Our top things to do in the UK including historical landmarks, striking architecture, a buzzing nightlife and much more.
Every August the Scottish capital is taken over by comedians and performers for a month of shows, plays and theatre. Expect a mix of first-timers and big name stars, old favourites, new materials and funny one liners. It’s the world’s largest arts festival and transforms Edinburgh into an exciting hive of energy.
Cornwall, Devon, The Ritz in central London – wherever you are in the UK you can't go wrong with an afternoon tea. Bettys is a Yorkshire institution, serving up scones and tea in china cups since 1936. Work up your appetite before your visit by wandering around The Sambles, York Castle or the ancient city walls
If you were dropped into the middle of Portmeirion, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in southern Europe rather than north Wales. The multicoloured, Italian inspired village is otherworldly. Set on its own peaceful peninsula reaching into an estuary, Portmeirion Village is a colourful collection of rainbow-hued buildings, entirely masterminded by the Welsh architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis. It's not the most accurate depiction of Welsh life, but it’s well worth a visit for the beautiful buildings, lush gardens and sandy beaches.
Home to independent shops and theatres, Bath is a pretty honey-hued city famous for its grand, sweeping crescents and former resident Jane Austen. It is also home to a fascinating and impressively intact Roman bath right in the heart of the city. It still flows with natural hot water, thanks to the city’s thermal springs, but no one’s swimming in it these days.
Lace up your walking boots to take on Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in mainland Britain at 1,345 metres above sea level. There are two main routes up – the Mountain Track, which is used by most walkers which can take more than ten hours to complete.
The town of Brighton, just a short journey south of London, is the perfect seaside spot. Wander around cool independent shops, cafes and galleries on The Lanes, gawp at the majestic Pavilion and play arcade games on the pier, before pitching up on the pebbly beach for a feast of freshly battered fish and chips. Stay put for the evening too, when Brighton’s brilliant bars and clubs come alive.
The United Kingdom might be small but its countryside is mighty and incredibly diverse, from rolling green hills and ancient woodland to impressive mountain peaks, idyllic lakes and rugged moors. To see all the different kinds of landscapes the UK calls its own, take a tour of the UK’s 15 National Parks, from the flat Norfolk Broads and the wilds of Exmoor to the high drama of the Lake District and Peak District and the internationally recognized dark skies of Northumberland.
There’s something mysterious about Cornwall’s atmospheric moors and misty clifftops. Even the most skeptical visitor will end up falling for Cornwall’s strange and magical charms after a visit to Tintagel, the impressive ruins of a castle on a dramatic stretch of coastline. The romantic site is linked to the legend of King Arthur and low tide reveals ‘Merlin’s Cave’ on the beach below.
The world-famous prehistoric stone circle on Salisbury Plain attracts millions of visitors a year, but it’s popularity doesn’t detract from its intrigue. Were those imposing standing-stones-bluestone from over 150 miles away in Wales – a celestial calendar, a burial ground or a site for sacrifice? Visit to figure out what you think the true story of the monument is.
Everywhere you look in the Cotswolds cold be a postcard. The fields are abundant, the hills are rolling, the towns are all picture-perfect and the homes grand or twee, are built with creamy, honey coloured Cotswold stone. Go antiquing in Stow-on-the-Wold, feast on farm fresh food at Daylesford, wander along Arlington Row in Bibury and dream about calling one of those pretty Cotswolds cottages home.