Without a doubt UK have some of the most interesting and beautiful landscapes in the world. Whether you are looking for parks, britain gardens, wild and rugged wildernesses or an idyllic peaceful backwater, Great Britain seems to have it all. So If you’re a native or planning a trip, here you will have a list with the most beautiful places to visit in the UK.
No superlative is too great when it comes to describing London, the capital of England and the UK. This bustling city is history personified from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace – be sure to watch the Changing of the Guards. Shopping, from Knightsbridge to Carnaby Street, is a must as is riding a red double-decker bus and the “tube,” or subway where one is constantly reminded to “mind the gap.” London is also famous for live theatre; be sure to stop in at local pub for a pint after a performance. We will take London separately to talk about her attractions in a new article.
2. Stonehage & Avebury
One of the most popular places to visit in England is Stonehenge, a prehistoric monument found in Wiltshire. From about 2500BC, Neolithic and Bronze Age man started to bring gigantic stones from Wales and the Marlborough Downs. It was not until 1600BC that Stonehenge came to be completed. A trip to Stonehenge is best combined with a trip to prehistoric Avebury to the north, which has an even bigger stone circle, with fewer restrictions, and far fewer tourists.
3. The Eden Project
The Eden Project is a gateway into this fascinating interactive world of plants and people, a living Theatre, exploring our global garden inheritance – revealing plants, as you’ve never seen them before.
Situated in the heart of Cornwall’s Clay Mining country, Eden Project is very extensive, requiring a great deal of walking, often up and down sloping terraces. A train runs a regular service from the Visitor Centre to the entrance to the domes, but once inside the biomes there are a number of slopes to be contended with.
Comfortable shoes are strongly recommended. Once in the domes, you will immediately notice the change in humidity as you enter the Humid Tropical Biome, where temperatures reach 28° Centigrade – so regardless of the outside temperature, be warned that you will need a top layer of clothing that is easy to take off and easy to carry. On hot days, sun protection is also advisable (sun tan lotion and a hat) as the transparent ETFE film that the biomes are clad in, transmit UV light.
To enjoy your visit, plan to spend the whole day – there is so much to see, so you need time to enjoy the sites true splendour. A visit to this dramatic and fascinating project will enable you to experience.
4. The Jurassic Coast, East Devon to Dorset
This world heritage site which can be found on the southern coast of England is easily one of the most beautiful places to visit in UK. The rocks date back 185 million years to when the continents were crunching up against each other and then drifting apart. Museums along the way explain each region, Charmouth is the best place to find fossils. Fossil hunters, and all visitors, should take time to walk the beaches or visit the small charming towns along the way. Take care when walking near cliffs since rocks can fall at any time.
The jurassic Coast was voted the 5th greatest natural wonder in Britain as a popular tourist destination. The area is home to both the natural limestone arch of Durdle Door (the coast’s most photographed landmark) and Lulworth Cove – one of the finest coves in England. The Jurassic coast is also used for many film scenes including the big screen adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s novel ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ and ‘Wilde’ starring Stephen Fry.
5. Tintagel – King Arthur Country
Tintagel, situated on the North coast of Cornwall is renowned for its association with the legend of King Arthurand his Knights of the Round Table. The magic of the association is captured particularly by the castle, King Arthur’s Castle, which is reached by steps leading from the main land. Originally the Castle was attached to the main land but by erosion over the years a bridge had to be built. It is a hard climb to the top but well worth it. The Castle is maintained by English Heritage. There are many beaches in the area, for surfers Trebarwith and Bossiney are the main attractions, but the Castle Beach is renowned as a very safe bathing beach. For the visitor to Tintagel there are many attractions to see in the village apart from the cliffs area. Nearby is the lovely village ofBoscastle, Delabole, Camelford and the pretty fishing village, Port Isaac.
6. Lake District
The Lake District National Park is in the northwest corner of England, in the county of Cumbria. The mountainous region is known for hikes and mountain climbing. It’s a popular tourist destination, attracting more than 15 million visitors annually. The park has the highest mounting in England, Scafell Peak, and the longest lake, Windermere. Others may prefer more gentle walks through the valleys while they contemplate the works of William Wordsworth, a famous 19th century poet, or riding a steam train through the scenic are.
7. Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland
As Northern Ireland’s only Unesco World Heritage site, Giant’s Causeway is an intriguing beauty spot and a popular tourist haunt. With a large area of coastline covered in neatly arranged stone columns it’s easy to see why this unique natural wonder is surrounded by so many mythical legends.
8. Glen Nevis, Scotland
Arguably one of the country’s most dramatic landscapes, Glen Nevis is an exceptionally beautiful part of the United Kingdom. The stretch of ancient unspoilt scenery, overlooked by Ben Nevis (Britain’s highest mountain), is perfect for peaceful walking and truly getting away from it all. This area is also great for wildlife watching and film location visiting – many key scenes from Braveheart, Rob Roy and Harry Potter were shot here. In fact all of the Scottish Highlands are outstandingly beautiful and if you can you should take your time to explore its clear lochs, ancient castles and unspolit coastline.
9. Hope Valley, Peak District
The Peak District is the second most visited national park in the world characterised by wild rugged landscapes, pretty villages, grand historic houses and dark caverns. Hope Valley takes up a large area in the centre of the national park and offers unusual, dramatic landscapes and some of the most beautiful scenery in England. In the pretty village of Castleton – also known as the ‘Gem of the Peak’ – you will find traditional stone cottages, a beautiful mountain, show caves and an attractive ruined Norman castle. The nearby ancient village of Hathersage has associations with both the legend of Robin Hood and Charlotte Bronte’s famous novel Jane Eyre and also makes for an interesting stop.
10. Polperro, South East Cornwall
The southwest counties are especially popular with holidaymakers, but tourism still hasn’t managed to spoil the chocolate box pretty villages that reside here. Polperro (located in South East Cornwall) with its narrow winding streets and cottages perched on steep slopes overlooking a tiny harbour is everyone’s idea of a picturesque Cornish fishing village. Sheltered from time and tide in a cliff ravine, Polperro is often cited as the prettiest village in Cornwall – which given the competition is quite an accolade.
11. West Bay in Dorset
Hooked on Broadchurch? This might be the year to head to West Bay in Bridport, Dorset. It’s still a working harbour and the vertiginous heights of East Cliff look as impressive in real life as they do on the TV.
Snowdonia, in north Wales, was the first region in the country to be declared a national park in the 1950s, and any witnesses to its epic vistas will know why it was swiftly protected. This Easter, a new surfing and water sports park is set to open in the Conwy Valley; Surf Snowdonia will generate six foot waves in a 300 metre long lagoon. Add this to the longest zip line in the northern hemisphere and you’ve got several reasons to head west.
13. Llanberis Pass, North Wales
Pretty llanberis village can be found in the popular Snowdonia National Park in Wales. Nearby, twin lakes cut through a vast mountain range creating the magnificent ‘Llanberis Pass’. The Lllanberis Pass is a truly impressive place noted for its wild and rugged beauty and well as its extraordinary tranquility. The unique glaciated valley and world class climbing spot attracts drivers, ambitious rock climbers and the odd photographer or two.
14. Yorkshire Dales
One of England’s top landscape areas is Yorkshire Dales. The picturesque Dales have been carved through outstanding scenery by sparkling rivers, with unspoilt villages of stone houses dotted throughout the stunning valleys.The distinctive stone walls and field barns surround hay meadows with colourful wild flowers, overlooked by ancient fortresses steeped in history. Walking country amongst the famous limestone peaks is mirrored by an extensive underground cave network.
15. Richmond Park, South West London
Believe it or not, London is filled with a huge amount of beautiful open spaces and Regents Park, St. James Park, Hampstead Heath and Holland Park rank as some of the most picturesque. We’ve chosen to mention Richmond Park, a 2,500 acre site of historical and special scientific interest and a place where many Londoners go to get their green space fix. Originally established by Charles I in 1637 as a hunting area, the park today with its ornamental gardens, ancient oaks and 600 red and fallow deer roaming freely, still manages to retain a slight medieval air. A very popular spot especially in summer, locals and out-of-towners come here for summer picnics, quiet walks, lazy scenic drives and of course, the obligatory deer-watching.
Of course it’s impossible to mention all the beautiful places in the United Kingdom in a Top 15 list. Other areas you should consider are beautiful Kent (otherwise known as the garden of England), the underrated Chiltern Hills, the ancient woodlands of the New Forest, the rolling hills of the South of England’s North and South Downs, the rugged landscapes of the Yorkshire Moors, the chocolate box pretty villages of the Cotswolds and Northumberland – the most unspoilt area in the whole of England. Enjoy your UK stay!
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