Thanks to its geographical positioning, the United Kingdom is blessed with all kinds of natural and man-made beauty. You know you are in the UK when you have the choice of either waking up to the buzz of vehicles and pedestrians pacing through the streets of London or to the melodious psalms of birds and rustling of leaves in the countryside.
With Scotland guarding the north, the Great Britain occupying the southern and central regions and Northern Ireland covering the west, there’s hardly another place in Europe, or perhaps the world, where diversity is as intrinsic as the UK. It is also known to gather huge crowds from around the world during epic music concerts, art events and sporting attractions like the Wimbledon and the English Premier League. All this, while keeping in mind the cultural mix and open mindedness of the local population, should make the United Kingdom #1 on your travel bucket list. Here, I’m sharing five great reasons that will convince you to book a flight to the UK ASAP!
1. The Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
Located on the Marylebone Street in Central London is the famous Museum named after the renowned wax sculptor Marie Tussaud of Strasbourg, France. It is quite certainly one of the biggest tourist attractions in London city, with waxwork and statues of famous personalities from present day and from long forgotten history.
Celebrities from the television industry, sports personalities, politicians and even warriors, you name it! Chances are that their wax sculptures might be present in this lavish ziggurat. It gained so much popularity that the authorities decided to open branches in other cities around the world. The museum had to face the atrocities of war when it was hit by a series of bombs in 1940 during the 2nd World War.
2. The Stonehenge
Away from the city, located in the silent county of Wiltshire, the Stonehenge is the dream of every archeology enthusiast. When the legislation to protect historical buildings and monuments was first introduced in Britain, the Stonehenge was included in the list. This site is also among the UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.
A lot has been said and speculated about the origins and purpose of this monument. But the most common belief today is that the Stonehenge was built as a burial site and the presence of human bones is a key piece of evidence that was found on the site when it was first dug open. The place is a mixture of 83 well-positioned rocks called sarsens and bluestones. The Stonehenge also gives a blended look of the Neolithic and Bronze Age in its architecture.
3. The Bridges of London
The city is connected with a network of bridges. Also known as ‘River Crossings’, these bridges were built over the gorgeous River Thames that cuts right through the city. These bridges are a collection of rail crossings like the Blackfriars Railway Bridge, footbridges like the Millennium Bridge and the conventional vehicle bridges like the Tower Bridge. Most of these structures were built in the mid-19th century and have since then stood the test of time and challenges of nature. Some of the famous bridges include the Southwark Bridge (AD 1921), the London Bridge (AD 1973, latest opening), Waterloo Bridge (AED 1945), the Westminster Bridge (AD 1862) and the Vauxhall Bridge (AD 1906).
4. Life in the Kingdom
As a first time traveler to the UK, every aspect of this region will amaze your eyes. In addition, if you are planning to travel on a budget, then the public transportation within the city should help you save some pounds, if not a lot. The weather in the United Kingdom is stereotyped to be unfriendly to its visitors, but that is a debatable topic. Depending on the region you travel to and the time of year you choose, the city and/or the countryside will treat you in a varied way.
All in all, summer is the perfect time to travel as the temperature stays around a moderate 20 degrees, with bright sunshine and scattered rains. The Brits might be clichéd as people with pride for their language and history, but they are also famous for their assisting and friendly towards tourist. The country is filled with football fanatics, with every city and county known to shower immense support towards their zonal clubs.
5. The London Eye - Ferris wheel
As a kid, you must have seen this gigantic Ferris wheel on television shows, magazines, and newspapers. Soaring through the English sky, the London Eye was the tallest amusement facility of its kind in the world until 2006, when the crown was given away to the Singapore Flyer after which it was passed around to many others. However, it is still the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe.
Circling inside the London Eye will give you an almost 360 degrees bird’s eye view of the entire city of London, 40kms in each direction to be precise. Interestingly, the 32 capsules on the London Eye have been numbered from 1 to 33, omitting the number 13 to avoid ill omens related with the number. Want to experience this awesome Ferris wheel in person? Don’t waste more time and book your hotel room at discounted rates through HotUKSavings.co.uk!
Can’t decide which destination should be your first travel stop in the United Kingdom, why not start with a culinary vacation in England?