Best Places to Visit in the United Kingdom

Top 10 Places to Visit in the UK

London - Best Places to Visit - On The Go Tours
Our pick #1

London

One of the world’s most visited cities, it’s easy to see why people fall in love with London. Home to the British royal family, Big Ben, the London Eye and more, there is certainly no shortage of iconic landmarks. But delve past the city’s most famous sights and there is still so much to explore. Spend hours trawling the displays at the Tate, Natural History Museum or the Victoria and Albert Museum. Catch a show on London’s grand West End or stroll along the Thames for some free entertainment at the Southbank. Cycle through Hyde Park or shop along the famous Regents Street. London is home to thousands of pubs and Camden, Shoreditch and Soho hold some of the city’s best nightlife. For views of the city’s skyline climb Parliament Hill or, for the ultimate bird’s eye view, head to the top of the Shard.

Edinburgh - Best Places to Visit - On The Go Tours
Our pick #2

Edinburgh

Scotland’s beautiful capital is a must-see on any trip to the UK. Its two distinct areas, the medieval Old Town and Georgian New Town, were World Heritage-listed for giving Edinburgh its unique character. Take a stroll up the Royal Mile and visit the iconic Edinburgh Castle, which dominates the city’s skyline. The National Museum of Scotland, Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the Royal Botanic Gardens are all worth visiting. As are the monuments of Carlton Hill, and the ancient volcano known as Arthur’s Seat, which offers panoramic views of the city. Edinburgh is home to the largest arts festival in the world, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and this is the highlight of the city’s calendar. Thousands of performers descend on the city’s streets and stages for three weeks every August. Presenting shows of every kind imaginable, you can expect to see big names alongside unknown artists in an explosion of creative energy from around the world.

Belfast - Best Places to Visit - On The Go Tours
Our pick #3

Belfast

Belfast is the beautiful gateway to Northern Ireland. The city has a rich maritime heritage, which can be discovered in its waterfront Titanic Quarter. Belfast was the birthplace of the ill-fated liner and the Titanic’s history is revealed in Titanic Belfast. This museum is the world's largest Titanic visitor experience and the city’s number one tourist draw. Visitors should also explore Belfast City Hall, the Botanical Gardens and the Ulster Museum, which unveils 9,000 years of Irish history and culture. St George’s Market also provides the perfect weekend activity. Built in the 19th century, it is Ireland’s oldest continually operating market and offers a variety of fresh produce, flowers and second-hand goods. If you’re looking to travel further afield, head north to Giant’s Causeway. The first UNESCO World Heritage site in Northern Ireland, this geological wonder consists of 40,000 basalt stone columns that formed around 60 million years ago.

Skara Brae - Orkney - Scotland
Our pick #4

Orkney

Orkney, a captivating archipelago off the north coast of Scotland, beckons with its rich history, stunning landscapes, and vibrant culture. Renowned for its well-preserved Neolithic sites, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Skara Brae, Orkney offers a mesmerizing journey through ancient civilizations. Visitors can explore the impressive standing stones of the Ring of Brodgar and the mystical Maeshowe chambered tomb. The islands also boast picturesque seascapes, diverse wildlife, and charming coastal villages. Orkney's welcoming locals, traditional music, and thriving arts scene contribute to its unique allure. Whether delving into history, enjoying nature, or experiencing local hospitality, Orkney promises an unforgettable adventure.

Royal Shakespeare Comapny - stratford on avon - uk
Our pick #5

Stratford-upon-Avon

Nestled in the heart of England, Stratford-upon-Avon captivates visitors with its timeless charm and Shakespearean legacy. The birthplace of the iconic playwright William Shakespeare, the town boasts historic timber-framed buildings and the picturesque River Avon. The Royal Shakespeare Theater is a cultural hub, staging world-class performances. Delve into Shakespeare's world by visiting his birthplace, Anne Hathaway's Cottage, and Holy Trinity Church where he rests. Beyond the Bard, explore charming Tudor streets, take a scenic river cruise, or enjoy the vibrant local arts scene. Stratford-upon-Avon seamlessly combines history, culture, and scenic beauty, making it a must-visit destination for literature enthusiasts and history buffs alike.

Inverness - Best Places to Visit - On The Go Tours
Our pick #6

Inverness

Known as the ‘Highland Capital’, Inverness is located at the northern end of the Great Glen in Scotland. Sitting astride the River Ness, the city is famed for its proximity to Loch Ness with many visitors hoping to spot the world-famous monster. Loch Ness contains more water than all reservoirs and lakes in England and Wales combined, and a cruise across its waters is the perfect way to experience the stunning highland scenery. The city itself still retains a market town feel, with a pretty center and top sights including St Andrew’s Cathedral and the Inverness Castle. Shopping lovers will enjoy the Eastgate Shopping Centre and the Victorian Market. Whereas those looking for evening enterainment need look no further than the theatre, cinema and arts venue of Eden Court. The area also offers beautiful walking and cycling, with a stroll along the picturesque River Ness the perfect way to unwind after a day of exploring.

Snowdonia National Park
Our pick #7

Snowdonia National Park

A picturesque wilderness in North Wales, Snowdonia National Park invites travelers to uncover its breathtaking landscapes and outdoor adventures. Dominated by the towering peak of Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, the park offers hikers and climbers a challenging ascent rewarded by panoramic views. Scenic lakes, cascading waterfalls, and lush valleys characterize the diverse terrain, providing opportunities for hiking, biking, and wildlife spotting. Historic castles like Conwy and Caernarfon add a cultural dimension to the region. Adventure enthusiasts can explore underground caverns, while scenic train rides on the Snowdon Mountain Railway offer a leisurely way to absorb the stunning vistas. Snowdonia is a haven for nature lovers, thrill-seekers, and those seeking a peaceful escape into the heart of Welsh beauty.

Cambridge - Best Places to Visit - On The Go Tours
Our pick #8

Cambridge

With its historic architecture, winding river and cobbled streets, Cambridge is one of the most beautiful cities in the UK. It's dominated by the 31 ancient colleges of the prestigious Cambridge University. Architectural gems of which include the Tudor Gate at Trinity College and the 16th century King’s College Chapel - one of the most remarkable examples of Gothic architecture in England. Cambridge’s museums include the neoclassical Fitzwilliam Museum and the Imperial War Museum, where some 200 vintage aircraft are displayed. Explore the city by its waterways and take a punting tour or relax with a picnic in one of the city’s many green spaces. Collectively known as The Backs, a series of parks and gardens line the river and offer grand views of the colleges. As Cambridge is a student city at heart, no visit would be complete without a stop in one of the many historic pubs.

York - Best Places to Visit - On The Go Tours
Our pick #9

York

Nowhere has preserved medieval Britain’s heritage better than York. The city’s 13th century walls enclose a network of historic narrow streets, the most picturesque of which is The Shambles with traditional shopfronts and overhanging timber-framed houses lining a pretty cobbled street. Open every day, the Shambles Market is close by with around 70 stalls offering fresh produce, local crafts and more. At York’s heart is the breathtaking York Minster, one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in the world. Once the capital of Viking territory, York was previously called Jorvick, and its Viking history can be traced at the immersive Jorvick Viking Centre. The National Railway Museum also uncovers 300 years of railway history with some one-million train-related artifacts. The city is brimming with vibrant cafes, restaurants and traditional pubs, with the lovely Rowntree Park the perfect place to unwind. Further afield, visitors can explore Castle Howard or marvel at the Brimham Rocks.

Loch Ness sign - Scotland
Our pick #10

Loch Ness

Scotland's most famous loch, Ness is widely associated with the mythical monster believed to haunt its depths. Loch Ness captures the imagination with its deep, mysterious waters, attracting curious visitors seeking a glimpse of the mythical creature. Beyond the legend, the area offers stunning natural beauty, surrounded by lush hills and forests. Urquhart Castle, perched on the shores, adds a touch of history and provides panoramic views of the loch. Travelers can embark on boat tours to explore the dark, peaty waters or enjoy scenic walks along the shoreline. Loch Ness combines folklore, history, and scenic wonders, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking both mystery and natural splendor.

See also

For further information to help plan your trip to the UK, see the following:

Best Time to Visit- climate and seasons in the UK
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