If you’re planning a trip to the UK, you’ll want to make the most out of every second. You will want your experience to be singular, memorable and quintessentially British. To save you hours of taxing online research, we have compiled the ultimate to-do list below. Tick off every activity and you can be sure to enjoy the most British of British holidays.
Pay a visit to a tea room
If you are looking for a symbol of old-fashioned English charm, look no further than a traditional tearoom. There are a huge number of quirky, interesting and incredible tea rooms for you to visit in the UK and all of them have a varied selection of teas to pick from. To top off the experience, ask for a piece of cake or a scone, which brings us on to our second tip.
Enjoy the local cuisine
Scones are certainly as British as can be, but we have far more to offer. Try a marmite sandwich, beans on toast or a deep-fried Mars Bar. If you’re feeling particularly brave and want to test your limits, you can opt for a Phaal curry – this curry is hotter than the Vindaloo, is one of the spiciest available and originated from Indian restaurants in Birmingham.
Have a weekend cottage break
Who doesn’t appreciate a bit of rustic charm? For those wanting to experience England at its most authentic, try a cottage holiday. If you’re worried about fitting it in, you can always book last-minute cottage deals and make an offer on the cottage that appeals to you. Each cottage is different from the next, and you’ll be able to find one by the coast, in the country or near the mountains. Find your perfect location, relax in your hot tub and enjoy your time off.
Explore a castle
You can’t visit the UK without going to at least one castle. There are ancient castles all over England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and history enthusiasts will love every minute. Each one is unique and offers something very specific for you to enjoy. Of course, the most popular castle of all is probably Windsor Castle, the Queen’s home, built in 1078. Be sure to catch the Changing of the Guard when you’re visiting!
Visit the seaside (in the pouring rain)
There’s no escaping the rain in the UK. It can come when you least expect it, and almost inevitably makes an appearance when you are trying to enjoy a lovely summer’s day at the beach. However, the British way is to be stubborn and defiant, remaining on the beach regardless of the downpour. After all, if we let our actions be governed by rain, we’d never leave the house!
Take a trip to Stonehenge
Stonehenge is located just north of Salisbury and is one of Britain’s best-known and most ancient landmarks. This famous monument dates back 4,000 years and is shrouded in mystery. We have no idea who built it, why they built it or even how they built it, but it attracts thousands of visitors all year round. It is also a popular ceremonial meeting spot for pagans and Wiccans during the solstices.
Enjoy a game of paintball
If you’re looking for a fun family activity, there’s nothing quite like a tension-fuelled game of paintball. There are a number of incredible paintballing venues around the UK. Be sure to dress safely, with lots of layers, and remember that no matter how hard you try to dodge the bullets, you will end the day completely soaked in paint.
Visit various Harry Potter locations
Harry Potter has truly left his mark on British culture and continues to attract people to the UK in their droves. There are a number of scenes from the films that you can visit while in England, and don’t forget to pay a visit to King’s Cross Station where you can get your photo taken with a disappearing trolley at Platform 9 ¾.
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