With these UK tours, you’ll be introduced to some of the most popular or interesting destinations. But you’ll also have the opportunity to explore other destinations in those areas that are not part of the itinerary.
Listed below are just some of the destinations you may want to consider. Keep in mind that this list is, by no means, exhaustive.
Jolly old England never fails to satisfy. If you don’t already live in or around London, you’ll certainly want to spend some time there. But when you’re ready to stray the big city, we suggest the following destinations:
Bath is a small English city with old buildings and sweeping terraces spread over a green and hilly bowl. It was around during the Roman Baths, and was at one time a residence for Jane Austen.
Bath has a number of galleries and museums, including the Holburne and One Royal Crescent. There is also great shopping.
The most recent addition to Bath is the introduction of good food at affordable prices – something that was lacking for a long time in this small city. But with the foodie revolution, that has changed.
The Cotswolds if full of wonderfully quaint towns and villages that look like something from another time. They are stocked with galleries, museums and home to vibrant festivals throughout the year.
The Cotswolds cover almost 800 square miles across five counties and this region of “wolds”, which means “rolling hills”, is the biggest of the 38 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in England and Wales.
The region is also home to two arboreta, Westonbirt and Batsford.
The beaches along the Suffolk coastline are a huge draw for visitors to this region. Yet even in the midst of summer, they are never overly crowded or busy.
Suffolk has a diverse landscape that includes pine forest, open heathland and wide expanses of salt marsh. It’s a great place to view local bird life, coastal wild flowers, and unique wetlands.
The Broads in this region is one of England’s designated National Parks and home to more than 400 rare species, including butterflies, dragonflies, snails, and moths.
And when you’re ready to escape the outdoors, a cozy pub is always near. They’re the ideal place to try out the region’s specialities – pungent cheeses, smoked fish, and honey.
Northern Ireland is a valuable part of the United Kingdom and the appeal goes beyond the city of Belfast. Though, like London, we recommend a stop there.
The city of Londonderry (Derry) is considered Northern Ireland’s second city and is surrounded by nearly a mile of stone walls that were built between 1613-1618. Even with its long history, it is now a modern urban center with museums, galleries, restaurants, and one of Europe’s youngest populations.
The presence of the wall makes for interesting walking through the city. The ramparts are studded with seven gates and if you’re interested in cannons, this is your place.
Londonderry has one of the continent’s greatest collection of cannons, including Roaring Meg. This cannon is well-known for the horrifying sound it unleashed during the 1689 Siege.
The Causeway Coastal Route is world-renowned for its beauty and historical significance.
Along this route is the Dunluce Castle, sitting so precariously on the edge of a cliff that its kitchen dropped into the sea in 1639.
You can also walk the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge spanning over the waves from clifftop to island and back.
And take in the Giant’s Causeway. This pile of basalt columns that date back 50-60 million years have inspired myths and stories throughout the long centuries of Irish history.
Finally, you’ll have a chance to tour one of the most famed attractions – Old Bushmills Distillery.
If your UK tours allow, you’ll want to get on board the local ferry in Ballycastle and take the 25-45 minute ride to Rathlin Island.
This small island with a population of 150 consists of a quaint port village which gives way to beautiful countryside. It’s best explored on foot or on a bicycle which you can rent on the island.
Be sure to visit the upside down lighthouse. And if you’re there during the right season, you may even get to see colonies of puffins.
Of course, Scotland is well-known for Loch Ness and its disputed monster, which you’d be wise to visit. But Scotland is also cosmopolitan on one end, and expansively beautiful on the other.
Scotland’s historic capital is encircled by 7 hills.
If you have your sites set on Edinburgh, be sure to take in the Royal Mile which is framed by Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Place – both of which should not be missed.
Be sure to get to Arthur’s Peak, if possible, to watch the sun set over one of Europe’s most undeniably picturesque city skylines.
If you’re up for some serious hiking and rock climbing, then you’ll want to hit Isle of Skye. As the most visited of Scotland’s Hebrides Islands, the Isle of Skye is a gorgeous mix of sandy beaches, soaring mountains, and windswept moorlands.
You can also take in some of the best coastal views from Cuillin Hills mountain passes.
And let’s not forget about Wales, where charm abodes.
Riding this 13-mile long narrow railway will give you an overview of this small but beautiful land.
The track runs from the harbour at Porthmadog to the slate-mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, winding through the forests and foothills of Snowdonia National Park on its path.
Conwy is home to Britain’s smallest house.
Standing 1.8 meters, it really IS tiny. Nobody lives there now, since it was deemed unfit for human habitation in 1900.
At one point though, it was owned by a fisherman named Robert Jones who did live there. At a height of 6ft, 3in, it was not what one would call spacious.
So there you have it.
We hope that when researching UK tours you find the one that’s right for you. If you’ve taken a great tour, tell us about it below!