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Are you thinking you might like to visit the United Kingdom on your next overseas holiday? Whether as a single destination or as a launchpad into Europe, the UK can be a great choice.

When visiting the United Kingdom, the first thing you come to realise is that you seem to touch history at every turn. Whether you are a history buff or not, you soon become enthralled in seeing place names, street names, pubs, hotels, monuments, and so much more that will have you continually exclaiming, “I’ve heard of that!”

The UK is made up of four cultures which are as different in language and history as they are in spectacular landscapes and beliefs. When we travelled there, we chose a circular route which took us through England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland, and we can highly recommend this trip to others if time allows.  We were able to base ourselves in London before driving across southern England and then catching a ferry across to Ireland. Our journey took us through Ireland before catching another ferry back to Wales, and driving north to Scotland. We then drove south back to London, taking in many of the major sights and towns along the way.

High on our list of places we would recommend include:


While the jury is still out in regards to exactly when it was built and for what purpose, you cannot help but be amazed at this historic monument on the plains of Salisbury. A people with only rudimentary knowledge and tools found a way to quarry these massive stones from miles away, move them to this location and erect them, and all without modern machinery or cranes.  We guarantee you will leave Stonehenge with more questions than answers.

Lake District

Located in England’s north-west, ‘The Lakes‘ are known for their stunning landscapes, forests and lakes, as well as for being associated with famed poet Williams Wordsworth. Take a drive, a cruise, or a walk through the district and you will see why it is the most highly visited county in England. You will want to stay there a lot longer than initially planned.

Edinburgh Castle

You cannot visit Edinburgh without seeing and visiting this iconic fortress which overlooks the city. See where the famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo is held and enjoy a guided walking tour though the castle grounds. Walk down the Golden or Royal Mile which connects Edinburgh Castle with the Palace of Holyrood House.  And before leaving the castle, ask about their one o’clock cannon!

Roman Baths

When Rome ruled the modern world, they made a point of sharing their knowledge wherever they went. The Roman Baths in this beautiful city are a great opportunity to take in part of this heritage city and see how they lived in those times. And while you can no longer bathe in these ancient location you can enjoy a walk throughout the complex, see the hot water coming out of the rock and examine how the complex would have looked.

Shakespeare’s Home

You cannot visit the UK without stopping in the beautiful town of Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Walk though the restored 16th century house where he spent his childhood, visit Anne Hathaway’s cottage,  and see where he was ultimately buried at Holy Trinity Church. If you have a love of history or literature you will find this place a real treasure trove.

There are in fact so many things to do and see in the UK, one could easily recommend 25 places to take in whilst there – if only time allowed!

However, when planning such a trip, and while travelling through the UK, we would also provide the following travel tips:

  1. ensure you have a current acceptable passport and visa before travelling anywhere to avoid any customs issues
  2. while it doesn’t rain every day in the UK, the weather can and does change very quickly so go prepared
  3. medical emergencies do happen so ensure you take out adequate travel insurance. If you are taking any medication with you check it is allowed and if required carry a letter from your doctor
  4. if you require police, ambulance or fire in an emergency, call 999 from any phone
  5. avoid leaving valuables in your room – see if your room has a safe or whether you can utilise the hotel safe if needed.

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Chris and Trev Barre

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