UK

→ Filled with historic sites
→ Rich in culture
→ Unforgettable experience

The UK offers a plethora of sights to see and activities to do. If you want some strong reasons to visit the UK, then it would be the famous landmarks in London, Edinburgh and scenic views, nature at its best in Snowdonia, Lake District, Scottish Highlands, and Northern Ireland.

With so many destinations to choose from, the hardest part is to narrow down the list of top countries for outdoor activities. The list below is based on the countries that offer a diverse array of options suitable for all kinds of travelers.


 

1. Australia

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  • Water Activities
    ⇒Surfing, Windsurfing, Kayaking, Sailing, Jetskiing, Speed boating, Scuba diving, Snorkeling and many more.
  • Land Activities
    ⇒Trekking, Hiking, Biking, Caving, Balloon Ride, Camping and many more.
  • Aerial Activities
    ⇒Skydiving, Balloon Ride, and many more.

Find other popular activities that can be done in Australia.


 

2. New Zealand

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  • Water Activities
    ⇒Surfing, Kayaking, Jet boating, Wakeboarding, Scuba diving, Diving, Snorkeling, White water rafting and many more.
  • Land Activities
    ⇒Trekking, Hiking, Biking, Caving, Climbing, Ice climbing, Mountaineering, Heli-skiing, Snowmobiling, Snowboarding and many more.
  • Aerial Activities
    ⇒Skydiving, Bungee jumping, and many more.

Find other popular activities that can be done in New Zealand.


 

3. South Africa

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  • Water Activities
    ⇒Surfing, Water Skiing, Scuba diving, Snorkeling, Cage diving, White water rafting, Kayaking, Fishing, Boat tours to see marine animals and many more.
  • Land Activities
    ⇒Wildlife safari, Hiking, Horseback riding, Mountain biking, Rock climbing and many more.
  • Aerial Activities
    ⇒Skydiving, Bungee jumping, and many more.

 

4. Switzerland

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  • Water Activities
    ⇒Rafting, Fishing
  • Land Activities
    ⇒Trekking, Hiking, Caving, Climbing, Ice climbing, Ice diving, Mountaineering, Skiing, Snowmobiling, Tobogganing, Snowboarding and many more.
  • Aerial Activities
    ⇒Skydiving, Bungee jumping, Hang gliding, and many more.

Find other popular activities that can be done in Switzerland.


 

5. Nepal

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  • Water Activities
    ⇒White water rafting, Waterfall rappelling, Fishing, Boating, Canoeing and Kayaking
  • Land Activities
    ⇒Trekking, Hiking, Climbing, Ice climbing, Mountaineering, Mountain biking, Wildlife safari and many more.
  • Aerial Activities
    ⇒Skydiving, Bungee jumping, Paragliding, and many more.

Find other popular activities that can be done in Nepal.


 

6. Canada

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  • Water Activities
    ⇒Surfing, Sailing, Diving, White water rafting, Canoeing, Kayaking, Fishing, Whale watching and many more.
  • Land Activities
    ⇒Wildlife safari, Trekking, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Horseback riding, Climbing, Ice climbing, Mountaineering, Skiing, Heli-skiing, Snowmobiling, Snowboarding, and many more.
  • Aerial Activities
    ⇒Skydiving, Bungee jumping, Heli-tour, and many more.

Find other popular activities that can be done in Canada.


 

7. USA

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  • Water Activities
    ⇒Surfing, Sailing, Kite surfing, Scuba diving, Snorkeling, Windsurfing, Parasailing, Kayaking, Waterfall rappelling, White water rafting, Whale watching, and many more.
  • Land Activities
    ⇒Hiking, Rock climbing, Caving, Canyoneering, Skiing, Snowboarding, Heli-skiing, Sleigh riding, Ice climbing, Snowshoeing, Driving, Mountain biking, and many more.
  • Aerial Activities
    ⇒Skydiving, Zip-lining, Bungee jumping, BASE jumping, Paragliding, Hot air ballooning, and many more.

Find other popular activities that can be done in the USA.


 

8. Indonesia

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  • Water Activities
    ⇒Surfing, Kite surfing, Parasailing, Scuba diving, Diving, Snorkeling, Canyoning, White water rafting, Whale watching, and many more.
  • Land Activities
    ⇒Trekking, Hiking, Mountain biking, and many more.
  • Aerial Activities
    ⇒Skydiving, Bungee jumping, Paragliding, and many more.

Find other popular activities that can be done in Indonesia.


 

9. Costa Rica

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  • Water Activities
    ⇒Surfing, Kayaking, Waterfall rappelling, White water rafting, and many more.
  • Land Activities
    ⇒Hiking, Climbing, Horseback riding, Driving, ATV tour, Wildlife safari, and many more.
  • Aerial Activities
    ⇒Zip-lining, Bungee jumping, and many more.

 

10. Madagascar

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  • Water Activities
    ⇒Surfing, Snorkeling, Kayaking, Sailing, Scuba diving, Diving, White water rafting, Boating, Whale watching, and many more.
  • Land Activities
    ⇒Trekking, Climbing, Mountain biking, Caving, Camping, Wildlife safari, and many more.
  • Aerial Activities
    ⇒Paragliding, Hang gliding, and many more.

What are your picks as the top countries that offer the best outdoor activities? Let me know in the comment section below.

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Though a trip to the UK can be done throughout the year, spring (late March to early June) and autumn (September-November) are considered the best times to visit.

top destinations in UK

This is the list of top destinations in the UK where you can have a lot of experience in one trip. This saves your time not only while surfing the internet for the top destinations to travel but also while traveling or exploring that particular location. And of course, this can save your money too.

London, England

London, England

Stonehenge, England

Stonehenge, England

Cornwall, England

Cornwall, England

Lake District, England

Lake District, England

Snowdonia, Wales

Snowdonia, Wales

Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh, Scotland

Scottish Highlands

Scottish Highlands

Giant's Causeway, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Giant's Causeway, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

top activities to do in UK

our recommendations

Based on the places and experiences that you will never get in other countries i.e they are uniquely different from other countries, we tried to narrow down the lists in terms of ‘must-see’ places.

Must-visit destinations in UK:

If you are an outdoor activities lover:

  1. London
  2. Edinburgh
  3. Cornwall
  4. Lake District

If you are architecture and history lover:

  1. London
  2. Chester
  3. Edinburgh
  4. Stonehenge
  5. Antrim, Northern Ireland

If you are a nature lover:

  1. Cornwall
  2. Snowdonia
  3. Lake District
  4. Scottish Highlands
  5. Antrim, Northern Ireland

If you are museums, galleries and culture lover:

               For Art, Museums and Galleries:

  1. London 
  2. Edinburgh

              For Cultures and Traditions:     

  1. London 
  2. Edinburgh

   

From the above list, you can see that London and Edinburgh overlap in four categories whereas Lake District and Cornwall overlap in two categories. You can make your trip worthy by planning an itinerary according to your priorities and make much out of it by having a lot of experiences in your single trip without having your time and money wasted in traveling and just covering distances in-between.

Our Pick:  Since the UK is mostly about architecture, historical palaces, buildings, castles, and monuments along with some natural vistas, our first pick would be London, Stonehenge, Edinburgh, Snowdonia, Lake District, and Antrim County.

Follow these itineraries ideas (below): If you want to make most out of your trip; if you want to have a lot of experiences  in one trip missing almost nothing in your whole trip; if you also don’t want to miss the must-see places and if you also don’t want to miss ‘nowhere-else’ destinations on the planet, then follow these tips.

If this is your first-time visit to the UK and 


If you have 7-8 days, then we recommend you to choose the following itinerary:

(If you want historical city tours)

London with a day trip to Stonehenge (Day 1-3)→Bath (Day 4)→Oxford and Cotswolds (Day 5)→Chester, Liverpool (Day 6)→Manchester (Day 7)→Edinburgh (Day 8)

(If you want historical city tours combined with beach destination)

London with a day trip to Stonehenge (Day 1-3)→Cornwall (Day 4)→Oxford and Cotswolds (Day 5)→Chester, Liverpool (Day 6)→Manchester (Day 7)→Edinburgh (Day 8)

(If you want historical city tours combined with mountain destination)

London with a day trip to Stonehenge (Day 1-3)→Bath (Day 4)→Oxford and Cotswolds (Day 5)→Snowdonia (Day 6)→Edinburgh (Day 7)


If you have 14 days, then you can extend above itinerary.

London with day trip to Stonehenge (Day 1-3)→Bath (Day 4)→Oxford and Cotswolds (Day 5)→Snowdonia (Day 6)→Chester, Liverpool (Day 7)→Manchester (Day 8)→Lake District (Day 9-10)→Edinburgh (Day 11-12)→Antrim County, Northern Ireland (Day 13-14)


(Note: Please note that the itineraries mentioned here are focused on the routes or directions to follow for saving time and money and still not missing the ‘must-see’ destinations. The days mentioned here in-between the places is a rough estimation just to give you general itinerary ideas. You can shorten or lengthen this time according to your interests, season, budget and time available. For example, sometimes you might want to experience the nature, activities, and culture in a relaxed manner without any haste and without feeling cramped.)


We’ve covered our recommendations for ‘must-visit destinations’. The list of other wonderful places throughout the UK can get long. The priorities for a destination to visit can be different from person to person as it depends upon personal preferences and interests. But these are the itineraries covering ‘must-do’ or ‘must-see’ places once in your lifetime.