Top 10 Tourist Destinations in the UK

The UK consists of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and is a top tourist destination year round. The most popular of these hot tourist spots is London, England; however, there are other destinations throughout the UK that are equally popular.

1. Trafalgar Square is the home various historically significant fountains and statues, including Nelson’s Column, the famous statue of Admiral Nelson constructed in honor of his victory in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Such sights make the square itself famous; however, the museums surrounding it, which are often free, are also amazing places to visit such as The National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery.

2. Tower Bridge, often mistaken for London Bridge, crosses the River Thames next to The Tower of London. When it was built, it was the only bridge to cross the Thames and is now the most famous bridge for vacationers to visit during their London holidays.

3. The Tower of London, home of the priceless Crown Jewels, is one of the most important and educational destinations in London. Visitors tour to see the tower where Elizabeth I was held prisoner by her sister, Queen Mary Tudor. It is also where many infamous executions were held, including the execution of Queen Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII’s second wife.

4. Often the most visited attraction in all of London, Buckingham Palace is home to the Royal Family. For decades, tourists have waited outside of its gates to watch the famous Changing of the Guard. Additionally, Buckingham Palace was finally opened to the public in the year 2000 for tours through its State Rooms, galleries and gardens.

5. Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, is home to Queen Mary’s Dollhouse and St. George’s Chapel, the resting place of 10 monarchs.

6. When visitors decide to embark on a little entertainment and fantasy, Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum is usually the first place to go for London holidays. Lines stretch clear around the block as visitors anxiously wait to view the many lifelike wax figures of celebrities and political figures.

Visitors to Madame Tussaud’s are free to wander the museum, walk up to, touch and photograph wax figures of royal family members, presidents, celebrities, and cultural figures.

7. Named the Europe’s busiest shopping street, Oxford Street is and enjoyable cultural experience famous for its shopping, restaurants, and night life.

8. Outside of England lies Edinburgh Castle in Scotland, once home to the infamous Mary Queen of Scots, cousin to Queen Elizabeth I who executed her on suspicious of treason. Interestingly enough, it is also where Mary gave birth to James, who would later become king of Scotland and England.

9. Back in England and shrouded in mystery is Stonehenge. Estimated to have been built around 3100 BC, the origins and intentions of this structure are still unknown but widely speculated.

10. Dover Castle, first built as a medieval fortress, claims a breathtaking view of the English Channel and French coast on a clear day.