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Exploring United Kingdom sans London

July 17 2015

 

Cambridge

Cambridge

Cotswold

Cotswold

Brighton

Brighton

Yorkshire Dales

Yorkshire Dales

Cornwall

Port Isaac, Cornwall

Lake District

Lake District National Park

Scotland - Highlands

The Highlands

Scotland - Edinburgh

View of Edinburgh

Wales - Gywnedd

Conwy Castle, Wales

Wales - Gower

Rossili Beach, Gower Peninsula

 

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is commonly known as the United Kingdom or Britain. It beckons people to revel in its rich cultural heritage. However, the culture aficionados are sometimes so enthralled by the majestic London, they rush through the authentic Britain experience. Presented below are the places to visit while in the UK, besides the London of course.

Cambridge

Home to the world-renowned Cambridge University established in 1209, here time here stands still. The area around the university is tranquil and is abundant with exquisite gardens, local taverns, and waterways for the tourists to experience its rich culture. Walk down the lanes of this splendid university town to witness the centuries old architecture that inspired great minds.

Cotswold

Step back in time to the quintessential 19th century England. Its prosperous wool industry brought wealth to the region and led to construction of lavish honey-colored mansions. Declared as one of the Areas of Natural Beauty (AONB), Cotswold is ideal for relaxing and tea sipping on a lazy afternoon.

Brighton

Brighton, with its magnificent beaches, white-chalk landscape, and year-round temperate climate, is city extraordinaire. Hike up to the daunting East Cliff that acted as a sentry against invasions in the ancient times.

Yorkshire Dales

Walk, ride a bike, or hop on the steam train to witness the dramatic moors and dales rolling down to meet the coastline. Yorkshire Dales is dotted with numerous awe-inspiring caves and protected wilderness waiting to be explored by you.

Cornwall

Cornwall is a quaint peninsula overlooking the Celtic sea on the north and west, and the English Channel on the south. It is popular for an intriguing landscape of sharp cliffs and golden beaches. Cornwall boasts of Eden Project, the largest greenhouse in the world.

Lake District

Lake District is the largest protected area to be declared as ANOB. The panoramic vistas of this lake have inspired artists, writers, and poets since times immemorial.

Scotland - Highlands

Escape into the Highlands for undisturbed solitude. The untouched wilderness, stunning scenery accented with lochs and mountain ranges stretch to the Isle of Skye, Isle of Rum, the Orkney Islands, and the western Isles.

Scotland - Edinburgh

Come to Edinburgh, the vibrant city capital and bask in the centuries old history. You are in for a real treat as you visit its iconic Edinburgh Castle, Saint Giles Cathedral, and Rosslyn Chapel. Schedule your travel to celebrate the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (takes place every August for three weeks) and the Hogmanay (New Year), when the city transforms into one huge carnival.

Wales - Gywnedd

Once an independent kingdom, a major part of Gywnedd falls under the Snowdonia National Park. It is famous for its undulating hills, extensive coastline, and the Harlech Castle. The mountains of Beddgelert is excellent for the ones looking for an authentic village experience. The must-visit Sygun copper Mine is a few miles away from Beddgelert.

Wales - Gower

A unique getaway destination, Gower was the first to be designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is a haven for the outdoors lovers with its quaint beaches, emerald green farmlands, and rocky or sandy bays.

Come for the culture, stay for the tranquility. Having its fair share of celebrated landmarks and cosmopolitan cities, there is never a dull moment while travelling to UK. However, this imperial land is also famous for its unpredictable weather conditions that some travelers describe as "flickers like a pendulum." Such weather can bring an unpleasant bout of illness, or flight disruptions. Therefore, before you pack your bags, consider availing a comprehensive travel insurance plan for ensuring a hassle-free experience.

 

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