Each year, millions of people from around the world visit the United Kingdom. There is so much to see in this historic land, from medieval castles to bustling modern cities and everything in between. And the first place most tourists hit when they commence with their UK vacation in London. While there are endless sightseeing opportunities in London, the rest of the country is also awash in exciting things to do as well as breathtaking scenery. Here are eight of the most stunning places to visit in the UK outside of London. Enjoy!
Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, England
Chatsworth House has a long and storied history dating back to the 1560s when the Cavendish family of nobles lived here during the reign of Elizabeth I. Currently, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, this piece of British heritage has over 120 rooms as well as art galleries.
Loch Ness, Scotland
Ah yes, the famous Loch Ness, home to the obscure, legendary Loch Ness Monster. While you most likely won’t get to see this mythical creature swimming through the cold waters, the scenery along the shores is amazing. Local companies also offer boat tours.
Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, England
Here’s another historic palace that is living testament to the country’s once very powerful monarchy. This massive brick palace was built in 1704 after the Battle of Blenheim. Plenty of history can be found within the halls and rooms of Blenheim Palace, which was the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. If you’re a history buff – and you especially enjoy British history – you’ll make a trip here.
Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England
What exactly are the origins of this stone monument, which to this day remains partly shrouded in mystery? Archeologists believe that construction of the site began in 3100 BC. According to Arthurian legend, the stones had originally been called ‘Giants’ and brought to Ireland from Africa. They were later sent to England. In any event, you will be enthralled by this remnant of prehistoric times.
Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
Extremely rugged yet breathtakingly scenic in the same sentence, Giant’s Causeway beckons photographers (both amateur and professional) to Ireland from all over.
Located in Country Antrim, The Giant’s Causeway is comprised of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns which resulted from the eruption of an ancient volcanic fissure. This rocky landmark is also a UNESCO Heritage Site.
The Lake District, England
The Lake District is a popular retreat for British citizens who wish to escape the hustle and bustle of big cities in the hot summer months. This region of the country features dozens of lakes for boating and swimming on. One of the most popular is Lake Grasmere. Iconic poet William Wordsmith wrote many wonderful things about Lake Grasmere. You too will immensely enjoy it.
There’s something in Edinburgh for every type of tourist. Walk around this old city and you’ll see plenty of old buildings and castles. But Edinburgh also has a very modern side that includes dozens of summer festivals, concerts as well as one of the nicest waterfronts you’ll see of any city.
Durdle Door, England
You probably weren’t aware that England had a Jurassic Coast. The Jurassic Coast, in East Devon, preserves fossils and prehistoric artifacts. It has become a popular tourist attraction in its own right. There are quaint cottages in the surrounding forest areas to stay in as well as a nice, sandy beach. The Durdle Door is a door-shaped rock formation that was formed through centuries of erosion.