For most of us, the question is not whether we need a vacation. It’s a matter of where we want to go and how to get there as soon as possible.
Are you still in the process of finding the perfect destination? Well, we believe we’ve found it for you. The answer is to visit the UK. The United Kingdom is more than a destination. It offers the world to its visitors.
Drama is everywhere here — from the country’s incredible landscapes to the stages of London’s world-renowned theaters.
Between Scotland, England, Wales, and Ireland, there is quite literally something for everyone to be captivated by in 2017.
Here are 5 of the best reasons to visit the UK in 2017.
1) Visit the UK Capital of Culture: Hull
London, Manchester, Edinburgh… Hull?
This year’s capital of culture may not lie on the traditional tourist track. But if you want to dive into Northern English culture, Hull will show you a warm welcome when you visit the UK.
A former fishing village, Hull still retains the maritime charm of decades past. But what makes the city unique is its independence and the pride residents take in their history.
Hull is the only city in the UK to deviate from the famous red phone boxes, using white booths in their place. Why? Because the local council runs its own telephone exchange. Color is a recurring theme in Hull. Fishermen have long been suspicious of the color green. So, you won’t see too many green cars, houses or even clothing floating around the city.
The city is also home to the Deep.
Prior to the 1990s, former industrial towns were given architectural masterpieces to boost their appearances and promote regeneration.
The Deep is a museum, aquarium, and environmental charity. All three are situated in an aluminum and glass building overlooking the Humber.
Designed by Sir Terry Farrell, who also designed the venerable MI6 building featured in James Bond, the impressive building is attracting visitors from the Maritime Museum and the Wilberforce House
2. Celebrate 70 Years of the Edinburgh Fringe
The Edinburgh Fringe is one of the UK’s best-loved and most visited festivals. And this year, Edinburgh’s favorite festival is turning 70!
In 2016, the Fringe hosted 50,266 performances of 3,269 shows and sold 2,475,143 tickets. The Fringe’s 70th anniversary year is slated to be bigger and better than ever.
So, plan a trip to gorgeous Scotland for August 2017.
Take in the gorgeous scenery of the highlands. Bask in the rustic glow of the islands. Catch modern Scottish culture in Glasgow.
And when you’re done with that, join the masses who descend upon Edinburgh and prepare for the ride of your life as you’re transported to the realm of the weird, wild, and wonderful.
Don’t forget to try Scotland’s best and most famous export — whisky!
3. Experience the Antrim Coast Road
The Antrim Coast Road is one of the most dramatic drives in all of Britain and it’s the perfect reason to visit the UK at any time of the year.
Running along Northern Ireland’s north coast, from Belfast to Derry, this narrow, winding stretch of road travels past many of the country’s most famous sites.
Visit the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge and make the perilous crossing once made every day by fishermen. Stop at Bushmills for a taste of local culture. Experience whisky, potatoes, and salmon like nowhere else.
Make your way to the Giants Causeway, an impressive natural rock formation guaranteed to take your breath away.
And don’t forget to find all the glens in between.
4. Court Charming Villages During the 200th Anniversary of Jane Austen
Jane Austen, whose work is synonymous with southern England, died in 1817 in Winchester.
The 200th anniversary of her death is the perfect time to visit the UK. Fans of the great romance writer can travel in her (and her characters’) footsteps from London to Bath.
Begin in Hampshire at St. Nicholas Church.
The Norman church was built around 1200. Austen’s family attended mass here and lived nearby in the rectory. Although the rectory was demolished in 1817, the church remains unchanged.
Keep an eye out for the lime tree planted in its stead by James, Jane’s older brother.
Take yourself down to Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, the possible inspiration for Mr. Darcy’s Pemberley.
Even if the glorious estate was not the one Austen had in mind, you might also recognize it from the film adaptation of Pride & Prejudice from 2005.
Don’t miss the Jane Austen Centre in beautiful Bath, located in Somerset. The center offers walking tours of the city setting of Persuasion and Northanger Abbey.
5. Escape to the Country in the Cotswolds
Bring the BBC One program to life and plan your own escape to the country this summer.
And where better to run to than the Cotswolds?
The Cotswolds are a huge area of southwest England and south Wales ranging from South Warwickshire to Wiltshire to North East Somerset.
Whether you want a walking tour of the vast countryside or a curated tour of the many grand gardens and houses, there’s something on offer for everyone.
Walk up and down the Cotswold Way, the public footbath bisecting all of Gloucestershire.
The path takes you through Stow-on-the-Wold, Chipping Campden, and Moreton-in-Marsh. It’s around 100n miles long and stretches from Bath in the south to the northernmost borders of Gloucestershire.
Not up for a long walk?
Enjoy the scenery by car instead and drop into some of the region’s historic houses. Kelmscott Manor, Broadway Tower, Dyrham Park, Chavenage House, and Hailes Abbey each provide unique offerings to visitors.
Ready To Start Planning To Visit The UK?
There are so many incredible reasons to visit the UK this year that it’s impossible to see them all on your own. But these five are a great place to start.
Check in with one of our many independent and large tour operations to find the perfect tour for your next holiday.
Whether you plan to fly solo, with family and friends, or even on a work event, we would love to hear from you. If you have questions, please Let us know.