One of the great things about the UK is that it is made up four countries that all have so much to offer. You can head north and be roaming the hills of Scotland, travel the Irish Sea to the home of Game of Thrones, and ride the bumper cars in the amusements of Barry Island. Yet you still wouldn’t have touched on all of the UK’s delights. So here is a brief look at the respective capitals of the UK and what they have to offer. As you know, I love a good Staycation. Just came back from an overnight stay in Bournemouth, and heading back soon for my 23rd Birthday in a few weeks time! Here are a few cities you should definitely consider.
It makes sense to start in London, the capital of the United Kingdom. No matter what you’re looking for here there is something for everyone. From expensive famous hotels like the Savoy to historic football stadiums like Craven Cottage. Of course, the average tourist in London wants to hit the main sites and that’s why you should try to base yourself out of Waterloo. Just outside this station, you have Big Ben, the House of Parliament, the London Eye and the South Bank. It also has great transport options to get you across to East London for the O2 (Millenium Dome) and Docklands. Also, don’t forget to catch a show in the West End where there is something for every taste.
The capital of Scotland has so much to offer, but if you are considering heading to Edinburgh then you should try for August when the Fringe Festival is on. Accommodation is difficult to come by at short notice so plan in advance, but the city itself comes alive with shows in every corner from pubs to theatres and even on the streets. You might get the chance to see comedians you have seen on TV or an adaptation of a Shakespeare play like no other. While you’re in Edinburgh try to get up to the castle on the hill and across to the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood.
Like most parts of the UK there is a stunning castle to visit in Cardiff, but as the capital of Wales, you only touch the surface with the castle. Something that makes Cardiff a little bit different to its cousins in the rest of the UK is that it sits on the water. This means Cardiff Bay, a beautiful part of town that is bustling with entertainment and life. Book yourself into one of the serviced apartments Cardiff and relax as you take in the sights and sounds of Wales. And even if you’re not a fan of the sport, try to catch a game of rugby and the Millenium Stadium – the atmosphere has to be felt to be believed.
Finally, just across the sea, you have Northern Ireland and Belfast. Similar to Cardiff it sits on the water and was once home to the Titanic, which is why there is a fascinating museum full of exhibitions about one of the most curious parts of British maritime history. Once again there is a castle to pay a visit to and any visit to Belfast would be left unfulfilled if you didn’t attend St George’s Market. Have a chat with the locals as well to discuss the great history of Northern Ireland and experience some of the local hospitality.
How many have you ticked off on this list? So far I have gone to London and Cardiff, both cities I absolutely love. Planning to tick the rest off of this list by the end of the year! I am part Scottish so fancy seeing some of my heritage!