Top 5 Exciting UK Destinations for First-time Visitors

There is something magical about the UK that you just have to see it for yourself. London alone is filled with iconic landmarks such as the historic Buckingham Palace. Other parts of the United Kingdom such as England or Wales offer famous ancient castles and stunning countryside. There are great opportunities for adventure seekers throughout the country, in the mountains, along the sea and in the cities. Here are the five exciting destinations first-time visitors should see in the British Isles.

Lake District

Lake District is another part of UK where nature lovers can enjoy the cool mountain air. You can also trek though the Lake District National Park which is more than 800 square miles in size. In addition, you get to enjoy interacting with locals in town markets. The food and drinks in the village pubs offer a memorable experience. Most people visit this area for the exceptional trekking options as there are thousands of miles of hiking trails in this area. Other popular activities include rock climbing, sailing, kayaking and wild swimming in the beautiful lakes that the park is known for.

London

The first stop in the UK is obviously the country’s capital, London. You could either book a bus or take a cab to visit all the famous landmarks of the city. Most likely, you will start the tour with a visit to the Buckingham Palace. If you are fascinated by the late Princess Diana, you can stop by at the Kensington Palace. The place is currently exhibiting plenty of items the princess used during her lifetime including her dresses.

For the history buffs, a trip to the historic Westminster Abbey is a must. The seven centuries old landmark receives more than a million annual visitors. If you want to know more about the city’s gory past, the Tower of London will satisfy your curiosity. The Tower is also rumored to be haunted due to the royal executions carried out there.

Adventure seekers will love the outdoor activities on offer in this great capital city. As well as walking and biking the city’s parks and waterways, visitors can enjoy a ride on the LondonEye visitor attraction, white water kayaking on an Olympic slalom course, stand-up-paddle boarding on the River Thames and an adrenaline-fuelled swish down Europe’s best inner city zip wire. For more ideas on things to see and do, take a look at VisitLondon.com

Cornwall

Cornwall is located in the country’s southwestern region. Even among locals, it’s known as the best place to spend a vacation.  Visitors are attracted by its beautiful beaches where you can bask in the sun or go surfing. You also get to enjoy the English cuisine of some of the best restaurants in the UK, and also discover art while visiting the numerous art galleries. The place also claimed that the legendary King Arthur most likely lived in North Cornwall. You could visit the town Camelford, a possible site of fabled Camelot. On Bodmin Moor, you can transport back in time by visiting King Arthur’s Down and Hall. In addition, the famous “Excalibur” is possibly hiding beneath the Dozmary Pool.

Cornwall is one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations attracting people from all over the UK and the world. The popular Poldark TV series is now being screened in many countries, and fans flock to the county to see where the show was filed. As a major destination for holidaying Brits and people on vacation from abroad, there is a wonderful selection of places to stay. Visitors can choose from hotels, cottage rentals, B&Bs and holiday park. Top Cornish resorts include fabulous Falmouth, surfy Newquay, scenic Penzance, foody Padstow and beachy Bude. Make a beeline for these towns for a wonderful base for Cornish adventures.

For those who like outdoor activities, there are many exciting options in Cornwall. Top of the list is surfing. Newquay is the hearn of European surfing but there are also numerous quality surf beaches around the county, and plenty of surf schools where visitors can learn to surf. Coasteering around the cliffs and coastline is also a very popular activity in this county. Other adventure activities in Cornwall include sailing, rock climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, diving and coastal walking. It’s an amazing place to visit for experiences in the great outdoors.

Devon

Devon also offers long beaches and countryside that is totally worth visiting.  The beaches and pebbled coves offer a different but no less stunning view. It’s a place where modern cities like Exeter and Plymouth co-exist with historic castles and famous houses. Popular activities here include sailing, mountain biking and hiking in Dartmoor National Park.

sailing-in-devon

Devon is also popular with holidaymakers on staycation from other parts of the United Kingdom. It’s an insanely beautiful part of the country with plenty of things to see and do for tourists. Top places to visit on vacation include Woolacombe, Ilfracombe, Salcombe, Dartmouth and Torquay. The area around Torquay and Paington is known as the English Riviera because of its mild and usually sunny climate.

Wales

Wales is a huge area to pick as one of the UK’s top visitor destinations. It’s a whole country but worth including because all of it is stunning. Highlights for new visitors include Snowdonia National Park, the Brecon Beacons national park and the UK’s only coastal national park in Pembrokeshire. Obviously, the hiking and biking options in these hilly and mountainous regions are exceptional.

As well as rugged mountain adventures, visitors will love this outdoor playground of rivers, sea and open countryside. Other popular activities include kayaking, surfing, canyoning and zip wire rides across vast mountain passes. It’s an awesome place to visit when you’re in the UK.

walking snowdon in wales

The United Kingdom offers a lot of enjoyable places to visit and unique experiences. A tour of the British capital, London will present to you the landmarks and icons of the country. You could visit places like Cornwall and Devon for their beautiful beaches and historic landmarks. Visitors who like to enjoy nature walks and travel will love Lake District and Wales.