TOP TEN UK ATTRACTIONS TRAVEL GUIDE TOP TEN UK ATTRACTIONS TRAVEL GUIDE UK SHARE Ricky Carbis , May 30, 2012 / 0 In countries with such a vast and well known past, it’s almost impossible to get bored on any trip to the UK. Although it’s notoriously wet and rainy on occasion, the Brits are set up for it having many indoor attractions, museums, sporting venues and covered shopping malls. The most fascinating history and regal past awaits you in London, Scotland offers some of the best natural scenery and excellent lochs and castles to explore, Wales is home to wonderful scenic villages, towns and coves and Northern Ireland has great shopping, friendly locals and a fabulous coastline. Here are a few top tips in our travel blog to keep you busy and amused during your visit to cool Britannia: 1. See the waxwork movie and pop stars at Madame Tussauds in London Madame Tussauds London Madam Tussauds is one of the most visited tourist attractions in London and for good reason. Marvel and take photos of the life-size and realistic wax figurines of your favourite celebrities – a great day out for all the family. 2. Visit the official home of the Royal Family, Buckingham Palace You can’t visit London without seeing the impressive Buckingham Palace. Dating back to the 1700’s it has 775 rooms filled with all manner of exquisite English and French furniture, antiquities and finery. Recent years have seen the palace open its doors to the public and it’s now possible to join a tour of many of the state rooms during the summer months. 3. Take a trip to Shakespeare’s Stratford upon Avon Shakespeare Stratford Upon Avon Most people are familiar with the famous works of Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and Othello to name but a few. Visit the picturesque and fascinating market town of Stratford upon Avon and see one of his plays performed by the RSC at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. See where Mary Arden, his mother, grew up and where Anne Hathaway his wife lived. Stratford is a quaint, typically English town with some excellent restaurants, pubs and hotels so make the most of your journey and stay a few days. 4. Enjoy a history packed day at King Arthurs Labyrinth, Powys, Wales. Head to the Corris Craft Centre in Machynlleth, Southern Snowdonia for a fun packed family day out. The region has a long and interesting past and at King Arthurs Labyrinth you can explore the nooks, crannies and underground caverns, join a slow boat trip through a waterfall and back 1000 years with a Dark Age Boatman and listen to the history and tales of King Arthur as well as many other fascinating myths and legends. 5. Get scared at the London Dungeons. For a very different day out take a trip to the famous London Dungeons. As the name suggests, it’s the place where many famous traitors in British history met their fate. For visitors it’s a horror filled interactive history journey through England’s dark past quite unlike any other. Visit the Jack the Ripper Experience, take the Judgement Boat Trip down the River Thames through Traitors Gate, and learn about the Great Fire of London. An attraction that’s more entertaining and educational than it may sound! 6. Soak in the art and culture at one of Londons Art Galleries Whether it’s contemporary, surrealist, impressionism, modern, pop or classic art you enjoy it’s all on offer in London. In South Bank the Tate Modern has an impressive array of pieces homed in a fabulous building – a must see for the modern art buffs. Tate Britain caters for those with a more traditional taste and the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square and National Portrait Gallery nearby, both have a vast number of pieces from famous paintings to the faces of celebrities and pop stars! 7. Visit Edinburgh Castle, Scotland Edinburgh Castle Scotland Sat on the basalt plug of an extinct volcano, Edinburgh Castle is one of Scotland’s most popular tourist attractions and dominates the city. Home to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo each August, it’s certainly worth a visit if in the area. 8. See the famous Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland Designated Northern Irelands only UNESCO World Heritage Site the Giants Causeway is simply stunning and a must see on any trip to the area. Famed for its impressive columns and layers of basalt that were the result of volcanic activity more than 60 million years ago, it is an area of true natural beauty so don’t forget your camera! 9. Get a bird’s eye view of London on the London Eye London Eye UK attractions The London Eye dominates the city centre skyline and is the highest observation wheel in the world. A massive circular structure with 32 pod like capsules taking up to 25 people, book a ticket to see over 50 of London’s impressive famous sites in a 30 minute ride! 10. Family fun at Alton Towers theme park in Staffordshire Alton Towers is the UKs largest theme park in England and offers a fun day of excitement suited to all ages. Highlights include the new Battle Galleons interactive water ride, the heart pumping Rita –Queen of Speed ride that propels you from 0 to 100 in 2.5 seconds and the normal array of adrenalin pumping roller-coasters, pirate ships and lazy slow merry-go-rounds for the kids.