United Kingdom Holidays

A nation of diverse riches

UK holidays are all about variety. Whether you’re after history, cultural events, nightlife, food or nature, it’s a destination that rewards visitors of every persuasion. Made up of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, it’s a relatively compact country that packs in an astonishing amount. It’s also straightforward to travel through, via a quick flight, road trip or train journey.

When it comes to historic sites (and sights), holidays to the UK boast plenty of diversity. Beautifully preserved castles, majestic abbeys and churches, Roman baths dating back to 60 AD and astounding 5000-year-old stone circles are just some of the wonders you can visit. All this is surrounded by remarkable countryside. It might be hard to choose between the lochs and highlands of rural Scotland and the lakes of northwest England – or the surf beaches and seaside towns along the south coast. But wherever you go, you’ll find that each unique area contains astonishing treasures.

If you prefer an urban break, there’s lots to keep you busy in the UK’s buzzy cities. The cosmopolitan capital, London, is home to some of the world’s finest drinking, dining, museums and more – not to mention landmarks of the fabled Royal Family. There’s plenty to do, see and eat in other cities too, each with their own distinct character – whether you’re looking to tour ancient university towns, dance until dawn or explore cutting-edge cuisine. That’s before you even consider cultural events – with music, literary and food festivals, sporting events and exhibitions, the UK is awash with fun things to see and do.

Three tips for a top trip

Visit a local market

The UK is home to some fantastic food and drink producers. At many local markets you’ll find beautifully produced sausages, cheeses, home-grown veg, wine, spirits and much more.

Carry cash

While contactless and credit cards are widely accepted, it’s worth having some cash on you for shopping at independent businesses and market stalls.

Take a walk

Wherever you are in the UK, you’ll see more by walking – much of the joy of a trip here is stumbling across something unexpected, and you’re never far from a pub.

Don’t-miss dates in the UK

Bonfire Night

This event on 5 November commemorates a failed plot to blow up Parliament in 1605. Dress up warm for fireworks, bonfires, warming soup and hot potatoes.

September

The sightseeing crowds will have dispersed at little by late summer and early autumn, leaving you to enjoy plenty of attractions in relative peace.

Christmas

The UK celebrates Christmas Day with gusto – but even in the run-up there’s a lovely spirit of festivity with excellent food and drink taking centre stage.

Best things to do in the UK

Go to the theatre

The UK is home to some spectacular theatres, so whether it’s a West End show in Lon-don or an independent performance, try to grab tickets.

Visit the seaside

The seaside was once the main holiday destination for locals. Today, many have become cool day trip destinations complete with nostalgic arcades and classic British fish and chips.

Take a hike

From steep mountains and lush valleys to coastal trails and canal walks, the UK is filled with great walking routes, ranging from gentle strolls to serious expeditions.