Things to do in the UK

For a relatively small region of countries, the UK still offers historic buildings by the bucketload, world-class sporting facilities such as the Olympic Village, and an array of museums and galleries like the university-owned Museum of Manchester. Whether you’re visiting the north or south of the UK, there’s plenty of theme parks to check out as well. Alton Towers, the most popular fun park in the UK, can be found in the country hills between Manchester and Birmingham in England. The attraction has been transformed into a huge resort with 2 themed onsite hotels making it the perfect place to enjoy a few days out of the city.

Many visitors to the UK also enjoy visiting the south coast of England, especially Cornwall where entertainment and surfing is always on the menu. Head out to the hills of Wiltshire to find Stonehenge, the ancient burial ground and prehistoric monument made up of a circle of boulders thought to date back more than 5,000 years. Castles are plentiful through the UK with the majority open to the public. A fine example of a picture-perfect castle is Bodiam Castle located in East Sussex in England, or Belfast Castle over the water in Northern Ireland.

Head out to the Lake District in the northwest of England and find quaint villages that are full of old English history and neighbour many expansive mountain ranges that usually take a day to reach the summit and back by following National Trust paths. Visitors to Scotland can enjoy the festive cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow while always having the option of getting out and about in the bens, glens and lochs dotted around the country. Famous mountains and natural attractions include Ben Nevis and the mysterious Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands.

Wales is another nation bursting with greenery and loves its sport - rugby in particular. Catch the internationally acclaimed tier 1 nation play in rugby competitions including the Six Nations Championship, European Nations Cup and Anglo-Welsh Cup. Want more? Here’s some of our top tips.

London Eye

Find the best view of the UK’s capital city at the top of the wheel of the iconic London Eye. More than just a Ferris wheel, the famous Thames-side attraction allows visitors to scan the expansive city skyline. Join the masses and take a ride on the most popular paid attraction in the UK.

Buckingham Palace

There’s no missing Buckingham Palace when you’re in central London. The British Royal family’s residence has such presence it attracts onlookers everyday and guided tours are available on selected days throughout the week. The palace has served as the official London residence of the royals since 1837, and no trip to the capital is complete without seeing this stately home.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is quite literally the festival of festivals that takes up most of the summertime month of August. As the largest arts celebration in the world, the festival hosts a wide range of acts from all around the world including street performers, musicians and comedians.

Trafford Centre

Manchester’s prized treasure sees over 35 million people walk through its doors every year. The one-and-only Trafford shopping and entertainment centre has over 280 stores and services plus Europe’s largest dining court finished with the world’s largest chandelier and a 20-screen cinema complex making the Trafford Centre a great place to spend a rainy day in Manchester.

St Patrick’s Day

St Patrick’s Day celebrates the patron saint of Ireland on March 17 annually, and is by far the most popular event on the Belfast calendar – it’s also a public holiday in Northern Ireland! (Obviously, St Patrick’s Day is also a huge deal in Dublin with festivities throughout Ireland drawing crowds from around the world to celebrate alongside the local population.) St Paddy’s Day celebrations tend to be in public spaces and feature parades along with many festive activities throughout the day.