Where to visit in this green and pleasant land? Whatever you are into, the UK can deliver on its promise of a fantastic break... Read more
The United Kingdom is home to a bevy of natural beauties, plenty of family attractions, traditional seaside towns, buzzing cities and rolling countryside speckled with castles, villages and scenes from a Britain of the past. It's difficult to know where to start, but our quick guide to the main highlights will start you off.
Top five attractions
The nation's capital is a stunning monument to the past, the present and the future. Visit world-class museums, ride on the London Eye, tour the Tower of London and see Buckingham Palace, the London residence of Her Majesty the Queen. There are green spaces galore and shops to satisfy the most eager spenders. In short, this is one of the most exciting, enigmatic and attractive cities in the world.
Lake District National Park
And then there's England's Lake District, where natural beauty rules. Climb the hills, walk the trails and see the lakes from boats; there are many ways to enjoy this slice of rural Britain. And there is a plethora of excellent pubs when you've finished your daily exertions in the great outdoors.
The Gower Peninsula
It's not difficult to see why Wales claimed Britain's first ever Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The castles, villages, churches and wildlife are attractive enough; plonk it all alongside the wild and unspoiled beaches, the dramatic cliffs and the rolling valleys of Gower and you have a truly sublime scene.
Scotland's greatest and most beautiful city has many tales to tell. From the haunting side streets off the grand Royal Mile, to the Royal Palace in Holyrood, to the excellent shops and Georgian architecture of New Town, Edinburgh will suit everyone's tastes. Some of Britain's biggest events take place here, including the Military Tattoo and the Edinburgh International Festival.
Just over an hour north of Belfast is this natural wonder. The hexagonal columns that seem to rise from the sea are truly astounding to behold. Whether visitors believe it was the result of an ancient volcanic eruption or the work of legendary giant Finn McCool, it doesn't stop millions flocking to the shore to make this Northern Ireland's most popular tourist attraction.