You have probably explored the UK many times before, but there are exciting experiences you may have missed. The UK is vast, home to many incredible places offering exciting activities you won’t find somewhere else. Whether you are an adrenaline junkie looking for something adventurous to try or a history lover on the lookout for historical sites, you are sure to find something exciting to do in the country.
Below, check out some of the best UK travel experiences you need to try on your next visit.
The Best UK Travel Experiences
See Theatre by the Lake
Keswick is a vibrant market town in the Lake District famous for its historic landmarks, iconic views, friendly ambiance, and picturesque lakes. Located between two beautiful lakes, the Bassenthwaite and Derwentwater, Keswick is the epitome of a Lake District town.
One of the best things to do in Keswick is to witness the theatre by the lake. Home to the professional theatre company of Cumbria, the Theatre by the Lake features traditional seasons of drama, loved by both visitors and locals.
While in Keswick, take time to explore other famous attractions, such as the Keswick Pencil Museum and the Puzzling Place, a vibrant museum showcasing holograms and optical illusions. Along the shores of the nearby Bassenthwaite, you will find the Lake District Wildlife Park, which houses more than a hundred wildlife species, including gibbons, anaconda, and zebra.
Cycle the South Downs Way
If you are fond of cycling, you should experience cycling through the South Downs Way. Home to a vast array of wildlife, scenic woodlands, and rolling hills, the South Downs National Park boasts some of the most scenic cycling UK holiday routes. The South Downs Way is a 100-mile cycling route that runs from Winchester to Eastbourne and could take two to four days for most cyclists to conquer.
After cycling South Downs Way, take time to explore the scenic village of Amberley. It may be small, but it’s packed with centuries of historical sites, including a beautiful castle. In the southwest of Billinghurst, you’ll find Petworth, a charming little town that’s also worth a visit. Wander along its cobbled stone streets lined with antique shops and independent boutiques.
Head to the western fringes of South Downs National Park, and you’ll find Winchester, a relatively small city steeped in history. Visit the iconic gothic cathedral and marvel at the medieval Great Hall and the Winchester City Mill.
Try the Spa’s in Bath
As one of the most charming cities in the UK, Bath is often dubbed the “jewel of the Southwest”. Famous for its breathtaking scenery, vibrant food scene, and elegant Georgian architecture, Bath is a stunning city to explore.
Lying at the heart of the city, you will find the ancient Roman Baths. Astonishingly preserved, these spas remain one of the most incredible spas from ancient times. While you may not be able to take a dip at the original Roman Baths, you can still bathe in the natural thermal springs, just as the Romans did many centuries ago. For a truly unforgettable experience, soak in the mineral-rich waters of the rooftop pool and marvel at the stunning views across the city.
Bath is the only place in the UK where the entire city is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. UNESCO recognized this charming city for its cultural significance in 1987, another reason you should visit it. The city is also renowned for its distinctive golden stone buildings. Check out the Royal Crescent, an elegant row of terraced houses laid out in a beautiful sweeping crescent. Lying at the edge of The Cotswolds, Bath is also an excellent base for exploring the charming countryside of England.
Stay in Scotland for The St Andrews Open
Between ancient ruins and world-class golf courses, St Andrews is a beautiful seaside town offering incredible activities for all kinds of visitors. Also known as the “Home of Golf”, one of the best things to do in St Andrews is to visit the legendary Old Course and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club. During your visit, stay at the Auchterarder House, a lavish house rental sitting on a 20-acre of private gardens and grounds.
Aside from the golf courses, St Andrews is also home to Scotland’s oldest university, The University of St Andrews. The St Andrews Cathedral is also worth checking out. Built in 1158, it used to be the center of the Medieval Catholic Church in Scotland.
You’ll also discover stunning ruins in St Andrews, and each holds great historical significance. Home to excellent seafood restaurants, the city is also an ideal destination for foodies. Check out Lupo’s restaurant, which serves sumptuous Italian cuisines made from the freshest Scottish ingredients. This Tuscan-styled restaurant is famous for its homemade Spinach & Ricotta Ravioli, and delectable calamari.
Hike the Jurassic Coast
The Jurassic Coast features some of the UK’s most beautiful scenery. Whether you’re a fan of the countryside, the coast, or both, you will surely enjoy your visit to this beautiful place. One of the best ways to explore the stunning scenery of the Jurassic Coast is on a hike. Walkable all year round, the coast offers some of the most scenic hikes in the UK. The South West Coast Path features hundreds of miles of interlinking paths and incredible landscape views.
The Jurassic Coast is also home to beautiful golden sand beaches and a secluded cove. Head to Swanage, the most easterly town of the Jurassic Coast, and you’ll find idyllic beaches and sheltered waters, ideal for families with kids. Although it’s only six miles away from the urban expanse of Bournemouth and Poole, Swanage feels like a world away. It manages to retain its laidback vibe and easy-going seaside charm.
The Jurassic Coast also boasts a splendid collection of beautiful gardens, including the Abbotsbury Gardens in the Athelhampton House and the Kingston Maurward. As you head towards Dorchester, you could come across the house and gardens of famous English poet and novelist Thomas Hardy.
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