15 Things to Do in 5 of UK’s Greatest Destinations

 green01   October 26, 2012
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The UK is home to some of the nicest cities in the world, a wealth of entertainment of varying sorts to suit practically anyone, and some of the most beautiful scenery for us to lay our eyes on. Being such a small country, it may at a first thought seem easy for a tourist to see everything quickly. But the UK is crammed with endless options for daytime and nightlife entertainment, historical sites and some of the best restaurants in the world, and it quickly becomes hard to know where to go.

This is my list of the top 15 things to do whilst you visit the UK. The list has activities in 5 of the best places in the UK, so you are sure to be able to do some of them no matter which part of the country you visit. I have tried to include activities to suit a wide range of tastes and ages so I hope you enjoy and feel inspired to visit the UK.

1. Brighton

Located on the south east coast of England, the city of Brighton & Hove is on the UK’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities. With a rich history defined by the extravagant and exotic Royal Pavilion in the town centre, Brighton is teaming with artistic students, independent businesses, tourist attractions and nightlife.  It’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country thanks to its proximity and transport links to the capital.

Brighton Pavilion

Brighton Pavilion is one of the most stunning sights in the diverse and unique city of Brighton. Originally built for Prince Regent, then later for Kind George IV between 1787 and 1823, this remarkable exotic looking building is a top tourist spot for anyone with an appreciation for architecture and beautiful surroundings. Interestingly, the Pavilion is found just off one of the main roads in Brighton and opens up into an unexpectedly tranquil and serene garden.

Brighton Pavilion

Brighton Pavilion – Source

Brighton Beach

Brighton beach is visited by sun lovers from all over the world who are happy to kick back and relax on the warm pebbles in one of the UK’s most entertaining cities. You can’t beat a long seaside stroll after a day of tranquillity on the UK’s most popular beach. You will find some of the best local musicians performing on the seafront in front of the bars, that you are only a stone thrown from. Top a beach day off with a refreshment at a local bar, visit the Brighton Marina or get a bite to eat at one of the many fantastic seafront restaurants.

Brighton Beach

Brighton Beach – Source

Brighton Nightlife

Brighton would not be Brighton without its vast array of popular nightclubs and unique bars. What makes Brighton such a popular location for young people is the nightlife and strong presence of students who all enjoy letting their hair down at clubs such as Life, Coalition and Audio. These clubs host some of the UK’s hottest acts in the Indie, Dance and Hip-Hop world as well as supporting local musicians and running themed nights. Brighton is loved equally in the gay and straight communities for a more than welcoming array of venues to visit.

Brighton Nightlife

Brighton Nightlife – Source

2. London

Fresh from hosting the 2012 Olympic Games, London is a mecca for tourists around the world. With so much history, culture, entertainment and nightlife there’s a seemingly never-ending number of activities to enjoy, attractions to see and history to appreciate.
London Bridge

One of the most popular tourist destinations in England is now full of family activities, romantic breaks and riverside boat trips. Hop aboard the HMS Belfast, glare up at London’s tallest building (The Shard), or head to Borough Market, London’s most renowned food market, offering exceptional home-grown and international produce. London Eye- Open 364 days a year, the London Eye is yet another incredibly popular hotspot for tourists who want to cast their eye over the city from the safety of their cabin as they slowly spin.

The Shard

The Shard – Source

British Museum

This is one of the oldest museums in the country, home to millions of artefacts from times past, revered as one of England’s true gems, visited not only by tourists but London’s residents for its intriguing qualities. London’s transport is incredible and you can make the British museum a stop along your way as you travel the tube in between destinations.

British Museum

British Museum – Source

3. Bath

Bath is a stunning city, most popular with Asian tourists and rich in scenery and historic artefacts. The City is predominantly popular for the tourists looking to explore the scenic surroundings and shops, but has more recently become increasingly accommodating to the younger clubbing culture.

Roman Baths

It may not be for everyone, if you are not inclined to do public bathing, but the Roman baths is Bath’s most popular landmark and one of the West Country’s most proud wonders.  It is found in the heart of the city looking out onto a popular open square for the tourists taking pictures and making videos.

Roman Baths

Roman Baths – Source

Fishing the Avon

The River Avon has to be the UK’s most beautiful stretch of water as it meanders through the West Country, luring in anglers from all over the world. You can find most of the British course fish in the Avon, and fish in some of the most stunning parts of the countryside surrounded by the great untouched wildlife.

Fishing the Avon

Fishing the Avon – Source

Shopping

There is something truly magical about shopping in Bath, for me personally it is a favourite for Christmas shopping as you walk through the cobble-stone streets and the limestone buildings with their distinctive yellow appearance. Bath’s shopping is mainly found in one long strip down the centre of the city which makes it a perfect stroll as you find your soon to be fond possessions. There are also retro shops found just off the strip, quite like Brighton and its famous ‘Laines’.

Brighton Shopping

Brighton Shopping – Source

4. Bristol

As the most entertaining city in the West Country, Bristol has become a very diverse and cosmopolitan place, with a strong musical culture and nightlife. Bristol is also a ‘retail capital’ and attracts people from all over the West Country for its shopping centres and markets.

Bristol Boat Trips

Floating down the harbour and into the Avon is one of my favourite relaxing activities, you get to look on at the city from the comfort of the boat. Watch the world go by and plan the rest of your day or night as you enjoy the company, get to know your lucky date or treat a partner for an anniversary.

Bristol Boat Trips

Bristol Boat Trips – Source

Bristol City Centre Shopping

Bristol is known for its emphasis on shopping culture and has carved its way to being named the West Country’s retail capital. There is over 500 stores in the shopping centre including the leading retailers that cant fail to meet your English-inspired fashion needs to take home with you as a souvenir.

Bristol City Centre Shopping

Bristol City Centre Shopping – Source

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

The Bristol museum captures history and displays everything from the beginning of time to present day in creative and engaging ways. The 3 story museum and gallery reveals fascinating cultures, ancient history and inventions that have stood the test of time.

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery – Source

5. Manchester

Producing some of the world’s best acts such as Oasis, The Smiths, The Stone Roses and The Verve, it is not hard to see why Manchester is a musical Mecca.

Second floor@ Harvey Nichols- This beautiful restaurant overlooks Exchange Square and is a favourite for shoppers looking to take a break from the bustling shopping centre.

Tiger Lounge

This popular live music venue is a meeting ground for music loving people wanting to be absorbed in anything from 60’s retro music to country and western. It has found its self to be one of the most popular venues in the city and runs movies and food throughout the day.

Tiger Lounge

Tiger Lounge – Source

Heaton Park

This is a historical park, popular with families and couples alike who are looking for a relaxing getaway from the streets of Manchester. Popular activities at the park include tram rides, guided tours and rowing boats. Heaton Park is the perfect place to take a date and appreciate the surroundings whilst you get to know each other.

Heaton Park

Heaton Park – Source

As with most tourist-friendly countries, it can be hard to know where to start when trying to plan your trip. As someone who has grown up in the UK I have been fortunate enough to see most of the country, live in various parts of the country and find the best places to go when I want to pursue some leisurely activities.  You can’t go too wrong if you visit any of the 5 destinations mentioned above and try out some of the activities listed.  The UK is steeped in history and rich in flavour, it has a diverse population and a proud history which makes it one of the most popular tourist destinations going.

About the Guest Blogger – Tom Clark likes travelling to Brighton especially visiting http://www.drinkinbrighton.co.uk/life, clubbing lifestyle and planning trips in the UK. He most enjoys writing travel reports and trip guides.

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