Part 2: More Famous Places to Visit in the UK

The United Kingdom is, by far, one of the most beautiful countries to visit. Plenty of tourists all over the world come to this country to see breath-taking views and experience the rich history and culture it has to offer.
Being as tourist spot, UK boasts some of the most famous architectures and landmarks that are well-recognized all over the world. Now, let’s take a look at our little list to see what places to visit while we’re in UK.

I’m sure you have seen a large ferris wheel in various movies or pictures that show London. That, my dear friends, would be the London Eye. Standing at 443 feet tall and having a diameter of 394 feet, this giant observation wheel casts an impressive modern shadow over a city well-known for its old charm. It overlooks the impressive River Thames and gives you a breath-taking view of London while on the top. It’s definitely a must during your visit.

The Houses of Parliament is also a must-see during your stay in London. You can also see this during your ride on the London Eye, but it also must be admired on the inside. The amazing architectural design and the sheer magnificence of the rooms would make you appreciate London all the more. But the most famous part of this splendid architecture would be Big Ben. Contrary to popular belief, Big Ben is not the name of the clock, but rather the large bell that gives the sound to the clock.

The next place to visit on the list would be the Buckingham Palace, which is located in the City of Westminster. This architectural masterpiece of building is considered as the official royal palace and London residence of the United Kingdom monarchy. It is also the principal workplace of the monarchy and is often at the center of occasions of the state. One major tourist attraction and is also considered as a major ceremony is the Changing of the Guard. This happens daily during the summer months and every other day during winter months).

The Tower of London is also a very popular tourist site in London. It is located on the northern bank of the River Thames and it is also known as Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress. It was used as a royal residence in its early history, but soon was used for other purposes, such as a prison. During daytime, it gives tourists beautiful views of the castle grounds. But, if you’re feeling extra brave, try to visit the Tower of London during night time ( The London Tower is considered one of the most haunted places in UK). Of course, not alone, but as a part of a twilight tour that starts at 7:00 pm.

In summary, these places mentioned in our list are just the tip of the iceberg. There are many more places to visit in the wonderful country of United Kingdom.

Most Haunted Places in UK

When someone mentions UK, one would immediately think of kings and queens, castles and quaint little rural towns. Those are some of the places tourists expect to find when visiting this lovely country.
However, the United Kingdom is also home to some of the most haunted places. Sure, these are still tourist spots of some sort, since they are still places of history and intrigue. These places draw not only those who are interested in history, but also those who are intrigued with those of the paranormal realm. Not for the faint of heart, these places attract not only people but also those that are not of this world. So, for those who want to visit these places, read on.

First in the list would be the Borley Rectory. For those who are not into ghost sightings, they would basically assume that the rectory is just a Victorian mansion in a quiet village in Essex. However, in the 1860’s, (Yes, the 1860’s. It’s been there that long), several indications pointed out that this mansion is actually haunted. Footsteps can be heard in the dead of the night, and headless horsemen and a ghost of a nun is said to haunt the mansion. No luck though, because the mansion was destroyed by fire in 1939, but that doesn’t seem to deter countless paranormal investigators from visiting the rectory.

If you’re scared to death of witches, then you might want to give the next one on our list a miss (or not). Pendle Hill is located in the Lancashire Pennines and near the site of one of the most famous and most grim witch trial—the case of the “Witches of Pendle”. Ten so-called witches were executed by hanging at Lancaster Castle in 1612, and of course, as you might have guessed, it is said that they haunt the area.

The Tower of London is practically well-known to plenty of tourists as a historical site. However, due to the countless deaths through beheadings, tortures and hangings within its wall, it stands to reason that the Tower of London also caters to ghostly visitors. Some of the most famous ghosts that are said to roam the halls of the tower include Anne Boleyn and the White Lady. Some even mentioned seeing a ghost of a bear roaming the halls at night (yes, a bear.)

Of course the list of haunted places would never be complete without a cemetery. The Highgate Cemetery in London offers even the most seasoned paranormal expert a chill down the spine. With its eerie Gothic gravestones, moss-covered headless angels and paths overgrown with ivy, it’s basically like stepping into a horror story. On a lighter note, it’s also where Karl Marx was buried.

Well, there you have a teeny tiny list of some of the most haunted places to visit while you’re in UK. If you’re feeling extra brave, you might want to give these places a go.

UK at a Glance

With a rich history that surrounds it, the United Kingdom is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. People from all over the world come to the UK not only to learn about the rich culture of the people, but also to have an idea on what makes the United Kingdom one of the most popular countries in the world.

Contrary to popular belief, the full name of the UK is “The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland” and is commonly known as the United Kingdom or Britain. It consists of 4 countries, namely: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The capital of UK and also its largest city is London.

When it comes to the style of the government in the UK, they belong under a unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy, which basically means that they have a monarch as well as a prime minister. Queen Elizabeth II is the queen of the United Kingdom as well as the monarch of fifteen other Commonwealth countries. Since May 11, 2010, the prime minister of the UK is David Cameron.

However, what makes the UK a popular tourist destination? After doing my research, I have noticed that one feature that makes UK appealing is that it mixes traditional and modern life very well. Of course, there are those highly-modern cities like London, but there are also those quaint little rural towns like the one in Bibury, England (check it out, I promise you won’t be disappointed.)

There are also those historical sites too, which is a treat for those who love learning history. As a place that has been governed by kings and queens for hundreds of years, plenty of royal castles and ruins dot the entire United Kingdom, some of them already in ruins while some are still fully complete in all their magnificent architectural splendor. If you are lucky, you might get the chance to go on a tour inside some castles and walk the same halls where some of the most famous royals had walked hundreds of years ago.

For those who are total foodies, the UK may be a perfect food haven for you. Since the UK consists of 4 different countries and, not to mention, the number of people from different parts of the world who migrate there every year, it is to be expected that a vast variety of foods from different cultures would be found here. Plenty of food shops line the streets, each selling a variety of delicacies that is sure to make your tummy happy. Biscuits and tea, anyone?
In summary, the United Kingdom is a country rich with history and culture. If you’re planning a trip to anywhere in the world, you might want to give UK a try.

Awesome Places to Visit in the UK

As a country of diverse cultures and with a rich history attached to its name, the United Kingdom is certainly one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It is also known to be one of the most popular tourist sites in the world. I’m not really surprised though. Looking at all the pictures that showcases the different places of interest in UK is basically enough to get me to pack my bags and just fly off to see this amazing country (if I can afford it, that is.)


UK is not a small country. No, sirree, it’s not. It’s actually a combination of 4 different countries, namely: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Island. With 4 different countries on the list, UK is more than enough to satisfy your wanderlust. Since I’m pretty sure that each of these countries has something to offer to a tourist bitten by the travel bug, it’s going to be a hard choice on which places should be the first to visit. As there are many places you can actually visit in the UK, let me give you a preliminary list of places you can visit in this awe-inspiring country.

Option 1


First on our list is the Maida Vale. Also known as “Little Venice”, this picturesque residential district is found in London. The Maida Vale features series of canals and waterways in which boats float along lazily, giving you that peaceful vibe. When looking at photos, this district uncannily looks like the canals in Amsterdam or Venice (hence, the name.) If you’re into discovering paths in the countryside, you might want to try going to the small village of Clovelly in Devon. Since this tiny village is mostly inaccessible by vehicles, there are some forest paths you could take. And don’t worry, they’re safe, and absolutely lovely to walk in.

Option 2


Now, if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous than just walking around in quiet little rural areas, UK has plenty of mountains that you could climb or hike. Try the Isle of Skye. The rolling green hills and amazing mountains gives you that sense of thrill and adventure (for those who are fans of The Lord of the Rings, these mountains make you feel like you’re smack dab in the middle of, well, Middle Earth). For an extra thrill, visit Ben Nevis, which is found in the Grampian Mountains and is the highest mountain in the British Isles.

Not enough?

There’s also the Norfolk Lavender Fields, for those who just want to look at pretty flowers. These lavender fields are found near Heacham, England. Well, there you have a partial list of places that you can visit in UK. Whether you are laid-back or adventurous, there’s always a place in the United Kingdom that might strike your fancy.

A Tourist’s Guide to London

I am a traveler beset with a problem of never having enough money to travel overseas, which is a bit upsetting. So, while save money for my next trip, I try to look for places which would be worth my while. Then I saw it. Tower of London. Buckingham Palace. The London Eye. I think UK just got me bitten by the travel bug.

Usually, when we mention UK, the first thing that pops into their heads would be the Big Ben or even the city of London. Well, true, but the United Kingdom is so much more than that. I’d like to think of it as a country where past meets the present. Where traditional ideas meet modern tastes. There’s basically a place for you in UK, whatever your passions in life would be, whether it’s art, music, food, history, or even photography. Now, let’s take a looksy on what UK can offer.

London Guide

If you’re the type of person who’s into discovering castles and learning about the history of various places, then UK is the perfect place for you. The United Kingdom has been governed by kings and queens for hundreds of years, so it stands to reason that there are basically plenty of castles in the countryside. Well, I wouldn’t want you to get lost in a creepy-looking and I certainly wouldn’t recommend exploring the castle at night (even if there are 10 of you), so I would suggest that you arrange a tour to different castles with a tour guide. Not only will you get to see the castle interior, but you will also learn the history of the castle itself. If you’re lucky, you might get to see a ghost or two lurking in the dark shadows of the castle’s hallway (just kidding!).

Of course, there are also people who enjoy just walking around the streets, looking at various shops and trying out different delicacies. If you’re one of them, I would definitely recommend UK. From huge restaurants to quaint little shops and tea rooms, the country basically has a lot to offer when it comes to your culinary desires.

If you’re like me and you’re into any literature by Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, or even the ever-popular Harry Potter book series, you might want to pack your bags and leave for UK. As in right now. While some of the famous authors have written their finest works in their homes (which you can also actually visit, by the way), some of them have been inspired by some places and shops in UK to the point that they were able to write more literary masterpieces. Some places in UK are also built in tribute to a literary success, like the Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross Station for those who love Harry Potter (but of course you already know that.)

In a nutshell, there are plenty more places to visit and things to see in the UK that fits your interests perfectly. You just have to know where to look.

Literary Spots in London

London Lib

As of late I have two major hobbies or passios – learning guitar and reading books. Luckily for the guitar part there are some awesome beginner online guitar lessons. And while playing might ok if you do it online, for the average book lover, it is a treat to find your favorite book and to be able to buy it in paperback. To be able to meet your favorite author is a definite treat. But what if your favorite books were written by, let’s say, Shakespeare? I guess meeting him personally would be out of the question. So, basically, going to the place that inspired his greatest works would be the next best thing.

Some of the greatest writers that have ever lived have somehow been born in, lived in or, at least, visited the United Kingdom (what is it with great writers and UK?) Well, let’s take this moment to bask in the realization that the places where these famous writers had lived or had stayed while writing their works are still up and running. So, pack your bags, fellow bookworms. UK, here we come!

If you have read Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, you might have read the name of this laid-back tavern: “Pillars of Hercules”. This quiet pub has apparently inspired Charles Dickens to drop its name in his book.

The George Inn comes next on our list. This amazing 300-year-old inn dates back to the late 16th century and counts Shakespeare and Charles Dickens as one of the people who could vouch for the hospitality of the inn. It’s actually a pretty large place, and you can basically explore different corners of the inn. Hmm, an inn that Shakespeare and Charles Dickens liked… count me in!

There’s also an impressive granite monument dedicated to Oscar Wilde, which is located in Adelaide Street near Trafalgar Square. If you must know, the section where this monument is located is rather very busy (why they put the monument here, I have no clue).

Of course, for those who enjoy Charles Dickens’ literary works, try heading down to 48 Doughty Street where the Charles Dickens Museum is located. It is based on the house he lived in and is stocked with ceramic figurines, plaster busts, feather quill pens and stationery sets, among others. Of course, you do have to pay for admission, and if you do, you can actually tour the four floors. You would even actually get to see what the house would have looked like during his time and also includes the writing desk originally owned by Dickens himself.

Last but certainly not the least, if you are one of the hordes of people who still haven’t had the heart to let go of the world of Harry Potter, you might want to go over to King’s Cross Station and look for (yep, you guessed it) Platform 9¾, complete with half of a luggage trolley and an owl cage. Choose your scarf (whether you be in Gryffindor or Hufflepuff), position yourself near the trolley and have someone take your picture. For those who want souvenirs, there’s a quaint little shop just around the corner.

Of course, there are plenty more places of interest for the book-lover in you. UK, after all, is a haven for literary masterpieces.




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Welcome to our very own and very new tourists blog! Me and my wife finally decided to work on something that we’ve been talking for years. As we are both native French living in the UK, you will have to excuse us for the “not so perfect” level of English.

So Why The Website?

It is simple. We have many friends who are visiting Great Britain every year, and it is always the same: the call us asking “what to do”, “where to go next”, “is this all that UK has to offer?”. Hence, this blog. We thought that there might be a lot of people interested in places to visit once they arrive at England so it is time for our first attempt at internet blogging.

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