The UK is home to the Royal family, Stonehenge and Cadbury World. Wherever you go in Great Britain, you'll find something different to do. The beauty of it is that while it seems huge to the locals, compared to most bigger countries in the world, everything is within driving distance.
Keep it local
When you enter the UK, there is a high chance that you'll come in via one of the London-based airports. Take the opportunity to visit all the major sights in the capital and have your camera at the ready for some great photographs. The London Eye and the Shard will both give you some fantastic panoramic views of the city, while Buckingham Palace and the Natural History Museum are ideal to take in some culture. London is easiest to get around by public transport so use the Underground or one of the infamous red buses.
Embrace the countryside
If you want to see a bit more of what Britain has to offer, head out to the surrounding countryside. The Cotswolds has some lovely scenery, giving you the perfect opportunity to go walking and stop off at a traditional pub for lunch. To get to these beauty spots, you'll find public transport significantly lacking. If you're looking for car hire, UK-based companies are likely to be the easiest option, allowing you to arrange, book and collect your car when you arrive. You can then drive out to the location of your choice and pack a picnic to enjoy.
Explore the cities
You'll find huge contrasts between the cities as you travel around them and the culture varies from place to place. Head up to Liverpool if you want to learn about some of the most iconic musicians in modern history. If you want to get involved in the football, head to Old Trafford, home to the infamous Manchester United football club. Go on match day and get completely absorbed in the excitement and buzz of 75,000 football fans.
If you fancy giving yourself a bit of an adrenaline rush, head to one of the theme parks around the country. Alton Towers is always a popular option, featuring a range of white-knuckle rollercoasters that aren't for the faint-hearted. You will also find there are a range of different watersports centres that you can visit if you fancy getting the adrenaline and getting wet. The Isle of Wight has Cowes Week every summer, ideal if you want to get out on a boat around the island.
The thing to remember about the UK is that it is so easy to get everywhere and, unlike in the USA, you can drive to almost every part of Britain in one day. There is the option to fly but driving is often easier and you can stop off at other destinations on your way through. Create a list of things you want to do and places you want to visit then tick them off your list as you go. You'll probably come across other tourist attractions during your stay that you hadn't previously considered so make sure you factor in extra time to fit everything in.
Heathrow’s proximity to central London makes it a popular airport in the eyes of travellers – 70 million arrived and departed the airport in 2012 – and, as a result, the airport’s desirable location is especially handy for those looking at car hire. Heathrow Airport is only 15 minutes’ drive from popular attractions residing in central London like the London Eye, O2 Arena and the Shard while a 30 minute drive to the west takes you to Reading, home of the famous Oracle shopping centre.
Luton Airport lies further north than Heathrow so it could be advisable for holidaymakers to look at car hire – Luton Airport to central London is around an hour’s drive – if they want to reach the capital. However, it is much closer to Milton Keynes and Cambridge, which could be useful if travellers are heading to Milton Keynes Bowl for a gig or visiting the latter’s University to explore the city’s historic grounds.
For travellers looking for an up and coming region in terms of nightlife, Essex is a must-visit. Home to the famous Sugar Hut nightclub – as well as Lakeside Shopping Centre – Essex boasts a vibrant clubbing scene that attracts celebs from central London and clubbers from afar. It is easiest to fly to Stansted Airport and rent a car; Stansted Airport is only 45 minutes’ drive away, making it easy for revellers to head back to the airport after a few nights on the town.
Bristol Airport lies much further west than Heathrow, Luton and Stansted and a rental vehicle may be required in order to reach central London. However, Bristol is a fantastic city in its own right and for those wanting car hire – Bristol Airport has a number of rental services on offer – Cardiff is only a short drive away. The airport is also close to the coast, so travellers should make the most of the golden sands offered by nearby seaside town Weston-super-Mare.
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