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Monday, 15 April 2019

The best 15 attractions in the UK

With no end of things to see and do, it’s no wonder that the UK is one of the most visited countries in the world.

British Museum 


From historic Roman sites and centuries-old castles, ancient sites are everywhere.

Whether you choose to travel by car, bus or train, you’re sure to have a truly memorable experience.

1. Warner Bros Studio Tour


Go behind the scenes and have an enchanting day out at Warner Bros Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter. Witness first-hand sets, magical costumes and real-life props used to create the Harry Potter series.

You’ll even step inside some of the movies’ locations, like Hagrid’s hut, Dumbledore’s office and the Great Hall. Potterheads will be bowled over! Head over to www.wbstudiotour.co.uk if you want more information.

2. Tower of London


Rich in history, the Tower of London is one of the most-visited landmarks in Britain. The magnificent Unesco World Heritage Site served as a refuge as well as a royal palace. It also served as a prison and place of execution, not forgetting its status as a royal mint and treasure vault. It was even used as an observatory, then a zoo for five centuries.

3. Warwick Castle 

Seeking a truly unforgettable English family day out? Gain a fascinating insight into life in medieval times at Warwick Castle.

Set in the idyllic city of Warwick on the River Avon, this atmospheric fortress has ruled the landscape and history of the area for more than 900 years. Witness medieval-themed events and re-enactments – including jousting festivals, fairs and concerts.

4. London Zoo


From tigers and lions to gorillas and penguins, you’ll discover creatures of all kinds at London Zoo. Bordering London’s lush Regent's Park, the zoo is known for its famous lion enclosure.

Witness tigers feeding, see llamas and penguins, and get up close and personal with exotic wildlife and brightly-coloured butterflies.

5. Drayton Manor Theme Park


Looking for a good old-fashioned dose of theme park fun? Look no further than Drayton Manor. Boasting 280 acres of theme park heaven, Drayton Manor is the ultimate family day out.

Situated on the outskirts of Birmingham, the theme park has everything from rollercoasters to thrill rides.

6. Stonehenge


One of the best UK attractions has to be Stonehenge, Europe’s famous prehistoric monument. Located 10 miles north of Salisbury, Stonehenge has a brilliant visitor’s centre, which uses audio-visual technology to tell the historic tale.

After strolling around the gigantic stones, check out the authentic replicas of Neolithic houses which contain 4,500-year-old tools.

7. British Museum 


See some of the finest relics and collections from around the world at the British Museum. You’ll feast your eyes on more than 13 million artefacts from across the globe, with highlights including the Rosetta Stone and Parthenon sculptures.

The Ancient Egyptian collection is the biggest outside of Cairo. And don’t miss the Roman silver known as the Mildenhall Treasure discovered in Suffolk in 1942 – it’s utterly incredible. The best thing? Entry to the museum is free.

8. The Roman Baths


If time allows, you can’t beat Bath. This idyllic city is renowned for its spectacular 2,000-year-old Roman baths which surround the city’s hot springs.

What’s more, Bath is also famous for its honey-coloured Georgian townhouses, many of which are found on Royal Crescent.

Bath is also a great base for exploring some of the UK’s most glorious countryside, like the Mendip Hills, Avon Valley and numerous other Somerset landmarks.

9. Kew Gardens


A paradise home to thousands of exotic and rare plants, Kew Gardens is one of the world’s most famous botanical gardens.

See trees like no other such as the Madagascan baobab, explore a treetop walkway and find out about carnivorous plants. You may also have the chance to check out Kew Palace and gain a glimpse of the royal kitchen and a nature reserve idolised by the British royal family.

10. Chester Zoo


Accommodating more than 11,000 animals and including the biggest orangutan exhibit in Europe, it’s no wonder that Chester Zoo is such a big hit with tourists. You’ll also find the most extensive zoo-based butterfly house in the UK.

Wander around its 110 acres of prize-winning gardens and be sure to take a look at the Himalayan rock garden. Little ones will love having their faces painted like their favourite creature, too.

11. Eden Project


Created by Sir Tim Smit, this extensive garden is built in an old Cornish clay pit. Hundreds of plant and tree species fill its biomes. You’ll be able to take canopy walks around the massive Rainforest Biome – the world's largest indoor rainforest.

12. Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo


Home to more than 140 species, Flamingo Land is perfect for just about everyone. Enjoy exciting rides, a zoo and live entertainment. Then when you’re famished, kick back in one of its numerous bars or restaurants.

Best of all, the park champions a successful conservation programme for flamingos.

13. Borough Market


Possibly the most famous food market in the UK, Borough Market has existed in Southwark in some shape or form for around 1,000 years.

It was renovated considerably in 2016 and nowadays, it’s chock-full with traders from across the globe selling the finest fruit, veg, meat, fish and cheese.

14. St Paul’s Cathedral


Designed by Christopher Wren, St Paul’s Cathedral is an unmissable icon of London’s skyline. But it’s more than just that. Rebuilt following the Great Fire of London in 1666, the cathedral has since endured wars, more fires and stood as a testament to brilliant British architecture.

Go inside, and you’ll see the awe-inspiring Whispering, Stone and Golden Galleries. And did you know? It’s still running as a place of worship.

15. Cheddar Gorge and Caves


Whether you’re a nature lover, history buff or geology mad, Cheddar Gorge & Caves is sure to delight. It’s England’s biggest gorge, and perhaps one of the UK’s most amazing natural sights. These high inland limestone cliffs climb all the way up to 450 feet. Then there are the beautiful stalactite caverns beneath, created by Ice Age melt-waters over millions of years.

From top-notch museums and ancient monuments to family-friendly outings, we hope you enjoy these fun-filled tourist attractions in the UK.
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