The UK Is Great – Why You Should Visit & See It All

There are so many reasons why you should visit the UK. The UK is an AMAZING place! Okay, so we are biased. We are born and raised in the UK and love to explore the UK whenever we can, whether that’s on our doorstep or further afield.

Here’s why we think you should consider visiting the UK:

  1. The Weather
  2. The History
  3. The Royalty
  4. The Capital
  5. The Cities vs The Countryside & Beaches
  6. The Food
  7. The Sports
  8. The Events and Entertainment
  9. Conveniently Visit Europe

For such a small country, there is so much to do, see, and experience. The UK is made up of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Each one of these countries have their own culture and traditions too. Combine this with the HUGE diversity with people settling in the UK from all over the world, makes the UK one of the most multicultural countries in the world. Check out our article here to find out which cities are the most multicultural in the UK.

1. The Weather

One of the great things about the UK is that the weather is pretty mild all year round. We do have four distinct seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter, and although it tends to get pretty warm in the summer and quite cold in the Winter, we generally don’t see extremes of weather and temperature.

We’re lucky we don’t experience things like hurricanes, earthquakes, and volcanoes erupting (touch wood). If you want to find out more about the UK seasons, check out our article here. With the weather generally being neutral, this means the UK is a great place to visit any time of the year!

2. The History

It’s not surprising to hear that the UK has a lot of history. The British Empire at one point was the largest in the world and are known to have invaded countries all over the world. So, if you enjoy learning about history, there are so many buildings/architecture, including castles and cathedral and museums to check out.

3. The Royals

The UK has the most famous royals in the world – The Windsors! The royalty in the UK brings in so much tourism in the UK every year. And of course, everybody in the world has heard of Buckingham Palace. The Queen is an impressive lady! Well into her 90s, although she’s stepped back from a number of royal duties now, she’s still very well respected by the public eye.

There are many royal related things to do, such as watching the ‘changing of the guard’, doing a tour of Buckingham Palace and other palaces too, such as Kensington Palace where Diana, Princess of Wales used to reside.

4. The Capital

The capital of the UK – London! London is an incredible city. The best way to describe it is diverse, busy, multicultural, and interesting. London has a mix of historical landmarks and modern architecture. Just to name a few you have St Pauls Cathedral beautifully situated in the heart of London as well as amazing skyscrapers towering the London skyline, such as The Shard. This impressive structure stands at 310m! It’s the tallest skyscraper in the UK. To find out more about what skyscrapers make up London’s skyline, check out our article here.

One of the great things about London is that although it is a vibrant city, busy full of people and buildings, you don’t have to go very far to find some green space. London has so many beautiful parks that all have something different to offer. All are great for taking a stroll and having a picnic but they offer so much more than that too. For example, there are eight Royal Parks in London that are known for the location of festivals, The London Zoo, watching wildlife. Check out what you can expect to see at each park in our article here.

If you want to visit somewhere which has a huge range of things to see, do and experience, then London is the place to go. From seeing theatres shows to climbing the 02 Arena, to the Nottingham Hill Festival it’s got something for everyone to enjoy.

5. The Cities vs The Countryside & Beaches

The UK has a great mix of cities and rural areas. Both areas bring in huge tourism. With London being the most obvious city to visit, it’s not the only one worth visiting. Other cities definitely on our list to list where we have written articles on are Edinburgh, Leicester, Manchester, and Birmingham. The spread across the UK and there are great links from London to get to these cites within a few hours, whether this is via rail, road, or plane.

You might be surprised how many airports the UK considering it’s such a small country. It has over 40 airports! So, flying to different parts of the UK is definitely worthwhile, as it’s super quick and pretty cheap. To find out what internal flights you can take in the UK, check out our article here.

Some popular countryside and beach areas in the UK are The Lake District, Cornwall, Devon, North Wales. They offer amazing scenery, peaceful walks, hiking, cycling, watersports and the list just goes go. Check out our article here for places to visit outside of London.

6. The Food

The UK has some famous dishes to try. The main ones being Fish & Chips, Heinz Baked Beans, McVities Chocolate Biscuits, Black Pudding, Afternoon Tea, and British Indian Curries. All of these originated in the UK and they’re definitely worth trying.

With the UK being so multicultural, it’s inevitably heavily influenced the food available. From raw ingredients to divine cuisines served in restaurants, it’s so easy to get hold of and experience different dishes from all over the world.

London, obviously, probably has the most diverse range, including, the less common cuisines such as Lebanese, Sri Lankan, Jamaican etc. However, most areas of the UK, definitely offer the most common cuisines including Chinese and Indian.

7. The Sports

In the UK, the most popular sports, we would say, are Football (Soccer), Rugby, Tennis and Cricket. All of these sports also have major tournaments every year and there’s so many opportunities to go and see these games live or on the TV.

Particular when the Football World Cup is happening (every 4 years), it’s definitely the most popular sports that most people get involved in. It’s common to see England flags draped outside homes and we even remember getting half days from school when England were playing and getting close to the final. Unfortunately, they haven’t won the World Cup since 1966 so we have been waiting for a long time…

8. The Events & Entertainment

The UK hold many, many, many annual events throughout the year. Some of the most famous events include, PRIDE, Notting Hill Festival, Diwali celebrations in Leicester, The Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Winter Wonderland and The London Marathon. These are just to name a few.

London is known for The West End. With many theatres dotted around London, there are so many shows you can see. These don’t only have to be the big budget musicals, such as The Lion King or Book of Mormon, but even low budget smaller productions are definitely worth checking out. We’ve got to see both type and never been disappointed!

This doesn’t just go for London. There are theatres across the country that do shows that are fantastic to go and watch. Other indoor activities can include, cookery classes, photography classes, and spas.

For the outdoors, there are boat trips, beautiful gardens, zoos, motor shows, cinemas, museums, galleries, theme parks etc.

9. Conveniently Visit Europe

The UK is in a great location. Although an island, we are pretty close to the European countries. You can get to most European countries withing just a few hours, all short-haul flights, which is fantastic.

If you’re planning a longer trip and want to tie in the UK with visiting other European countries, it’s super easy to do. Not only will it be relatively cheap (you can get pretty good deals flying around Europe), it won’t use too much time either.

Have We Convinced You?

We really hope we’ve shown you why we think the UK is a great place to visit! There is SO MUCH to do and see, and we’re confident that you won’t regret visiting. We think the UK has something to offer every type of person. Whether you like cities, the countryside or the beach, or whether you like your history or you’re festival mad, the UK definitely offers all of this.

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