69 things to do on a tour of the UK


flagGreat Britain; a bold yet modest destination filled with hidden charms that many Brits themselves haven't been unacquainted with. It's a fun-filled holiday destination that offers everything from a great night out to quaint countryside villages. Whether you're from the UK or travelling in from another country, we believe that anything is possible here at Great British Trips.

For a bespoke tour designed just the way you like it, use our online tour designer. Or to get inspiration on what to do and what to see, read on for our 69 things to do on a tour of the UK.

exquisite nature

Beautiful Countryside


1. Go Fell Walking in the Peak District
The Peak District is an upland area covering central and northern England. Most of this natural site spans the area of Derbyshire, a great base for anyone fit and daring enough to walk the striking fells.
2. Visit Lake Windermere
Lake Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. Situated by Bowness-on-Windermere, a quaint and beautiful town, you will find a great base to explore Lake Windermere as well as surrounding lakes such as Ullswater, Coniston Water and Thirlmere Reservoir.
3. Sail the Norfolk Broads
The Norfolk Broads is a spectacular network of navigable rivers across Norfolk and Suffolk. This strange yet stunning assembly of connecting rivers gives this entire area a sleepy charm and you won't see anything like it elsewhere.
4. Trek the Yorkshire Moors
The Yorkshire Moors National Park is a plush green landscape offering a rich history, remarkable archaeological sites, and the very best of Great British nature. Trek across Yorkshire's magical moorlands and woodlands.
5. Take a Tour of the Cotswolds
A popular destination for cottage breaks or spa retreats, the Cotswolds is a step back in time for today's jaded traveller. Slow down your pace and kick back in the breath-taking English countryside.
6. See Pistyll Rhaeadr
Cited as one the 7 wonders of Wales, Pistyll Rhaeadr is the country's tallest waterfall. Head to the Berwyn Mountains just west of Owestry to discover the magic of this natural marvel.
7. Go Caving at Cheddar Gorge
England's deepest gorge with plunging limestone cliffs, Cheddar Gorge at Mendip Hills is definitely worth a visit. If you're in for some serious adventure, get equipped with safety gear and go caving at Gough's Cave. But be warned - it's a tough and dirty activity, not designed for the fainthearted.
8. The Northern Lights in Shetland
To the surprise of many, you don't have to go as far as Finland, Greenland or Iceland to catch sighting of the natural miracle of Aurora Borealis. This enchanting light phenomenon only happens at certain times of year in the right weather conditions - a rare sight for those lucky few - and Shetland in Scotland is without a doubt the best place to see the lights though Orkney is a great alternative.
9. Cruise Loch Lomond
Loch Lomond is the UK's biggest body of water and it creates a stunning setting for anyone looking to walk or cycle. You can also take a cruise boat from Balloch - a great place for some traditional British sailing.

Coastal Gems


10. Go Camping in Pembrokeshire
For rugged coastlines and wild seascapes, there really is nowhere more wonderful than Pembrokeshire in Wales. Here you can expect dramatic, raw landscapes and countless camping sites to fill your outdoorsy appetite.
11. See the Mysterious Giant's Causeway
The mystery of the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland remains a baffling puzzle to this day. How can cooling molten lava create over 40,000 giant hexagonal columns along the Antrim Coast? Could the myths and fables about a giant Irish god creating oversized war weapons to fight the Scottish be true?
12. Try Coasteering in Cornwall
Cornwall is undoubtedly one of the UK's most beautiful tourist destinations. The area comes alive in the summer and is ideal for the livewire activity of 'coasteering'.
13. Walk the Jurassic Coast
Spanning East Devon to Dorset is 95 miles of the incredible Jurassic Coast, the first ever site to be cited as a natural World Heritage Site. The cliff exposures tell a story of our Jurassic and Triassic past, with history dating back millions and millions of years.
14. Relax on Blackpool Sands
Devon boasts an award-winning private beach, a little piece of paradise known to Brits as "the other Blackpool" - nothing like its namesake Blackpool Pleasure Beach, the sophisticated Blackpool Sands is privately managed and maintained to perfection.
15. Daytrip to Whitby
Whitby is a fantastic day out for all ages. Stroll the bay, walk around the Abbey and enjoy some of the best fish and chips in Britain.

remarkable history

Castles and Monuments


16. Tour Stonehenge
Take a tour of one of the spookiest prehistoric monuments of our time. Located in Wiltshire, the theories of how Stonehenge came about are still unclear.
17. Visit Edinburgh Castle
This striking castle of Edinburgh dominates the skyline of an incredible city - visitors will find the castle grounds to be fascinating and can follow up with some amazing food and drink in the bustling centre which comes to life at night.
18. Capture Bodiam Castle at Sunset
An English castle so pristine, you will think that you're looking at a picture book. Some great photo opportunities to be had at Bodiam Castle - even better at sunset.
19. Avebury Stone Circle
Unlike the famous Stonehenge, the lesser known Avebury allows you to get up close to every single stone. Sit in the "Devil's Seat", the mythical stone with a chair like posture and walk amongst the Neolithic monuments 'til dusk.
20. Visit Dunstanburgh Castle
This clifftop castle started by the Earl of Lancaster can be found in Northumberland; English painter Joseph Turner found the building so captivating that he documented it with numerous pieces of art. The ruins are still there for history lovers to enjoy.
21. Visit Windsor Castle
Built back in the 11th century, Windsor Castle is a residence for the Royal Family. Having served as a royal residence throughout its history and with striking architecture too boot, it's a tourist favourite.
22. Learn About Hadrian's Wall
A truly special structure, this wall marks some of Britain's most violent and interesting past. Hadrian's Wall best preserved forts can be found in the Hexham area of Northumberland. Hexham itself is a charming little town with lovely tearooms and local gift shops.
23. The Standing Stones of Stenness
These Neolithic monuments can be found on the mainland of Orkney, Scotland. Five miles from the charming town of Stromness, these eerie stones stand tall and they are said to be the oldest stone site of the entire British Isles.

History Museums


24. The National History Museum
One of London's best museums and home to some weird and wonderful artefacts and articles - including a giant diplodocus dinosaur skeleton!
25. Visit Manchester Museum
Known to be one of the UK's quirkier museums, the Manchester Museum takes a unique approach to its displays. An interesting day out for anyone exploring the northern parts of England.
26. Visit the International Slavery Museum
Located in Albert Dock in Liverpool, this is one of the most interesting and noteworthy museums outside of the capital. Telling the story of slavery through time, this museum continues to fight for equality in all aspects of the world today.
27. American Museum in Britain
The only American museum outside of the USA, this 18th Century manor is home to amazing collections of American folk art. Head to Claverton Manor in Bath to see this wonderful collection.

Historic Towns


28. Enjoy a Daytrip to Bath
Bath is a great day out, not only for its famous roman spa but also for eating, drinking and just taking in its historic architecture.
29. Go Shopping in York
Head down the old cobbled roads of The Shambles and discover an old-world feel as you step into Victorian style sweet shops, old-fashioned toy shops and other quirky time-honoured boutiques.
30. Step Back in Time in Beaconsfield
Victorian buildings dot the main streets of Beaconsfield, and set in the affluent area of Buckinghamshire, this market town will give you all the charm you expect of a well-to-do English town.
31. Visit Bedale in North Yorkshire
Granted its Market Charter back in 1251, Bedale is a charming North Yorkshire town with scenic views and lovely tearooms for tired walkers.

culture

Music & Art


32. Go to the Opera
Culture vultures staying in the capital simply have to go to the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Visit the official website roh.org.uk for event listings and ticket information.
33. Go to the London Art Gallery
If you're an art fan, you can't visit London without going to the London Art Gallery at least once.
34. Visit the Tate Modern Gallery
Home to world famous pieces from Picasso, Andy Warhol, Henri Matisse, Roy Lichtenstein, Joseph Mallord William Turner, Salvador Dali, Francis Bacon, Cornelia Parker and many more.
35. Catch a Show at Manchester Palace Theatre
From Northern Ballet Cinderella to Shrek The Musical, there's always something exciting going on at Manchester's Palace Theatre. A great night out too, you won't be disappointed if you're after a few cocktails afterwards.
36. Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Combining natural beauty and modern art, there's simply no other place like it in the UK - a gem of the north and a bucket list attraction!
37. Watch Live Bands at the Half Moon
The Half Moon Pub in Putney is a famous venue for live music. Starting out in the sixties with performances from the Rolling Stones, this pub has continued to be a musical landmark in our capital city.
38. Discover British Indie in Camden
The Dublin Castle in London's arty Camden area is famed for leading the rockabilly scene back in the 80s. But the 90s arrived and turned the venue into a British indie shrine that hasn't looked back since.
39. Modern Art at Saatchi Gallery
If contemporary art moves you more than classical masterpieces, the Saatchi Gallery is not to be missed. Displaying some of the most thought provoking sculptures and art installations, you'll have your left brain ticking over vigorously as you tour the gallery.
40. Walk Around the New Art Centre
If you love the great outdoors as much as you love art, be sure to walk around the vast and interesting New Art Centre in Wiltshire.
41. Walking Tour of Shakespeare's Globe
The Shakespeare Globe Theatre is open all year round to visitors who want an in-depth tour of the spectacular reconstruction of the Elizabethan playhouse.
42. Watch a Comedy Show at Criterion
Criterion Theatre in Piccadilly Circus in London is a great venue for various shows, including many comedy acts. Have a few giggles at the Criterion and enjoy the lively evening atmosphere of central London.

Festivals


43. Experience Glastonbury
The legendary Glastonbury festival remains as one of the most prestigious music festivals in the world. But beware: tickets are not easy to find, with ticket registration taking place the year ahead and not everyone getting through for a chance to buy.
44. Leeds & Reading Festival
Another great festival in the UK dominates two major locations, Reading and Leeds and features acts such as Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age, The Killers, Green Day, Eminem, Deftones, Fallout Boy, and many more.
45. Go to Creamfields UK
The famous Creamfields fuels the burgeoning house and dance music scene outside of Detroit and Chicago. With unpredictable weather year after year, be prepared to bring your wellies and waterproofs.
46. EFG London Jazz Festival
For a sophisticated jazz experience, get involved in one of the capital's largest music events and head to the London Jazz Festival during the month of November.
47. WOMAD Festival
WOMAD (World of Music, Arts, Dance) is an international festival which takes place all over the world. One of its top venues is in England's Wiltshire, with the festival taking place in July every year.
48. Rock Out at Rockness
Legend has it that the further north you travel in the UK, the more raucous the atmosphere. This proves to be true at the awesome Rockness Festival in Scotland - and it's an extremely popular choice for the younger crowds.
49. Bristol Folk Festival
Bristol is a creative city with a great love of music, so it's the perfect place to host an annual folk festival. The event takes place every year over the May bank holiday so it attracts large local crowds.

Local Events


50. Go Cheese Rolling at Cooper's Hill
Join the wacky cheese race as locals in Gloucestershire scale Cooper's Hill to prepare for their competition. Go as one of the hundreds of spectators or sign up to race yourself.
51. Yorkshire Pudding Boat Race in Brawby If you've heard of Yorkshire County, you'll probably have heard about their famous and delicious Yorkshire Puddings. The annual Yorkshire Pudding Boat Race in Brawby, North Yorkshire takes things to another level as kids race down the river in giant puds baked not for human consumption.
52. Aberdeen Highland Games
Taking place At Hazlehead Park in Aberdeen, these traditional Scottish games have been celebrated for over 50 years. Every year in June, you can witness old-time Scottish activities including 'tossing the caber', stone putting, tug of war and highland dancing.

Nights Out


53. Experience Brighton's Drag Culture
Gay nightlife is extremely progressive in Brighton, and with it comes an interesting and colourful drag culture. It's a great night out for those who don't mind the alternative club scene.
54. Go to Fabric Nightclub
Voted as the top nightclub in the world in the 2007 DJ Magazine poll, Fabric is a must for fans of the dance music scene. Outside of Chicago and Detroit, you won't find better dance music than this.
55. Sip Champagne in Gigi's
One of Mayfair's most exclusive bars has made waves in the news with their most recent concoction; the most expensive cocktail in the world. At £9,000, the vintage Cristal cocktail designed for actress Grace Jones is a steep investment for most. But Gigi's is still worth visit if you're in Mayfair.
56. Party in Manchester's Northern Quarter
Manchester is not to be overshadowed by the clubs and bars of London. Go to the Northern Quarter for a student vibe and discover some of the best bars intertwined with some of the area's finest vintage clothing shops.
57. Great Suffolk Street Warehouse
Arguably London's best underground rave venue, this grungy car park is the perfect site for today's growing UK house scene.

culinary delights

Michelin Star Restaurants


58. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
The gastronomical genius Heston Blumenthal has relocated his Fat Duck restaurant to Australia but has launched his London restaurant branch instead - definitely worth a visit if you can get a table.
59. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
For a French menu composed by the world famous Gordon Ramsay, head to 68 Royal Hospital Road for some seriously fine dining.
60. Enjoy Michelin Star Pub Grub in Marlow
The Hand and Flowers is Tom Kerridge's pub restaurant in Marlow and it features a hearty, honest English menu which is also reasonably priced.
61. Black Swan Pub
If you're looking for Michelin dining further north, go to the Black Swan Pub in Oldstead, North Yorkshire. Order from the A La Carte menu or enjoy the 9 course tasting menu.
62. Castle Terrace in Edinburgh
For fine dining in Scotland, the Castle Terrace is a must. In contemporary surroundings, you can enjoy a fresh and innovative menu.
63. Bubbledogs in London
This recent Michelin newcomer offers an extensive hotdog menu, taking inspiration from cuisines from all corners of the earth. The menu features the 'Philly Cheez' hotdog, the 'BLT' hotdog, the 'Sloppy Joe' hotdog, the 'Currywurst' hotdog and more.
64. Award Winning Indian Cuisine
Great Britain is known for its food diversity and one of the biggest influences is Indian food. It's even fabled that the famous Chicken Tikka Masala was created in Scotland. Gymkhana is a Michelin awarded restaurant and bar in Mayfair and well worth a visit if you love curries and spices.

Food & Drink Events


65. Attend the Good Food Show
Every summer, the NEC in Birmingham hosts the vast and incredible Good Food Show, an event open to the public. Enjoy sampling local meats and cheeses, taste various wines and beers and shop for a range of things for the home and garden.
66. Great British Beer Festival
Head to the Great British Beer Festival at Olympia London and taste some of the UK's finest pale ales, stouts, lagers and ciders.
67. Wine and Cheese Tours in Sharpham
If you love wine and cheese as much as the Brits, take a day to enjoy a special wine and cheese tour with the Sharpham Trust.
68. London Coffee Festival
Gather at Brick Lane's Old Truman Brewery with hundreds of other coffee lovers to taste (and buy) some of the best artisan coffees around.
69. Frankfurt Christmas Market
European cities really get into the spirit of Christmas and it's no different here in the UK. Birmingham plays host to the Frankfurt Christmas Market every November and December, and it's a great place for delicious German sausages, mulled wine and tankards of German beer.

 

By Tom Mcloughlin

Date: 2017-11-28 13:17:53