How Much of the UK Have You Seen? Try These Favourite Attractions [Slideshow]
The UK is one of the most popular travel destinations across the globe, with enough landmarks, history and natural wonders to please even professional world travellers, over and over again.
However, often we jet off to far-flung shores, rather than explore the sights right under our very noses.
We drive by and say, “one day I’ll visit that amazing landmark”, but somehow never do.
Why not make 2017 the year to stop and check out some of Britain’s most popular attractions?
Here’s a look at 10 of the best.
The Eden Project is the largest indoor rainforest in the world, located in a huge crater, in Cornwall. Biomes house plants and exhibits and the otherworldly landscape acts as a backdrop to yearly events and concerts.
A hub of art and culture overlooking the Thames, Somerset House is the place to go for entertainment in gorgeous surrounds. In summer,the neo-classical building hosts fountains, open-air concerts, family workshops and art exhibits. In winter, you can skate on a magical ice rink.
Tower of London
Haven’t seen the Crown Jewels yet? Take a trip to the Tower of London. Learn about a gory past of torture, hear tales of legend, view swords and amour and imagine life as it once was in the shadow of the battlements.
The UK’s national museum of modern and contemporary art houses a star-studded lineup of famous artists. See works including Cézanne, Bonnard, Matisse, Picasso, Rothko, Dalí, Pollock, Warhol, Bourgeois and more.
Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum is free and exploding with fun, interactive exhibits for the whole family. The kids will love the Dinosaurs gallery and the mammals display. Don’t miss the Central Hall, with the Diplodocus skeleton.
The National Gallery
Another free attraction in London is The National Gallery. Discover over 2000 paintings from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, including Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Turner, Renoir and Van Gogh.
How would you like to explore over two million years of human history? You can, at the British Museum. The stars of the free museum include the Rosetta Stone, Parthenon sculptures and Egyptian mummies.
England’s oldest cathedral, in Canterbury, never fails to impress, with a history beginning in 597AD. The pilgrimage centre houses an 11th century Romanesque crypt,a 12th century Gothic Quire and a 14th century Perpendicular Nave.
Delve into the lives of royalty, at Westminster Abbey. One of London’s most popular attractions, the 700-year old coronation church of England is remarkable on the outside, however audio guides will take you through the majestic history, inside.
A trip to Windsor is, in itself, a delight, with the swan-filled river and abundance of shops. But Windsor Castle is the true draw card, as the family home of kings and queens for over 1000 years. It’s the largest occupied castle in the world and you’ll need the better part of a day to fully make the most of it.