This week’s guest post comes from budding blogger Laura Bowery, who enjoys writing about the best things in life, taking photos and experiencing as much of the world as possible. In this post she shares her favourite 6 wonders of the UK.
As someone who has lived up and down the British Isles, I’ve seen my fair share of beautiful scenery, breath-taking landscapes and historical architecture that the UK has on offer.
The many wonders of the UK are often missed by global travellers, stopping only in London and thinking they’ve ticked the UK off of their travelling bucket list on Twitter.
With so much more on offer than the bright lights of the big city, our tiny island is packed full of history and beauty as well as endless opportunities for fun and adventure.
Six of the best wonders of the UK:
Tucked away up in the north of England is the charming city of Chester. This quaint part of the country has a delightful appearance which is responsible for enticing many tourists onto its cobbled streets.
Take a walk along The Chester Rows, intricate sections of walkway inlaid to the fronts of timber Tudor buildings, brilliant for picturing times gone by as you stomp along the wooden flooring and admire the ancient store fronts. A must visit is Chester Racecourse during race season. Famous for hosting horse racing meets that attract well turned out crowds through its gates annually.
Surrounding the city are Roman walls that visitors can walk along whilst taking in the sights of the city. Why not sit upon a Roman ruined amphitheatre that now screens classic movies outdoors? Or take a Roman tour with your very own gladiator.
With so much to see and do Chester is a city you defiantly do not want to miss.
Okay, so it’s a rather large area to cover but worth every footstep you take along sandy beaches or tumbling green hills. Head to the Isle of Anglesey to a place literally closed off from the rest of the world accessed only by the world’s first large iron suspension bridge, across the River Menai.
If the weather is with you grab your bucket and spade for a visit to one of the stunning beaches along the north coast of Wales. Llandudno or Colwyn bay both have spectacular stretches of soft sand set against quaint British seaside resorts. Wonderful examples of British seaside holidaying at its best.
Pay visit a stately home on the banks of the Menai, Plas Newydd House and Gardens, and gaze upon a remarkable commission by world famous artist Rex Whistler as a well perusing the only permanent collection of his work.
An often misunderstood part of the UK is Liverpool, heavily stereotyped and owner of an undeserved poor reputation. Consider a visit and change your perception of Liverpool entirely.
For instance, how can a place that bore The Beatles be so bad? A city that inspired such glorious anthems like, Penny Lane, Eleanor Rigby and Yellow Submarine will forever be steeped in musical history.
Also an amazing visit for any football fan, Liverpool city is home to two major premier league football teams. Both stadiums are within easy reach of the city centre and are open for walking tours. Sporting history is further celebrated in Liverpool at The Shankly Hotel, a Liverpool football hotel dedicated to footballs most admired manager and player Bill Shankly. Stay the night in luxury or enjoy a delicious meal whilst appreciating the displays of original memorabilia telling the life story of a true legend in footballing history.
On top of the music and the football Liverpool has so much more to offer its visitors. Art and culture can be found on every street in one form or another. The buildings, galleries and sculptures all celebrate what a beautiful and richly cultured city Liverpool really is.
The Peak District
England is the source of some classic novelists that include the Bronte sisters and Charles Dickens amongst the best. A widely uncelebrated novelist in her time was Jane Austen, and it is in the Peak District that the inspiration for her famous novels such as Emma, Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility was born.
The sweeping landscapes of the moors give perfect backdrops to the grand love scenes and aching heartbreaks read amongst the pages. Imagine stepping into your own English classic novel during your visit to the Peak District.
Another wonder of the UK can be found in the Peak District amongst the many caves and caverns set beneath the land. The adventurers among you can take tours beneath the landscape in boat tours of 18th century lead mines. Or take a visit the affectionately named Devil’s Arse or Peak Cavern, the largest natural cave entrance Britain. The caving gem, Blue John Cavern, holds educational tours into a maze of interconnected tunnels carved from ancient limestone.
It’s safe to say the Peak District is as picturesque as it is adventurous, and with tonnes of stately homes, mountains and quaint market towns to visit too, you may arrive and never want to leave.
Once the greatest city in northern England York has been tantamount in British history. Surviving the odds in various sieges, the city retains much of its historical architecture. The most striking sight to behold has to be York Minster surrounded by the greenery of the museum gardens and Dean Park.
Consider a pleasant wander down the narrow street named York Shambles. A picturesque shopping district that once sold wares to many medieval customers now a quirky boutique shopping paradise.
The overhanging storefronts have been lovingly restored and still include shelves where cuts of meat once hung on hooks, displayed for sale in ancient times. A fabulous insight into the city’s long history, one can still imagine the throng and bustle of shoppers along this narrow alley like strip.
The Lake District
The clue is in the name, and the Lake District is a particular favourite of mine. From early childhood the mountains and many lakes have been the settings for family camping holidays. The colossal mountains such as Old Man Coniston are perfect for the hikers among you. Whilst the glistening waters of Lake Windermere, among others, offer water sport enthusiasts magnificent back drops for days of fun out on the lake.
If hiking and water isn’t quite your thing, then instead let the picturesque country villages and sweeping scenery take your breath away. Each corner you turn holds wondrous new views and endless photo opportunities.
The Lake District provides travellers a true experience of Britain that will last a lifetime in your memory and remain timeless in photos.
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So much more than simply London, the UK has epic landscapes and amazing adventures that are all waiting to be explored as they have been for years and will be for many more to come.