There’s More to the UK Than Just London!

Stonehenge and Buckingham Palace are sure to be some of the first places that you think of visiting when planning a trip to the UK. Though both places are definitely worth a visit, they are by no means the be all and end all in the UK. Take a detour off the standard tourist trail on your next visit to the UK and see more of what this little island has to offer.

Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian’s Wall has been called “the most important monument built by the Romans in Britain” by English Heritage. The remains of the wall, at which building began in AD 122, was originally a military fortification which marked the edge of the Roman Empire. Today much of the wall is in ruins, but enough remains to get a feel for the magnitude of the building project, which would have stretched along rugged countryside for 120km. One of the best ways to experience the magnificence of Hadrian’s Wall is on foot, which you can do by following the long distance footpath which travels along the wall. If you don’t have the stamina or time to explore the wall on foot, don’t worry, there are forts and museums along the wall that are accessible by car. This is a beautiful area of the country and one that you could spend a lifetime exploring. Find yourself a holiday cottage at www.sykescottages.co.uk, a leading UK holiday cottage letting agency, and get exploring!

The Eden Project

For a day out like no other, head to this garden playground in the Cornish countryside. Set in a disused pit mine you’ll find two massive bio-domes which are home to thousands of unusual plant species. You can get lost for days wandering through the plants and learning about ecology and biodiversity. The Eden Project also regularly holds music and art events and every Christmas they set up a big ice skating rink on the grounds.

Liverpool

If music is your passion then don’t miss a trip to Liverpool, a city that has probably influenced popular music more than any other city in the world.  Liverpool is famously the home of The Beatles and it was here that their music was shaped. A trip to Liverpool isn’t complete without visiting the Cavern Club on Matthew Street, whereThe Beatles played more than 292 shows! If you want even more Beatles history try taking a black taxi tour and visit sites around the city that were influential to the young band – Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields, and the homes of young John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

The Royal Pavillion, Brighton

If it’s a day trip that you fancy then head to Brighton and visit an extravagant former royal residence. The original exterior of this coast side building was redesigned by John Nash between 1815 and 1822 for the famously extravagant King George IV, and the interior of the building houses the most lavish chinoiserie interiors ever found in the UK. Today it looks like a riot of colour and pattern but in its day this was the playground of the rich and was at the height of style in the Regency Period.

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