The United Kingdom – 8 places which you must visit and see
Although British attractions are scattered all across the vast territory of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, it is worth to travel the length and breadth of that island country. The greatness of its history, culture and nature will surely amaze you, and the diversity will not let you get bored. Indeed, you will want to return and discover more!
For starters, you must take London, naturally. That mighty and energetic metropolis used to be the capital of the world. Although today it might not be as trend-setting as in the past, it continues to radiate energy. In London, you will find some of the most important British historical monuments, elegant streets, modern architecture, atmospheric residential districts, parks, fine museums, excellent boutiques, pubs and, of course, sites related to the always popular Windsors.
Speaking of the Windsors, you should visit… the Windsor Castle! It boasts the title of the preferred residence of Queen Elisabeth II, and hold the record for the world's largest inhabited building! Its scale and long history reaching back to the 11th century speak to your imagination.
The capital city of Scotland is a pretty low-key, albeit wonderful, place with buildings and excellent situation at the sea and mountains speaking in its favour. You must visit its mighty castle, which is among the most valuable British historic monuments, and fascinating museums. Have a walk down the city's Medieval streets, take a rest in one of the numerous parks, and if you are a Harry Potter fan, then look for sites related with that iconic character.
Since the story about the young wizard has been filmed, the related British attractions include also some film sets. Among them is the viaduct across Finnan River, which is also an immensely interesting work of engineering. Built at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries and at 21 spans long, it was one of the largest construction projects of that time.
If you prefer classical works by Shakespeare over novels by J.K. Rowling, consider visiting the small town where the great author was born. You will be reminded of that fact virtually everywhere there. You will see museums, houses, theatres and multitude of other attractions, as well as atmospheric architecture of a small provincial British town.
In fact, no one knows for certain what that one of most popular British attractions really is. An imposing megalithic structure dating back some 5,000 years, consists of earthworks and giant boulders. It might have been connected with the cult of the Moon and Sun practised by British ancestors. One thing is certain – the unique complex will make a lasting impression.
The unquestionable British contribution to the world's scientific achievements stems from their excellent universities. Visit at least one of them, e.g. the one in the city of Oxford, which is considered the oldest English-speaking university in the world! You will be amazed not only by its scientific accomplishments, but, most importantly, the marvellous architecture. Indeed, it is a mighty edifice with architecture that combines lots of styles, starting with early Gothic, is truly impressive!
There is no denying that the United Kingdom offers stunning wild nature. Travelling across the country, you will have an opportunity to see a great number of truly wonderful works of nature. The white cliffs in the south are one of them. The are particularly impressive near Dover. Just imagine the mighty rocks rising straight from the blue sea. Because it is often windy there, the waves crash against the cliffs with force, offering a wonderful and majestic show (which is also pretty loud as well).