For a number of popular destinations in the UK, we have identified the Britain's Finest luxury hotels that are located nearby. We have categorised these popular destinations into airports, top attractions and places of interest.
Aberdeen Airport has one main passenger terminal and 2 terminals dedicated to North Sea helicopter operations. There is also a small terminal used primarily for oil company charter flights.
Argyll Forest Park was established back in 1935 and was the first Forest Park to be open to the public in Britain. This magnificent stretch of rugged hill country with its mountains, glens, lochs and woodlands, is considered by many visitors to be the finest of them all. The Park can be reached by car ferry from Gourock to Dunoon, or by the A82 along the western shore of Loch Lomond.
Based north of Bedford in the village of Thurleigh, Bedford Autodrome is owned by Jonathan Palmer the former Formula One driver. Selected as an official training site for the London 2012 Olympics road cycling teams. The tracks are designed using the latest techniques to provide a smooth and quiet surface.
Belfast City Airport is to the east of the city centre. In March 2006, it was decided to rename the airport in memory of the late Belfast footballer George Best. Passenger totals are now well over 2 million a year and increasing.
Belfast International is the 11th busiest airport in the UK in terms of passenger numbers. It is also known as Aldergrove, after the village of that name lying immediately to the west of the airport; Operating transatlantic flights as well as those to the UK and major European cities. The airport operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Birmingham airport is the fifth busiest airport in the UK, and handles over nine million passengers a year. It presently offers many domestic flights in addition to destinations across Europe and some flights to the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and North America.
The Black Mountains are a group of hills, which lie within the Brecon Beacons National Park and are composed of red sandstone. The highest mountain in the group is Waun Fach at 811m. Walkers will enjoy the wide-open spaces, dogs must be kept on a lead as sheep and ponies roam freely. Buzzards are a frequent sight riding the thermal currents.
Bodmin Moor is of one the last great unspoilt areas in the South West. Dominated by dramatic granite tors, which tower over the sweeping expanses of open moorland. Bodmin Moor has provided inspiration for writers, poets and sculptors and generated folklore and legend passed down over the generations.
England: 1400’’s – for almost 30 years a vicious civil war raged across England. Many thousands of people laid down their lives as two families, the House of York and the House of Lancaster fought for the throne of England. Each believed they had the better claim to the throne.
On 22 August 1485, in the heart of rural Leicestershire, two armies faced each other; neither side could have known how important this fight would be. This decisive Battle of Bosworth would witness the death of the King and the birth of a dynasty that would last for 122 years. It was the last time that an English King was killed in battle.
King Richard III had ruled the land for only two years and one month when he found his claim to the throne challenged by Henry. Henry started the day as the Earl of Richmond and ended the day being crowned nearby, becoming Henry VII.
Brands Hatch Motor Racing Circuit offers two track layout configurations, the shorter Indy layout and the full Grand Prix circuit and is currently host to many British and international events. In September 2012 Brands Hatch is to be the base for the Road Cycling events of the 2012 Summer Paralympics.
Within an area of 520 sq miles, the Park contains some of the most spectacular and distinctive upland formations in southern Britain
Bristol International Airport is the main commercial airport serving the city of Bristol and the surrounding area. Passenger numbers are now over 3.8 million a year. Flights operate to the USA, the UK and major European cities.
The British Museum houses one of the greatest collections of human cultural history. Established in 1753 and orginally based on the collections of the physician and scientist Sir Hans Sloane. More than seven million objects from all continents, illustrate and document the story of human culture from its beginning to the present. The Museum charges no admission fee, although charges are levied for some temporary special exhibitions.
Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of Britain's sovereigns since 1837. The State Rooms of the Palace are open to visitors during the Annual Summer Opening in August and September. Originally The Palace was a town house that was owned from the beginning of the eighteenth century by the Dukes of Buckingham, today it is The Queen's official residence.
Located in the Lincolnshire Wolds, Cadwell Park is now primarily used for motorcycle racing events such as the Bennetts British Superbike Championship, held on the August Bank Holiday weekend each year. The Park has also been used for feature clips from the motoring program Fifth Gear.
The Cairngorms mountain range holds 5 of Scotland's 6 largest mountains. They are part of the coldest and snowiest plateaux in the British Isles and contain an ancient woodland.
The Cairngorms National Park includes unique mountainous areas, rivers, lochs and glens. It is also home to 16,000 people and 25% of Britain’’s threatened wildlife species. The Park is the largest in Britain covering approx. 3,800km and attracting thousands of visitors each year. There are plenty of activities for the more energetic including mountain biking, canoeing or climbing. The area also has a rich cultural heritage with castles, fortified houses and estates.
The Cambrian Mountains are distributed among three counties - Powys, Ceredigion & Carmarthenshire. The rivers Severn, Wye, Elan, Irfon, Tywi, Cothi, Teifi, Ystwyth, Rheidol, and Twymyn all have their sources here. This area is one of the few remote places left in Southern Britain and one of the few places where one can escape from the sound of traffic. The Cambrian Mountains are a "living landscape"; their natural beauty is the result of interaction between natural forces and human activity.
Canterbury Cathedral is both a holy place and part of a World Heritage Site. Pilgrims and visitors have made their way to Canterbury Cathedral since the Middle Ages. Visit the Cathedral Library, which contains about 30,000 books and pamphlets printed before 1900, and an expanding collection of some 20,000 books and serials published in the 20th and 21st centuries. An immense wealth of stained glass can also be seen throughout Canterbury Cathedral.
Cardiff International Airport handles around 1.9 million passengers a year. Due to its elevation of 220 feet, Cardiff International Airport has the second best weather record in the UK (after Glasgow Prestwick Airport), so travellers can depend on the reliability of the services to and from the airport.
Carrickfergus Castle is a striking feature of the landscape from land, sea or air. Besieged in turn by the Scots, Irish, English and French, but remains one of the best preserved medieval structures in the whole of Ireland. It has seen over 800 years of military action right up until WWII. Located 10 miles north of Belfast City Centre it greets visitors with its strength and menace.
Chester Cathedral dates back to 907. For the first 530 years of its existence it was Saint Werburgh's Abbey The cathedral is unusual in having a modern stand-alone bell tower buililt in the cathedral grounds in 1974 to house its thirteen bells, Chester Cathedral is home to two choirs; The Chester Cathedral Choir, and The Nave Choir, the oldest Cathedral voluntary choir in the country.
Chester Zoo is home to 500 different species of animals and award-winning gardens. There is a wide range of shops, cafes and ice-cream kiosks located around the Zoo; also comprehensive guidebooks are available that can help you make the most of your day, as well as providing interesting information about the animals. Chester Zoo offers a fun and stimulating day out for everyone, no matter what age.
The Cumbrian Mountains are situated in the Lake District National Park, a great area for outdoor pursuits such as hiking and climbing. They are approximately 56 km wide and include many of England's highest peaks, with 25 summits above 457m and Scafell Pike reaching 3,210 feet/978 metres.
Dartmoor is one of the best areas in country for Bronze Age remains with burial stones and stone circles all over the moor
Drayton Manor Family Theme Park is one of the oldest Parks in the country, built in 1949 and set in 220 acres of lakes and parkland. Thrill seekers will enjoy rides such as G-Force, Apocalypse, or Cyclone. Offering a variety of rides for young and old alike, an ideal venue for a great family day out.
Step back in time with a walk along the Victorian boardwalk of Eastbourne Pier. Witness the original 360 degree Victorian projector, Camera Obscura as it gives a magical view of the seafront, originally built in 1901 and now restored to its former glory. An amusement centre, Sports bar and restaurants will provide a fun packed day out for all the family.
The Eden Project is a large-scale environmental complex near St Austell and one of the most popular visitor attractions in the UK. It took 2½ years to construct and was opened to the public in March 2001. Including two giant, transparent domes, each emulating a natural biome, that house plant species from around the world.
Edinburgh airport now handles over 8 million passengers per year and is officially Scotland's fastest growing airport offering many domestic and international destinations for travellers in the Edinburgh region. The Airport has good facilities for children, business travellers and the disabled.
Edinburgh Castle receives over one million visitors a year. No visit to Edinburgh is complete without a walk around the Castle where you can also enjoy magnificent views of the City. Over one thousand years of history sit on top of the famous Edinburgh rock making it unequalled in the whole of the British Isles.
Exeter International Airport is located 5 miles east of the city centre, with the first flight having departed on Coronation Day in 1937. Today there are over 40 destinations worldwide served by the airport with over 800,000 passengers each year. The airport serves both scheduled and charter flights.
Exmoor is a National Park situated on the Bristol Channel coast of south west England. The park straddles two counties, with two thirds of the park located in Somerset and the other third located in Devon.
The Firth of Forth is the estuary of Scotland's River Forth, where it flows into the North Sea between Fife to the north, and West Lothian, the City of Edinburgh, and East Lothian to the south. There are a large number of towns that line the shores and numerous industrial areas. The Kincardine Bridge and the famous Forth Road Bridge and Forth Bridge carry traffic across the Firth.
The Flamingo Family Fun Park is an amusement and entertainment centre for all the family, with rides and activities to suit all ages, including a rollercoaster, dodgems, boating lake and a range of rides for smaller children. There is an amusement arcade adjacent to the park with over 300 modern machines.
Flamingo Land is one of the UK’’s leading tourist attractions with over 1.4 million visitors a year, a great day out for all the family. With wild rides, wild shows and wild animals. Be amazed at the fantastic kinds of animal life, from the most powerful and fierce to the most rare and endangered species.
Galloway Forest Park, spread out over 300 square miles, is Britain’’s largest forest park. It boasts a host of features including mountains, seashores and a huge variety of plants and animals. For the more energetic there are 120 km of walking trails, 200km of cycling routes, hundreds of miles of open access for horse riders and all supported by three visitor centres.
London Gatwick Airport handles approx 31 million passengers a year and is the UK's second busiest airport. There is only one runway on which 70 airlines fly to over 200 different destinations worldwide. The airport provides a wide range of facilities including those for business, children and the disabled.
Giant’’s Causeway became the ‘‘Eighth Wonder of the World’’ back in the 1700s with coastal scenery that is beautiful and awe-inspiring. A historic site combining myth and legend together with the reality of isolated ruins and kelp walls which bear testament to a life of subsistence farming and fishing endured by past generations.
Glasgow Airport is the busiest Airport in Scotland serving over 150 destinations with 100 airlines carrying over 9 million passengers a year. The airport lies eight miles to the west of Glasgow city and is within easy reach of the rest of Scotland. Principal access is off junction 28 of the M8 motorway
The Grampian Mountains are one of the three major mountain ranges in Scotland, composed of granite, gneiss, marble, schists and quartzite. Extending southwest to northeast between the Highland Boundary Fault and Glen Mor, occupying almost half of the land-area of Scotland. The range includes Ben Nevis, the highest point in the British Isles at 1,344 meters above sea level.
Guernsey Airport is the only airport on the island of Guernsey, situated approx 4 miles from St Peter Port, the capital of the island. Facilities include a cash point, bank, restaurant, cafeteria, bar, duty free shop, newsagent, gift shop, tourist help desk and VIP lounge.
Hadrian’’s Wall was buit in AD122 over a period of six years. According to one of the Roman Biographers, it was built to separate the Romans from the Barbarians, which it did admirably for over 250 years. Hadrian’’s Wall is designated as one of The World Heritage Sites, with its outstanding universal importance to humankind both natural and cultural.
Heathrow is the UK's busiest airport, with 4 terminals, 2 main runways, plus a cross-wind runway. London Heathrow serves 90 different airlines to approximately 170 locations worldwide and handles roughly 64 million passengers a year. The airport provides a wide range of facilities including those for business, children and the disabled.
High Peak is a beautiful area located in the Peak National Park. It is mostly composed of high moorland plateaux. High Peak is an alternative name for the Dark Peak. The High Peak trail consists of 17.5 miles of traffic free trail for walkers, horse-riders and cyclists, with abundant wildlife and flowers.
The Highlands and Islands Airports consist of 10 airports in northern Scotland. Inverness is the hub airport that serves the outer islands. These airports provide an essential link to the mainland for all that live on these islands and of course for visitors to the area.
Hope Valley marks the northern junction between the limestone of the White Peak and the younger shales and grit of the Dark Peak (High Peak) The valley is a broad ‘‘U’’ shape and extensively farmed the main towns being Castleton and Hope. Geologically the area is very interesting and important, you’’ll find the rocks and reefs of an ancient sea bed preserved more or less as it was when it was under the sea.
Ilkley Moor is an expanse of moorland lying directly above the pleasant spa town of Ilkley in West Yorkshire. The peat bogs rise to 402 m (1,319 ft) above sea level. It is famous as the inspiration for the Yorkshire county anthem "On Ilkla Moor Baht'at". There are glorious views across Wharfedale, rocks and crags and a tarn, along with mysterious prehistoric rock carvings.
Inverness airport is the main gateway for travellers to the north of Scotland with a wide range of scheduled services throughout the UK. Visitors are able to explore the immediate Highland areas or can go on to fly to the Orkney and Shetland Islands from Inverness Airport. Over 558,000 passengers travel through the terminal per year.
Isle of Man Airport is situated north-east of Castletown on the south coast of the island. The Airport offers flights to 15 UK cities and over 700,000 passengers fly from the airport each year. There are two ATMs in the main entrance lobby, and a currency exchange bureau opposite the arrivals entrance. The Skylines Travellers Store on the first floor sells a full range of newspapers, periodicals, books, gifts, confectionery and tobacco. The Café Oasis offers casual dining, refreshments and snacks.
Jersey Airport is situated approximately 5 miles west of the island's capital, St Helier. Featuring one of the most dramatic take-offs in the UK, the end of the runway is a few hundred metres away from the cliffs, which overlook St Ouen's Beach, one of the most popular beaches on the island.
The Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum is a very special place for the residents of Glasgow and its surrounding neighbourhoods. Depicting their lives throughout the generations. It is the most visited museum in Scotland with around 1 million visitors each year and also the largest civic museum and art gallery in the UK, with collections of international importance.
Kensington Palace was once a favoured home of some of Britain’’s most famous kings and queens. Parts of the palace remain a private residence for members of the Royal Family today. The gardens are modelled on a Tudor Garden at Hampton Court and are a perfectly-kept example of formal English gardens.
Kew Gardens covers 300 acres and is a leading centre of botanical research, a training ground for professional gardeners and a popular visitor attraction. Kew has one of the most comprehensive plant collections in Britain, despite unfavourable growing conditions, such as, atmospheric pollution from London, dry soils and low rainfall. Two out-stations have been established, at Wakehurst Place in Sussex and Bedgebury Pinetum in Kent.
The Lake District is the largest national park in the country at 885 sq. miles and boasts 241 fells, 16 lakes, 53 tarns and several "waters"
The Lee Valley Regional Park is 26 miles (42 kms) long with something different to offer everyone. It is the perfect place to visit if you enjoy the outdoors, whether you want to participate in sport, outdoor recreation, countryside or wildlife activities. Over 200 species of birds have been recorded, around with 150 sighted annually. Thirty-two species of mammal and over 500 species of flowering plant have been recorded throughout the valley.
Leeds Bradford Airport is located between Leeds and Bradford and easily accessible from several major motorways and public transport services. It is a major northern gateway, with flights to many UK and European destinations, and over 2 million passengers a year pass through its doors.
Legoland Windsor has lots to do for children of all ages, from gold panning to car racing and much more. The park has some spectacular models made entirely of Lego bricks, all set in 150 acres of beautiful parkland, thrill seekers won’’t be able to get enough of the Adventurers’’ Wave Surfer or the Jungle Coaster in Adventure Land.
Liverpool John Lennon Airport is located adjacent to the estuary of the River Mersey south-east of the centre of Liverpool. One of Europe's fastest growing airports. Take advantage of Tax Free Shopping and the many other facilities on offer, with awide range of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars, there's something for everyone.
The Loch Ewe area has several picturesque villages on its shores and stunning scenery, making it ideal territory for those who enjoy walking, cycling or just sitting enjoying the views. With a variety of accommodation options from hotels on the loch side to campsites, there is something to suit all budgets.
Loch Leven is famous for its historical links with Mary Queen of Scots who was imprisoned here in 1567 on Castle Island and for its celebrated brown trout fishery. It is Scotland’’s largest lowland freshwater loch with a huge waterfowl population. Surrounded by some of the most beautiful and dramatic mountains in Scotland, Vane Farm Nature Reserve is situated here and is a wonderful introduction to the area.
Loch Lomond is 24 miles long, five miles wide and at its deepest point is some 600 feet deep. There are 38 Islands in the loch, some of them inhabited and there is even a Hotel on one. The area is renowned for its beauty and tranquillity and offers picture postcard views around every corner. Some 200 species of birds and over 25% of Britain's wild plants have been recorded in the area.
Loch Ness is a large, deep freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands extending for approximately 37 km (23 miles) southwest of Inverness. Best known for the alleged sightings of the legendary Loch Ness Monster. Boat cruises operate from various locations along its shores giving tourists the chance to look for the monster. At Drumnadrochit there is a Loch Ness Monster exhibition centre, which contains information on the legendary creature.
London City Airport is a single-runway airport, and principally serving the financial districts of London. Located on a former Docklands site it is the fifth airport serving the London area. Inside the terminal there are 26 check-in desks plus an extra 5 self-service kiosks. Unlike other large airports travellers benefit from the quick turnarounds and the short pier, enabling travellers to check-in as little as 15 minutes before takeoff.
The British Airways London Eye is located on the banks of the River Thames and offers unrivalled views over London - it is also the world's tallest observation wheel at 135m high. The London Eye is the most distinctive addition this century to the world's greatest city and attracts over 3.5 million people a year (an average of 10,000 a day). Passengers in the London Eye's capsules can see up to 40 kilometres in all directions, in complete comfort and safety.
London Zoo is home to hundreds of wonderful reptiles, invertebrates, fish, birds and mammals. Set in 36 acres of gardens, there is something to keep everyone entertained. The Zoo is currently undergoing a massive renovation project aimed at replacing cages with enclosures, which recreate the animals' natural environments, giving a better lifestyle to the animals and a more realistic experience to visitors.
Longleat is set within 900 acres of Capability Brown landscaped parkland. Longleat House is widely regarded as one of the best examples of high Elizabethan architecture in Britain and one of the most beautiful stately homes open to the public. Longleat Safari Park remains one of the country’’s leading wildlife attractions.
Lough Neagh is situated in central Northern Ireland and is the largest freshwater lake in the British Isles. Very large numbers of wintering wildfowl can be found here. Used as a source of water for Belfast also for fishing and sand extraction. There are many opportunities to take part in land and water based recreational activities.
London Luton Airport is located in Bedfordshire some 35 Miles north of London and has become a fully equipped international airport which serves approximately 7.5 million passengers a year. Catering for all passengers, with facilities for business executives, families with young children and travellers with disabilities or special needs.
The Malvern Hills offer an array of activities from a short walks to hand gliding, with over 4500 acres of open countryside to enjoy. This eight mile ridge has been described as a mountain range in miniature and contains some of the oldest rocks in Britain and has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Manchester Airport opened to airline traffic in June 1938. It is located on the boundary between Cheshire and Manchester in Greater Manchester. The airport provides direct flights to over 200 destinations worldwide by over 95 airlines. Manchester is the fourth busiest airport in the United Kingdom and the biggest outside of London, in terms of passengers per year.
The Mountains of Mourne are the most picturesque mountains in Ireland. With twelve peaks, beautiful forests and glorious sandy beaches this area provides an ideal location for hill walking, mountain biking, climbing, horse riding and much more. Internationally recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The National Gallery houses Western European paintings from 1250 to 1900 and entry to the main collection is free. The National Gallery has grown to be a collection of international renown since its foundation in 1824, shaped mainly by its early directors and by private donations.
The National Portrait Gallery opened to the public in 1856 and houses artwork of historically important and famous British people. The collection includes paintings, caricatures, drawings, photographs and sculptures. As well as its permanent collections The Gallery exhibits contemporary work, stages exhibitions of portrait art by individual artists and hosts the annual BP Portrait Prize competition.
The Natural History Museum is home to over 70 million items consisting of five main collections: Botany, Entomology, Mineralogy, Palaeontology and Zoology. The Museum is home to the largest and most important natural history collection in the world and is well known for its dinosaur skeletons.
The National Exhibition Centre is the busiest exhibitions centre in Europe, with up to four million visitors each year and staging more than 180 exhibitions each year. There are 21 halls totalling 200,000 square metres (two million square feet). Renowned for large-scale international trade fairs with an active interest in helping smaller specialist shows develop, providing advice, support and essential services to organisers.
The New Forest is the only National Park in the South East of England and was established by William the Conqueror as a deer hunting reserve
The New MetroLand is Europe's largest indoor funfair, offering 12 major attractions all under one roof including The New Rollercoaster, Wonderful Waveswinger, Swashbuckling Pirate Ship, Beautiful Balloons Ferris Wheel, Disco Dodgems and more. Visitors can wander through the funfair into the malls of the MetroCentre, where you can shop till you drop at over 300 leading stores.
Newcastle Airport is located about 6 miles (11 km) from Newcastle city centre. The CAA recently named Newcastle as the fastest growing regional airport in the UK, handling over 5.19 million passengers a year. Destinations in Europe, the Middle East and North America are served from Newcastle Airport by charter and scheduled airlines.
The Norfolk Broads has a rich history with unique wildlife and many wonderful places to visit. A great way to explore the Broads is by water, as much of the history of the Broads revolves around the way the rivers have been used over the years. Over two million people visit the Broads every year, exploring by land or water or a combination of both.
The North Downs is a ridge of chalk hills that stretches about 100 miles from Hampshire through Surrey and Kent. They have been designated as having two Areas of outstanding Natural Beauty - The Surrey Hills and Kent Downs. There are many small villages and winding lanes in the dry valleys.
The North Harris Mountains provides an environment for many outdoor recreational pursuits such as climbing and walking. Home to an important population of breeding birds, used for grazing and to a lesser extent some agriculture. The North Harris Mountains are collectively owned and managed by the island' s residents.
The North York moors are one of the largest expanses of heather moorland in the United Kingdom.
The Northumberland National park is located at the very top of England but right in the centre of Britain. It boasts the breathtaking rolling moors and grasslands of the Cheviot Hills, in which is found the Upper Coquet Valley with its landmark Simonside Hills and the beautiful villages of Harbottle and Holystone.
Set in the grounds of Oulton Hall historic house, Oulton Park Circuit is known as 'The Goodwood of the North'. The Park regularly plays host to rounds of the British Superbike Championship, British F3/GT Championships and British Touring Car Championship. Driving experiences, track days and private testing can be arranged during the week.
The second most visited National Park in the World, the Peak District is an upland area in northern and central England
The Pembrokeshire Coast is Britain's only truly coastal national park and boasts a spectacular landscape of rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, wooded estuaries, wild inland hills and a place of sanctuary for wildlife. Pembrokeshire is internationally important for many of its coastal, marine and lowland heath habitats, and of national importance for other habitats such as its ancient, semi-natural oak woodland.
Pleasure Beach Great Yarmouth – East Anglia’’s most popular tourist attraction, occupying a nine-acre seafront location. The main park itself has over 20 large rides as well as crazy golf courses, water attractions, kiddie rides and awe-inspiring white knuckle classics.
The Queen Elizabeth Forest Park encompasses mountains, moorland, forests, woodland, rivers and lochs. For many, the attraction of the park lies in the peace and quiet, the magnificent views and the wide range of activities and facilities. It is also home to a rich variety of animal and plant life.
Regent’’s Park is the largest outdoor sports area in London, with nearly 100 acres available for sports fans of all abilities. The Park covers 410 acres and was designed in 1811 by renowned architect John Nash and includes stunning rose gardens with more than 30,000 roses of 400 varieties. It is open from 5am until dusk all year round.
The Roman Baths are situated below modern street level and have four main features, the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple, the Roman Bath House and finds from Roman Bath. It is one of Britain’’s best known, most spectacular and most frequently visited ancient monuments. Collections include coins, tokens and medals, including items from Bath’’s Saxon Mint and Georgian Bath and social history items from Bath.
The Royal Academy of Arts is the oldest fine arts institution in Britain, famous for exhibitions acclaimed both in Britain and overseas. More than a million people each year visit the exhibitions, one of the most recent famous ones being Monet in the 20th Century. It is also home to a fine permanent collection and the oldest fine arts library in Britain.
Salisbury Cathedral is a beautiful and historic building, an international symbol of Christianity and a world-class heritage attraction. Unique amongst medieval English cathedrals, built within one century with no substantial later additions. Salisbury Cathedral and the Cathedral Close are visited by over 500,000 people a year, some as tourists others attending some of the many events taking place.
Salisbury Plain chalk plateau in central southern England, famous for its rich archaeology, including Stonehenge, is one of England's best-known landmarks. The Plain has several military institutions, arable land and a few small areas of beech and coniferous woodland. The Plain has featured in the writings of William Wordsworth, Thomas Hardy, William Henry Hudson and A.G. Street and in the paintings of Constable.
Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England. It is located in the Lake District National Park in Cumbria. With its rocky and rugged paths, The Pike is very often covered by mist, however lower paths are well defined and gentle. The fantastic views are undoubtedly amongst the best England can offer.
The Science Museum has over 300,000 objects in its care, covering the entire history of western science, technology and medicine. With over 40 galleries including thousands of interactive exhibits with many permanent displays. There are over 1.6 million visitors per year making The Museum one of the top ten tourist attractions in the UK.
Sherwood Forest is the legendary home of Robin Hood and ecologically important home to some of Europe’’s rare trees and heathland. Discover this ancient patchwork of woodland, heath, farms & settlements, which have survived down through the ages to be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.
Silverstone Circuit is a motor racing circuit near the village of Silverstone in Northamptonshire, England. It is best known as the home of the British Grand Prix, which it first hosted in 1948 and which has been held on the circuit every year since 1987. The circuit is also home to the BRDC International Trophy, formerly one of the premier non-Championship F1 races in the calendar, today awarded to the winner of a race for historic F1 cars at the annual Silverstone Classic meeting.
Located just 2kms from the village of Snetterton on the A11. Host to races including the British Superbikes, British Formula Three Championship and British Touring Car Championship. During the week the circuit offers driving experiences and can be hired out for private testing and track days.
Somerset House is an 18th century building, which houses the celebrated collections of the Courtauld Institute of Art, Gilbert Collection and Hermitage Rooms. Until the nineteenth century Somerset House reached the waters edge, but this was changed with the building of the embankment though the southern face of the building still features boat moorings. In the winter the central courtyard is home to an open-air ice rink. At other times, an array of fountains display vertical jets of water rising to random heights.
The South Downs is an area of chalk downland in southern England, culminating in the cliffs at Beachy Head. Much of the Downs will be included in the future South Downs National Park.
Southampton Airport is located in Eastleigh near Southampton. Statistics suggest that Southampton airport now handles in excess of 1.8 million passengers a year. In 1936 the first test flights of the Supermarine Spitfire were conducted at the airport, a near-full size sculpture of a Mk V Spitfire has been erected at the road entrance to commemorate the event.
The Sperrin Mountains have a special charm, especially for walkers. With windswept hills, sparse highlands and lush river valleys, stretching from the western shoreline of Lough Neagh in County Tyrone to the southern portions of County Londonderry. There are numerous beautiful places to camp or village hostels to relax. Although sparsely populated, it’’s amazing how many people visit this area.
St Paul’’s Cathedral dates from the 17th century and is one of London’’s most visited sites. Its impressive dome was inspired by St Peter's Basilica in Rome. It rises 108 metres to the cross at its summit, making it a famous London landmark. St Paul's is often used in movies as part of an establishing shot to place the viewers in London. The cathedral is open to the public, though there is a charge for non-worshipping visitors.
Stansted Airport is a large passenger airport with a single runway and hub for a number of major European low-cost airlines. Stansted International Airport has one terminal. There are three boarding piers, one connected to the main terminal by a pedestrian bridge and the other two by a people mover system. Stansted has a railway station below the terminal building, with rail services to London every 15/30 minutes.
Stonehenge was constructed in three phases and required more than thirty million hours of labour. It is probably the most important prehistoric monument in the whole of Britain and has attracted visitors from earliest times. There has always been intense debate over quite what purpose Stonehenge served. The site and its surroundings were added to the UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in 1986 in a co-listing with Avebury Henge monument.
Strangford Lough is a popular tourist attraction noted for its fishing and the picturesque villages and townships which border its waters. About a third of the Lough is intertidal - best seen from the huge expanses of sandflats exposed at the northern end at low tide. At high tide this area is covered in shallow water. It is also a conservation area with abundant wildlife recognised internationally for its importance and a winter migration destination for many wading and sea birds.
Tate Britain is one of the family of four Tate galleries which display selections from the Tate Collection. It is the world centre for the understanding and enjoyment of British art and works actively to promote interest in British art internationally. Tate Britain exhibits British art from 1500 to the present day including major works of art. Study days, courses and conferences are available, designed for anyone who has an interest in the history of modern or contemporary art.
Tate Modern is the national gallery of international modern art, located in London. Created in the year 2000 from a disused power station, it houses the national collection of British art from the year 1500 to the present day, and of international modern art. The gallery is a very popular destination with Londoners and tourists alike. Entry to the collection displays and some temporary exhibitions is free.
The Deep is a public aquarium dedicated to increasing people’’s enjoyment and understanding of the world’’s oceans and so far has welcomed over 2 million visitors from the UK and abroad. Hands on interactive, audiovisual presentations and living exhibits tell the story of the world’’s oceans. You can see fourteen species of shark, huge marine dinosaurs, moray eels, rays and hundreds of other stunning sea creatures. Behind the scenes a team of dedicated marine biologists look after all of the animals in The Deep’’s collection as well as carrying out vital research into the marine environment.
The Fens are unique with an atmosphere and character all of their own. They stretch from Cambridge to Lincoln and from King’’s Lynn to Peterborough, boasting nearly 1 million acres of beautiful black soil and wildlife-rich water. As well the flowers, horticulture, water and wildlife, they are full of history and heritage, with the Fens towns providing vibrant centres for live and performing arts.
The Lowry is set in a magnificent waterside location at the heart of the redeveloped Salford Quays in Greater Manchester. The welcoming building is designed to reflect the surrounding landscapes and flourishing waterways, in its glass and metallic surfaces. The Lowry aims to give everyone access to new areas of creativity and to embrace its broad community with the layout encouraging visitors to explore and enjoy the variety of facilities housed within it, throughout the day and evening.
The Needles is one of the Island's most famous landmarks. Every year, nearly half a million people visit to view these jagged chalk stacks, lighthouse and the unique multi coloured sand cliffs. On the outermost rock is the Needles Lighthouse, which was manned until 1997. It first became popular with tourists over 200 years ago, and in Victorian times the area attracted large numbers of visitors who travelled from the mainland by paddle steamer.
The Pennines are a mountain range in England stretching a total length of approximately 250 miles and constitute the main watershed in northern England, dividing the eastern and western parts of the country. It is a relatively sparsely populated region and is widely considered to be one of the most scenic areas of Britain. Famous with walkers, the Pennine Way, is a path that takes you from the South to the North Pennines.
The Wash is found on the east coast of the UK, running from just south of Skegness to Hunstanton. With its bleak, yet beautiful landscape of saltmarshes, mudflats and open water, this is one of the most outstanding coastal wetlands in Europe and one of Britain's most important winter feeding areas for waders and wildfowl. The Wash has a number of other habitats of conservation significance, including saline lagoons, shingle structures and dune complexes.
Thetford Forest attracts over 1.5 million visitors each year. Located in the heart of East Anglia, the forest is a patchwork of pines, heathland and broadleaves. At 19,500 hectares it is the largest man-made lowland forest in the country. Thetford Forest Park is open to pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders with numerous picnic areas, way marked walks, cycle routes (graded for novices up to black extreme difficulty trails), bridleways and educational facilities.
The Tower of London is one of the world's most famous and spectacular fortresses. Founded by William the Conqueror in 1066-7 and enlarged and modified by successive sovereigns. It has a 900-year history as a royal palace and fortress, prison and place of execution, mint, arsenal, menagerie and jewel house. The Tower is the most impressive and best-preserved medieval castle in any European capital and is designated as a World Heritage Site and a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum illustrates the way of life and the traditions of the people of the north of Ireland. Almost 50 exhibits have been acquired by the Folk Museum depicting the story of life in early 20th century Ulster. The Transport Museum is one of the finest in Europe and displays Ireland's largest and most comprehensive transport collection. Permanent exhibitions of international acclaim also include Titanic and X2 Flight Experience.
The Victoria & Albert Museum, known as the V & A, is part of a family of museums consisting of The Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green and The Theatre Museum in Covent Garden. It is the world's greatest museum of art and design, with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity. A programme of changing exhibitions run throughout the year in addition to the Museum's permanent collection covering a broad range of subjects from design and fashion to photography and architecture. The V&A has lots of exciting free events and activities for families.
Wester Ross’’s varied and beautiful scenery is full of wildlife including dolphins, whales, eagles and buzzards, as well as thousands of deer. There are 13 freshwater lochs ranging from 25-320 metres above sea level, surrounded by heath and blanket bog with intricate shorelines and islands. Driving around Wester Ross is an adventure on its own, with its many single-track roads, huge mountains and stunning scenery.
Westminster Abbey, is a mainly Gothic church, on the scale of a cathedral. It is the traditional place of coronation and burial site for English monarchs. Since the coronations in 1066 of both King Harold and William the Conqueror, all English and British monarchs have been crowned in the Abbey. There has been a place of worship on this site for well over a thousand years and The Abbey is famous throughout the world attracting visitors from all corners of the globe.
Windermere Lake Cruises, winner of the 2003 Cumbria for Excellence Award - Large Tourist Attraction of the year, operates on England's largest lake with the central point being Bowness on Windermere. A number of cruises can be taken, all offering something different, enabling you to take advantage of the attractions on-route and the wonderful views of the lake from its shoreline to the high tops. During the summer season evening cruises and Jazz / Buffett cruises are also in operation.
Windsor Castle is an official residence of The Queen and the largest occupied castle in the world. Visitors can walk around the State Apartments, extensive suites of rooms at the heart of the working palace. Within the Castle complex there are many additional attractions, including the Drawings Gallery, Queen Mary's dolls' house, and the fourteenth-century St. George's Chapel. For part of the year visitors can also see the Semi State rooms, which are some of the most splendid interiors in the castle.
York Minster is the largest Gothic church in England and was built between the 12th and 15th centuries. From the Central Tower you can enjoy excellent views over the city or visit The Foundations Museum under the Minster, which shows how the present building was constructed on the site of a Norman Cathedral. Two million people visit York Minster every year, whether as tourists or pilgrims.
The beautiful dales are typically green with dry stonewalls and almost all are named after the river that runs through them