With lockdown easing and attractions re-opening there is optimism on the horizon of life returning to some level of normality. Now is the time to discover the best of UK from ancient castles to modern monuments, Britain is not short of some truly amazing sights. Spanning everything from Roman fortresses and spectacular gardens to world-renowned museums and adventure parks.
Take a look at our top 16 must-see places and attractions in the UK. Get them on your list of things to do this summer! There really is something for everyone - families, couples, kids and everyone in-between.
Uncover the story of iconic Stonehenge. Take in the unforgettable atmosphere of this World Heritage Site and best-known prehistoric monument in Europe. The purpose of Stonehenge is unknown, but it believed there must have been a spiritual reason why Neolithic and Bronze Age people put so much effort into building it. Located on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire.
Windermere Lake Cruises
Explore Windermere, England’s largest lake by boat. Enjoy spectacular Lake District views from Bowness, Ambleside and Lakeside piers the spectacular voyage gives magnificent views of mountain scenery, secluded bays and many wooded islands. Discover the beauty of the Lake at your own pace and hire a boat for you and your family for a fun day out with a picnic.
When it comes to mega thrills and legendary rides there is nowhere quite like Alton Towers! The nation’s favourite theme park is in Staffordshire, and home to a number of gravity-defying roller coasters, plenty of rides and immersive play areas for younger kids. After a few months of lock-down this is the perfect place to let off steam and have some fun. If one day isn’t enough, let the fun continue with a short break at one of Alton Tower’s hotels.
The British Museum
Visit the world through the British museum, a must-see London attraction. An institution dedicated to human history with around 8 million artifacts from all over the world. Enjoy unique treasures of art and cultures under one roof including world-famous objects such as the Rosetta Stone, Parthenon sculptures, and Egyptian mummies. In addition to the permanent collection, the museum's holds a number of special exhibitions, displays and events.
Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio Tour
Experience the magic of the wizarding world of Harry Potter with the award-winning Warner Bros studio tour based in Leavesden, Hertfordshire. Explore the iconic sets and discover what it took to bring the Harry Potter movies to life. Marvel at the breath-taking sets as you follow in the footsteps of Harry, Ron and Hermione and step into the Great Hall, Forbidden Forest and Diagon Alley. Explore the collection of beautifully crafted iconic props and original costumes. Both adults and kids will love this magical family friendly tour!
One for all the animal lovers out there! With over 35,000 animals and 128 acres of gardens to explore, Chester Zoo makes for a brilliant family day out. The Zoo is dedicated to preventing extinction of endangered animals and preserving natures. Come face to face with magnificent Lions, get almost close enough to touch the world’s tallest mammal the giraffe and visit the Humbolt penguins as they dip, dive and delight everyone with their antics.
Unlock the amazing power of plants and explore the world leading beautiful royal botanic Kew Gardens in Richmond, London. With over 50,000 native and exotic plants to be found, Kew is London’s largest UNESCO World Heritage site offering 300 acres lush landscapes, beautiful parklands and iconic architecture. Kew is an opportunity to get closer to nature and explore the labyrinth of buildings including the world’s largest Victorian glasshouse home to 1,500 incredibly rare species of plants from around the globe. Don’t miss a chance to walk in the treetops on the spectacular canopy walkway.
The Roman Baths
Enjoy a little slice of magical ancient history! The Roman Baths is one of the finest historic sites in Northern Europe, located at the heart of the city of Bath World Heritage site. Consists of remarkably preserved remains of one of the largest spas of the ancient world. The city’s unique thermal springs rise in the site and the Baths still flow with natural water. Explore the Roman Baths, walk on the original Roman pavements, see the ruins of the Temple of Sulis Minerva and marvel at the ancient Roman artefacts.
Whether you’re hoping for a relaxing stroll around one of London’s most stunning parks, a quiet picnic or some serious sightseeing with your family, Hyde Park offers the best of both worlds. From football, swimming and boat-rowing, to snapping photos or even just having a quiet afternoon reading a book, Hyde Park has it all.
Brighton Palace Pier
This colourful seaside town is full of charm and home to the famous Brighton Pier. Head there in the summer for some fun from traditional fairground favourites to the latest gaming mayhem. Grab an ice-cream and stroll along the beach, marvel at Brighton's grand Royal Pavillion, grab fish and chips on every corner and head to The Lanes, one of the coolest spots around. Perfect for families, and groups of friends wanting a good time.
Families can head down to the rainforest domes at Eden Project in Cornwall. This is epic destination is more than just tropical gardens. Curious kids can find out where sugar, rubber and tea come from and travel the world to the simulated environments of tropical destinations that they dream of traveling to. There are themed events according to the seasons, workshops for adults and children, activity days and much more. With a range of facilities on-site, Eden also offers access to wheelchairs and buggies, and even dogs are welcome!
One for thrill seekers, to put a smile on your face and get the wind in your hair. The Go Ape experience is one of a kind. From tree-to-tree crossings, bouncy nets and all-terrain Segways, experience heights, obstacles, zip lines and speed. With many outdoor activities there is something for every age group. You can expect nature at its most spectacular with stunning landscapes, historic backdrops and brilliant views from famous city skylines to treetop vantage points. 34 locations across the UK.
National Trust Carrick-a-Rede
There’s nowhere quite like Northern Ireland if you love a good bucket list. You’ve got everything from World Heritage sites to paradise for walkers and climbers; real-world Game of Thrones® locations to scenery that inspired Narnia; you can even stand in the spot where Titanic set out. The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is one of the top things to see and do in Northern Ireland, the ultimate challenge with this exhilarating rope bridge experience which rewards with epic views of the north coast of Ireland.
Get up close and personal with the stars! Madame Tussauds London boasts over 150 lifelike wax figures of your favourite celebrities. Walk down the red carpet and strike a pose with Benedict Cumberbatch, Usain Bolt and David Beckham. Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime audience with the royal family, including the Queen before stepping on stage with music icons, from Madonna to Ed Sheeran!
If you’re looking for something picturesque you will love Edinburgh, the city is a feast for the eyes and topped with the world-famous icon of bonnie Scotland, Edinburgh Castle. The castle has towered over the city since the 13th century and boasts magnificent views of the city including the Royal Mile and Princes Street. On the way into the castle, you'll pass bronze statues of legendary heroes William Wallace and Robert the Bruce.
Lakes and Peaks
No list of places to see would be complete without the Lakes and Peaks. Renowned for their beautiful natural landscapes, rolling hills and breath-taking views, enjoy the serene rivers and abundance of walking trails. Somewhere you can easily escape the crowds and maintain social distance. Enjoy a long walk along Curbar Edge, a great place to soak up the views and keep an eye out for Chatsworth House, full of wonderful galleries, extensive gardens, water features and wildlife. For more exceptional scenery the climb up Old Man Coniston and the walk from Patterdale to St Sunday Craig is a must.