The UK’s Most Popular Tourist Hotspots

Westminser Abbey and Big Ben at the Thames in the Evening
The UK has something to appeal to everyone, from great cities like London and Edinburgh to the magical scenery of the Yorkshire Dales and the Scottish Highlands, or the beaches and nightlife of Blackpool and Brighton.

Top Places to Visit in the UK

London, scene of the triumphant 2012 Olympics, is rightly number one for most visitors. The London Eye with its panoramic views is a hit with any age, as is Madame Tussaud’s with its famous waxworks. The great shops of Oxford Street and Knightsbridge and world class restaurants, or the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, London has something for everyone. Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city is another tourist hotspot. Rich in history and tradition, Princes Street is the heart of Edinburgh. Why not stroll along from west to east as the 1 o’clock gun booms over the gardens? With the Castle looming overhead, take in the beautiful scenery and architecture from the Scott Monument to Calton Hill. A visit to the historic Grassmarket or the statue of Greyfriars Bobby are just some of the great things to do, and don’t forget to stock up on shortbread and tartan. Edinburgh is a great base to visit the Scottish Highlands, with lochs, mountains and castles a favourite with old and young alike. Be sure to sample the world famous whiskies, or look for the monster in Loch Ness.

Best of The UK’s Great Destinations

The Yorkshire Dales is another popular tourist hotspot. From the historic town of Ripon and its famous races, to the romantic Dales villages and the windswept moors of the Bronte’s, it has something to offer for any age or taste. With a huge cave system, the area is a favourite with cavers and potholers and the beaches of the East coast like Scarborough and Whitby are beautiful and steeped in history. The Dracula fans flock to Whitby each year, and Robin Hood’s Bay is well worth a visit. British seaside holidays are world famous. Blackpool is the epitome of the UK seaside resort, with everything from traditional landladies and sticks of rock to the famous Blackpool Illuminations which light up the coastline each autumn. Finally, Brighton is the jewel of the south coast with its famous pier and its fabulous nightlife. For the sophisticated holidaymaker, looking for shopping, history, good food and beautiful scenery, Brighton is a must. The UK has so many wonderful places to visit, these are just a very few of the most popular and best loved.

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