5 Wonderful Places to Visit in the UK
The United Kingdom is considered to be the world’s 8th biggest tourist destination. Some of the tourist attractions that are mostly visited in the UK are museums, castles, palaces, zoos, churches, cathedrals, amusement and theme parks. The UK is also packed with historic monuments, beaches and beautiful countryside locations.
- Tower of London
The Tower of London also knows as ‘Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress’ is a very popular attraction situated in central London. It was built by William the Conqueror and has a very interesting history associated with it. This castle that was built millions of years ago served as a palace, fortress and also a prison. The tower houses the crown jewels including the most famous diamond, ‘The Koh-i-Noor’. It also has a huge collection of armors and provides shelter to the ravens. The Yeomen Warders also known as the ‘Beefeaters’ guard the tower and also take care of the ravens. The Tower of London is also known for housing the Royal Menagerie centuries ago.
- Fingal’s Cave
Fingal’s Cave is a sea cave on the island of Staffa in Scotland. The cave was formed by the basalt columns and lava. According to history and studies, the cooling of the lava resulted in the hexagonal basalt columns that form the cave. This cave is 72 feet tall and 270 feet deep. The Fingal’s Cave is a wonderful attraction to visit and the Staffa Island is a home to seals, dolphins, sharks and whales. You can visit the cave via cruises that normally tour the island.
Portmeirion is a very popular tourist village situated in the North Wales. It is known to be built in the style of an Italian village by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis. Portmeirion is currently owned by a charitable trust. It has been a source of inspiration for many writers and film producers. ‘The Village’ fictional setting of the 1960’s UK Television series ‘The Prisoner’ was apparently done in the Portmeirion village. Portmeirion is surrounded by sub-tropical woodlands, gardens, restaurants, hotels and sandy beaches. The Castell Deudraeth mansion that Sir Williams bought in 1931 was opened as an 11 room hotel and restaurant in the year 2001. There is an admission charge for day visits at Portmeirion.
- Achmelvich Beach
The Achmelvich beach is situated in Scotland and has been awarded “MCS (Marine Conservation Society) recommended” title and also the blue flag award many times. It is a beautiful sandy beach for relaxing and is a perfect spot for water-skiers, wind surfers and kayakers. The beach is also popular for fishing with species like cod, haddock, pollack, saithe, whiting and mackerel being the common fishes caught.
Stonehenge is a very popular prehistoric monument and one of the most visited tourist locations in England. It has a history spanning more than 4000 years and is known to be constructed in three phases. The archaeological evidence indicated that the cremated human remains found at the site contained human bones that date back to 3000 BC. Entrance to Stonehenge is managed through timed tickets. The visitor centre comprises permanent and temporary exhibitions, a cafe and a retail centre.