Drawbridges are down. Tea is steeping. Pipe bands are playing. Yes, Britain is eagerly awaiting your arrival.
Whether you’re soaring high above the palaces and cathedrals on the London Eye or exploring their cobblestone walkways below, see where history’s royals have worked, played, and reigned.
Walk the halls of Anne Boleyn’s double-moated childhood castle. Step aboard the Queen’s former royal yacht. Marvel at Westminster Abbey, where William and Kate were married.
A few of the favorite ways to spend a day in London:
It’s hard to miss Tower Bridge, one of England’s most famous landmarks. Tower Bridge was completed and opened in 1894. Visitors to Tower Bridge can enjoy wonderful views of the River Thames from the walkway between the bridge towers.
The Tower of London is part of The Historic Royal Palaces, which also includes Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace museums.
Natural History Museum has a collection of the biggest, tallest and rarest animals in the world. See a life-sized Blue Whale, a 40-million-year-old spider and the amazing new Darwin Centre.
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre – Founded by the pioneering American actor and director Sam Wanamaker, Shakespeare’s Globe is a unique international resource dedicated to the exploration of Shakespeare’s work and the playhouse for which he wrote.
The London Eye – is a major feature of London’s skyline. It is the world’s highest observation wheel, with 32 capsules, each weighing 10 tons and holding up to 25 people.
Of course there’s so much more to Britain than its famous capital. A few other must see locations:
When in Dover, you won’t want to miss the famed and fabled White Cliffs of Dover. For the best views, you can opt for a 40-minute boat tour that departs from the Clock Tower at the marina, or simply stroll along the Prince of Wales pier. By taxi you could visit White Cliffs Park, where you’ll have views of the English Channel, and should you wish to stretch your legs, miles of hiking trails.
Should you make it to Liverpool then you’ll be conjuring up images of yellow submarines and strawberry fields. In short: the Beatles. Explore the Beatles-themed museum, which is also situated on The Albert Dock.
A part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Albert Dock is where you will also find the art museum Tate Liverpool, the Maritime Museum, the International Slavery Museum and BugWorld Experience. A new feature is the 197 feet/60 meter high Echo Wheel. The Albert Dock was revolutionary when built in 1846: it was the world’s first enclosed, non-combustible dock warehouse system.
Should you make it all the way to the southern tip you’ll find Falmouth; which benefits from the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, creating a subtropical mild climate and supporting an array of exotic plants, flora and wildlife. Discover the town’s charming subtropical gardens Kimberley Park, Queen Mary, Fox Rosehill, and Gyllyngdune gardens dating back to the 18th and 19th century when merchants and sailors brought plants and trees to Falmouth from the tropics.
Of course this is just the tip of what you’ll find, but enough to get you thinking about why your next vacation needs to include time in the United Kingdom.