The United Kingdom is a land of iconic sites, bustling historic cities, traditional pubs, medieval castles, the Beatles, red buses, black cabs and tea, and Her Majesty the Queen!
Backpacking in the UK is an amazing opportunity to see the numerous sights and experience what the country has to offer. There are so many things to do in the UK, that you could be forgiven for not knowing where to start.
That’s where we come in.
In this guide, we outline some sites that every backpacker simply must visit before they leave the UK.
Best historical site
Located in Southern England, there are many mysteries surrounding Stonehenge. It comprises of approximately 100 upright stones, which are placed in a circle. It was built around 5,000 years ago, (about 3,000 BC) and covers an area of more than 20 square meters.
Many historians now agree that Stonehenge was once a burial ground, but it’s not yet clear what other purposes this sacred place served. It is also a mystery how a civilization without modern equipment built this mighty monument.
Since 1986, Stonehenge is a Unesco World Heritage Site and roughly 1 million people visit it each year.
To avoid disappointment, don’t forget to purchase a timed ticket for the day of your visit. Without one, you may not be able to enter.
Best place to take a photo
Cambridge and Oxford
Just 128 kilometres apart, Cambridge and Oxford are both highly popular tourist destinations.
As the UKs most famous universities, Cambridge and Oxford share a historic rivalry as well, and each place has plenty of attractions to make them worthwhile additions to your UK tour.
Cambridge is a little smaller and is more relaxed in comparison and your stay will be more laid back. You can easily get around on foot or by bike to explore its dazzling architecture. You should also try punting along the pretty river!
Elegant domes and beautiful stone carvings come together to make Oxford one of the most architecturally impressive cities in the world.
But beware! Many scenes from the Harry Potter movies were filmed in Oxford. As you stroll through the streets you may bump into witches, wizards and goblins!
Best city break
With endless winding streets, an awe-inspiring castle, and stunning architecture, there is no other place like the breathtaking capital of Scotland. This is one of the UK’s most visited destinations.
There are plenty of interesting things to do in Edinburgh. You can start your tour by sightseeing the historic old town where some of the best attractions can be found, such as the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle.
The New Town offers some of Edinburgh’s best restaurants and an array of shops. Other highlights include the Royal Botanical Garden and the National Gallery of Scotland.
One of the most iconic places is also Arthur’s seat, which is located in Holyrood Park.
Looking for something unusual to do in Edinburgh? For a thrilling adventure, go to the Edinburgh Dungeons where you’ll learn more about the city’s history.
The never-ending to-do list will never end because the city is a constant hive of activity and fun.
Best medieval castle
This impressive fortress is located in the city of Warwick on the River Avon and has dominated the history of the region for more than 900 years. It’s only about two hours by car northwest of London.
Warwick castle can be incredibly busy during weekends, so if you have flexibility, visit on a weekday during fall or spring. Today it serves also as a backdrop to re-enactments and medieval-themed events from fairs and converts to jousting festivals.
Warwick is also a great base from which to explore the nearby towns such as Stratford-upon-Avon, known as the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Other destinations include the Cotswolds and Liverpool, the hometown of the Beatles.
Best modern art gallery
When in London you must see one of the most visited attractions in the UK - Tate Modern. This is the city’s leading art spot and also the most popular modern art gallery in the world, which holds a repository of influential art and won’t cost you a penny at the entrance.
Since its opening is 2000, the gallery is also London’s second most visited attraction, behind the British Museum and more than 5.5 million people visit it annually.
Part of the success of the Tate Modern has been its ability to attract a wide range of visitors who are often bemused and bewildered by some of the exhibits.
Anything you will find in the gallery is a modern art dating as far as 1,900, and wherever you turn in this place you will find a proper eyeful of art.
The UK is a dream destination for so many people for a good reason, there are so many great places to visit and to explore and the list is never-ending.
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