We may not be one of the world’s bigger countries, but there are certainly plenty of reasons to visit Britain for your holiday. Though you can drive from the British mainland’s northernmost point to the southernmost tip in a day, you will probably want to linger much longer and take in all our little island has to offer.
Britain has a plethora of extremely well-preserved and carefully cared-for historical sites open to visitors. Hundreds of world-famous heritage sites await the history buff, among them Stonehenge, Bath’s Roman Baths and a multitude of castles from early medieval ruins right up to castles still lived in by the British Royal Family today. As the birthplace of the industrial revolution, Britain is full of monuments to Victorian engineering from bridges to railway stations. Fans of engines will revel in the many steam museums dotted around England, Scotland and Wales.
Britain’s climate is wonderfully mild, which gives us our lush, green landscape. From the majestic peaks of the Scottish highlands and Welsh mountains, to the romantic ruggedness of the Lake District and the huge skies of the Norfolk Broads, British scenery is as diverse as it is beautiful. Explore by foot and ramble through Britain’s countryside on thousands of well-signposted national footpaths. Don’t forget to stop off at a traditional British pub along the way!
Thriving Food Scene
British food used to be a bit of an international joke, but that joke is at least 30 years out of date. Today, Britain is a place where you can find almost any sort of cuisine you can think of, especially in multicultural hotspots like London. Each region has delicious traditional specialities to sample: Lancashire hotpot, shepherd’s pie, haggis, traditional scones with cream and jam, Welsh laverbread as well as our famous fish and chips. You’ll deserve a feast after all that walking…
Culture fans will be delighted to visit Stratford upon Avon, the quaint English town where William Shakespeare was born. You can even visit Shakespeare’s house, his mother’s farm and the picture-perfect thatched cottage where Shakespeare’s wife, Anne Hathaway, grew up. Liverpool is the home of the Beatles, so why not drop in on the Cavern Club where the Fab Four played their first gigs back in the 1960s. Fashionistas will find shopping heaven in London’s famous stores. Give the credit card a hammering at Harrods, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Fortnum and Mason and Liberty. You won’t be stuck for something to do after the shops close either, with ballet and opera at Covent Garden or musicals and theatre in the West End.
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