Fun Places in the UK
The United Kingdom is a group of islands that includes England and Scotland, Ireland and Wales. You can explore medieval castles and the natural scenic wonders of the coast. In England and Scotland, you can visit cities such as London and Edinburgh. Take a tour by bus, train or boat to see landmarks and neighboring cities.
England and London
A fun place to visit while in London is Buckingham Palace, where you can watch the changing of the royal guard, a tradition that dates to 1660. Visit Piccadilly circle, Abbey Road or The Royal Museum, or enjoy a play at one of London's many theaters. William Shakespeare performed at The Old Globe Theater, which was destroyed by Puritans in 1644 and rebuilt; it is in Southwark on the Thames River. You can explore other regions of England by rail, which has reasonable rates and convenient stations throughout the country.
Scotland's beautiful countryside has green rolling hills behind seaside cliffs and is home to hundreds of castles and ruins dating to the sixth century. Stirling Castle, which dates to the 12th century, was home to the Stuart kings and queens and the site of the battle where William Wallace defeated the English army. Stirling Castle is one of the best examples of Renaissance architecture in Scotland. Other castles include Doune Castle, Castle Campbell and the most famous, Edinburgh Castle, on the royal mile, which has village shops and kilt distributors. Edinburgh Castle was the home of Mary Queen of Scots, who was beheaded by her sister, Queen Elizabeth. Some castles are hotels and bed and breakfasts. If you travel to the Scottish Highlands, be sure to take a tasting tour of the local Scotch distilleries, such as Glenfiddich, Glenlivet and Glenmorangie.
Ireland and Wales
Take a cruise from Scotland to Ireland aboard the Stena Line. These cruises are reasonably priced and include luxury dinning accommodations and reservations. Leave Scotland from Stranraer and arrive in Belfast. In Ireland, visit County Cork, where you can go whale watching or take a walk along the scenic coast to see migrating birds and seals. Enjoy an afternoon on one of the famous golf courses, with green grass plains and gentle hills that overlook the ocean. The Guinness Brewery offers beer-tasting tours. Book another cruise for your trip to Wales, which has more castles than any other place in the U.K. Sample the local cuisine, which includes plenty of fresh seafood.