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5 Extraordinary UK Attractions you have to Visit

The United Kingdom is known for many things. Exquisite tea, greasy spoon cafes and saying sorry a lot, to name a few. However, if you’re on your first trip to the UK, then it’s hard to narrow down so many of the incredible attractions to visit during your stay. Thankfully, here at Best UK Hotels, we’re on hand to give you a little guidance. So without further ado, we present 5 extraordinary UK attractions you have to visit!

Children in a forest adventure

5) The Forbidden Corner – North Yorkshire

You could be forgiven for thinking you’d stepped onto the set of Labyrinth but tucked away in a nook of North Yorkshire lays the Forbidden Corner. A maze swarming with puzzles, timorous beasties and surprises round every corner, this is a true delight to experience with the family.

Find out more about going on a trip to the Forbidden Corner!

4) The British Museum – London

One of the UK’s best loved and best known attractions; the British Museum is a must-visit for anybody taking a trip to the UK’s capital. Packed full of thousands of exhibits, artefacts and works of art, account for a full day to explore this British gem.

Find out more about the British Museum here.

Outside the British Museum

3) Diggerland – Various Destinations

It is what it says on the paint tin. Head on down to one of the UK’s Diggerland theme parks and drive a real JCB! Fancy yourself as a construction genius? Perhaps you just want to dig a big hole. We’ve heard it’s very therapeutic.

Visit Diggerland today!

2) Sgùrr Thearlaich – Isle of Skye

If diggers aren’t your thing, or even if they are, then a trip to Sgùrr Thearlaich on the Isle of Skye is a must. Have your breath taken away by some of the best scenery in the world.

Find out more about this area here.

1) Culross – Fife

You could be forgiven for thinking you had arrived at an historical reconstruction, but the town of Culross really is a pocket of history frozen in time. So enjoy the ambience of this quaint little town and enjoy an authentic Scottish day out.

And remember that, for some reason, you pronounce it pronounced “coo-riss”, not “cul-ross”. You’re welcome!

Find out more about Culross here.

UK Attractions to Visit

Can’t wait to visit our selection of top UK attractions? Why not check out some of our previous suggestions and stay for longer!

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Comedians to look out for at the Fringe this Year

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is a major attraction to thousands of people each year. It’s so popular, you may want to start planning your trip early in the year. There are always loads of great comedians to look out for at the Fringe Festival. Here is a helpful guide on some of the best ones in recent years that you might be lucky enough to catch yourself.

Star of the Last Leg, Adam Hills, is a Fringe Festival favourite.  His recent show, Clown Heart, was an hour long production, promised to not disappoint. His work is renowned for being witty and hilarious and he has even been praised by The Scotsman – “’If you cannot enjoy Adam Hills you cannot have a pulse’.

Next up is I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Now presenter, Rob Beckett, who regularly plays at the Pleasance Dome. Rob’s incredibly smiley and energetic performances should not be missed so make sure you look out for him at the Fringe.

 

Comedian and frequent Celebrity Juice guest Chris Ramsay will also be back at the Fringe Festival and he’s “All Growed Up”. Defined as “Stand up gold” by the Guardian, Chris’s tickets sell quickly.

“Comedy genius’ (Daily Mirror) Lee Nelson will be playing at the Pleasance Courtyard this August. Although he is new to the comedy scene, Lee has been celebrated by critics for his modern style of performance. Qualiteeee!

If you’re looking for a familiar face at the Fringe Never Mind The Buzzcock’ funny man Phil Jupitus often plays at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Phil is always worth a ticket.

Comedians to look out for at the Fringe this year

This is our top five pick of comedians to look out for at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe! For more information on venue and ticket purchases make sure you visit their website.

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The Ultimate Scottish Road Trip

Scotland – a country known for its world-class scenery, memorable music scene and of course, eclectic cuisine. Haggis, whisky and square sausage, anyone?  If you are planning a trip to Scotland, why not take our ultimate Scottish road trip?

Kick things off in the Kingdom of Fife

The first port of call for anybody new to Scotland is a trip to the beautiful east coast. Pop on down to the proclaimed home of golf, St. Andrews and play on world-famous courses. Head on over to Anstruther or as the locals call it, “Ainster”) for a true delight of a fish supper from the award-winning Anstruther Fish Bar.

Where to stay: Elderburn Luxury Lodges, Silverdyke Holiday Park.

Boat in anstruther

Imagine in Inverness

Explore the ruins of the battle grounds of Culloden, unfurl the myth of the Loch Ness monster and embrace the stunning Scottish scenery on offer. Are you a fan of Scotch Whisky? Why not take a Speyside Whisky tour? Indulge in having your very own Whisky tour-guide-come-chauffeur and spend the day having a true Whisky adventure sampling all the best distilleries Speyside has to offer.

Where to stay: Kingsmills Hotel, Eagle Brae.

Be Inspired in Islay

No trip to Scotland would be complete without a trip to the scenic Outer Hebrides. Visit the Isle of Islay and immerse yourself in the serene tranquillity and natural wild beauty that the island offers. Take an opportunity to sample the peaty malts of Islay, or set off for some island hopping across to Jura and other neighbouring lands. And make sure you have a taste of freshly cooked pizza from Peatzeria.

Where to stay:  Islay Cottages.

Islay lighthouse at sunset

Explore in Edinburgh

Finish off in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh. Explore this UNESCO heritage site and unravel Scottish history with a trip to Edinburgh Castle, visit the spooky underground city vaults and discover the site of the Covenanters Prison – widely regarded as the world’s first concentration camp. Finish off with a bit of souvenir shopping and head on over to Edinburgh’s Grassmarket to snap up a vintage bargain or two.

Where to stay: Parliament House Hotel.

Planning your Scottish Road Trip

Planning your Scottish road trip can be a lengthy task – especially considering how many fantastic attractions there are! Why not visit some of our previous suggestions to help get your creative juices flowing.

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Edinburgh Castle

Scotland – A Country of History

Scotland has many wonderful reasons to visit. The top 5 probably being scenery, whisky, food, heritage and textiles. Scotland’s history is also a huge draw for tourists every year. From before the ice age through the dark ages and all the way up to now, there are so many stories to tell. If you are looking to immerse yourself in history, then Scotland is the country to visit.

Our beautiful nation is steeped in history. With the Jacobite fueled Outlander attracting international visitors, Scotland as a historical destination has never been stronger. This show has re-ignited many people’s love for the Scottish Highlands, which is such a romantic yet dramatic landscape.

Outlander inspired tours in Scotland are growing in popularity. With much of the series being filmed in Scotland, the demand to experience Highlander life first hand has never been higher. From graves to battlefields, it’s easy to feel like you are part of Outlander’s world. If you plan on staying in Inverness on your trip, we can recommend both Kingsmills Hotel, and Ness Walk.

Scotland’s wealth of castles and historic sites makes for a truly interesting vacation. It would take more than just one holiday to see them all, so make sure you plan ahead when you visit. It’s also worth checking opening times, as not all of Scotland’s castles open year-round. To research castles of interest, Historic Environment Scotland is a great place to start.

Here are three of our favourites.

Highlights of Scotland’s History

Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital city. Edinburgh castle famously housed many Scottish kings and queens, including Queen Margaret who died in the castle in 1093. In 1566 James VI was born in the Royal Palace housed within the castle grounds.

Stirling Castle is also full of history. It was originally planned to be the residence for King James V in 1538. However, the palace was only halfway completed before his death in 1542. So it fell into disrepair in the 17th Century, before the military claimed the castle until 1964.

Finally, Balmoral Castle was famously bought in 1852 by Queen Victoria for Prince Albert. After much thought, he thought the original was too small for the family! So Prince Albert asked for a new castle to be built 100 yards to the North West of the building. Currently a 5 star tourist attraction.

This castle and others contribute to the fascinating stories of  Scotland’s history. Are you planning an historical visit to Scotland? What is your favourite castle here?

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A view of York from York Minster

Planning Your Next UK City Break

Planning an escape away this autumn but not sure where to go? Don’t worry, here at Best UK Hotels we have it covered. Pick one of our top three destinations listed below and get planning your next big UK city break.

Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh is the inspiring capital of Scotland. Centuries of history meet a vibrant and beautiful setting. Whilst in Edinburgh, you’ll discover stunning scenery, creative architecture and mouth-watering food. From the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to Edinburgh Castle – you’ll never be short of things to see and do on your city break.

Edinburgh is known for its spooky history. We recommend visiting the Edinburgh Old Town – Edinburgh’s oldest neighbourhood – dating as far back as the medieval age. The Old Town’s small streets are lined with boutique shops, pubs and historical monuments.

Edinburgh festival

Where to stay: Parliament House Hotel

Situated just minutes from Edinburgh’s bustling city centre and train station, Parliament House Hotel offers visitors a cosy welcome to the city. This affordable Edinburgh hotel offers the perfect Scottish experience. This 53 bedroom hotel combines modern-day luxuries with touches of history, like a Victorian elevator. So check out their special offers and remember the mantra of this blog – always book direct with the hotel!

London, England

There is just so much to see and do in London – the capital of the United Kingdom. If you’re not sure where to begin, then it can be completely overwhelming. Cut down your exhaustive list for a day of sightseeing around the city. Must-visit attractions include The Elizabeth Tower and Big Ben, the London Eye and Buckingham Palace. Rather helpfully, they are all within walking distance of each other!  So if you’re a bit of a shopaholic, then head on down to the iconic Oxford Street for fashion shopping galore. For foodies, cream tea at Harrods simply cannot be missed.

a view of london

Where to stay: Double Tree by Hilton (Victoria)

For a warm welcome and convenient location, the Double Tree by Hilton (Victoria) is a great choice. This hotel is just minutes away from the heart of the city, making it the perfect base if you’re planning to do some serious sightseeing. The hotel is ideal for easy access to central London and has great transportation links.

York, England

York, England is an up and coming destination. Having been voted Europe’s most favourite city in 2007, the city is home to Europe’s most visited street and has quickly evolved to become one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations.

Visit the JORVIK Viking Centre, a fantastic local attraction, exhibiting artefacts over 1,000 years old. The National Railway Museum is also the largest of its kind in the word, and to add into the bargain, admission is completely free. Of course, this is just a snapshot of all the wonderful attractions York has to offer.

York is a beautiful place with a fascinating history. York was also regarded as one of the two capitals of Roman Britain. So, sounds like your cup of tea? Then book your visit today!

shambles street in tork

Where to stay: The Grand Hotel and Spa

The Grand is classed as a 5-star hotel and spa and is widely regarded as the finest in the area. With a century of history behind it, this luxury destination is an absolute must-visit for history buffs. The hotel is just five minutes’ walk from the city’s delightful maze of medieval streets as well as boutique shopping spots.

UK City Breaks – Which One Will You Choose?

No matter what UK city break you pick, we are positive that Edinburgh, York or London will not disappoint. There is so much to see and do, you will have to plan carefully to make sure you don’t miss out on anything. The only question is, what destination will you choose?

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A view of Edinburgh's Old Town

Attracting Edinburgh Attractions You Have to Visit

If you’re planning on spending Christmas in the UK, then Edinburgh has been voted one of the best cities in the world to enjoy a winter break. And while Edinburgh may seem small compared to other cities, in terms of unique Edinburgh attractions per square mile, it’s top of the table.

The city is packed with amazing things to do. So unless you’re planning on making your stay a permanent one, you’re going to struggle to see even half of what’s on offer. To help you get the most out of Edinburgh attractions, we’ve put together a list of the top things to do in Edinburgh.

Greyfriars Bobby Statue

This wee dog has had a vice-like grip on the hearts of the British public since the late 19th century. Greyfriars Bobby was a Skye terrier who stood vigil at his master’s grave for years until his own death. In life he was dearly loved by the people of Edinburgh. In the intervening years he has done little to diminish that. His fierce loyalty has inspired books and even a movie by Walt Disney! A life-size statue was erected in recognition of his love for his master at the corner of Candlemaker Row and the George IV Bridge.

Over the past few years, it has become “tradition” for visitors to rub wee Bobby’s nose for good luck. Tour guides made this story up to encourage engagement, but it’s a load of old toot. Unfortunately, it has resulted in Bobby’s nose has lost its colour. This has resulted in the statue previously being taken away for repairs. So please, if you are going to visit him and his grave, then don’t touch the nose. He might bite!

Statue of Greyfriars Bobby Image title bobby’s bar by zoetnet is licensed under (CC BY 2.0)

National Gallery Of Scotland Complex

The Scottish National Gallery and the adjoining Royal Scottish Academy form a complex in the heart of Edinburgh city. Situated just off Princes Street, the galleries are Edinburgh attractions in their own right. They house a magnificent collection of both classical and contemporary art. The complex is comprised of distinct buildings, linked via an underground tunnel. Both are the designs of the renowned architect William Playfair. Also, the complex includes the Scottish Café & Restaurant, which boasts spectacular views of Princes Street Gardens.

The Royal Botanic Garden

This magnificent 70 acre garden is the second oldest of its kind in Britain. It is home to a herbarium, Britain’s biggest palm house, a tropical house, a terraced moorland garden and many other delights. The Royal Botanic Gardens also host many exhibitions. You can learn more about the beautiful species on display, and join a guided tour of the gardens. For instance, some tours take you through many of the edible plants that grace the UK’s countryside. If you are going on a camping trip, then that might come in useful!

Edinburgh Botanic Gardens and the glasshouse

Image title Rhododendron at Edinburgh’s Botanic Garden by Karen Bryan is licensed under (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Our Dynamic Earth: Edinburgh’s Science Centre

Our Dynamic Earth is an amazing multimedia journey back 500 million years through Earth’s history. It’s located at the foot of Arthur’s seat near Holyrood Park. The science centre is housed in an ultra-modern tent-like structure and invites guests to take part in a series of interactive exhibits. State of the art technology brings it all to life with an amazing 360 degree full dome film theatre.

A view of Our dynamic Earth from Arthurs Seat

 

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