England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland collectively form one of the most popular regions for tourists to visit in Europe: The United Kingdom. Breathtaking countryside, historic cities, medieval castles, massive mansions, world-renowned museums and great theaters highlight the list of attractions that drive visitors to the region in droves. Diversity makes the UK an ideal place for just about anybody to visit. It truly has something for just about everybody.
With such a massive amount of great places to see and experience in the UK, the task of creating an itinerary for a trip to the UK may sound daunting, but the experts at Touropia have created an easily digestible list of the top ten places to help.
Located on the River Cam, the charismatic English town is just north of London. Education (University of Cambridge), endless entertainment and the perpendicular Gothic architecture of The King’s College Chapel are a few of the main draws of Cambridge.
9. Lake District
Western England’s Lake District is the second largest National Park in the UK. Lakes, mountains and hills were formed almost artistically by glacial erosion to create awe-inspiring scenery. Roughly 14 million tourists visit the park annually.
Snowdonia is the third largest national park in the United Kingdom and offers dramatic panoramic views of the mountains, valley and coastlines below. The park is located on the coast of Wales and includes the highest mountain in Wales and England along with the largest lake in Wales.
Near the Wales border lies the city of Chester on the River Dee in Cheshire, England. The city was founded over 2,000 years ago and boasts ample amounts of history, culture and architecture. Tourists flock to Chester to see the Roman and Medieval walls encircling the city and 19th century black-and-white revival architecture.
Cornwall is the westernmost point in the United Kingdom and provides a delightful and quaint atmosphere that is still very rugged and isolated. Rocky cliffs overlooking the sea highlight the northern side, while golden sand beaches are the main attraction on the south.
An ancient walled city located where the River Foss meets the River Ouse, York is home to many notable attractions. York Minister, a stone cathedral overflowing with famous works of art, and the York Wall represent two of the major landmarks in the city. Experiencing the sites by foot is quite convenient and recommended.
Edinburgh Castle is without a doubt the primary reason most visit the cobblestone streets of Edinburgh. With history all around, there are over 4,500 historic buildings and many sites to be seen aside from the castle, Edinburgh is a place you must see to truly understand.
Stonehenge is easily one of the most famous sites in the entire world, and for great reason. It is composed of earthworks surrounding a circular area of large standing stones in the southwest region of England. The site is home to some of the most important Neolithic and Bronze Age finds and 200 monuments.
2. Scottish Highlands
This rugged area in northern and northwestern Scotland is sparsely populated and contains a multitude of mountain ranges, including the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis. Eilean Donean Castle and Loch Ness (you might even see the monster) are also places to see here.
The city has no shortage of history, museums, art galleries, green parks, fantastic shopping, delectable dining, theatre and royalty! London has practically everything you desire and therefore the number one ranking is well deserved. Visits to Buckingham Palace and Big Ben along with a ride on a double-decker bus are essentials.
JNR has had the pleasure of organizing many trips to the UK for some of the top advertisers of our clients to thank them for their loyalty and the feedback has been outstanding.
Whether you are looking to use travel incentives to thank dealers, employees, customers or advertisers, or just looking to take a nice vacation, the UK should be a serious consideration.
If you could add one more destination to this list, what would you pick? Pleas share your responses in the comments. Torquay has my pick!
Written by Kristopher Hewkin
JNR Incorporated is a results-based, globally recognized leader that specializes in creating custom travel, meeting, event, prepaid card and merchandise programs that motivate, engage and inspire the employees, customers and channel members of our clients. We have over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies of many diverse industries. Our programs are tailored to fit the specific needs of marketing, sales, management and human resource professionals. The unique solutions we apply are measurable and proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.