The United Kingdom (UK) comprises of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. If you’re looking for ideas for what to do in the UK, here are some great travel tips from the Europe a la Carte team.
Cool Off at the Diana Memorial Fountain, Hyde Park
Diana Memorial Fountain, Hyde Park
Walk Along the Meridian Line in Greenwich, London
You can walk on Longtitude Zero line at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. This is the home of time dividing the globe into the eastern and western hemispheres.
Greenwich Meridian Line by markhealey
Be Dazzled By the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London
Although you might expect to see the British Crown Jewels at Buckingham Palace, they are in fact on display at the Tower of London in the Jewel House.
Guarding the Crown Jewels by Randy son of Robert
More London Tips
We’ve plenty more tips for the best things to do in London.
Enjoy Art at the Tate Liverpool
There’s more to Liverpool than the Beatles; I enjoyed visiting the Tate Liverpool and the Museum of Slavery at the Albert Dock.
Tate Liverpool at Albert Dock
Retrace a Roman Soldier’s Footsteps Along the Route of Hadrian’s Wall
Hadrian’s Wall was built by the Romans in the 2nd century AD to keep out the Scots. You can now follow the route along the 84 mile Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail.
Hadrian’s Wall by Bod
Marvel at the Stained Glass Windows in York Minster
York Minster is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the UK. It’s rather expensive to get in at Â£9 per adult (correct August 2011) but if you’re planning to visit several attractions in the city, a York Pass can be good value.
Admire the Fish Sculptures at Cragside House
Fish sculptures in the Formal Garden pond at Cragside House
Relax at Leeds Waterfront
I was impressed by Leeds in Yorkshire, as I didn’t even realise it had a waterfront before my visit. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants with lovely views. The Armouries Museum is located here and it’s free to enter.
Centenary Bridge at Leeds Waterfront
See the Murals at Chain Bridge Honey Farm
There are several fantastic murals on the walls of the Chain Bridge Honey Farm. My favourite depicts the course of the River Tweed from its source to the estuary where it flows into the sea at Berwick upon Tweed.
Surf at Newquay, Cornwall
Great Western Beach Newquay
Cross the Causeway to Holy Island
Make sure you check the tide times before you attempt the reach to and return from the Holy Island of Lindisfarne.
Ride on a Steam Train in Cumbria
Take a ride in a steam train in the South Tynedale Valley through some beautiful countryside.
Meet Up with Robin Hood in Nottingham
I was lucky enough to meet up with Robin Hood when I attended a themed weekend at Nottingham Castle.
Robin Hood and me at Nottingham Castle
More Tips for Things to Do in England (outside London)
We’ve 25 more ideas for what to do in England.
Go Back to Your Youth at the Museum of Childhood in Edinburgh
The Museum of Childhood in Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is quite enchanting.
The Search for the Loch Ness Monster at the Museum of Childhood
See the Work of the Architect Zaha Hadid
Glasgow’s Riverside Museum
Go For a Boat Trip on Loch Lomond
The best way to see bonnie banks of Loch Lomond is by taking a boat trip, you may even spot an osprey.
Take the Train over the Forth Rail Bridge
The Forth Rail Bridge is one of Scotland’s iconic sights, so why not take the train across the Estuary for views toward Cramond Island and Edinburgh.
The Forth Rail Bridge
Have a Famous Grouse Experience in Crieff
The Famous Grouse Experience Visitor’s Centre lies just outside the town of Crieff in Perthshire. You can take a tour of the distillery from around Â£8 per adult, which includes some sampling. I loved the grouse sculpture adorned with kisses.
The Famous Grouse sculpture
Climb Falkland Hill
Even if you’re not superfit you can still make it up Falkland Hill, as there’s a car park half way up.
View from ascent of Falkland Hill
More Scotland Tips
If you’ve more time to explore Scotland, I’ve written about “25 Unusual & Fun Things to Do in Scotland“.
Spot Wild Ponies at Brecon Beacons National Park
Heather has some tips for exploring the Brecon Beacons National Park, where you may even spot some of wild ponies.
Wild ponies in Brecon Beacons National Park
Tuck into Delicious Scones at Tu Hwnt iâ€™r Bont Teahouse
Neha had some scrumptious scones, reputed to be the best in Wales, at the Tu Hwnt iâ€™r Bont Teahouse near Llanrwst.
Welsh scones by Girl Interrupted Eating
Go Underground at the Big Pit National Coal Museum
You can get a feel for what it was like being a miner by going down the pit at the National Coal Museum.
Me equipped to go underground
Go Back in Time at the Ulster Folk Museum
The best part of my visit to Ulster Folk Museum was sampling some soda bread, cooked over an open fire and then listening to the traditional Irish tale â€œThe Changelingâ€.
Cooking soda bread at the Ulster Fols Museum
Walk Around Derry’s City Wall
The 17th century walls of Derry (aka LondonDerry) remain intact and you can learn a lot about the city’s history on a walking around them. The city will be the UK Capital of Culture in 2013.
Derry’s Walls by horslip5
Dodge the Jets at the Custom House Water Feature in Belfast
I didn’t fancy a soaking, so I was happy to watch some other people trying to judge if the variable flow jets on the water feature at Custom House would woosh up as they ran along the paving stones.