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

  • London is the capital city of England
  • London is the art, culture and entertainment center.
  • You can do a day trip to Stonehenge (approx. 1 hr and 38 min)
  • Windsor Castle is just about 40 min west of London
  • Buckingham Palace (***)
  • The Tower of London and Tower Bridge (***)
  • Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament (***)
  • The London Eye (***)
  • British Museum (***)
  • Natural History Museum (***)
  • Trafalgar Square (***)
  • Tate Galleries (***)
  • Victoria and Albert Museum (***)
  • Westminster Abbey (***)
  • Warner Bros Studio
  • Churchill’s War Rooms
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • SEA LIFE London
  • Wembley Stadium
  • The Shard’s Observation Deck
  • National Gallery
  • Science Museum
  • Royal Museums Greenwich
  • Somerset House
  • Kew Gardens
  • Touring around the city visiting major highlights
  • Thames River Cruising
  • Tour the Buckingham Palace and see the Changing of the Guard, and drink a traditional afternoon tea
  • Observe Crown Jewels exhibition, the Beefeaters and the Mint at the Tower of London
  • Shop at Covent Garden
  • Visiting museums

Stonehenge, England

Stonehenge, England

  • Archaeological sites with mysterious prehistoric monuments
  • Proximity to Salisbury (at the distance of about 20 min)
  • Stonehenge
  • Woodhenge
  • Visitor Center
  • Visit the archaeological site
  • Visit the Visitor Center

Cornwall, England

Cornwall, England

  • Beautiful coastline
  • Newquay, the surfing capital of the UK, lies in Cornwall.
  • St Ives
  • St Michael’s Mount
  • St Austell
  • The Eden Project
  • Newquay and Newquay Zoo
  • Penzance
  • Falmouth
  • Bude
  • Tintagel
  • Looe
  • Surfing
  • Relax in the sandy beaches
  • Boat trip
  • Taste some seafood

Lake District, England

Lake District, England

  • A mountainous region with stunning scenery
  • Lake District National Park
  • Lake Windermere
  • Castlerigg Stone Circle
  • Catbells High Ridge
  • Ullswater
  • Derwentwater
  • Scafell Pike
  • Rydall Mount
  • Beatrix Potter Gallery
  • Abbot Hall Art Gallery
  • Sightseeing
  • Hiking
  • Lake cruising
  • Ride a steam train
  • Visit galleries

Snowdonia, Wales

Snowdonia, Wales

  • Breathtaking natural beauty
  • Snowdonia is home to majestic peaks, lush forests, lakes, and waterfalls.
  • Mount Snowdon
  • The Glyders Mountains
  • Cadair Idris Peak
  • Caernarfon Castle
  • The Snowdon Horseshoe
  • Waterfalls
  • Bala Lake
  • Portmeirion Village
  • Beddgelert Village
  • The National Slate Museum
  • Betws-y-Coed Town
  • Harlech Castle
  • The Electric Mountain
  • Hafod Eryri, the highest visitor center in Britain
  • Sygun Copper Mine
  • Sightseeing
  • Hiking in the Snowdonia National Park
  • Experience the Snowdon Mountain Railway
  • Rock climbing
  • Steam train ride
  • Enjoy at National White Water Center
  • Kayaking, Canoeing, and Fishing in Bala Lake

Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh, Scotland

  • Edinburgh is home to a medieval old town featured with historic buildings and monuments
  • Edinburgh also hosts some of the popular international festivals
  • Edinburgh Castle (***)
  • The Royal Mile (***)
  • National Museum of Scotland (***)
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse (***)
  • Our Dynamic Earth, Science Center (***)
  • National Galleries of Scotland (***)
  • Camera Obscura (***)
  • Scotch Whiskey Experience
  • Edinburgh Zoo
  • Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
  • The Real Mary King’s Close
  • Mercat Tours
  • The Edinburgh Dungeon
  • The Queen’s Gallery
  • The Scott Monument
  • St. Giles Cathedral
  • The Scottish Parliament
  • The Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Walk the Royal Mile (the streets linking Edinburgh and the Palace of Holyroodhouse)
  • Sightseeing bus tour
  • Climb to Arthur’s Seat
  • Try delectable foods and drink Scotch whiskey, wine, and beer
  • Visit museums and galleries
  • Participate in  the biggest arts festival
  • Have a ghost tour at the Real Mary King’s Close
  • Explore Camera Obscura and World of Illusions 
  • Know about the Royal Yacht Britannia

Scottish Highlands

Scottish Highlands

  • Scottish Highlands offers you a stunning landscape with many mountain ranges including Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain.
  • Isle of Skye
  • Glencoe
  • Ben Nevis
  • Cairngorms National Park
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Dunrobin Castle
  • Glen Finnan Viaduct
  • Inverness City
  • Loch Ness
  • Loch Lomond
  • River Lochy Falls
  • Duncansby Head
  • Sandwood Bay Beach
  • Hike to the mountains
  • Stare at Ben Nevis
  • Visit the museums
  • Wildlife safari
  • Sample some foods
  • Enjoy the beaches
  • Explore the city of Inverness

Giant's Causeway, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Giant's Causeway, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

  • County Antrim offers you geological wonders and historical sites with a large array of glens and castles.
  • Known for surf towns
  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
  • Carrickfergus Castle
  • Rathlin Island
  • Dunluce castle
  • Explore the Giant’s Causeway
  • Cross the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
  • Driving through Causeway Coastal Route
  • Stroll around the Glens of Antrim
  • Discover the Game of Thrones trail
  • Taste the Irish whisky
  • Surfing

top activities to do in UK

For non-European citizens, a valid passport is required to enter the UK. But for EU nationals either a passport or any other valid national ID card should suffice (till this date).

EU citizens can travel freely into the UK. Citizens from some selected countries can stay up to six months without a visa for tourism purposes. You can go to https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa to know in which category you fall.

It’s better to check visa requirements with the embassy well before you travel.

Master cards, Visa card, American Express are widely accepted. Changing cash or traveler’s check is not that hard. It is better to take a traveler’s check in Pound Sterling.

You can draw cash from widely available ATMs.

Since there are lots of international flights to the UK, you should choose one based on where you want to go and what you want to see.

Since the major attractions are well scattered across the UK, domestic flights are convenient for traveling long distances. In the case of time availability, buses are a fair option for traveling not-too-long distances. Major towns and cities are well connected by roads. Inside the city, you can get around on foot or by taxi. City buses/coaches are an affordable option as long as you are a familiar rider. Hiring a car or picking up a taxi can be the best alternatives too. A well-connected network of railways provides fast service between London and major cities. Purchase rail tickets in advance for a cheaper option.

Travel Tips:

Most of London’s attractions are free to visit while others require fees. You can get a special discount with the London Pass.

Weather Tips:

Be prepared for the erratic weather of Scotland.

Health Tips:

It’s better to take precaution against tick bites while traveling to the Scottish Highlands.

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.