Britain Tourist Attractions
London is a diverse and exciting city with some of the world's best sights, attractions and activities.
Museums in London
London is home to over 200 museums – ranging from grand treasuries of archaeological finds, to historical homes, as well as an assortment of quirky museums. Many of London’s museums are free to enter, and many more have discounted entry fees on presentation of a London Pass. No matter what your interests are, you are sure to find a museum to entertain you.
Read more on London's museums here: www.visitlondon.com
City of London
The City of London is the capital of London, full of iconic landmarks, restaurants, churches and cultural venues – all packed into one square mile. Over 800 years of history and heritage can be discovered here. Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral and The Monument are just some of the attractions you will find here.
Find out more about City of London attractions here: www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do
Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of the UK’s sovereigns since 1837 and today is the administrative headquarters of the Monarch. During the summer, the state rooms are open to the public. The Changing the Guard Ceremony is another popular attraction at Buckingham Palace.
Changing the Guard schedule: www.royalcollection.org.uk
There is so much to see and do in London. Visit London's Tourism website for more attractions, day's out and kid-friendly itineraries: www.visitlondon.com
England has experiences and attractions as vast as the country and its history. Almost every town in England has a claim to fame – whether it be a historical site, castle or palace, or a literary reference.
World Heritage Sites
England has a wide range of World Heritage sites. Stonehenge is world-famous, but there are many others including the city of Bath, renowned for its Roman spas and Palladian architecture, Saltaire village and Liverpool’s docks. Natural wonders among the UNESCO sites in England include the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, while architectural achievements take in Durham Castle and Cathedral.
Find out more about England's UNESCO sites here: www.visitengland.com
England’s long royal past is reflected in the amount of castles and palaces spread across the country. Some of the castles are still well-kept residences or museums, while all but ruins are left are others. Whereever you find youself in England, you will find a castle to visit nearby.
This site has an amazing interactive map of the castles and palaces of England: www.historic-uk.com
Literature, Film and TV
From Shakespeare to Jane Austen and Beatrix Potter, England has produced some of the world’s most famous authors. Explore Stradford-upon-Avon, the hometown of Shakespeare, recreate the footsteps of Alice in Wonderland in Oxford, or investigate the origins of Sherlock Holmes at the Portsmouth Museum.
If you find yourself in Bristol, you can take a tour of the BBC. Fans of Harry Potter or Downtown Abbey should visit Alnwick Castle, a popular spot for film crews. And if you love Midsomer Murders, The Stag and Huntsman pub is located in the beautiful village of Hambleden.
England has a rich literary history – find out more places to visit here: www.visitengland.com
Visit England's official tourism site for a list of attractions per town or theme: https://www.visitengland.com
Scotland has a rich culture and a proud history. From tribal Celts to fallen monarchs, powerful warriors to noble clansmen, and even Roman and Viking invaders, the Scottish landscape is littered with remants of the past.
Skara Brae - The Neolithic Settlement
The Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae is one of the best preserved groups of prehistoric houses in Western Europe. The settlement is 5000 years old, inhabited before the pyramids or Stonehenge was build. At Skara Brae you can walk around the village, explore 9 surviving houses fitted with original furniture and see a wide variety of artefacts. Find out more here: www.historicenvironment.scot
Loch Ness, in Drumnadrochit, is the most famous of Scotland’s lochs – shrouded in mystery and intrigue. Take a boat trip and try your hand at spotting Nessie, the Loch Ness monster, in the depths of the loch. Drumnadrochit is also home to Urquhart Castle – the greatest castle in the Highlands with over 1000 years of history.
Castles in Scotland
Scotland’s Castles were built for strength and protection, to keep enemy attacks at bay. Each castle has a fascinating historical past, with dramatic stories. Find out more here: www.visitscotland.com
Film and TV locations
The beautiful scenery of Scotland provides a backdrop for many film and TV locations. Films like Braveheart, Harry Potter and The Da Vinci Code and TV shows like Outlander and Monty Python have been filmed in Scotland. Follow this 7-day itinerary around Scotland to follow in the footsteps of your favourite film and TV locations: www.visitscotland.com
To find out more about attractions in Scotland, as well as a variety of itineraries to follow, visit: www.visitscotland.com
Wales is a place of natural drama, from the country’s beaches to its mountain ranges. Its history can be explored in its ancient monuments and museums. For those that prefer the city life, Welsh cities are waiting to be explored.
You’re never that far from the sea in Wales, with a Blue Flag Marina and 50 islands along our glorious 750-miles of coastline. Wales has more than 100 beaches, including 41 Blue Flag award-winners.
Wales is the Castle capital of the world. With over 600, it has more castles than any other European country. Where ever you end up in Wales, you are sure to not be too far from a castle or historical site to explore. Find a castle near you here: www.visitwales.com
The small town with the longest name attracts thousands of tongue tied tourists each year. The isle of Anglesey, on which it is located, has many historical sites and castles, an unspoilt coastline and varied beaches. The perfect place to get away from it all. Read more: www.visitanglesey.co.uk
If you need some pronunciation tips, visit: www.llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.co.uk
For more information on things to do in Wales, visit the Wales Tourism website.