55 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

55 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

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Drive to Newark Liberty International Airport, Fly to Edinburgh Airport
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Edinburgh
— 3 nights
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Aberdeen
— 2 nights
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Inverness
— 3 nights
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Ullapool
— 4 nights
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Fort William
— 2 nights
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Glasgow
— 2 nights
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Newcastle upon Tyne
— 3 nights
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Durham
— 2 nights
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York
— 3 nights
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Manchester
— 2 nights
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Oxford
— 2 nights
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Cambridge
— 2 nights
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London
— 5 nights
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Canterbury
— 2 nights
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Brighton and Hove
— 2 nights
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Southampton
— 2 nights
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Bath
— 4 nights
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St Ives
— 3 nights
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Swansea
— 2 nights
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Cardiff
— 2 nights
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Edinburgh

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland, sample the fine beverages at The Scotch Whisky Experience, and contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh trip maker tool.

Newark, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 15-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Newark to Edinburgh. Traveling from Newark in April, things will get little chillier in Edinburgh: highs are around 53°F and lows about 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Aberdeen.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Childrens Museums

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Aberdeen

Flower of Scotland

The powerhouse of the northeast, Aberdeen is a prosperous urban center fueled by a thriving petroleum industry.
Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at The Gordon Highlanders Museum, take an in-depth tour of Peterhead Prison Museum, and then wander the streets of Footdee (Fittie).

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Aberdeen trip planner.

Getting from Edinburgh to Aberdeen by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Aberdeen

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Inverness

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Inverness is known for breweries & distilleries, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour, examine the collection at The Highlanders' Museum (Queen's Own Highlanders Collection), indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and indulge your taste buds at Highland Malt Whisky Experience.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Inverness driving holiday website.

Drive from Aberdeen to Inverness in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Ullapool.

Things to do in Inverness

Tours · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums

Side Trips

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Ullapool

Ullapool is a village of around 1,500 inhabitants in Ross-shire, Scottish Highlands. Explore Ullapool's surroundings by going to Lochinver (Hermit's Castle & Achmelvich Beach), Falls of Shin (in Lairg) and Inverewe Garden (in Poolewe). The adventure continues: hike along The Bone Caves, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Stac Pollaidh Mountain, identify plant and animal life at Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve, and take in breathtaking views at Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve.

For where to stay and tourist information, refer to the Ullapool route planner.

Getting from Inverness to Ullapool by car takes about 1.5 hours. In April in Ullapool, expect temperatures between 51°F during the day and 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Fort William.

Things to do in Ullapool

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Fort William

Fort William is the second largest settlement in the Highlands of Scotland with around 10,000 inhabitants – and the largest town: only the city of Inverness is larger.Fort William is a major tourist centre, with Glen Coe just to the south, Aonach Mòr to the east and Glenfinnan to the west, on the Road to the Isles. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): see the interesting displays at West Highland Museum, stroll around Lochaber Geopark Visitor Centre, then admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Ben Nevis. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the views at Glen Coe, don't miss a visit to Lime Tree An Ealdhain Gallery, then take in the awesome beauty at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, then contemplate the long history of Glenfinnan Viaduct, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Shiel.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Fort William trip tool.

Traveling by car from Ullapool to Fort William takes 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Glasgow.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Glasgow

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
On the 16th (Fri), examine the collection at The Tenement House, then admire the masterpieces at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, then stroll around Kelvingrove Park, and finally admire the natural beauty at Glasgow Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: explore the engaging exhibits at Glasgow Science Centre, then examine the collection at The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel, and then stroll around Pollok Country Park.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Glasgow route builder website.

You can drive from Fort William to Glasgow in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Glasgow can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Newcastle upon Tyne.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

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Newcastle upon Tyne

Student City

One of the hippest urban centers in the northeastern part of the country, Newcastle upon Tyne once had a reputation for being an industrial wasteland with little to offer casual tourists.
Explore Newcastle upon Tyne's surroundings by going to Alnwick (Alnwick Castle & The Alnwick Garden) and Cragside House and Gardens (in Rothbury). Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on Riverside Falconry, steep yourself in history at The Quayside, look for gifts at Treacle Wool Shop, and snap pictures at Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Newcastle upon Tyne driving holiday planning website.

Traveling by train from Glasgow to Newcastle upon Tyne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Durham.

Things to do in Newcastle upon Tyne

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

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Durham

Durham is a historic city and the county town of County Durham in North East England. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Crook Hall & Gardens, take in the pleasant sights at Durham Riverside Walk, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Durham Cathedral, and finally explore the historical opulence of Durham Castle. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of Richmond Castle, get in on the family fun at The Forbidden Corner, and then browse the exhibits of The Station.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Durham itinerary app.

Durham is very close to Newcastle upon Tyne. In April, daily temperatures in Durham can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can take a train to York.

Things to do in Durham

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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York

City of Festivals

Situated on the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss, York has witnessed an abundance of major political events throughout its two millennia of existence.
Explore York's surroundings by going to Harrogate (Spirit of Harrogate Ltd & Nidderdale Llamas) and Fountains Abbey (in Ripon). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of National Railway Museum, pause for some photo ops at Yorkshire Regiment Boer War Memorial York, examine the collection at York Castle Museum, and delve into the distant past at York City Walls.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the York road trip planner.

Getting from Durham to York by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in April, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Manchester.

Things to do in York

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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Manchester

Capital of the North

Unofficially dubbed the Capital of the North, Manchester is known for its influence on industry and music, as well as its world-renowned connection to sports.
On the 26th (Mon), surround yourself with nature on Peak Mountaineering, then explore the activities along Ladybower Reservoir, and then hike along Ridge Walk Mam Tor to Losehill. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Imperial War Museum North, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then don't miss a visit to Manchester Town Hall, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Manchester Cathedral.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Manchester trip maker website.

Getting from York to Manchester by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Oxford.

Things to do in Manchester

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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Oxford

City of Dreaming Spires

A busy, cosmopolitan city, Oxford is perhaps best known for its ancient university.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Christ Church Cathedral, then examine the collection at Pitt Rivers Museum, then see the interesting displays at Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, and finally steep yourself in history at Oxford Castle & Prison. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Blenheim Palace, get a new perspective on nature at Oxford University Museum of Natural History, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Oxford Artisan Distillery, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Oxford day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Manchester to Oxford takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. April in Oxford sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cambridge.

Things to do in Oxford

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

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Cambridge

City of Perspiring Dreams

Steeped in history and tradition, Cambridge is renowned for its ancient colleges and sprawling green gardens.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at The Polar Museum, Scott Polar Research Institute, then admire the masterpieces at Fitzwilliam Museum, then learn about winemaking at Cambridgeshire Wine School, and finally brush up on your military savvy at IWM Duxford. On your second day here, stroll the grounds of Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, then steep yourself in history at Trinity College, then deepen your understanding at King's College Chapel, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at The River Cam.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cambridge road trip site.

Drive from Oxford to Cambridge in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Oxford in April since evenings lows in Cambridge dip to 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can catch the train to London.

Things to do in Cambridge

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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London

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
London is known for museums, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye, contemplate the long history of Westminster Abbey, take in the views from Tower Bridge, and make a trip to Tower of London.

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Traveling by train from Cambridge to London takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in London are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Canterbury.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Canterbury

Canterbury is a historic English cathedral city and UNESCO World Heritage Site, which lies at the heart of the City of Canterbury, a local government district of Kent, England. On the 7th (Fri), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Howletts Wild Animal Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Christ Church Gate, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Canterbury Cathedral, and finally center your mind and body at BodyWell Group. Here are some ideas for day two: browse for treasures at Canterbury Jewellers and Pawnbrokers, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then step into the grandiose world of Dover Castle, and finally admire the natural beauty at Westgate Gardens.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Canterbury day trip site.

Traveling by train from London to Canterbury takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Brighton and Hove.

Things to do in Canterbury

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Brighton and Hove

London-by-the-Sea

The vibrant seaside resort of Brighton and Hove features a lively nightclub scene and an abundance of cultural sites sure to keep you entertained for days.
On the 9th (Sun), admire the striking features of Royal Pavilion, stroll through Brighton Beach, and then laugh and play at Brighton Palace Pier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Arundel Castle and Gardens, look for all kinds of wild species at Hawking About, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arundel Cathedral.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Brighton and Hove tour planner.

You can drive from Canterbury to Brighton and Hove in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Brighton and Hove, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Southampton.

Things to do in Brighton and Hove

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Theme Parks

Side Trip

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Southampton

Southampton, on the south coast of England, is the largest city in the ceremonial county of Hampshire. On the 11th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Greyladyes Arts Foundation, browse the exhibits of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, and then race across the water with a speed boat tour. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta, then explore the ancient world of Stonehenge, then steep yourself in history at Hospital of St Cross, and finally take a tour of Steamship Shieldhall.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Southampton travel route app.

Traveling by car from Brighton and Hove to Southampton takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bath.

Things to do in Southampton

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

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Bath

Queen of English Cities

A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Explore Bath's surroundings by going to Glastonbury (Star Child Glastonbury & St. Margaret's Chapel & Magdalene Almshouses), Wells (Wells Cathedral & Vicar's Close) and Gloucester Cathedral (in Gloucester). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at The Roman Baths, examine the collection at The Jane Austen Centre, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bath Abbey, and hunt for treasures at Pulteney Bridge.

Discover how to plan a Bath trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Southampton to Bath takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to St Ives.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Spas

Side Trips

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St Ives

St Ives is a seaside town, civil parish and port in Cornwall. Get out of town with these interesting St Ives side-trips: The Lost Gardens of Heligan (in Pentewan) and Fistral Beach Bar (in Newquay). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, stroll through Carbis Bay Beach, kick back and relax at Porthminster Beach, and get outside with Kernow Coasteering.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the St Ives trip website.

Traveling by car from Bath to St Ives takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in May, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Swansea.

Things to do in St Ives

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Swansea

Swansea, officially known as the City and County of Swansea, is a coastal city and county in Wales. Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Dylan Thomas Centre, enjoy the sand and surf at Rhossili Bay, and then explore the striking landscape at Gower Peninsula. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Penderyn Distillery, and then identify plant and animal life at Three Cliffs Bay.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Swansea trip builder.

You can drive from St Ives to Swansea in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Swansea are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Cardiff.

Things to do in Swansea

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Cardiff

City of Castles

The capital of Wales, Cardiff is a very green city indeed, boasting more green space per person than any other place in the country.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): see the interesting displays at St Fagans National Museum of History, take a leisurely stroll along Cardiff Bay Wales, and then walk around Bute Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Cardiff Castle, head outdoors with Bay Island Voyages, then see the interesting displays at Big Pit National Coal Museum, and finally take in the views from Crickhowell Bridge.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cardiff day trip app.

Traveling by car from Swansea to Cardiff takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cardiff

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

United Kingdom travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Home to an impressive 25 World Heritage sites, the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, has hundreds of museums to explore, thousands of parks and gardens to stroll through, and tens of thousands of communities to discover. From Land’s End in the south to John O’Groats in the north, the country is packed with tourist attractions that can fill a range of itineraries. With nearly 30 million tourists visiting every year, the UK is ranked among the top ten holiday destinations in the world. Known for its royalty, this country also represents a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures. Although Britannia no longer rules the waves, it possesses a captivating history and a dynamic modern culture, both of which remain hugely influential on the rest of the world.

Scottish Highlands travel guide

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Castles · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
The Scottish Highlands are the reason why Scotland looks like nowhere else in the world. The rugged landscapes of the Highlands are at once formidable and beautiful. Perhaps the best way to experience the awe-inspiring natural wonders of the region is by including a leisurely road trip in your itinerary. A journey through the Highlands is a journey through the history of our planet, as the ancient rocks were formed over a period of hundreds of millions of years. The region contains some of Europe’s most extensive wilderness areas, many of which have been designated as national parks and are essential places to visit for any nature lover. Dotted with small fishing villages, the region is also a foodie's paradise, offering arguably some of the finest fresh seafood and venison delicacies in the world.

Cornwall travel guide

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Gardens · Beaches · Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing
Cornwall, or Kernow as the locals often call it, features the longest stretch of continuous coastline in Britain. No longer just a series of idyllic beaches and imposing cliffs, this rugged region has recently experienced a cultural and culinary revival that has turned it into one of the most vibrant parts of the country. Considered home of the legendary King Arthur, Cornwall is one of the more distinct parts of the UK, providing a vacation that will immerse you in its diverse Celtic heritage and an enormous wealth of archaeology. During your trip you will experience the many locals, fiercely protective of their Celtic roots, considering themselves more Cornish than British. Regardless of how they see themselves, the world regards the land of the proud Cornish as a captivating blend of ancient and new, where modern attractions stand right alongside historical mines and picturesque market towns.