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Traveling to the United Kingdom

11 Sep Traveling to the United Kingdom

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Traveling to the United Kingdom? Splendid! Whether you’re a fan of Shakespeare and theatre, literature, history, sports, or music, the UK has something for you.

There are several reasons for going on holiday, one of them being a honeymoon! Be sure to take your ring in for a proposal, and get diamond insurance in case anything happens to it in the hustle and bustle of traveling.

The Grass is Greener

As your plane makes the descent into the UK, you’ll notice the land’s incredible greenery. This comes from constant rain, so be sure to bring your umbrella. In fact, Britain calls for drought conditions if it doesn’t rain for two weeks!

Theatre

Britain calls itself home to some of the finest theatre in the world. Most British actors and actresses train at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. They often go on to perform with the National Theatre, also in London, or the Royal Shakespeare Company, which performs in London and William Shakespeare’s hometown, Stratford-on-Avon. They also tour in various places, and many of the RSC alumni go on to perform in popular films, such as the Harry Potter series, and on British television. Check out www.rsc.org.uk and www.nationaltheatre.org.uk for more information.

Literature

Perhaps you have a greater interest in the authors themselves than in their performed work. As mentioned above, Stratford-on-Avon has almost everything Shakespeare-related, including his birthplace. Be sure to visit Charles Dickens’ house, which is now the Charles Dickens Museum, in London. While there, you can also visit the Sherlock Holmes Museum at 221B Baker St. Or maybe you love D.H. Lawrence, in which case a trip up to Nottinghamshire would be in order. Swing by Sherwood Forest and Nottingham Castle, and maybe you’ll run into Robin Hood! 

History

While in Nottingham, be sure to have a drink in Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem pub. Now a favorite of motorcycle enthusiasts, the pub claims to be the oldest in England, and that it was established in 1189 AD, the year that Richard the Lionheart became king. Nearby, in Sherwood Forest, stands the Major Oak, rumored to be around 1,000-years-old.

Scotland

If you crave more adventure in your reading, take a train up to Scotland, and explore the land of Treasure Island-author Sir Walter Scott and legendary poet Robert Burns, of “Auld Lang Syne” fame. Architecture aficionados will enjoy visiting Glasgow, which features gorgeous buildings designed by architect Charles Rennie MackIntosh.

Music

Beatles fans absolutely must make the pilgrimage to Liverpool. Visit the re-opened Cavern, where the Mop Tops played in their early days, on Mathew Street. Take a stroll along Penny Lane, and take a look at old Salvation Army children’s home Strawberry Fields. See the homes of all-four Beatles, and then sing along with Gerry and the Pacemakers as you take a “Ferry ‘Cross the Mersey” River.

Sports

The UK has exciting professional sports clubs, ranging from cricket to rugby to football (known as “soccer” in the U.S.) to golf.

The Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland, considered the “home of golf,” boasts the

oldest golf course in the world, dating back to the early 15th century. As for the average Brit, though, football is the sport to follow and play. Each British town boasts their own teams, and fans go to every game and then discuss it down at the pub over a pint.

For whatever your reason to visit the UK, only hire a car if you feel confident driving on the other side of the road. Otherwise, take the marvelous public transportation there. In any case, bring a map with you, and ask as many questions as you need to. Peruse www.visitbritian.com for more trip ideas.

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