The whole world knows about London, and it has done for some time because it is one of the greatest cities on Earth.
However, for an even longer time, tourists have come to the conclusion that London is all the UK has to offer.
The truth is that there is a range of amazing towns and cities in the UK that you should visit in the next time you’re in the neighborhood.
It is time to forget about London for the moment and focus on the hidden gems that don’t get the same attention.
You can find a handful of them in the list below.
Okay, London has to get a mention. No one is disputing that it isn’t a great city because it is great. The only argument is that there is more to the island nation than the capital. Nonetheless, the capital is the jewel in the crown, and for good reason.
For starters, there are the attractions. In London, you can find sights such as Tower Bridge and The Tower of London, as well as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Plus, if you take a ride on The London Eye you can see the whole city in all its glory.
Then there is the shopping, which is magnificent. And, to finish it off, there is the food and the nightlife. Try a restaurant called Flatiron the next time you are there. In the capital, there is so much to do and not enough time.
Edinburgh might not be on the same scale as London, but there isn’t a city in the UK like London. Still, Edinburgh has plenty to offer.
The great thing about the capital of Scotland is that it is different. You won’t find another city in Britain where miles of hills and valleys surround and protect the city. And, there aren’t too many that still have a working castle on top of the hill overlooking the city.
Then, there is the nightlife. Glasgow might be a bit more rowdy, but Edinburgh is more sophisticated. It has wine bars, cocktail bars, and the retro taverns. If you want to experience the nightlife at its best, you need to do the Tattoo. Go to www.visitscotland.com for more.
The Lake District, England
It’s time for a change of pace. Not everyone wants to spend their holidays cooped up in a big city. Some people prefer the fresh air and views of the countryside. Not to worry, because the UK has plenty of countryside.
The Lake District is by far the most popular and well-known area for tourists. It boasts some of the best trails in the country, as well as breathtaking views. But, it is also built for tourism with its cozy inns and guesthouses and b&bs.
There is nothing like scaling Scafell Pike and coming back to a homemade dinner and a pint of ale. Just ask the millions of tourists that go there every year.
When you think of hidden gems, Blackpool is right up there at the top of the list. In England, Blackpool has a big reputation, especially in the north. It is one of the only seaside resorts in the area that is worth going to, which is why millions flock there weekly. And, it isn’t hard to see why.
The attractions like the beach and the Tower are well worth going for alone, as are the illuminations. But, the piece de resistance is the Pleasure Beach. The Pleasure Beach is a theme park with a variety of rides and fun for all the family. If you want to find out more, go to www.blackpoolpleasurebeach.com.
Technically, Dublin isn’t a part of the UK. But, the countries are so close together that they are worth mentioning in the same breath.
Dublin is only 60-90 minutes away regardless of your location, which makes it easily accessible. But, Dublin is also unlike the rest of the UK. The city is steeped in history thanks to the revolution that led to the breakaway from the union.
One trip to the Irish capital and you will come back a far wiser person. Then, there are the sights such as the Guinness Factory. And finally, there is the nightlife of the Temple Bar.
There is nothing like listening to folk music and drinking Guinness with the locals. That is a proper Irish experience.
Don’t just think about the UK as one city because it has so much more to offer.
When you realize that, you can experience everything the UK has to offer.