact in northern England and these are surrounded by various Roman monuments, forts and other ruins. There are several ways to visit all of these sections and sites, notably as part of the National Trail, which is a signposted walk, by bus, by bicycle and via tour groups.

Hadrian’s Wall was made a World Heritage Site in 1987.

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3. Roman Baths - Bath

The world famous Roman Baths complex in Bath,  UK , contains an incredible set of thermal spas and an impressive ancient Roman bathing house. First discovered in the 19th century, the Roman Baths are one of the best preserved ancient Roman sites in the UK and continue to be a major tourist attraction.

The Romans Baths were initially built as part of the town of Aqua Sulis, founded in 44 AD, and intended as a visiting spot for Romans across the Empire. The baths were a focal point for the town: a place for socialising and spirituality.

Today, the Roman Baths offer an incredibly comprehensive insight into the lives of the ancient Romans in the town and around Britain. While the site looks quite small from the outside, a visit can last several hours.

Among other sites at the Roman Baths, there is a comprehensive museum dedicated to exploring the lives of the ancient Roman citizens of Bath and an ancient drain used as an overflow system. Around the Great Bath itself, explore the numerous saunas, swimming pools, heated baths and changing facilities at the site.

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4. Stonehenge

Stonehenge in Wiltshire is a world renowned, magnificent site consisting of standing (and lying) stones, some transported from South Wales.

The construction of Stonehenge took place between 3,000 and 1,600 BC and is considered to be one of the most impressive structures of its time, especially considering each stone weighs around four tonnes and that its founders had little by way of technological advances to assist them in moving the stones over the hundreds of miles that they travelled.

The purpose of Stonehenge has remained a mystery, despite extensive archaeological investigation.

Stonehenge is managed by English Heritage. Anybody wishing to access the stone circle of Stonehenge must arrange this in advance with English Heritage and these visits can only take place outside normal working hours. During normal operating hours, visitors walk around the circle on a set path and are given free audio guides explaining different aspects of Stonehenge.

In 2010, archaeologists discovered a second henge next to Stonehenge. Hailed as the most exciting find in half a century, this second henge  was made up of a circle of pits – thought to have once contained timber posts – surrounded by a larger circular ditch.

Stonehenge is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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5. St Paul’s Cathedral

St Paul’s Cathedral, with its vast dome, is an iconic feature of the London skyline and known across the world. It is the city’s central church (a Grade I listed building) and the seat of the Diocese of London.

The current building of St Paul’s Cathedral was built between 1675 and 1710, designed in the English Baroque style by  Sir Christopher Wren . Its construction was part of a major rebuilding programme in the City after the Great Fire of London. However the site on which it sits has been home to cathedrals since 604 AD. In fact, the St Paul’s Cathedral seen today is the fourth of its kind.

St Paul’s fascinating history is inextricably intertwined with that of the nation, with images of the dome surrounded by the smoke and fire of  the Blitz  being symbolic of Britain’s wartime defiance. It was at St Paul’s Cathedral that the marriage of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer.

Many of important events from around the world have been marked at St Paul’s including the end of the  First  and  Second World Wars , the marriage of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer, royal jubilees and birthdays and commemorations of events such  Remembrance Day  and 11 September 2001.

St Paul’s Cathedral is also a famous burial site. Its crypt houses many world famous icons, including Admiral Lord Nelson, the Duke of Wellington and Sir Christopher Wren, whose funerals were hosted at the cathedral. Though not buried at St Paul’s, the state funeral of Sir Winston Churchill was also held here.

Guided tours are available and last approximately 90 minutes.

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6. The Tower of London

The Tower of London is a famous fortress and prison. Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife, was executed here 1536, as Henry was off wooing his next wife, Jane Seymour. First commissioned by the first Norman king, William the Conqueror, it was designed as a fortress-stronghold, a role that remained unchanged right up until the late 19th century.

The Tower of London was also used as a residence for monarchs of England, and it was traditionally used by monarchs in the run up to their coronation. However the Tower is most famous for its use as a prison.

Only seven people were executed within the Tower’s walls – including Anne Boleyn –  but the list of people who at one time or another were imprisoned in the Tower of London reads like a who’s who of 1,000 years of Britain’s history. The spot near to the scaffold where Anne Boleyn was executed is marked with a memorial, and she is buried in the nearby church of St Peter ad Vincula which may also be explored.

There is a great deal to see and do at the Tower: the beefeaters, ravens, site of the menagerie and just walking around it to soak up the history. Allow plenty of time for your visit.

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7. Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey is an iconic medieval structure and the site of many historic royal and national events, from coronations and weddings to burials and even deaths.

Over 3,000 people are buried at Westminster Abbey. There are 600 tombs and monuments to see, many of them Royal and open to visitors. Some of the most famous royals buried there are Mary Queen of Scots, Elizabeth I and Henry III. The tomb of the Unknown Soldier is in the Abbey and there is a service each Remembrance Sunday.

Funeral services for important figures and royalty are also held in the Abbey and over time prominent funerals at the Abbey have included those of Winston Churchill, George VI, Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth I.

In addition to the numerous burial sites and architectural features, one of the most impressive sites at Westminster Abbey is the Coronation Chair, produced in 1300-1301 under the orders of King Edward I. Its purpose was to accommodate the Stone of Scone, which the king had brought from Scotland. To have an informed visit and to see the most interesting parts of Westminster Abbey, take a tour, as just wandering around can be overwhelming.

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8. Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world – home to over 900 years of royal history. The building of Windsor Castle began in the 1070s at the behest of William the Conqueror. Since that time, the structure of Windsor Castle has been embellished by many of the monarchs of England and the UK.

Covering an area of approximately 13 acres, it contains a wide range of interesting features including the State Apartments, Queen Mary’s dolls house and the beautiful St George’s Chapel – the burial place of 10 monarchs, including Henry VIII and Jane Seymour.

The castle remains a favourite home of Queen Elizabeth. There are numerous exhibitions and tours at Windsor Castle – a typical visit can take up to 3 hours.

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9. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is an area of HM Naval Base Portsmouth which is open to the public. Managed today by the National Museum of the Royal Navy, the dockyard contains several historic and famous ships including HMS Victory, HMS Warrior and the Mary Rose.

Also housing the Royal Navy Museum and still part of an active naval base, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard offers visitors a great insight into the British navy, both its past and present.

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10. Ironbridge Gorge

Ironbridge Gorge is a historical landscape in Shropshire that played a vital role in sparking the Industrial Revolution of the 18th century, and remains a powerful symbol of the period. Spanning an area of some 5.5 square kilometres, it is often cited as the birthplace of modern-day industry and has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1986.

Amongst its contributions to the development of industry, Ironbridge Gorge was the place where coke iron was discovered in the blast furnace of Coalbrookdale in 1709. The name Ironbridge Gorge also refers to an important landmark, the World’s first iron bridge, built there in 1779.

Today, visitors to Ironbridge Gorge can truly immerse themselves in this fascinating period of history. Not only can they see the iconic Iron Bridge, but also a variety of other sites including homes, factories, mines, warehouses, foundries, and the stunning natural beauty of the Gorge itself. There are 10 Ironbridge Gorge museums, each telling a different aspect of the area’s story.

There are ten Ironbridge Gorge museums, each telling a different aspect of the area’s story.

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13 Places To Visit In Britain If You Love The Royal Family

G reat Britain is known for its historic landmarks, beautiful gardens, and passionate sporting culture, yet no other icon is more closely associated with the country than the royal family. For centuries, the world has been fascinated by the lifestyles of kings and queens, from where they live to what they like to eat, but the British royal family remains one of the most recognizable monarchies in the world.

Along with the world's interest, the monarchy's appeal within the United Kingdom is also apparent. Throughout the U.K., there are museums, castles, landmarks, and gardens dedicated to the monarchy, which celebrate the royal family's history and legacy. 

While it may seem like royal residences and gilded carriages would be off-limits to the average tourist, it's perfectly possible to get a taste of royal life during your next visit to Britain. Whether you're looking for a history lesson or a spot of the Queen's favorite tea, there are plenty of places to visit if you love the royal family.

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Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is a working royal palace and the King's official residence. Built in 1825, Buckingham Palace was commissioned by King George IV who asked architect John Nash to design a grand palace fit for a king within the city of London.

The "palace fit for a king" has a total of 775 rooms, many of them filled with paintings by Old Masters and rare antiques. While the private living quarters are off-limits to visitors, a tour does include the 19 staterooms where the royal family entertains. The White Drawing Room is the grandest of all staterooms, with gilded ceilings and white pilasters; it is frequently the setting for pre-dinner gatherings. The largest is the Ball Room, completed in 1855 during Queen Victoria's reign. It is the setting for concerts and state banquets. The Throne Room holds the two coronation chairs originally commissioned for Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, but they were most recently used for the coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla.

Buckingham Palace is only open for 10 weeks a year from late July through September while the King is at Balmoral in Scotland on summer holiday. Still, the palace often holds special events for ticket holders throughout the year.

Westminster Abbey

As one of the country's greatest landmarks, Westminster Abbey is a cathedral with 1,000 years of history, much of it tied to the royal family. Originally built as a Benedictine monastery, Westminster Abbey was rebuilt in 1065 by Edward the Confessor, and later rebuilt by King Henry III between 1220 and 1272. Designed in the Gothic style, the cathedral is recognized worldwide as an architectural masterpiece.

Westminster Abbey has been the site of every coronation since 1066, as well as the setting for numerous royal occasions. The Abbey held state funerals for both Queen Elizabeth II, as well as Princess Diana, and was the site of the 2011 wedding of Prince William of Wales and Princess Catherine. Westminster Abbey is also the burial site of more than 3,000 prominent Great Britons, including many royals. Queen Anne, Edward the Confessor, Mary Queen of Scots, and Queen Elizabeth I are all buried here.

St. Paul's Cathedral

Designed by famous architect Sir Christopher Wren, St. Paul's Cathedral in London is a city icon that has been hosting cultural and religious events since 1665. The Baroque-style cathedral sits on Ludgate Hill, the highest point in the city of London. At 365 feet, its dome is one of the highest in the world, and the cathedral was the tallest building in London until 1963. The prominent dome and surrounding church spires are some of the most recognized landmarks in London.

St. Paul's Cathedral is an Anglican cathedral and serves as the seat of the Bishop of London. The cathedral has hosted many prominent religious services, including the state funerals of Margaret Thatcher and Sir Winston Churchill. Both Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II celebrated their Jubilee Services at the cathedral. The wedding of King Charles and Princess Diana was also celebrated at the cathedral in July 1981, which was one of the most-watched television events in history.

As a working cathedral, St. Paul's hosts daily Anglican services, but visitors can purchase tickets for private and self-guided tours. Highlights include The Grand Organ, which has operated since 1695, the throne of the Bishop in the Quire, and The American Memorial Chapel, dedicated to the 28,000 Americans who lost their lives in Britain during World War II.

Hampton Court Palace

Famous for its extensive gardens and maze, Hampton Court Palace is a Tudor masterpiece that has hosted royals since the early 16th century. Originally commissioned by Cardinal Wolsey, Hampton Court caught the attention of King Henry VIII, who eventually made it his home, bringing all six of his wives here.

Henry VIII used the palace as a place to entertain, and its grand design was considered both modern and ostentatious at the time. The centerpiece of the palace is The Great Hall, a towering space designed by Henry VIII that was meant to convey his power. Boasting a magnificent hammerbeam roof, the Great Hall contains artifacts like Anne Boleyn's coat of arms. Many historic events occurred at the palace, including the divorce of Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves. He also married his wife Catherine Howard at the palace. 

The palace also served as a working royal residence until the 19th century, when Queen Victoria decided to open it to the public in 1838. Today, visitors can tour the palace, its grounds, and its ornate chapel. One of the most popular sites of Hampton Court is the garden hedge maze. Originally commissioned in the early 1700s, it is the oldest surviving hedge maze in Great Britain.

Tower Of London

While Hampton Court Palace was the location of everyday life for Tudor-era royals, the Tower of London is where some Tudor royals met their end. Built in 1070 by William the Conquerer, the Tower of London was built as a fortress-like structure designed to defend London against its enemies. A mighty stone tower sits as its centerpiece and the structure took 20 years to build with stone imported from France. For the next two centuries, the Tower was expanded to include a defensive wall, an armory, and a national mint. The Tower of London was frequently used to house royals and their precious possessions during times of distress.

The Tower of London has been the site of many tragedies involving the royal family. It is where both Anne Boleyn and Lady Jane Grey spent their final days before execution; it is also where two princes, the children of Edward IV, would perish during the War of the Roses.

Throughout history, the Tower of London has served as a fortress, palace, and prison. Today, it remains one of London's most popular attractions. Visitors can tour the Tower and view its collection of armor or meet one of the 37 Yeoman Warders, also known as Beefeaters, who guard the Tower. The most secure and highly protected wing of the Tower is the Jewel House, which contains more than 23,000 gemstones, including precious tiaras, necklaces, and other gems that make up the official Crown Jewels.

National Portrait Gallery

Established in 1856 by Lord Ellesmere, the National Portrait Gallery is located in the heart of London near Trafalgar Square. One of London's best museums for art-lovers, the gallery has more than 22,000 works and houses the most extensive portrait collection in the world. Recently reopened after a three-year refurbishment, it has thousands of portraits of prominent Britons, from historical leaders like Winston Churchill to contemporary figures like Elton John and David Bowie.

The National Portrait Gallery holds official portraits of every prominent member of the royal family and has extensive collections from the Tudor, Elizabethan, Edwardian, and Victorian reigns. The gallery also contains the official portraits of every modern royal, including King Charles, Kate Middleton, and Prince William. A popular site for tourists, visitors can take guided tours or view rotating exhibitions of British arts and culture. Most recently, the gallery hosted a collection of photography and a Beatles retrospective by Sir Paul McCartney.

London's most famous park was originally founded by the monks of Westminster Abbey until Henry VIII purchased it to use as his hunting grounds. It remained a private park until Charles I permitted the public to access it in 1637. Throughout the park, you can find monuments and statues dedicated to the royal family. The Diana Memorial Fountain, unveiled by Queen Elizabeth in 2004, is built of Cornish granite and is designed to reflect the ebb and flow of Princess Diana's life. The Queen Elizabeth Gates in Hyde Park was designed to honor Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. They were unveiled in 1993 and feature a whimsical design of a lion and a unicorn, representing England and Scotland.

The park's winding paths, lake, and gardens are a popular outing in central London any time of year. At Speakers Corner, visitors can see where radicals used to "get on their soapbox" and preach about everything from politics to religion. The centerpiece of the park is The Serpentine Lake, where visitors can rent paddle boats or dine at the boat house. In the winter, Hyde Park turns into a winter wonderland, with an ice rink, food stands, and a Santaland with carnival rides. Visiting the park is a must-do in London at Christmas . 

The Royal Mews

Ever dreamed of seeing a real gilded carriage fit for royalty? At The Royal Mews, a working stable and museum adjacent to Buckingham Palace, you can. The Royal Mews is responsible for all road travel for the King and the Royal Family, from horse and carriage ceremonies to official car processions. The organization has been around since the 14th century, and its headquarters was built in the gardens of Buckingham Palace in 1825.

A visit to the Mews might include seeing one of the stable's Cleveland Bay or Windsor Grey horses, or trying out a replica open carriage like the one Queen Victoria used. Visitors can also see the livery worn by the King's coachmen or learn how to tack a horse on a wooden pony. The real draw, however, is the fleet of carriages used to carry the royal family throughout history, including the 260-year-old Gold State Coach. The coach features gilded woodwork, intricately carved sculpture, and painted panels of Roman gods and goddesses. Weighing over four tons, the carriage has been used to transport the monarchy in every coronation since that of William IV. As a note, The Royal Mews is closed until March 1, 2024. 

Madame Tussaud's

It is possible to get close to members of the royal family -- wax versions, that is. The world-famous Madame Tussauds wax museum in London is home to 150 lifelike figures, including members of Britain's royal family. The museum's Royal Palace exhibit includes a throne room with wax figure renderings of every major royal, including the Prince and Princess of Wales, Queen Elizabeth, King Charles, and Queen Camilla.

Open since 1884 on Baker Street in London, Madame Tussauds is a London institution that not only offers a lighthearted look at the world's most famous faces, but the museum has the direct support of the monarchy. The museum's Queen Elizabeth figure is the 23rd incarnation the museum has created throughout her historic 70-year reign. During its creation, Madame Tussauds' sculptors collaborated with Buckingham Palace by providing images of the clay sculptures as they were in progress to create the most authentic and lifelike incarnation of "Her Majesty."

Fortnum And Mason

London's most famous tea shop, Fortnum and Mason , has had a long and storied relationship with the royal family since it was first established in 1707. Founder William Fortnum was originally a footman for Queen Anne. He later established his tea shop with Hugh Mason, and the two would go on to create a culinary empire that still provides tea to the royal family today. The flagship store in Picadilly sells everything from the Royal Blend tea to Sandringham coffee blend and has held a Royal Warrant (products approved by the monarchy) since 1910.

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, was known to do her Christmas shopping annually in person at the store, and every modern royal has visited the shop in recent years. Queen Elizabeth, Queen Camilla, and Princess Catherine all visited together in 2012 for the opening of the store's Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon. Today, thousands of tourists and shoppers visit the store to purchase tea, coffee, and gourmet food as well as the shop's famous Christmas hampers. One can also enjoy a traditional afternoon tea in London  in the tea salon where treats like cucumber sandwiches, scones, and pastries are served on the store's iconic blue plates.

Windsor Castle

The oldest occupied castle in the world, Windsor Castle has been home to 40 monarchs. Built by William the Conquerer in the 11th century, Windsor Castle was built high on the River Thames at the edge of hunting grounds. It was designed to serve as a military fortification to guard the western approach to London. King Edward II began converting it into a royal residence in the 14th century.

Windsor Castle remained a preferred residence of royals for centuries and was the favored respite of Queen Victoria, who spent much of her reign here. Today, visitors can see the castle's state apartments or view attractions like Queen Mary's doll house. The Grand Reception Room contains real gold chandeliers and gilded ceilings; as the most luxurious room in the castle, it was Queen Elizabeth II's favorite room to entertain guests.

Another highlight of Windsor Castle is St. George's Chapel, located within the castle grounds. St. George's Chapel is the burial place of 11 monarchs, including Henry VIII, Charles II, and most recently, Queen Elizabeth II. The chapel has also been the site of several royal weddings, including the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as well as The Earl and Countess of Wessex. A worthwhile day trip destination from London , Windsor Castle is located about an hour from the city. 

Kensington Palace

Originally built as a modest home known as Nottingham House, Kensington Palace started out as the country retreat of King William in 1687 and was gradually expanded over the years to become the palace that stands today. It was the birthplace of Queen Victoria, who spent most of her childhood here until she moved to Buckingham Palace. Kensington Palace has been home to many royals over the years, including Princess Margaret and Princess Diana. It currently serves as the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Wales and their three children.

Visitors to Kensington Palace can see the King's and Queen's State Rooms, as well as a permanent exhibition on the life of Queen Victoria. The exhibit offers a glimpse of her reimagined childhood rooms, as well as her collection of jewelry gifted to her by her beloved husband Albert. Kensington Palace is surrounded by expansive gardens, including the Sunken Garden, an all-white garden dedicated to the memory of Princess Diana. The garden features a statue of the late Princess with her sons, William and Harry. The statue was unveiled in 2017 on what would have been the Princess of Wales' 60th birthday.

The palace museum is open year-round and also hosts seasonal exhibits highlighting the fashion, decor, and history of the royal family. The Orangery at Kensington Palace serves traditional afternoon tea daily, and the palace shop sells an extensive collection of royal-inspired merchandise.

St. James Park

Similar to Hyde Park, Henry VIII originally acquired St. James Park in 1532 to serve as royal hunting grounds. St. James Park is London's oldest Royal Park and one of its most beautiful. The park is bordered on all sides by The Mall, Green Park, Buckingham Palace, and Whitehall. It is also adjacent to Birdcage Walk, the site of the Churchill War Rooms. Listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens, the park is laid out in a series of gardens surrounding a small lake. The lake is home to various waterbirds, including the park's famous pelicans, which were introduced as a gift from a Russian ambassador to King Charles II in 1664. 

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What Tucker Carlson Saw in Moscow

He never quite says what precisely he thinks Russia gets right.

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Tucker Carlson went to Moscow last week and had an absolute blast. He rode the subway and marveled at its clean cars, the fancy tilework in Kievskaya Station, and the lack of booze-drenched hobos. He went to a grocery store and was astonished by what ordinary people could apparently buy. He even managed to meet a local history buff and sit down for tea and conversation. Carlson, who had never previously visited Moscow, declared himself “radicalized” against America’s leaders by the experience. He didn’t want to live in Moscow, but he did want to know why we in America have to put up with street crime and crappy food when the supposedly bankrupt Russia provided such a nice life for its people, or at least those people not named Alexei Navalny .

My former Atlantic colleague Ralph Waldo Emerson called travel a “fool’s paradise,” but not all forms of foolishness are equal. Many commentators have guffawed at Carlson’s Russophilia and pointed out that Russia’s murder rate is roughly that of the United States, and that its citizens are dirt poor, about a fifth as wealthy per capita as the citizens of the United States overall. “I don’t care what some flagship supermarket in an imperial city looks like,” The Dispatch ’s Jonah Goldberg tweeted. “Russia is far, far poorer than our poorest state, Mississippi.” Bloomberg ’s Joe Weisenthal suggested that Carlson instead visit the grocery stores of the “10th or 50th” richest Russian cities, and see how they compare with America’s.

In 2019, I visited several large and small Russian cities, and I went grocery shopping at least once in each. Would you believe that Tucker Carlson is on to something? In Moscow (the largest) and St. Petersburg (No. 2), the flagship supermarkets are indeed spectacular. The Azbuka Vkusa branch next to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow is more luxurious than any grocery store within 100 miles of Washington, D.C. Other branches in Moscow vary in quality, and they are usually smaller than American supermarkets. But to some extent that’s just a matter of culture: The U.S. has fewer supermarkets, but each one is big enough to feed the 82nd Airborne Division for a month; in Europe, supermarkets are more numerous but tiny.

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Makhachkala (22), the capital of Dagestan, followed a similar pattern to Moscow. One supermarket downtown was amazing, the equal of an upscale supermarket in Washington or Dallas. On the outskirts the quality varied, but not drastically. Local residents were not eating soups made from grass clippings. In Murmansk (71), the cramped bodega near my rented flat had a good wine selection and enough fresh staple foods to prepare a different meal your mom would approve of every day of the week. Only in Derbent (134) did I start to wonder whether the bad old days of the Soviet Union were still in effect. But even that would be an exaggeration. In Derbent, for $15, you could get champagne and caviar with blini and velvety sour cream. If you want to flash back to Cold War communism, go to Havana. There the grocery stores stock only dust and mildew.

With apologies to Emerson, travel can disabuse you of foolish notions just as often as it plants them in your head. An idea ripe for dispelling among Americans at this particular moment is that life in Russia must suck because the frigid depression of the Cold War never ended. In those days ordinary citizens were spied upon and tortured and killed, and the shops were empty, save for substandard goods at prices few could afford. Now Russia is different. The state repression is much more limited, though no less brutal toward those who attract its attention. Until the Ukraine war added a huge category of forbidden topics, the main ones that you could get locked up for discussing were war in the Caucasus and the personal life and finances of President Vladimir Putin and his inner circle. Most other topics were broachable, and you could whine all you liked about them.

Equally in need of updating are American expectations about Russian economic misery. Those whose visits to Russia stopped 20 years ago tend to have outdated views of the best the country has to offer. My visits started 24 years ago. Back then, I spent days at a time on the Trans-Siberian, crammed into railway cabins with little to do but talk with Russians and see how they lived. Life was not beautiful. The men busied themselves with crosswords and sullenly browsed pornography. When not in motion, I stayed with Russian friends in single-room flats that looked straight out of a New York tenement building 100 years ago. No one I met was starving, but women sometimes approached me in train stations hoping to rent out their homes or bodies, or to sell me family heirlooms. That type of desperation seems to have subsided, although I would be shocked if any of those people are able to buy the jamón ibérico at the Smolenskaya branch of Azbuka Vkusa yet. On the roads between the big cities, there are still villages so ramshackle that they look like sets from The Little Rascals . Evidence suggests that the Russian military’s frontline troops tend to come from these depressed and benighted lands, the places that really are stuck in the 20th century.

Certain aspects of life remain dismal even in the cities. My flat in Murmansk had surly drunks tottering outside its entrance, and its stairwell smelled like every cat, dog, and human resident had marked its territory there regularly since the Brezhnev era. But the playgrounds were decent, and you could get a delicious smoked-reindeer pizza at a cozy restaurant for $7. Remember, this is in a small, depressed Russian city—not somewhere stocked with goodies just in case an American wanders out of the lobby of the Radisson and needs to be impressed. The “useful idiots” of yesteryear were treated to fake Moscows, which evanesced as soon as the next Aeroflot flights took off. The luxuries of Moscow that Carlson sees, and that I saw, are not evanescent, and they are not (as they are in North Korea, say) a curated experience available only to those on controlled visits.

The stubborn belief that all good things in Russia must be illusory can in turn warp one’s analysis of the country, and in particular of Putin’s durability in power. After all, why would anyone remain loyal to an autocrat who delivered only hunger, penury, and the reek of cat piss? Putin rules by fear but not only by fear. Most Russians will tell you that Russia today is better than it was before Putin. They compare it not with the Soviet era but with the anarchy and decline of the 1990s. Life expectancy has risen, public parks are better maintained, and certain fruits of capitalism can be tasted by Russians of all classes. Who would risk these gains? Like every autocrat, Putin has ensured that his downfall just might destroy every good thing Russia has experienced in the past two decades. This risk is, from the perspective of regime continuity, a positive feature, because it keeps all but the most principled and brave opposition quiet, and content to shut up and enjoy their cheap caviar. Those like Navalny who object do not object for long.

Carlson’s videos never quite say what precisely he thinks Russia gets right. Moscow is in many ways superior to New York. But Paris has a good subway system too. Japan and Thailand have fine grocery stores, and I wonder, when I enter them, why entering my neighborhood Stop & Shop in America is such a depressing experience by comparison. Carlson’s stated preference for Putin’s leadership over Joe Biden’s suggests that the affection is not for fine food or working public transit but for firm autocratic rule—which, as French, Thais, and Japanese will attest, is not a precondition for high-quality goods and services. And in an authoritarian state, those goods and services can serve to prolong the regime.

I confess I still enjoy watching Carlson post videos of Moscow, wide-eyed and credulous as he slowly learns to love a country that I love too. I hope he posts more of them. One goes through stages of love for Russia, often starting with the literature and music, then moving to its dark humor and the personalities of its people, which are always cycling between thaw and frost. Inevitably one reflects on the irony that this civilization, whose achievement is almost without equal in some respects, is utterly cursed in others—consigned to literally centuries of misgovernment, incompetence, and tyranny. The final stage is realizing that the greatness of Russia is part of the curse, a heightening of the irony, as if no matter how much goes right, something is deeply wrong. Maybe when things go right, the more deeply wrong it is. Carlson seems to still be in one of the early stages of this journey.

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Baftas 2024: the red carpet, the ceremony, the winners – as it happened

There were big sleeves, sweet speeches, Hannah Waddingham sang and there was a guy on rollerskates. Here’s what happened at the 77th British academy film awards

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  • 5d ago OPPENHEIMER WINS BEST FILM
  • 5d ago EMMA STONE WINS BEST ACTRESS
  • 5d ago CILLIAN MURPHY WINS BEST ACTOR
  • 5d ago MIA MCKENNA-BRUCE WINS THE EE RISING STAR AWARD
  • 5d ago CHRISTOPHER NOLAN WINS BEST DIRECTOR
  • 5d ago THE ZONE OF INTEREST WINS OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
  • 5d ago JUNE GIVANNI WINS OUTSTANDING BRITISH CONTRIBUTION TO CINEMA
  • 5d ago DA’VINE JOY RANDOLPH WINS BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
  • 5d ago ROBERT DOWNEY JR WINS BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
  • 5d ago AMERICAN FICTION WINS BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
  • 5d ago EARTH MAMA WINS OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
  • 5d ago THE BOY AND THE HERON WINS BEST ANIMATED FILM
  • 5d ago POOR THINGS WINS BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
  • 5d ago ANATOMY OF A FALL WINS BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
  • 5d ago The Baftas ceremony is under way on TV!
  • 5d ago The red carpet is unrolled

Cillian Murphy, Christopher Nolan, Charles Roven and Emma Thomas accept the best film Bafta for Oppenheimer on stage.

If you are still inexplicably hanging around reading a liveblog of an awards ceremony that has already been over for two hours at this point, I have good news! Here’s a red carpet gallery! You will have your favourite photograph of the night. Mine is the one of Ayo Edebiri standing in what I’m pretty sure is the exact same stairwell that my six-year-old had a meltdown in just before going to see the Bluey play a couple of months ago.

I wonder what the solution is to the Baftas . The two-hour non-live approach clearly isn’t working, because anyone (by which I mean me) could just go on the BBC website and see who all the winners are before the show had even started. And doing it live won’t work either, because everyone would lose their minds about it bumping Countryfile out of the way. I’m genuinely stumped. Would it work best as a YouTube livestream? An emailed press release? Just two hours of Andy Serkis shouting the names of the winners into a bin? Honestly, I’m all out of ideas.

Extremely hot off the press, here’s Peter Bradshaw’s take on the night’s winners.

And now a final montage of everything that has happened over the last two hours, which from a television standpoint was absolutely nothing . Nothing very funny happened. Nothing very shocking. No major upsets. No Ariana DeBose, which in retrospect I am quite sad about. The whole thing just sort of sat there, flat and featureless, and then stopped. Think of all the other things we could have just done with the last two hours of our lives. The fun we could have had. The friends we could have made. But oh no. We spent it watching the Baftas . Lucky us.

OPPENHEIMER WINS BEST FILM

Just as it is very likely to win all the Oscars. Still, it gives Emma Thomas a chance to get some of the limelight for once, which is extremely well-deserved for such a power player. She schoolmarms the entire cast and crew up to the stage, and many of them stay sitting down. And then she thanks her 16-year-old son, and that’s it. Thats the end of the awards.

Cillian Murphy, Christopher Nolan, Charles Roven and Emma Thomas accept the Best Film Award while Miachael J Fox looks on.

Michael J Fox is here to present best film. Not just a standing ovation, but wild, untamed applause. He’s been greeted like such a hero that he will almost certainly outshine the actual winner.

EMMA STONE WINS BEST ACTRESS

Poor Things has won a number of smaller (read: edited out) awards tonight, but this is the most high-profile. She thanks her dialect coach, and Tony McNamara for writing that line about how much she wants to punch a baby. And her mum. One more award to go! Nothing actually seems to have happened in the last two hours, does it?

Emma Stone accepts her award.

And now Idris Elba is here, to present best actress and order all the famous people to applaud themselves, which is very nice of him.

CILLIAN MURPHY WINS BEST ACTOR

Very sour reactions from his fellow nominees Barry Keoghan (who looked like he wanted to punch him) and Bradley Cooper (who looked like he wanted to trash the whole place), but Cillian Murphy rises to the occasion nonetheless. He’s happy to play someone complex and he loves his family, plus he says ‘Oppenhomies’ to keep the internet happy.

Cillian Murphy accepts accepts his Leading Actor Award.

More Less Important Awards now. The Zone of Interest wins something. Poor Things wins something. A film about Jellyfish wins something. A film about crabs wins something. Poor Things wins something else. Poor Things wins something else. And with all this hard work booted out of the way, it’s time for the last three awards of the night.

MIA MCKENNA-BRUCE WINS THE EE RISING STAR AWARD

And this is a decent result, because this was a weirdly unbalanced category, with many of the nominees having already quite visibly risen. But McKenna-Bruce is an incredibly good choice.

Morton takes the stage to a standing ovation, overwhelmed. The award is a miracle, she says. Kes changed her life, because it showed her poverty onscreen. She thanks casting directors, and Nottingham, and her family, and dedicates her award to children in care. What a beautiful, heartfelt speech.

Samantha Morton with her award.

Samantha Morton is now being given the Bafta fellowship. Tom Cruise is doing a video about how brilliant she was in Minority Report. Susan Lynch, too, but not specifically about Minority Report. And Molly Windsor. And Daniel Mays. And then Tom Cruise again. Hope this helps.

We’re now being treated to the Less Important Awards. The Zone of Interest wins something, The Holdovers wins something. Oppenheimer wins something. Oppenheimer wins something else. 20 Days in Mariupol wins something. Oppenheimer wins something else. I don’t know whether this was a deliberate choice on the part of the BBC to chop down all the acceptance speeches that actually had something interesting to say about the world. But, hey, at least this gave us loads of room up top for all those dog puns.

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN WINS BEST DIRECTOR

The overwhelming Oscar frontrunner wins a Bafta. Nolan reveals that his brother played a snowflake at the Southbank Centre 40 years ago, and then makes a point of speaking out for nuclear disarmament. Funny AND terrifying. What a guy.

Christopher Nolan accepts the best director Bafta.

Hugh Grant is here to present best director. He’s making up a satirical film industry poem about Oompa Loompas, and looking like he absolutely hates every second of it. Can we get him to host next year, please?

THE ZONE OF INTEREST WINS OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM

Polite applause and minor whooping greet Jonathan Glazer and James Wilson. Wilson thanks everyone, and explains what a global project this was. Glazer mumbles ‘thanks’ and leaves.

Anyway, here’s the outstanding British film award, presented by Dua Lipa. If you’re counting, that’s now two awards that have been presented by the cast of Argylle . Wow, the Baftas really bloody love Argylle, don’t they?

Dua Lipa presents the outstanding British film award to The Zone of Interest

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EPIC MOSCOW Itinerary! (2024)

Moscow is the heart of Mother Russia. Just the mention of this city conjures images of colorful bulbous pointed domes, crisp temperatures, and a uniquely original spirit!

Moscow has an incredibly turbulent history, a seemingly resilient culture, and a unique enchantment that pulls countless tourists to the city each year! Although the warmer months make exploring Moscow’s attractions more favorable, there’s just something about a fresh snowfall that only enhances the appearance of the city’s iconic sites!

If you’re a first-time visitor to Moscow, or simply wanting to see as much of the city as possible, this Moscow itinerary will help you do just that!

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Here is a quick look at the seasons so you can decide when to visit Moscow!

The summer months (June-August) are a great time to travel to Moscow to take advantage of the enjoyable mild temperatures. This is considered peak travel season. Bear in mind that hotel prices rise along with the temperatures!

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If you’re planning a trip to Moscow during fall (September-November) try to plan for early fall. This way the temperatures will still be pleasant and winter won’t be threatening.

Russian winters (December-February) are not for the faint of heart as Napoleon learned to his peril. Some days the sun will be out for less than an hour, and snow is guaranteed. Although winters are exceptionally cold, this is when you’ll get a true glimpse of the Moscow experience!

The best time to visit Moscow is during spring  (March-May). The temperatures will begin to creep up and the sun begins to shine for significant portions of the day. Hotel rates will also have yet to skyrocket into peak ranges!

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With a Moscow City Pass , you can experience the best of Moscow at the CHEAPEST prices. Discounts, attractions, tickets, and even public transport are all standards in any good city pass – be sure invest now and save them $$$ when you arrive!

Moscow is a large city with many accommodation options to choose from. Staying in a location that fits with your travel plans will only enhance your Moscow itinerary. Here is a brief introduction to a few great areas of the city we recommend checking out!

The best place to stay in Moscow to be close to all the action is Kitay-Gorod. This charming neighborhood will put you within walking distance to Moscow’s famous Red Square, thus cutting down on travel time. This will allow you to see more of the city in a shorter amount of time!

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It’s surrounded by restaurants, cafes, bars, and shops. If you’re a first-time visitor to Moscow, or just planning a quick weekend in Moscow, then this area is perfect for you!

Another great area to consider is the Zamoskvorechye district. This area of the city offers a blend of new and old Moscow. It has an artsy vibe and there are plenty of fun sites you can explore outside of the main touristy areas of Moscow.

Of course, as in all areas of Moscow, it’s close to public transportation that will quickly connect you with the rest of the city and make your Moscow itinerary super accessible!

Best Airbnb in Moscow – Exclusive Apartment in Old Moscow

Exclusive Apartment in Old Moscow

Modern and cozy, this apartment is in the heart of Old Moscow. Bordering the Basmanny and Kitay-Gorod districts, this two-bedroom flat is walking distance to the Kremlin and Red Square. Safe, quiet, and comfortable, this is the best Airbnb in Moscow, no question!

Best Budget Hotel in Moscow – Izmailovo Alfa Hotel

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The Izmailovo Alfa Hotel is a very highly rated accommodation that provides all the components necessary for a comfortable trip to Moscow. There is an on-site restaurant, bar, fitness center, and an airport shuttle service. The rooms are modern and spacious and are equipped with a TV, heating/air conditioning, minibar, and more!

Best Luxury Hotel in Moscow – Crowne Plaza Moscow World Trade Centre

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If you’re touring Moscow in luxury, the Crowne Plaza Moscow World Trade Centre is the hotel for you! Elegantly furnished rooms are equipped with a minibar, flat-screen TV,  in-room safes, as well as tea and coffee making facilities! Bathrooms come with bathrobes, slippers, and free toiletries. There is also an onsite restaurant, bar, and fitness center.

Best Hostel in Moscow – Godzillas Hostel

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Godzillas Hostel is located in the center of Moscow, just a short walk from all the major tourist attractions and the metro station. Guests will enjoy all the usual hostel perks such as self-catering facilities, 24-hour reception, Free Wi-Fi, and security lockers. This is one of the best hostels in Moscow and its wonderful social atmosphere and will make your vacation in Moscow extra special!

Godzillas Hostel is one of our favourites in Moscow but they’re not taking guests right now. We’re not sure if they’re closed for good but we hope they’ll come back soon.

An important aspect of planning any trip is figuring out the transportation situation. You’re probably wondering how you’re going to get to all of your Moscow points of interest right? Luckily, this sprawling city has an excellent network of public transportation that will make traveling a breeze!

The underground metro system is the quickest and most efficient way to travel around Moscow. Most visitors rely exclusively on this super-efficient transportation system, which allows you to get to pretty much anywhere in the city! It’s also a great option if you’re planning a Moscow itinerary during the colder months, as you’ll be sheltered from the snow and freezing temperatures!

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If you prefer above-ground transportation, buses, trams, and trolleybuses, run throughout the city and provide a rather comfortable alternative to the metro.

Moscow’s metro, buses, trams, and trolleybuses are all accessible with a ‘Troika’ card. This card can be topped up with any sum of money at a metro cash desk. The ticket is simple, convenient, and even refundable upon return to a cashier!

No matter which method you choose, you’ll never find yourself without an easy means of getting from point A to point B!

Red Square | Moscow Kremlin | Lenin’s Mausoleum | St. Basil’s Cathedral  | GUM Department Store

Spend the first day of your itinerary taking your own self guided Moscow walking tour around the historic Red Square! This is Moscow’s compact city center and every stop on this list is within easy walking distance to the next! Get ready to see all of the top Moscow landmarks!

Day 1 / Stop 1 – The Red Square

  • Why it’s awesome: The Red Square is the most recognizable area in Moscow, it has mesmerizing architecture and centuries worth of history attached to its name.
  • Cost: Free to walk around, individual attractions in the square have separate fees. 
  • Food nearby: Check out Bar BQ Cafe for friendly service and good food in a great location! The atmosphere is upbeat and they’re open 24/7!

The Red Square is Moscow’s historic fortress and the center of the Russian government. The origins of the square date back to the late 15th century, when Ivan the Great decided to expand the Kremlin to reflect Moscow’s growing power and prestige!

During the 20th century, the square became famous as the site for demonstrations designed to showcase Soviet strength. Visiting the Red Square today, you’ll find it teeming with tourists, who come to witness its magical architecture up close!

The Red Square

The square is the picture postcard of Russian tourism, so make sure to bring your camera when you visit! No matter the season, or the time of day, it’s delightfully photogenic! 

It’s also home to some of Russia’s most distinguishing and important landmarks, which we’ve made sure to include further down in this itinerary. It’s an important center of Russia’s cultural life and one of the top places to visit in Moscow!

In 1990, UNESCO designated Russia’s Red Square as a World Heritage site. Visiting this historic site is a true bucket-list event and essential addition to your itinerary for Moscow!

Day 1 / Stop 2 – The Moscow Kremlin

  • Why it’s awesome: The Moscow Kremlin complex includes several palaces and cathedrals and is surrounded by the Kremlin wall. It also houses the principal museum of Russia (the Kremlin Armory).
  • Cost: USD $15.00
  • Food nearby: Bosco Cafe is a charming place to grat a casual bite to eat. They have excellent coffee and wonderful views of the Red Square and the Moscow Kremlin!

The iconic Moscow Kremlin , also known as the Kremlin museum complex, sits on Borovitsky Hill, rising above the Moscow River. It is a fortified complex in the center of the city, overlooking several iconic buildings in the Red Square!

It’s the best known of the Russian Kremlins – citadels or fortress’ protecting and dominating a city. During the early decades of the Soviet era, the Kremlin was a private enclave where the state’s governing elite lived and worked.

The Kremlin is outlined by an irregularly shaped triangular wall that encloses an area of 68 acres! The existing walls and towers were built from 1485 to 1495. Inside the Kremlin museum complex, there are five palaces, four cathedrals, and the enclosing Kremlin Wall with Kremlin towers.

The Armoury Chamber is a part of the Grand Kremlin Palace’s complex and is one of the oldest museums of Moscow, established in 1851. It showcases Russian history and displays many cherished relics. Definitely make sure to check out this museum while you’re here!

The Moscow Kremlin

The churches inside the Moscow Kremlin are the Cathedral of the Dormition, Church of the Archangel, Church of the Annunciation, and the bell tower of Ivan Veliki (a church tower).

The five-domed Cathedral of the Dormition is considered the most famous. It was built from 1475–1479 by an Italian architect and has served as a wedding and coronation place for great princes, tsars, and emperors of Russia. Church services are given in the Kremlin’s numerous cathedrals on a regular basis.

The Grand Kremlin Palace was the former Tsar’s Moscow residence and today it serves as the official workplace of the President of the Russian Federation (Vladimir Putin seems to have bagged that title for life) .

Insider Tip: The Kremlin is closed every Thursday! Make sure to plan this stop on your Moscow itinerary for any other day of the week!

Day 1 / Stop 3 – Lenin’s Mausoleum

  • Why it’s awesome: The mausoleum displays the preserved body of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin .
  • Cost: Free!
  • Food nearby: Khinkal’naya is a charming Georgian restaurant with vaulted ceilings and exposed brick. It’s a popular place with locals and right next to the Red Square!

Lenin’s Mausoleum, also known as Lenin’s Tomb, is the modernist mausoleum for the revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin. It’s located within the Red Square and serves as the resting place for the Soviet leader! His preserved body has been on public display since shortly after his death in 1924.

It’s located just a few steps away from the Kremlin Wall and is one of the most controversial yet popular Moscow attractions!

Admission is free for everyone, you’ll only need to pay if you need to check a bag. Before visitors are allowed to enter the mausoleum, they have to go through a metal detector first. No metal objects, liquids, or large bags are allowed in the mausoleum!

Lenins Mausoleum

Expect a line to enter the building, and while you’re inside the building, you’ll be constantly moving in line with other visitors. This means you won’t be able to spend as long as you’d like viewing the mausoleum, but you’ll still be able to get a good look. Pictures and filming while inside the building are strictly prohibited, and security guards will stop you if they see you breaking this rule.

The mausoleum is only open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday – unless it’s a public holiday or a day scheduled for maintenance. The hours it’s open for each day are limited, make sure to check online before you visit to make sure you can fit this into your Moscow itinerary for that day!

Insider Tip: The Lenin’s Museum is there for people to pay their respect; remember to keep silent and move along quickly, it’s not intended for people to congregate around. Also, men are not allowed to wear hats and everyone must take their hands out of their pockets when inside the building.

Day 1 / Stop 4 – St. Basil’s Cathedral

  • Why it’s awesome: A dazzling designed cathedral that showcases Russia’s unique architecture. This cathedral is one of the most recognizable symbols of the country!
  • Cost: USD $8.00
  • Food nearby: Moskovskiy Chaynyy Klub is a cozy cafe serving food items and pipping hot tea; it’s the perfect place to go if you’re visiting Moscow during the winter months!

Located in the Red Square, the ornate 16th-century St. Basil’s Cathedral is probably the building you picture when you think of Moscow’s unique architecture. Its colorful onion-shaped domes tower over the Moscow skyline!

The cathedral was built from 1555-1561 by order of Tsar Ivan the Terrible. It was designed with an iconic onion dome facade and enchanting colors that captivate all who see it. Fun fact: If you’re wondering why Russian churches have onion domes, they are popularly believed to symbolize burning candles!

This iconic cathedral has become a symbol of Russia due to its distinguishing architecture and prominent position inside the Red Square. It’s one of the most beautiful, wonderful, and mesmerizing historical cathedrals in the world!

St. Basils Cathedral

The interior of the church surprises most people when they visit. In contrast to the large exterior, the inside is not so much one large area, but rather a collection of smaller areas, with many corridors and small rooms. There are 9 small chapels and one mausoleum grouped around a central tower.

Visiting the inside is like walking through a maze, there are even small signs all around the cathedral tracing where to walk, and pointing you in the right direction! The walls are meticulously decorated and painted with intricate floral designs and religious themes.

The church rarely holds service and is instead a museum open for the public to visit.

Insider Tip: During the summer months the line to go inside the cathedral can get quite long! Make sure to arrive early or reserve your tickets online to guarantee quick access into the cathedral!

Day 1 / Stop 5 – GUM Department Store

  • Why it’s awesome: This is Russia’s most famous shopping mall! It’s designed with elegant and opulent architecture and provides a real sense of nostalgia!
  • Cost: Free to enter
  • Food nearby: Stolovaya 57 is a cafeteria-style restaurant with a variety of inexpensive Russian cuisine menu items including soups, salads, meat dishes, and desserts. It’s also located inside the GUM department store, making it very easily accessible when you’re shopping!

The enormous GUM Department Store is located within the historic Red Square. It has a whimsical enchantment to it that sets it apart from your typical department store.

A massive domed glass ceiling lines the top of the building and fills the interior with natural sunlight. There are live plants and flowers placed throughout the mall that give the shopping complex a lively and cheerful feel! A playful fountain sits in the center, further adding to the malls inviting a sense of wonder and amusement!

The GUM department store opened on December 2, 1893. Today, it includes local and luxury stores, including Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Prada, and many more! There are numerous cafes, restaurants, and even a movie theater inside!

GUM Department Store

For a special treat, head into Gastronom 1. This 1950s-style shop sells gourmet food items, like wine, freshly-baked pastries, cheese, Russian chocolate, and of course, vodka! Also, be on the lookout for a bicycle pedaling ice cream truck with an employing selling ice cream!

The ambiance is simply amazing, a trip to this idyllic shopping mall is an absolute must on any Moscow itinerary!

Insider Tip: Make sure to carry some small change on you in case you need to use the restroom, you’ll need to pay 50 rubles – or about USD $0.80 to use the bathroom in GUM.

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Novodevichy Convent | Gorky Park | State Tretyakov Gallery | All-Russian Exhibition Center | Bolshoi Theater

On your 2 day itinerary in Moscow, you’ll have a chance to use the city’s excellent public transportation service! You’ll explore a few more of Moscow’s historic highlight as well as some modern attractions. These sites are a little more spread out, but still very easily accessible thanks to the metro!

Day 2 / Stop 1 – Novodevichy Convent

  • Why it’s awesome: The Novodevichy Convent is rich in imperial Russian history and contains some of Russia’s best examples of classical architecture!
  • Cost: USD $5.00
  • Food nearby: Culinary Shop Karavaevs Brothers is a cozy and simple place to have a quick bite, they also have vegetarian options!

The Novodevichy Convent is the best-known and most popular cloister of Moscow. The convent complex is contained within high walls, and there are many attractions this site is known for! 

The six-pillared five-domed Smolensk Cathedral is the main attraction. It was built to resemble the Kremlin’s Assumption Cathedral and its facade boasts beautiful snowy white walls and a pristine golden onion dome as its centerpiece. It’s the oldest structure in the convent, built from 1524 -1525, and is situated in the center of the complex between the two entrance gates.

There are other churches inside the convent as well, all dating back from many centuries past. The convent is filled with an abundance of 16th and 17th-century religious artworks, including numerous large and extravagant frescos!

Novodevichy Convent

Just outside the convent’s grounds lies the Novodevichy Cemetery. Here, you can visit the graves of famous Russians, including esteemed authors, composers, and politicians. Probably the most intriguing gravestone belongs to Russian politician Nikita Khruschev!

The Novodevichy Convent is located near the Moscow River and offers a peaceful retreat from the busy city. In 2004, it was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The convent remains remarkably well-preserved and is an outstanding example of Moscow Baroque architecture! 

Insider Tip: To enter the cathedrals inside the complex, women are advised to cover their heads and shoulders, while men should wear long pants.

Day 2 / Stop 2 – Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure

  • Why it’s awesome: A large amusement area in the heart of the city offering many attractions!
  • Cost: Free! 
  • Food nearby: Check out Mepkato, located inside Gorky Central Park for a casual meal in a cozy setting. There are indoor and outdoor seating options and the restaurant is child-friendly!

Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure is a large green space in the heart of Moscow. The park opened in 1928, and it stretches along the scenic embankment of the Moskva River. It covers an area of 300-acres and offers a lovely contrast from the compact city center.

You’ll find all sorts of wonderful attractions, from boat rides to bike rentals to tennis courts and ping-pong tables, and much more! there are an open-air cinema and festive events and concerts scheduled in the summer months.  A wide selection of free fitness classes is also offered on a regular basis, including jogging, roller skating, and dancing!

Although many of the options you’ll find here are more suited for outdoor leisure during the summer, you’ll also a selection of winter attractions, including one of Europe’s largest ice rinks for ice-skating!

Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure

If you’re trying to decide what to do in Moscow with kids, the park also offers several venues designed specifically for kids. Check out the year-round Green School which offers hands-on classes in gardening and art! You can also feed the squirrels and birds at the Golitsinsky Ponds!

The park is very well maintained and kept clean and the entrance is free of charge, although most individual attractions cost money. There is also Wi-Fi available throughout the park.

With so many attractions, you could easily spend all day here! If you’re only planning a 2 day itinerary in Moscow, make sure to plan your time accordingly and map out all the areas you want to see beforehand!

Day 2 / Stop 3 – The State Tretyakov Gallery

  • Why it’s awesome: The gallery’s collection consists entirely of Russian art made by Russian artists!
  • Food nearby : Brothers Tretyakovs is located right across the street from the gallery. It’s a wonderfully atmospheric restaurant serving top quality food and drinks!

The State Tretyakov Gallery was founded in 1856 by influential merchant and collector Pavel Tretyakov.  The gallery is a national treasury of Russian fine art and one of the most important museums in Russia!

It houses the world’s best collection of Russian art and contains more than 130, 000 paintings, sculptures, and graphics! These works have been created throughout the centuries by generations of Russia’s most talented artists!

The State Tretyakov Gallery

The exhibits range from mysterious 12th-century images to politically charged canvases. The collection is rich and revealing and offers great insight into the history and attitudes of this long-suffering yet inspired people!

All pictures are also labeled in English. If you plan to take your time and see everything inside the museum it will take a good 3-4 hours, so make sure to plan your Moscow trip itinerary accordingly! This gallery is a must-see stop for art lovers, or anyone wanting to explore the local culture and history of Russia in a creative and insightful manner! 

Insider Tip: When planning your 2 days in Moscow itinerary, keep in mind that most museums in Moscow are closed on Mondays, this includes The State Tretyakov Gallery!

Day 2 / Stop 4 – All-Russian Exhibition Center

  • Why it’s awesome: This large exhibition center showcases the achievements of the Soviet Union in several different spheres. 
  • Food nearby: Varenichnaya No. 1 serves authentic and homestyle Russian cuisine in an intimate and casual setting.

The All-Russian Exhibition Center is a massive park that presents the glory of the Soviet era! It pays homage to the achievements of Soviet Russia with its many different sites found on the property.

The center was officially opened in 1939 to exhibit the achievements of the Soviet Union. It’s a huge complex of buildings and the largest exhibition center in Moscow. There are several exhibition halls dedicated to different achievements and every year there are more than one hundred and fifty specialized exhibitions!

All Russian Exhibition Center

The Peoples Friendship Fountain was constructed in 1954 and is a highlight of the park. The stunning gold fountain features 16 gilded statues of girls, each representing the former Soviet Union republics. 

The Stone Flower Fountain was also built in 1954 and is worth checking out. The centerpiece of this large fountain is a flower carved from stones from the Ural Mountains! Along the side of the fountain are various bronze sculptures.

You will find many people zipping around on rollerblades and bicycles across the large area that the venue covers. It’s also home to amusement rides and carousels, making it the perfect place to stop with kids on your Moscow itinerary! Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and allow a few hours to explore all the areas that interest you!

Day 2 / Stop 5 – Bolshoi Theater

  • Why it’s awesome: The Bolshoi Theater is a historic venue that hosts world-class ballet and opera performances!
  • Cost: Prices vary largely between USD $2.00 –  USD $228.00 based on seat location.
  • Food nearby: Head to the Russian restaurant, Bolshoi for high-quality food and drinks and excellent service!

The Bolshoi Theater is among the oldest and most renowned ballet and opera companies in the world! It also boasts the world’s biggest ballet company, with more than 200 dancers!

The theater has been rebuilt and renovated several times during its long history. In 2011 it finished its most recent renovation after an extensive six-year restoration that started in 2005. The renovation included an improvement in acoustics and the restoration of the original Imperial decor.

The Bolshoi Theater has put on many of the world’s most famous ballet acts! Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake premiered at the theater in 1877 and other notable performances of the Bolshoi repertoire include Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker!

Bolshoi Theater

Today, when you visit the theater, you can expect a magical performance from skilled singers, dancers, and musicians with the highest level of technique!

If you don’t have time to see a show, the theater also provides guided tours on select days of the week. Tours are given in both Russian and English and will provide visitors with a more intimate look at the different areas of the theater!

The stage of this iconic Russian theater has seen many outstanding performances. If you’re a fan of the performing arts, the Bolshoi Theater is one of the greatest and oldest ballet and opera companies in the world, making it a must-see attraction on your Moscow itinerary!

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Cosmonautics Museum | Alexander Garden | Ostankino Tower | Izmaylovo District | Soviet Arcade Museum

Now that we’ve covered what to do in Moscow in 2 days, if you’re able to spend more time in the city you’re going to need more attractions to fill your time. Here are a few more really cool things to do in Moscow we recommend!

Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics

  • Hear the timeline of the ‘space race’ from the Russian perspective
  • This museum is fun for both adults and children!
  • Admission is USD $4.00

The Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics is a museum dedicated to space exploration! The museum explores the history of flight, astronomy, space exploration, space technology, and space in the arts. It houses a large assortment of Soviet and Russian space-related exhibits, and the museum’s collection holds approximately 85,000 different items!

Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics

The museum does an excellent job of telling the full story of the exciting space race between the USSR and the US! It highlights the brightest moments in Russian history and humanity and is very interesting and fun for all ages!

If you’re a fan of space or just curious about gaining insight into Russia’s fascinating history of space exploration, make sure to add this to your 3 day itinerary in Moscow!

The Alexander Garden

  • A tranquil place to relax near the Red Square
  • Green lawns dotted with sculptures and lovely water features
  • The park is open every day and has no entrance fee

The Alexander Garden was one of the first urban public parks in Moscow! The garden premiered in 1821 and was built to celebrate Russia’s victory over Napoleon’s forces in 1812!

The park is beautiful and well maintained with paths to walk on and benches to rest on. The park contains three separate gardens: the upper garden, middle garden, and lower garden.

The Alexander Garden

Located in the upper garden, towards the main entrance to the park is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with its eternal flame. This monument was created in 1967 and contains the body of a soldier who fell during the Great Patriotic War!

The park stretches along all the length of the western Kremlin wall for about half a mile. Due to its central location in the city, it’ll be easily accessible when you’re out exploring The Red Square.

It provides a bit of relief from the city’s high-energy city streets. Bring a picnic lunch, go for a walk, or just sit and people watch, this is one of the best Moscow sites to wind-down and relax!

Ostankino Television Tower

  • Television and radio tower in Moscow
  • Currently the tallest free-standing structure in Europe
  • Make sure you bring your passport when you visit, you can’t go up without it!

For spectacular views of the city, make sure to add the Ostankino Television Tower to your itinerary for Moscow! This impressive free-standing structure provides stunning views of the city in every direction. The glass floor at the top also provides great alternative views of the city!

Ostankino Television Tower

It takes just 58 seconds for visitors to reach the Tower’s observation deck by super fast elevator. The tower is open every day for long hours and is a great site in Moscow to check out! There is even a restaurant at the top where you can enjoy rotating views of the city while you dine on traditional Russian cuisine or European cuisine!

The tower is somewhat of an architectural surprise in a city that is not known for skyscrapers! To see the city from a new perspective, make sure to add this stop to your Moscow itinerary!

Izmaylovo District

  • The most popular attractions in this district are the kremlin and the flea market
  • Outside of the city center and easy to reach via metro
  • Most popular during the summer and on weekends

Travel outside the city center and discover a unique area of the city! The Izmaylovo District is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike, and one of the coolest places to see in Moscow! The two main attractions we recommend checking out are the Kremlin and the flea market.

The Izmailovo Kremlin was established as a cultural center and molded after traditional Russian architecture. This colorful complex is home to several single-subject museums, including a Russian folk art museum and a vodka museum!

Izmaylovo District

Next to the Kremlin is the Izmailovo open-air market, which dates back to the 17th century! The market is connected to the Izmailovo Kremlin by a wooden bridge. Pick up all your Russian souvenirs here, including traditional handicrafts, paintings, books, retro toys, and Soviet memorabilia!

You will find many hand-made and hand-painted options available at higher prices, as well as mass-produced souvenir options at lower prices!

Museum of Soviet Arcade Games

  • Closed on Mondays
  • Filled with old arcade games that visitors get to try out!
  • The museum also includes a small cafe and burger shop

For something a little different, check out the Museum of Soviet Arcade Games! The museum features roughly 60 machines from the Soviet era, including video games, pinball machines, and collaborative hockey foosball! The machines inside the museum were produced in the USSR in the mid-1970s.

Museum of Soviet Arcade Games

The best part is, most of the games are still playable! Purchase tickets and try the games out for yourself! The museum also has a neat little screening room that plays old Soviet cartoons and an area with Soviet magazines! This unique attraction is a fun addition to a 3 day itinerary in Moscow, and an attraction that all ages will enjoy! 

Whether you’re spending one day in Moscow, or more, safety is an important thing to keep in mind when traveling to a big city! Overall, Moscow is a very safe place to visit. However, it is always recommended that tourists take certain precautions when traveling to a new destination!

The police in Moscow is extremely effective at making the city a safe place to visit and do their best to patrol all of the top Moscow, Russia tourist attractions. However, tourists can still be a target for pickpockets and scammers.

Moscow has a huge flow of tourists, therefore there is a risk for pickpocketing. Simple precautions will help eliminate your chances of being robbed. Stay vigilant, keep your items close to you at all times, and don’t flash your valuables!

If you’re planning a solo Moscow itinerary, you should have no need to worry, as the city is also considered safe for solo travelers, even women. Stay in the populated areas, try and not travel alone late at night, and never accept rides from strangers or taxis without a meter and correct signage.

The threat of natural disasters in Moscow is low, with the exception of severe winters when the temperature can dip below freezing! Bring a good, warm jacket if you visit in Winter.

However, please note that Russian views on homsexuality are far less accepting than those in Western Europe. Likewise, Non-Caucasian travellers may sadly encounter racism in Russia .

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Now that we’ve covered all the top things to see in Moscow, we thought we’d include some exciting day trips to other areas of the country!

Sergiev Posad (Golden Ring)

Sergiev Posad Golden Ring

On this 7-hour guided tour, you’ll visit several scenic and historic areas of Russia. Start your day with hotel pick-up as you’re transferred by a comfortable car or minivan to Sergiev Posad. Admire the charming Russian countryside on your drive and enjoy a quick stop to visit the Russian village, Rudonezh!

You’ll see the majestic Saint Spring and the Church of Sergiev Radonezh. You’ll also visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, one of the most famous Orthodox sites in Russia!

Lastly, you’ll swing by the local Matreshka market and enjoy a break in a nice Russian restaurant before returning to Moscow!

Day Trip to Vladimir and Suzdal

Day Trip to Vladimir and Suzdal

On this 13-hour trip, you’ll discover old Russia, with its picturesque landscapes and white-stoned beautiful churches! You’ll visit the main towns of the famous Golden Ring of Russia – the name for several cities and smaller towns north-east of Moscow.

Your first stop will be in the town of Vladimir, the ancient capital of all Russian principalities. The city dates back to the 11th century and is one of the oldest and the most important towns along the Ring! Next, you’ll visit Suzdal, a calm ancient Russian town north of Vladimir with only 13,000 inhabitants!

The old-style architecture and buildings of Suzdal are kept wonderfully intact. If you’re spending three days in Moscow, or more, this is a great option for exploring the charming areas outside the city!

Zvenigorod Day Trip and Russian Countryside

Zvenigorod Day Trip and Russian Countryside

On this 9-hour private tour, you’ll explore the ancient town of Zvenigorod, one of the oldest towns in the Moscow region! As you leave Moscow you’ll enjoy the stunning scenery along the Moscow River, and make a few stops at old churches along the way to Zvenigorod.

Upon arrival, you’ll explore the medieval center, including the 14th-century Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery. Next, you’ll take a break for lunch (own expense) where you’ll have the chance to try out the Russian cuisine! Next, you’ll visit the Museum of Russian Dessert and sip on tea at a Russian tea ceremony.

The final stop of the day is at the Ershovo Estate, a gorgeous place to walk around and enjoy nature!

Day Trip to St Petersburg by Train visiting Hermitage & Faberge

Day Trip to St Petersburg by Train visiting Hermitage and Faberge

On this full-day tour, you’ll enjoy a a full round trip to St Petersburg where you’ll spend an exciting day exploring another popular Russian city! You’ll be picked up from your hotel in Moscow and be transferred to the train station where you’ll ride the high-speed train ‘Sapsan’ to St Petersburg.

Upon arrival, you’ll start the day by touring the Hermitage Museum and the Winter Palace. Next, you’ll visit the Faberge Museum, where you’ll explore the impressive collection of rare Faberge Eggs! In the afternoon, enjoy a sightseeing boat ride and a traditional 3-course Russian lunch.

If you’re spending 3 days in Moscow, or more, this is an excellent trip to take!

Trip to Kolomna – Authentic Cultural Experience from Moscow

Trip to Kolomna - Authentic Cultural Experience from Moscow

On this 10-hour tour, you’ll escape the city and travel to the historic town of Kolomna! First, you’ll visit the 14th-century Kolomna Kremlin, home to the Assumption Cathedral and an abundance of museums!

Next, enjoy lunch at a local cafe (own expense) before embarking on a tour of the Marshmallow Museum – of course, a marshmallow tasting is provided!  Your final stop is the Museum of Forging Settlements, where displays include armor and accessories for fishing and hunting.

Discover this beautiful Russian fairytale city on a private trip, where all of the planning is taken care of for you!

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Find out what people want to know when planning their Moscow itinerary.

How many days you need in Moscow?

We recommend that you spend at least two or three days in Moscow to take it all in.

What’s the best month to visit Moscow?

The best time to visit Moscow is over the spring, from March to May as temperatures are mild, crowds are thin and prices are reasonable.

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I mean, queuing up to see an almost 100 year old corpse is pretty unsual! Check out Lenin’s Mausoleum if you fancy it!

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The Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics is a fun place to explore the famous space race from the perspective of the ‘other side’!

We hope you enjoyed our Moscow itinerary! We’ve made sure to cover all the Moscow must-sees as well as some unique attractions in the city! Our addition of insider tips, favorite food stops, and day trips from Moscow is an added bonus and will guarantee you make the most out of your exciting Russian vacation!

Immerse yourself in the modern and traditional Russian lifestyle! Get lost in museums, witness awe-inspiring architecture, and indulge in Russian cuisine! Spend the day strolling through all of the charming sites of Moscow, admiring the beautiful scenery and discovering the city’s fairytale-like enchantment!

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19 Unique And Fabulous Experiences In Moscow

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Thinking of visiting Russia? When visiting such a famous city, one must, of course, visit the iconic landmarks first. Moscow has plenty of those, most of them in the center of the city, which is very well-planned for tourists. Once you’ve seen the sights that are on most travelers’ lists, it’s time to branch out and visit some of the lesser-known sites, and there are some fascinating places to see and things to do.

I know this list is long, but I just couldn’t help myself. You probably won’t have the time to see them all. But that’s okay. Just scroll through the list and choose what sounds the most interesting to you. Where possible, make sure to book in advance, as things can get crowded, especially during high season.

Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, Russia

1. The Red Square, Kremlin, And Surroundings

Red Square (Krasnya Ploshad) is the heart and soul of Russia, and where much of the country’s history has unfolded. This is the most famous landmark in Moscow and indeed the whole country, it’s an absolute must-do! The square is always full of people and has a rather festive atmosphere!

Saint Basil’s Cathedral

This is the famous church with the rainbow-colored, onion-domed roof. The cathedral was commissioned in the 1500s by Ivan the Terrible and according to legend, the Tsar thought it was so beautiful, that he ordered that the architect’s eyes be cut out afterward, so he could never build anything more beautiful! He wasn’t called Ivan the Terrible for no reason!

Lenin’s Mausoleum

The “love-it-or-hate-it” of tourist attractions in Russia. A glass sarcophagus containing the embalmed body of Russian revolutionary, Vladimir Lenin. It may seem a bit bizarre to display the mummy of a person, but it has been there for almost half a century and the 2.5 million visitors who come each year, clearly feel the queuing and thorough body search are worth it, to be in Lenin’s presence.

Pro Tip: no photos and no loud talking are allowed inside the Mausoleum.

Eternal Flame

There is an Eternal Flame in honor of an unknown soldier on the left side of Red Square. The hourly changing of the guards is worth seeing.

The Kremlin is the official residence of the Russian president. You can see it from the outside, or you can take an excursion to one of the museums located inside. This is the biggest active fortress in Europe, and holds a week’s worth of attractions! Once behind the 7,332-feet of walls, there are five squares, four cathedrals, 20 towers, various museums, and the world’s largest bell and cannon to see. Worth a special mention is the Armory Chamber that houses a collection of the famous Faberge Eggs.

Pro Tip: You can only go inside the Kremlin if you are part of a tourist group.

Interior of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscos

2. Bolshoi Theatre

Bolshoi Theatre translates to “The Big Theatre” in Russian, and the building is home to both the Bolshoi Ballet and Bolshoi Opera — among the oldest and most famous ballet and opera companies in the world.

Pro Tip: It’s hard to get an inexpensive ticket, so if you’re reading well in advance of going to Moscow then try buying tickets on the official website . Last-minute tickets cost around $250 per person. If this is out of your budget, about an hour before a performance, you can try buying a ticket at the entrance from a reseller. Most can speak enough English to negotiate the price.

Tour the Bolshoi Theatre: You can take a group guided tour of the Bolshoi Theatre which focuses on the history and architecture of the theatre and behind the scenes. There’s an English language tour that lasts 2 hours and costs around $300 for a group of up to six.

GUM, a popular department store in Moscow

3. Luxury Shopping At GUM And TSUM

Russia’s main department store, GUM, has a stunning interior that is home to over 100 high-end boutiques, selling a variety of brands: from luxurious Dior to the more affordable Zara. Even if shopping is not on your Moscow to-do list GUM is still worth a visit; the glass-roofed arcade faces Red Square and offers a variety of classy eateries. TSUM, one of the biggest luxury malls in town, is right behind the Bolshoi and GUM. It’s an imposing building with lots of history, and worth a visit just for its design and its glass roof.

Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow

4. Christ The Savior Cathedral

This is one of Russia’s most visited cathedrals and is a newer addition to the gorgeous array of Muscovite cathedrals, but don’t let its young age fool you. After perestroika, in the early 90s, the revived Russian Orthodox Church was given permission to build a cathedral on this site. It did the location honors and built the largest temple of the Christian Orthodox Church. The façade is as grand as you’d expect, but it’s the inside that will mesmerize you, with its domes, gold, gorgeous paintings, and decor!

The cathedral is located just a few hundred feet away from the Kremlin and was the site of the infamous Pussy Riot protest against Putin back in 2012.

Pro Tip: Bring a shawl to cover your hair as is the local custom.

Gates at Gorky Park in Moscow

5. Gorky Park

Moscow’s premier green space, Gorky Park (Park Gor’kogo) is the city’s biggest and most famous park. There is entertainment on offer here for every taste, from outdoor dancing sessions to yoga classes, volleyball, ping-pong, rollerblading, and bike and boat rental in summer. In winter, half the park turns into a huge ice skating rink. Gorky Park is also home to an open-air movie theater and the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. There is also Muzeon Art Park, a dynamic contemporary space with a unique collection of 700 sculptures. It is located right in front of Gorky Park.

6. Sparrow Hills Park

If you take a walk from Gorky Park, along the Moscow River embankment, you’ll end up in the city’s other legendary park, Sparrow Hills. Although the park doesn’t offer as many activities as its hip neighbor, it has a great panoramic view of the city

Pro Tip: You can take a free walking tour to all of the above attractions with an English-speaking guide.

River cruise in Moscow

7. River Cruising

One of the best ways to experience Moscow, and see all the famous landmarks, but from a different angle, is from the Moscow River. Take a river cruise. Avoid the tourist crowds. There are little nameless old boats that do the cruise, but if you are looking for a more luxurious experience take the Radisson Blu cruise and enjoy the sights with some good food and a glass of wine.

Moscow Metro station

8. Metro Hopping

Inaugurated in the 1930s, the Moscow Metro system is one of the oldest and most beautiful in the world. Started in Stalinist times, each station is a work of art in its own right. I’d recommend touring the stations between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. This way, you’ll be able to properly see it without the crowds. Ideally, I’d recommend taking a tour with a knowledgeable guide with GuruWalk, who will tell you stories of forgotten stations and how the history of the country is interconnected with the metro development. If going by yourself, then I definitely recommend checking out: Mayakovskaya, Ploschad Revolutsii, Kievskaya, Kropotkinskaya, Kurskaya, and Novoslobodskaya stations.

Visit the free Moscow Metro Museum: For real train enthusiasts, located in the southern vestibule of Sportivnaya station is a small free museum. Here you can take a peek into the driver’s cabin, see a collection of metro tokens from different cities, and see different models of a turnstile, traffic lights, escalator, and more.

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9. Moscow State University View

In his effort to create a grander Moscow, Stalin had seven skyscrapers built in different parts of town; they’re called the Seven Sisters. The largest of these buildings and the one with the best view is the main building of the Moscow State University. Although this is a little outside the city center, the view is more than worth it.

Izmailovsky Market in Moscow, Russia

10. Izmailovsky Market

Mostly known for the city’s largest flea market, the district of Izmaylovo is home to a maze of shops where you can get just about anything, from artisan crafts to traditional fur hats, handcrafted jewelry, fascinating Soviet memorabilia, and antiquities. It’s also one of Moscow’s largest green spaces. There are often no price tags, so be prepared to haggle a bit. Head to one of the market cafes for a warming mulled wine before continuing your shopping spree.

The History of Vodka Museum is found here, and the museum’s restaurant is the perfect place to sample various brands of the national drink.

Once you’ve covered the more touristy spots, Moscow still has plenty to offer, and the places below will also be full of locals! So for some local vibes, I would strongly recommend the spots below!

The skyscrapers of Moscow City

11. Moscow City

With a completely different vibe, Moscow City (also referred to as Moscow International Business Center) is like a mini Dubai, with lots of impressive tall glass buildings. Here is where you’ll find the best rooftops in towns, like Ruski Restaurant, the highest restaurant both in Moscow City and in Europe. Moscow City is great for crowd-free shopping and the best panoramic views of the city.

Art in the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow

12. Tretyakov Gallery

Tretyakov Gallery started as the private collection of the Tretyakov brothers, who were 19th-century philanthropists. They gave their private collection to the government after their deaths. If there is just one museum you visit in Moscow, I recommend this one!

Tsaritsyno Museum Reserve, former residence of Catherine the Great

13. Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve

Tsaritsyno was a residence of Catherine the Great more than two centuries ago. It became derelict during the Soviet era but has now been fully renovated. With its opulently decorated buildings, gardens, meadows, and forests, Tsaritsyno Park is the perfect place for a green respite in Moscow.

Kolomenskoye Museum-Reserve in Moscow

14. Kolomenskoye

A 10-minute metro ride from the city center is Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve, where you can get an idea of what Russia looked like 200 years ago. You’ll find ancient churches (one dating back to the 16th century), the oldest garden in Moscow, and the wonderful fairytale wooden palace of Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich, father of Peter the Great.

Ostankino TV Tower in Moscow at night

15. Ostankino TV Tower

Built in 1967, Ostankino TV Tower was the tallest free-standing construction in the world at the time, it’s still the 8th tallest building in the world and the highest in Europe. It’s also the best observation deck, with a glass floor and 360-degree views. The speedy elevators take you 1,105 feet in next to no time.

Pro Tip: You need to book in advance; entrance is based on specific ticket times and the capacity is limited and only a certain number of tourists are allowed per day. Don’t forget your passport, you’ll need it to get through security.

The floating bridge of Zaryadye Park in Moscow

16. Zaryadye Park

Zaryadye is a newly opened, landscaped urban park so new you won’t find it in a lot of tour guides. The park is near Red Square and is divided into four climatic zones: forest, steppe, tundra, and floodplains, depicting the variety of climatic zones in Russia.

These last three suggestions are a little quirky, but all are really worth checking out.

17. Museum Of Soviet Arcade Games

Release your inner child playing on 66 arcade machines from the Soviet era! What a great way to spend a couple of hours when tired of visiting museums and palaces. The staff speaks excellent English and are happy to explain how the games work.

The rooftops of Moscow, Russia

18. Moscow Rooftop Tour

Take a 1-hour private Moscow rooftop tour with an experienced roofer. I can just about guarantee none of your friends will be able to say they’ve done it! For your comfort, I recommend wearing comfortable shoes. Take your camera, there are some amazing photo opportunities out there!

A pool at Sanduny Banya in Moscow

19. Sanduny Banya

This classical Russian bathhouse opened its doors in 1808 and is famous for combining traditional Russian banya services with luxurious interiors and service. If you enjoy spas and saunas, then you should experience a Russian bathhouse at least once in your life! Go with an open mind and hire a specialist to steam you as it’s meant to be done — by being beaten repeatedly with a besom (a leafy branch)! This is said to improve circulation, but is best done by a professional!

So there you have my list of things to do in Moscow. I could have gone on and on and on, but I didn’t want to try your patience! There are so many things to do in this vibrant city that you’ll definitely need to allocate several days for exploring.

Here are some other reasons to visit Moscow and Russia:

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