Made up of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, the United Kingdom boasts a rich history and countless cultural attractions, not to mention one of the most popular capital cities in the world.
And that’s where most people tend to focus their time—London, the capital of the UK, a vibrant, multicultural melting pot. It would take weeks to explore it all, but you can focus on checking off the big sights, such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and the London Eye.
Outside of London, England’s other regions have plenty to offer too. Some visitors head to the southwest for stunning beaches, a vibrant surf culture, and the chance to try the famous Cornish pasties. For others, it’s the north that’s the biggest draw, where the cities of Liverpool and Manchester are steeped in history as well as modern culture while their soccer teams do battle in the Premier League. For those seeking to get out into the countryside, the Yorkshire Moors and the Lake District are both areas of stunning natural beauty, perfect for hiking, biking, or just taking in the scenery.
And that’s just England. To truly experience the UK, make the trip to the highlands of Scotland, where the mountains and lochs are truly breathtaking. The two major cities, Edinburgh and Glasgow, are also must-visits. Wales, the land of valleys, is beautiful too, especially the coastline along the Gower Peninsula. If you love sports, catch a rugby game at the Millennium Stadium, one of the greatest sporting stadiums in the world, in the Welsh capital, Cardiff.
Across the Irish Sea, Northern Ireland boasts an awe-inspiring coastline, famous for the Giant’s Causeway. It also has many beautiful cities steeped in history and some incredible golf courses. And it's a great place to learn to surf, particularly in Portrush, with its laid-back and welcoming vibe.