The United Kingdom

Enjoy busy London (rich in history and kings, full of restaurants, great shops and culture), then fly to Dublin (home of literary giants, castles and beautiful landscapes). After visiting Dublin, pick up the rental car and drive to Waterford (Waterford Crystal, clean, pristine beaches and pretty villages lie on the edge of beautiful bays). From there, you can continue to historic Kilkenny (with numerous castles and abbeys). This is a great summary of the most popular destinations in the UK, but there are plenty of other worthy destinations that we’ll get into down below. 

Come to London on the first day and spend two full days in the capital. See the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, ride the London Eye or visit palaces, cathedrals and museums scattered around the city. If you’re lucky to have nice weather, consider a Thames cruise. 

A walk around York resembles a time machine in the Middle Ages. York Castle, city walls and York Minster are some of the most popular places that will take you into the past. A worthy adventure for those who enjoy learning about history in particular.

Lake District is my favorite national park in Great Britain and one of the jewels of northern England. Access by train to the Lake District is also easy. Frequent departures from London take just over 1 hour. Speaking of trains: from Ravens glass you can take a train deep in the Eskdale Valley to the center of the national park.

The New Forest area is another great place to visit in the United Kingdom, consisting of many small villages and towns that are worth visiting if you are into nature, such as Burley, Lyndhurst and Beaulieu, just to name a few. New Forest Water Park is also one of the best attractions for the summer. 

When it comes to breaks and trips to the coast, few places in the UK can match the beautiful landscapes and beaches of Cornwall. The South West Coastal Path is a paradise for hikers, and many of the bays on the north coast offer some of the best surfing spots in the UK.

Great Britain is a popular place for lovers of history and literature. The area is varied because there are cosmopolitan cities, picturesque villages and beautiful landscapes. Many people use London as a base for exploring all of Europe, because international flights to this city are among the cheapest in the region. 

North has its own character, be it people or the landscape. Industrial cities live next to the wildest and one of the most provocative landscapes imaginable. The three areas that stand out are the Lake District with its pastoral charm, the Yorkshire Dales, the home of the Bronte Sisters and the North Yorkshire Moors, home of the famous stories of James Herriot. 

In winter, the Cairngorm Mountains are a popular ski resort and home to the only reindeer herd in Great Britain. The Highlands, such as the Isle of Skye, Orkey and Shetland, remain intact and secluded. Wild animals such as puffins, osprey and eagles as well as mountain cattle with thick red hair live in the region.

While there are so many places to visit in the United Kingdom, it can certainly seem daunting, especially if you have a limited number of days to spend there. If you want some help planning the perfect trip to the UK, then check out this 2-week itinerary that you can follow to get the most out of your visit. But no matter how long your trip to the United Kingdom is, you will certainly have your fill of beautiful sights that make your trip an absolute blast!