Great Britain is on almost all international travellers wish lists. And no, wonder! It is pretty amazing here. Though, when most people say they’re been to England, they really mean London. Although London is a must-visit, it isn’t the be-all-and-end-all of this wonderful little island we live on. If your time is short, then this is the way to see the best of Great Britain in two weeks.
London – 3 days
Chances are you’ll be arriving into London, so it makes sense to start our whirlwind fortnight there. Just like New York, people spend years living in London without seeing everything, so you’ll never get bored. But unless you’re a natural city-dweller, three days is a perfect amount of time to stay there. Between the crowds, pollution and sky-high prices, it will be time to leave by then. Go and visit all of the world-famous highlights of the capital plus take pictures of red phone boxes and beefeaters. Once you’ve got that out of your system, there’s still loads to do depending on what you fancy. Shopping, history or art – London’s got it all.
Highlights: Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London.
Brighton – 1 Day
A bustling city by the sea, Brighton drips with hipster cool. Hearing seagulls and feeling the cool sea breeze on your face will feel a million miles away from London, despite being less than 60 miles away. Choose you favourite things to do out of our 48 hour guide, or keep an eye on the purse strings with the top ten free things to do.
Highlights: Royal Pavilion, Victorian Pier and Shopping in the North Laines.
On your way through, pay a visit to this world heritage site. The oldest parts of this circle are over 5000 years old, but no one really knows who constructed it or why.
Fowey – 2 days
A gorgeous and typically Cornish town, Fowey is the complete opposite of London and Brighton. We actually spent our honeymoon here, and absolutely fell in love with the place. It has narrow, cobblestone streets and friendly people that actually say good morning to each other. You can either spend a few days in Fowey seeing country life and relaxing or using it as a base to explore the area. The favourite being the Eden Project, in nearby St Austell.
Highlights: Eden Project, Lost Gardens of Heligan and Cornish Cream Teas.
Liverpool – 1 day
Known for its two Premier League football clubs and as the stomping ground of the Beatles, Liverpool definitely has its name big and bold on the England map. If you’re particularly passionate about either of those, you could easily spend two weeks here alone. Watch out for the two Liver Birds who watch over the city from the top of the Liver Building.
Highlights: Liver building, the Museum of Liverpool and the two Cathedrals.
Blackpool- 1 day
A favourite for English stag and hen parties, Blackpool is like England’s Las Vegas. Ok, maybe not, though there are rollercoasters, illuminations and shows nightly! It’s a great contrast from Brighton down south to see how the North do their seaside towns.
Highlights: Blackpool Tower, Blackpool Pleasure Beach and the Blackpool Illuminations
LOCH NESS – 1 DAY
You can either take a day tour from Edinburgh, or self-drive – both will take all day. Visit the famous lake, take a boat tour and see if you can spot Nessie. She’s not a monster, she’s just misunderstood. On the way, you’ll be driving through the Scottish Highlands, with beautiful views. You may even bump into a bagpipes player!
Edinburgh – 2 days
Scotland’s capital bustles by day and by night. Tourists stream down the Royal Mile in the daylight (including visiting all of the souvenir shops). And you might meet some of the more ghostly inhabitants of Edinburgh if you choose to do a City of the Dead graveyard tour.
Highlights: Edinburgh Castle, National Museum of Scotland and Arthur’s Seat
Cambridge – 1 day
Home of the prestigious University, Cambridge’s main attractions revolve around the University buildings, dating back to the 13th century. Punting along the river Cam, a little like gondola riding in Venice, is very common. It’s a brilliant activity, especially when it’s sunny. In fact, Cambridge has a Bridge of Sighs named after the one in Venice despite them having very little in common.
Highlights: Trinity College, Fitzwilliam Museum and the Bridge of Sighs.
Whether you’re only hopping over to Ireland or France, or heading down under to Australia, the cheapest and easiest place to fly from will be from one of the London Airports. Wherever you are heading to next on your adventure, or even if you’re heading home, we hope you have had a great time visiting!
Where have you visited in Britain? What was your favourite? Did it rain all the time you were there? Let us know in the comments below!
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