Holidays in the United Kingdom
Between Land’s End at the southernmost tip, to John O’Groats in the far northeast of Scotland, the United Kingdom contains a wealth of scenery, cities and experiences that would take a lifetime to explore.
Beyond the multi-cultural capital, London, lies a land of stately houses and theme parks, prehistoric monuments and cutting-edge architecture, rural market towns and edgy cities, serene waterways and scenic train journeys.
Around the coast, there are beaches of every description – sandy and shingly, quiet coves and busy beach resorts – while the best of British countryside is showcased in the UK’s 15 glorious national parks.
The United Kingdom contains a wealth of scenery, cities and experiences that would take a lifetime to explore
Where to go
From the atmospheric moorland of Dartmoor and Exmoor in England’s West Country, to the majestic peaks of the Cairngorms in northeast Scotland and the snow-capped mountains of Snowdonia in Wales, the British countryside is perfect for active holidays and wildlife spotters.
When it comes to short breaks, the choice is huge: for top-notch museums and family attractions it’s not just London, Edinburgh, Cardiff or Belfast which hold the cards: other destinations – whether Manchester or Leeds, Oxford or Cambridge, York or Bath, Swansea or Glasgow – have plenty to offer too.
From prehistoric Stonehenge to royal Hampton Court, and from city adventures to glorious National Trust gardens, there’s something for everyone in every corner of the country.
When to go
May and June are the best months for touring, while July and August may allow comfortable sunbathing (but take a raincoat too). Edinburgh’s International and Fringe festival take place in August, and September is a good time for taking in London’s major exhibitions. Cardiff has a programme of year-round events, and Belfast hosts its International Arts Festival in the autumn.