The United Kingdom is often confused with just being England or Great Britain but in fact includes England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This confusion sometimes leads to United Kingdom trip planners excluding Northern Ireland which will not be the case in this comprehensive vacation guide to the UK-
London- There is no question that this city is not only the most popular but also the most populous of all the cities on this list as well as in all of the UK. A trip to London is almost certainly the first thing that comes to mind when one plans a vacation to the UK, however, the popular points of interest can often overshadow some of the great but lesser-known sights to see. The first place any vacation guide naturally includes is the London Eye, which allows tourists to see the sprawling expanse of London in all its glory and is close to London’s definitive landmark, the Elizabeth tower or “Big Ben” as it is commonly known. The residence of the royal family, Buckingham Palace is undoubtedly one of the most important locations travel to, to see the seat of power of what was formerly the most powerful monarchy in the world. As we move away from these, more common locations, we would be remiss not to include Westminster Abbey, a massive spectacle of Gothic architecture. For a walk with nature one need look no further than a trip to Hyde park, one of the largest parks in all of London and a definite stop on any journey guide, with it’s amazing bodies of water, large expanses of greenery and royal entrance at the Decimus Burton gate. As an added bonus one of the most interesting experiences in London is at Abbey Road, made famous by the Beatles with their image crossing the street being one of the most iconic album covers of all time. Undoubtedly one of the best photo spots in the city.
Edinburgh- Capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh is home to some of the most scenic expanses of nature while also hosting some of the most amazing neoclassical architecture on the British Isles. Looming high over the city is the Edinburgh Castle which hosts the crown jewels of Scotland as well as the Stone of Destiny, a must see on the vacation guide. The towering Arthur’s seat mountain peak in Holyrood Park allows for the kind of unforgettable views that really put things into great perspective.
Belfast- Northern Ireland, the oft forgotten member of the United Kingdom, is not only the largest city in Northern Ireland but also the original home of the famous ship, the Titanic. Along the now renovated docks is the Titanic Belfast, a museum made to look like the ship’s hull in honor of the one of the most important ships to ever sail the high seas. Right alongside are the old offices of the shipbuilder which have been converted into open-air concert arenas, making for some of the most memorable entertainment available in all of the UK. For further entertainment the Grand Opera House and Odyssey Complex host a variety of events including sporting entertainment on a regular basis.
Cardiff- This port city of Wales is the definitive vacation spot for those who seek classical entertainment. Anyone travelling to Wales need look no further than the Wales Millennium Center, which hosts opera, theater, orchestral events and even dance in it’s large, striking 4.7 acre complex. The Cardiff bay hosts great sculpture and shopping opportunities for those interested in a day spent at one of the most scenic locations in the world. Not to mention the chilly weather is absolutely perfect to warrant spending a day at a cafe by the bay.