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Experience the best of Britain on holiday this year

Symonds Yat rock
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Whether you live in the U.K. or are planning to visit from abroad, Britain offers some spectacular destinations to choose from. The following article highlights some of the top locations for a great holiday this year.

To find out more about touring the U.K., Great British Trips offers invaluable information and touring options including great destinations, the best attractions and they can assist with planning the best itinerary for your holiday. 

Let’s explore just a few of the best, and often enigmatic, places to visit in Britain.

Take a tour of London

Panorama of London at night
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For those visiting for the first time, a trip to London is an absolute must-do.  This combination of history and modern city makes for endless entertainment, theatre and cinema, fascinating visits to historic buildings, museums and art galleries and the very best shopping and dining experiences. 

Head to the Tower of London, a Royal fortress and historic castle located on the north bank of the River Thames. Take a ride on the London Eye, a giant Ferris wheel, also known as the Millennium wheel. Take a gander at Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral and Big Ben… and so many more.  The attractions never end, so you’ll probably need to come back a few times to take everything in!

Explore the mysteries of Stonehenge

Photo:  CC BY-SA 3.0 Diego Delso

For those with an interest in history and the more esoteric side of life, this prehistoric monument is a must-see.  Located in Wiltshire in England, 8 miles north of Salisbury, this is one of the most famous sites of this nature in the world.

Stonehenge consists of a ring of standing stones, set within earthworks. In the surrounding area there is a hugely dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments including many burial mounds.  According to archaeologists, it was built somewhere between 3,000 BC to 2,000 BC.

Stonehenge and its surrounding antiquities have been officially added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.  There is a huge amount of historical and mythical data available about Stonehenge with many theories as to why it was built.  Whatever the reason, this site is a fascinating place to visit, especially on occasions like the summer solstice when tens of thousands of people gather on the spot to celebrate.

A touch of Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon

Photo: CC BY 2.0 Beverley Goodwin

Those interested in the theatre can do no wrong by visiting William Shakespeare’s place of birth, the lovely town of Stratford-upon-Avon.

In the town you will be able to discover and visit the most beautiful historic buildings, including Shakespeare’s home, a half-timbered, Tudor-style cottage complete with appropriate furnishings and a lovely garden.

Visit Anne Hathaway’s cottage, where Shakespeare’s wife lived close to the centre of town and where the famous bard used to court her before their marriage.  This Tudor farmhouse still contains some of the original furniture and the gardens are truly spectacular, a perfect image of an English garden.

Take a trip to Mary Arden’s farm in Wilmcote just outside Stratford, where Shakespeare’s mother used to live. You can visit the Tudor farmhouse and enjoy falconry displays and demonstrations at the blacksmith’s forge, or even partake in archery lessons. 

To top off the ultimate theatrical experience, visit the various theatres in the town and experience the words of Shakespeare himself enacted on the stage.

End your stay by visiting the place where the famous playwright was laid to rest. Shakespeare was buried at the Holy Trinity Church in Stratford and his grave has become famous for its epitaph, which some say was penned by the Bard himself, laying a curse on anyone who might dare to move his bones:

Good frend for Iesvs sake forbeare,
To digg the dvst encloased heare.
Bleste be man spares thes stones,
And cvrst be he moves my bones

The modern spelling of the inscription is included below:

Good friend, for Jesus' sake forbear
To dig the dust enclosed here
Blessed be the man that spares these stones, 
And cursed be he that moves my bones.

Shakespeare's grave
 Photo Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic David Jones

We hope this brief introduction into just some of the fascinating destinations on offer in Britain inspires you to visit soon.


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