25 Fun Things to Do in the UK

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.

ENGLAND

Cool Off at the Diana Memorial Fountain, Hyde Park

You may dangle your feet in the refreshing stream at the Diana Memorial Fountain in London’s Hyde Park after a hard days sightseeing but you’re not allowed to walk through the structure.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tate Liverpool at Albert Dock

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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.

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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 £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.

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York Minster

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Admire the Fish Sculptures at Cragside House

I loved the glass fish sculptures in the pond at the Formal Garden at Cragside House. If you visit in Spring you’ll also be able to see the wonderful tulip displays.

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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.

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Centenary Bridge at Leeds Waterfront

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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.

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Surf at Newquay, Cornwall

Newquay in Cornwall, in the south west of England, has some beautiful beaches, ideal for surfing.

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Great Western Beach Newquay

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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.

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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.

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Robin Hood and me at Nottingham Castle

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More Tips for Things to Do in England (outside London)

We’ve 25 more ideas for what to do in England.

SCOTLAND

Go Back to Your Youth at the Museum of Childhood in Edinburgh

The Museum of Childhood in Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is quite enchanting.

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The Search for the Loch Ness Monster at the Museum of Childhood

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See the Work of the Architect Zaha Hadid

In Glasgow, the Riverside Museum, the new home of the Scottish Museum of Transport was designed the  architect Zaha Hadid.

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Glasgow’s Riverside Museum

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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.

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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.

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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 £8 per adult, which includes some sampling.  I loved the grouse sculpture adorned with kisses.

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The Famous Grouse sculpture

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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

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More Scotland Tips

If you’ve more time to explore Scotland, I’ve written about “25 Unusual & Fun Things to Do in Scotland“.

WALES

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.

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Wild ponies in Brecon Beacons National Park

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Tuck into Delicious Scones at Tu Hwnt i’r Bont Teahouse

Neha had some scrumptious scones, reputed to be the best in Wales, at the Tu Hwnt i’r Bont Teahouse near Llanrwst.

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Welsh scones by Girl Interrupted Eating

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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.

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Me equipped to go underground

NORTHERN IRELAND

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 “The Changeling”.

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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.

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Derry’s Walls by horslip5

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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.

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