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UK Travel: 5 Great Attractions Outside Of London

Posted by Josh McGrober on 20/12/2015
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When travelling to the UK, it can be somewhat difficult to look past the wonders of London. As one of the truly great cities of the world, with rich history and a fascinating modern edge, London is one of the best places on the planet to visit. It’s filled with stunning architecture, historic monuments and landmarks, amazing museums, and all kinds of cultural attractions and regular events, and as such it can occupy any tourist for weeks at a time. But the UK offers far more than its greatest city, and the following attractions emphasise that fact.

Edinburgh Castle

Ruins and castles are dotted around the entirety of the UK, and many of them are wondrous to behold. But few are as impressive or impactful as Edinburgh Castle, a towering ancient fortress at the edge of Edinburgh, Scotland. The earliest form of the fortress was erected in the 12th century, and what’s standing today still resembles a solid and functional castle. The Edinburgh Castle section at Visit Scotland claims that the tours available to visitors are actually given by active stewards of the castle, which in a way is more authentic than your average historic site tour. And if the castle itself weren’t enough of a thrill, it’s worth noting that it overlooks the “Old Town” of Edinburgh, which at least in appearance is still largely medieval. Travelling here is truly like stepping back in time.

Edinburgh Castle
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Fowey Regatta

Located in south Cornwall, the town of Fowey is one of a number of destinations in the UK that seems as if it might have been taken right out of a storybook. Located along the River Fowey very near where said river runs into the Celtic Sea and English Channel, this town features clusters of colourful, seaside buildings and looks almost more Mediterranean than English. And the annual regatta held there between Fowey and Polruan makes for a beautiful and tranquil spectacle. It’s a wonderful excuse to visit some of the southern shores of the UK, and perhaps enjoy some of the nearby Cornwall beaches.

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Stonehenge

One of the wonders of the world and certainly one of the most intriguing mysteries of human achievement, Stonehenge is a must-see for any curious tourist travelling to the UK. There’s simply no doing the massive stone monuments of Stonehenge justice by looking at pictures or hearing the accounts of others. You simply have to go and stand before the attraction to fully understand how baffling it is. Furthermore, Stonehenge is an ongoing subject of study and historical discovery, which means there’s often something new to appreciate when you visit. Just recently, The Independent published a story with new theories on glacial movement transporting the stones themselves from Wales (where they’re believed to have originated) to Salisbury. We may never know exactly how ancient humans stood them up and designed the monument, but it seems there’s always something new being uncovered about this curious place.

Stonehenge
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The Grand National

The Grand National is a horse racing event unlike any other, even among the UK’s National Hunt and jumping competitions. Held at the Aintree Racecourse outside of Liverpool each April, it’s known largely because its signature race is among the most prestigious in all of Europe. But the Grand National is also particularly noteworthy for its fan activity. In particular, droves of fans at the Grand National fully embrace the idea of “horse racing fashion,” to the point that the whole thing resembles a slightly quirky and extraordinarily fun fashion show. Additionally, fans often busy themselves betting busily on the various races that take place over the course of the three-day event. It’s gotten to the point where the Grand National Section at Betfair Betting already has some basic information up about tracking the betting tips heading into 2016—and the event doesn’t even take place until April 7. There just aren’t many sporting events where you can feel so much like you’re part of the action.

Many Clouds and Leighton Aspell
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Forest Of Dean

The UK is filled with majestic natural locations, and the Forest of Dean near the Welsh border is one of the most impressive of the bunch. Simply seeing the forest makes for a pretty amazing tourism experience, but there’s also a great deal to do there, from hiking and cycling to climbing and kayaking. Incidentally, the Forest Of Dean is also said to have been one of the secret filming locations for the new film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which means there will soon be a whole new reason to visit.

Forest Of Dean
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There are plenty more examples of great attractions and sights to see in the UK outside of London. But these five exemplify why travellers would do well to look beyond London when visiting this part of the world.

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