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British Travel Highlights

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by our United Kingdom expert Terry Emery
 
 
Below are some of the British Travel Highlights from our Travel Experts. If you have any United Kingdom tips, reviews or highlights of your own that you’d like to share with our experts then please send them to us here.
 
Belfast
Belfast castle is set in Cavehill Country Par and really is a great spot for a sunny day. The spectacular views of Belfast and the surrounding countryside are worth the trip alone, but the castle is also quite interesting... it's not much more than a hundred years old and so is really more of a country house than a traditional old castle.
Kenny G
 
Edinburgh
Literary tours, pub tours, ghost tours and festivals galore, the City of Edinburgh has it all for those inclined to explore the local culture and its rich history. I'd recommend the hotels along or off Princes Street to get stunning views of the castle. And do take a walking tour as there are lots of interesting places near the city centre all within reach of each other. For a break, a cuppa in the Princes Street gardens at the base of the castle can't be beat.
Gerry Ong
 
Giants Causeway
People have different reactions when they step out on the Giant’s Causeway in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Some believe the legend that a giant Finn Cool stood on the coast and wanted to take on Benandonner, his much larger rival Scottish giant across the sea, so he set about building the steps or causeway. Others believe it was violent volcanic activity millions of years ago. Whatever you believe it is an outstanding phenomonem which attracts thousands of visitors each day. Discovered in 1693 the Giants Causeway is a must to include on your Northern Ireland holiday, with its middle basalt rocks which form structures in the cliffs with interesting names like The Harp, Chimney Stacks, The Organ, and the Camel’s Hump. Down by the sea there are thousands and thousands of neat, square rocks which look like they’ve been carefully placed upon each other, right out into the sea. At low tide it looks like they go on forever. When you arrive at the modern information centre you have to decide whether to walk the 0.8km (0.5miles) down the hill to the rocks or take the provided transport. I took around 20 minutes to walk down. You can take a variety of walks of several kilometres, which take much longer so, if you are on a coach tour, you would not be able to choose them. It’s wise to allow at least two hours and if you want to explore the full length you’d better set aside more time. Whatever you believe about its origins, this is a place which will stay in your memory and come up in travel conversation for years. TIP: Combine your Giant’s Causeway trip with a walk in to the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge a short drive along the coast. Also, we went to medieval Dunluce Castle, this and our tour of Bushmills Distillery, all added to the interest in the area around the Giants Causeway. Happy coastal touring.
Lois R
 
London
I lived in London for 10 years and its one of the world's greatest cities. Come rain or shine there is so much to do, whether its a bird's eye view of London from the London Eye, a boat trip through history along the Thames, a cultural feast at its many museums and galleries or a night out on the town, courtesy of its many theatres, clubs and restaurants, London has it all. Whether you are single, a couple, a family or just a bunch of fiends out for a good time, London will not disappoint - that's guaranteed! Don't forget to wander off the beaten track too.. visit any of its many public parks, its multicultural delights (Brick Lane anyone?) or country delights like Epping Forest, the Lea Valley or its picturesque canals. There is something for everyone, of all ages and whatever your level of fitness or state of health, a day out in London will lift your spirits and bring a smile to face, as well as leave you with many happy memories.
Steven Dale
 
Parliament Square is an evocative splash of greenery and tranquillity amidst the bedlam of everyday London. Rich in history, the area includes the House of Lords, Westminster Abbey and the London Eye. Inspiring statues of Churchill, Richard the Lionheart and Emmeline Pankhurst can be found at the House of Lords and in the nearby Victoria Tower Gardens. And no trip to London is complete without hearing Big Ben chime by the River Thames!"
Corinne Cirkovic
 
Poole Harbour
Located in Poole Harbour in Dorset, Brownsea Island is a pretty and peaceful retreat. The only way of getting to the island is by one of the small public ferries. Wandering around the island in the summer, it has a Mediterranean feel to it; the pine tree woodland, the calm atmosphere, the fine harbour views and an abundance of exotic seeming wildlife. Brownsea Island is one of the only places left in southern Britain where you can see the native red squirrel, and it's a wonderful thing trying to spot the shy little creatures! I most certainly recommend a visit to this charming place, for anyone wishing to spend a day peacefully and surrounded by natural beauty.
Marie C
 
Skye
The Isle of Skye in Scotland is idyllic. Still relatively unspoilt and so peaceful. If you want to be energetic, try climbing some of the Cuillin mountain range on the island.
Jason B
 
Wimbledon
Glorious Wimbledon - perhaps the greatest of all the grand slam tennis tournaments. Whether you are queing in the rain for the cheap seats or are are lucky enough to be on the awesone new centre court with its futuristic roof, tennis at Wimbledon never fails to delight. My top tip would be to take a picnic... prices for Pimms, strawberries & cream, and even a sandwich are enough to make your eyes water!
Mrs Jennifer Gordon
 
York
York was nominated one of the most beautiful cities in Europe with its medieval streets, sophisticated Georgian architecture combined with plenty of independent shops to meet any pocket and wish list.
Susan Thairs
 

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