The Best Of British: Where To Go On Your UK Vacation


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So, you’ve decided to visit the UK on your next vacation. Now, it’s time to start planning where to go and what to see. Although this island is small, there’s a heap of places that merit your attention, so listen up! Here are some of the best spots Britain has to offer. 


It may be a cliche, but no travel guide about the UK should exclude England’s vibrant capital. If you have a couple of days in the city, check out spots like Borough Market, Portobello, and Hampstead Heath as well as working your way around the seasoned tourist sites. Travel north, south, west, and east to discover the diversity of the city, and don’t be afraid to leave zones 1 and 2. 

If you’re staying in London for the duration of your trip, take a train to Brighton, Oxford or Windsor. In under an hour, you can enjoy a whole host of different experiences, and see a completely different side to the UK. 


Manchester is a cool, stylish city, which is famed for producing record-smashing bands and cup-winning sports teams. Here, you can shop until you drop, dance the night away, and learn all about the history of the city. You can also take day trips to Chester, Liverpool, Leeds or escape to the Lake District or the Peak District if you fancy stretching your legs in the fresh air. 

In the summer, the Lancashire coast is the place to be, so have a look at guest houses in Blackpool and treat yourself to a typical British seaside break. When you get back to the city, catch a gig or try and get tickets to watch Manchester United or their arch rivals, Manchester City, in action. 

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Steeped in history and packed with beautiful architecture, Edinburgh is a sight for sore eyes. It’s also a wonderful place to learn about Scottish culture, sample some traditional dishes, and even give reeling a go. Visit Edinburgh Castle and take a stroll along Princes Street. 

If you can manage the climb, the views from Arthur’s Seat will offer just rewards for your exertions. From Edinburgh, you can also visit Glasgow and St Andrews and enjoy the dramatic scenery of the West Highlands. 

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If you have a vision of quaint villages, rolling green meadows filled with wildflowers and cozy pubs, Cornwall won’t disappoint. Throw in some beautiful beaches and rugged moorlands, and you’ve got everything required for a quintessentially British break. Head down to Marazion to see the spectacular St Michael’s Mount and enjoy enchanting harbor views in St Ives and Mousehole. 

Newquay is a much livelier, busier spot, and it’s a great place to try out some water sports. Don’t forget to sample a traditional Cornish pasty and a cream tea before you leave. 

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If you’ve booked a UK vacation, you may be wondering where to go and how to get around. The beauty of exploring this magnificent country is the ease of getting from A to B. You can travel by train, bus or plane and there’s a host of day trips available from all the major cities. Take a look through some guidebooks, grab a map and start planning your UK adventure. 

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