5 Things You Cannot Miss When In The UK

The UK is a fascinating place, flecked with contrasting historical sights combined with sleek modern buildings and experiences.

When visiting the UK, be amazed by the unique locations you can visit all year round, from old Shakespearian theatres with thatched roofs to glass skyscrapers with national parks on the top floor.

This article attempts to explore the pearls of the UK and to get you excited about any visit to the old kingdom.

1. Explore London

London is a clear choice for anyone that visits the UK.

One of the world's most famous cities, London truly does have it all.

With world-class shopping, amazing West End shows, Michelin-starred food, rustic markets, funky art and a history that's begging to be explored. Visit the Borough Market, where, huddled under a railway bridge it boasts some delectable bites, thirst-quenching drinks and deli's to die for.

Stop by Regent's Park in the north of the city to feed the birds, walk through beautiful flower gardens or have a picnic in the summer sun.

Saunter down Oxford street for high-end or boutique shopping and stop in an old school pub for a pint of ale after a day exploring the town. Walk across Tower Bridge after visiting the Tower of London, hearing tales of its violent past and witness the sparkling crown jewels. London truly is a fascinating city to explore and should be the top of anyone's list when in the UK.

2. Laugh out Loud at the Edinburgh Fringe

Edinburgh itself is a beautiful city to visit. The castle perched above looks down onto an old city that has found a new lease in modern times.

Taking place every August, Edinburgh plays host to some of the world's best comedians' in the now world-famous Edinburgh Fringe Comedy Festival.

Cobbled stone streets lead down narrow alleyways while the fringe turns this city into a pulsating, laugh out loud festival.

Street performers, stand-up comics, musicians and more flock to Edinburgh to perform for fans while others come to make a name for themselves.

Buy tickets in advance or just turn up and see what happens, the Edinburgh Fringe, in the Scottish Summer is an experience worth taking.

3. Go Punting in Oxford or Cambridge

Known for hosting 2 of the most prestigious universities in the world, the cities of Oxford and Cambridge are perfect for a day trip or even an overnight stop.

Only 60 minutes from London, both boast beautiful surroundings, architecture and parks. Visit the world-famous Oxford library or the colleges of Cambridge where the likes of Newton, Darwin & Hawking studied.

Both areas are intertwined by rivers, where, for a fee, you can see sights only available by water.

Punting began in the early 20th century as commercial river traffic declined to allow punting to become safer and more popular.

Some areas, such as King's College in Cambridge put on nightly shows in the summer which you can view from the river for an unforgettable experience.

4. Go hiking in the Peak District

The Peak District is one of England's more intriguing National Parks.

The views are stunning, the walks can be challenging and there are lots of typical English villages to visit.

Spreading across 5 counties in the North, the Peak district is truly a must-see stop for any nature lover or keen hiker.

There are many well-defined trails and even the challenging Pennine Way for those really seeking adventure. For those that like reading a book in front of a fire, well don't you worry as the Peak District is dotted full of beautiful country pubs with fine drinks, cosy seats and food to warm your belly on those crisp spring evenings.

Finally, for those literary fans, the peak district is also home to Chatsworth House, which represented Mr Darcy’s home in the film adaptation of Pride & Prejudice. Need any more reasons to go?

5. Visit Liverpool, the Northern Powerhouse

Not only home to world-class football and music, but Liverpool also plays host to great museums and beautiful walks.

A stop in Liverpool should not be without "The Beatles Story". This immersive museum walks you through the lives and times of one of the most famous Rock Bands in the world.

This award-winning homage to "the fab four" will have you singing "Hey Jude" all the way home. After warming up your vocal cords, head over to Anfield, to witness a football stadium that has some of the best atmosphere in the world.

Grab a pie, a match-day programme and sing "You'll never walk alone" for an unforgettable day watching the reds. If football isn't your jam, Liverpool is home to great museums, parks & shopping.

Make sure to stop for some afternoon tea, before riding the Mersey Ferry at sunset to get an unobstructed view of a fantastic city.