As one of the most influential countries in the world, with hundreds of years of history under its belt, the United Kingdom has literally thousands of things to see and do. While there are hundreds of things to do in England and things to do in Scotland, a list of ten of the most popular UK attractions and UK tours, in no particular order, is shown below.
Visit Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle is one of the oldest inhabited strongholds in the world. It is one of the most popular things to do in England, and a UK tour of the castle can be booked almost any day of the year. Windsor Castle has been a home to the Sovereign for over 900 years, and today is one of the three official residences of the Queen. First built in 1070 by William the Conqueror, this is one of the best places to tour in England.
Visit the Canterbury Cathedral
Another of the most popular things to do in England, Canterbury Cathedral is not only one of the oldest cathedrals in the UK; it is also full of intrigue. Famous murders and burials have happened within the walls of the cathedral, and a UK tour of the cathedral is fascinating. The cathedral dates back to the year 597, and the archives held by the cathedral date back many centuries detailing the records of births and deaths in the area.
Hike the Lake District
The Lake District is a series of lakes that make up one of the most beautiful stretches of English countryside you're likely to find. Walking along the trails is among the most favorite UK attractions among both travelers and locals. Plenty of pubs can be found in the Lake District to warm weary walking legs, as well.
Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the Queen of England and a massive palace to boot. You'll see a flag outside when the Queen is in residence. Buckingham Palace first became the official royal residence in the nineteenth century, and the changing of the guard happens here daily. Since the castle has heavy security, only certain sections of the palace are available for tours. Summer is the best time to view the castle, as tourists will find the most sections are open at this time.
Watch the Changing of the Guard
The changing of the guard is perhaps one of the most appealing UK attractions to visitors. You can see the changing of the guard outside either Windsor Castle or Buckingham Palace. Changing of the guard doesn't always happen every day, though, so be sure to check ahead before you fight the crowds.
Tour the Castles
Both English castles and Scottish castles are imbued with history. Dating back hundreds of years, a tour of the castles is one of the most popular things to do in Scotland and England. Castles offer a chance to see the historical handiwork of various rulers.
Lunch at a Roman Bath
About an hour's bus ride from the city of London you'll find the city of Bath, and in Bath you'll find one of the oldest Roman bathhouses in Europe. Restored and converted into a restaurant, guests can sip tea or nibble sandwiches overlooking the bathhouse.
If you'll be anywhere near Stonehenge (and even if you won't), you'll want to find a way to get here. A description of this ancient circle of stones or seeing any number of images of Stonehenge cannot compare to the feeling of seeing it in person. Dating back thousands of years and thought to be the work of the ancient Celts, the stones of the monument are remarkable both for the ingenuity used to move the massive rocks to their resting place and for their relation to astronomy. Tours are available daily, although the most striking time to see Stonehenge is either at sunrise or sunset.
Ride a rollercoaster at Alton Towers
Alton Towers is one of the UK's most appealing modern theme parks. A former mansion converted into a fun park, Alton Towers is full of unique gardens and comes with an interesting history, as well. The mansion was built by the eccentric 15th Earl of Shrewsbury in the 19th century, who spared no expense at making this one of the most elaborate and bizarre homes in England. It's unique design makes for an intriguing theme park.
Take a Golf Tour
Long ago, the monks of St. Andrews Cathedral began chasing a small ball around their greens with clubs, and by the 18th century golfing was one of the most popular sports in Scotland. One of the most popular things to do in Scotland is golf. With over 400 golf courses, Scotland is a golfer's paradise, and travelers will hardly have time to visit each of these historic courses.
Whether you have time enjoy all of these activities or just a few, you'll have plenty to choose from on your UK vacation.