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Travelling to the UK for the First Time (Top Places to Visit)

The United Kingdom (UK) continues to be one of the most popular places to visit. Especially since Covid-19 if you’re living within the UK and wish to explore another city, or if you’re looking to travel to this part of Europe once restrictions have been lifted, then this guide should help you to plan your trip.

Many travellers will set off to London, to surround themselves with the hustle and bustle of the city centre and hop on a famous red bus across Tower Bridge to complete the tour. Often people forget about smaller cities and towns, and countries too, when visiting the UK. England’s smaller cities like Bath or the city of Cornwall offer one of the best Christmas markets in Europe and some of the most beautiful coastlines. Whether you want to immerse yourself in rich musical history or take in iconic British landmarks, the UK has something for everyone.

Head to the Capital

London is a diverse and energetic city famous for its architecture, fashion and art, attracting millions of visitors each year. Home to Queen Elizabeth II you can visit the royal residence at Buckingham Palace and attempt to make the guards laugh, or catch a show at a West End theatre. London is also home to many museums and galleries such as the Natural History Museum and Tate Modern, where you can browse some truly spectacular collections. 

If you’re not as cultured as you like to make out, or look to find culture in other ways, then perhaps food and drink is more your thing. With many Michelin-starred restaurants and the exceptional view from the Shard, it’s no wonder food fanatics are flocking to the capital city to get their fix. With so many different cultures and people living and visiting the city, it comes as no surprise that people want to look their best. London offers some of Europe’s largest urban shopping centres and most recognisable department stores such as Harrods to equip you for fashion week or a night out at a lavish cocktail bar.

Try the North

‘Winter’s coming!’ is the phrase most people think of when it comes to the north. Well, you’re not far wrong, as although it isn’t winter all year round, it can get pretty chilly. The north of England offers a cheaper alternative to London and is now favoured among students and young professional as one of the most trendy and up and coming cities to visit. This has to do with some of the regeneration projects and developments going on the northern cities such as Manchester and Liverpool, home to Old Trafford and the birthplace of the Beatles, where football and music fans from all over the world come to visit. 

The north of England has just as many opportunities as larger cities in the UK, perhaps on a slightly smaller scale, but with modern new developments and exciting urban cityscapes, none the less. It’s certainly time to prepare for the ‘new London’, and many foreign investors are looking to buy property in the UK, which is why property investment companies such as RWinvest are building luxury apartments to meet the ever-increasing demand from people looking to live and invest in these cities.

Head to the top of Liverpool Anglican Cathedral and abseil down, if you’re feeling brave! Take in views from across the city and on a clear day, you can see the impressive Mount Snowdon, in a whole other country, Wales, which is often forgotten about but is still very much part of the UK.

Britain’s Best Beaches

You can visit any of these places in the UK at any time, but to soak up the sun, you may want to wait until May through to September to catch the British summertime. We may have saved the best until last, with one of the most breathtaking coastlines in the county. The city of Cornwall offers deep blue seas and long stretches of sand to people looking to escape the city and take in the greenery and natural landscape, while enjoying some local produce including the ‘fish of the day’ and a scoop of Cornish icecream.

Victoria Brewood
vbrewood@gmail.com

Although very much British, Victoria always felt like she was meant to be living the 'American Dream'. She loves the US and has travelled to over 14 states.

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