The British have many places to entertain you, from historical monuments to family-friendly outings and cutting-edge art and media. Below are the best tourist destinations in Britain.
National Museum of Scotland
The National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh exposes the culture and natural history across the world. The stunning building makes a thrilling first impression, and you can spend a day exploring the collection. You can also read inspirational books from many authors.
Tower of London
The Tower of London is a famous tourist destinations where the Prince in the Tower disappeared under the reign of Richard III and where Anne of Boleyn met her grisly end. Dare to enter to explore the bloody tower.
An icon of a glorious bygone era, Blackpool Tower was designed by Victorian architect Frank Matcham who was inspired by the Eiffel tower. The tower is home to the magnificent Blackpool Tower Ballroom, and you can take a behind-the-scenes heritage tour or hit the dance floor at a daily tea dance.
Brighton palace pier, Brighton
Brighton is England’s premier seaside resort, and its 1722 foot Victorian pier is one of the finest examples of a pleasure pier anywhere in the world. You can enjoy the amazing view as you eat chips or take a turn on old-fashioned fairground rides such as shelter skelters and carousels.
Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh
The Royal Yacht Britannia was the last in a long line of royal yachts, commissioned by King George VI two days before he died. The impressive vessel traveled 1087623 nautical miles in service to the Queen. Many political leaders stepped aboard, including Sir Winston Churchill, Rajiv Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher, Boris Yeltsin, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton.
Caernarfon Castle, Gwynedd
Caernarfon Castle was built by Edward I on the Menai Strait in the 13th Century. You can climb its polygonal towers for incredible views of the Caernarfon, and you can also stay there in Bath Tower.
Roman Baths, Bath
This ancient Roman bathing complex is in the center of the picturesque Bath next to the beautiful medieval Bath Abbey. It was constructed around natural hot springs in the first century Ad in a Roman settlement that was then known as Aquae Sulis, along with a temple dedicated to the goddess of the springs Sulis Minerva.
Eden Project, Cornwall
The Eden project’s striking geodesic domes are a famous attraction in Cornwall. Conceived and designed by Sir Tim Smit, the vast tropical garden is built in an old Cornish clay pit. The biomes have thousands of different species of plants and tree-follow canopy walks around the enormous Rainforest Biome.
Hampton Court Palace, London
West of London into Surrey is the grand Tudor palace of the infamously extravagant Henry VIII. Get a glimpse of what life was like in his court in the tapestry-clad Great Hall and see how the lavish banquets were prepared in the brilliantly restored Great Kitchens.
Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon
Stratford-upon-Avon is a place where William Shakespeare was born, and you can visit the home where he was born and grew upon far from the banks of the River Avon. There are many Shakespeare hotspots in the town, but this is an attractive one in Britain.
Albert Dock, Liverpool
Liverpool’s historic Albert Dock features the largest collection of Grade I listed buildings in the UK. Established in 1839, the prosperous port became one of the world’s most important trading centers before closing in 1972.
Radcliffe Camera, Oxford
This building was built by the architect James Gibbs between 1737 and 1749 to house a new scientific library. The Latin word ‘camera’ means ‘chamber,’ and it was named after the royal physician Dr. John Radcliffe who bequeathed funds to Oxford University.
National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire
National Botanic Garden of Wales is at the forefront of horticultural science and learning. The grand Norman Foster-designed single-span glasshouse is the largest in the world.
Glenfinnan Viaduct, Inverness-shire
Glenfinnan Viaduct reached a whole new audience when it was used as a location for the Harry Potter films. The 21 arches of the 1000 foot long and 100-foot high viaduct can be found west of Fort William. The Jacobite steam train, which loops between Fort William and Mallaig, crosses here. And train stops so that passengers can take in the epic view.
York Minster and historic Yorkshire
The York Minster stands in the center of historic York, surrounded by half-timbered houses and shops, medieval guildhalls, and churches. York is also a good base from which to explore northeast England, in particular the rugged beauty of the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors.
Lake District national park
It covers 900 square miles and is a must-visit tourist destinations for travelers to England. With 12 of the country’s largest lakes and more than 2000 miles of rights of way waiting to explore, it has magnificent views and scenery straight out of a painting.