Fun Things to Do in the UK

Fun Things to Do in the UK
For those who love being surrounded by nature, the United Kingdom is an outdoor enthusiast's dream because there are plenty of open-air activities to enjoy. Along with culture, history and gardening, the British are known for their love of walking. From visiting castles to exploring ancient ruins, there are many wonderful opportunities to enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities throughout the U.K.

Go on a London Duck Tours

A trip to the U.K. usually starts with a visit to the city of London, England. A tour is a great way to get your bearings in this wonderful city. London Duck Tours offers a unique take on traditional bus excursions. Billed as an "amazing amphibious adventure," this company navigates the roads and rivers in an historic open-air vehicle---the amphibious landing craft that was used on D-Day during World War II. You travel through the streets past all the famous landmarks (like Big Ben, Trafalgar Square and Westminster Abbey) before plunging into the Thames for a cruise. Standard tours last 75 minutes, but longer themed James Bond, Treasure Hunt and Code Breaker tours are also available.

London Duck Tours
55 York Rd.
London, SE1 7NJ
England, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7928 3132

Visit Stonehenge

Stonehenge is located about 85 miles west of London on a barren expanse of countryside in Salisbury. The prehistoric site is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the U.K. Estimated to have been built around 3100 B.C., you will want to spend the whole day walking around the circle of monolithic stone structures. How it was built is still an archaeological mystery.

2 miles west of Amesbury
Salisbury, SP4 7DE
England, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 01722 343834

Traipse Around Sandringham House

To get an inside look at royal life, head north of London to Norfolk, where you can visit Sandringham House, the country retreat of the queen. The house is set on 60 acres of breathtaking gardens, and its first floor rooms are open to the public when the royal family is away. In the stables, you will find exhibits of historic memorabilia and vintage cars. Guided tours of the gardens are offered on Fridays and Saturdays. If you are looking for a longer walk, you can explore trails throughout the surrounding woodland and heath that make up the 350-acre Country Park.

Sandringham House
Estate Office
Sandringham, Norfolk, PE35 6EN
England, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 01553 612908

Check Out the Eden Project

In Cornwall, which is located in the southwest of England, you will find the alien-looking Eden Project. Built in 2000, it is an amazing global garden featuring two giant covered biomes. In the Rainforest Biome, you can see 1,129 tropical plants in settings similar to the humid tropics of west Africa, South America and southeast Asia. The smaller Mediterranean Biome houses plants normally found in countries with warm temperatures. If you opt to walk or cycle to Eden Project from St. Austell via the Clay Trails, you receive a discounted admission ticket.

Eden Project
St. Austell, Cornwall, PL24 2SG
England, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 01726 811911

Explore Caernarfon Castle

The U.K. is filled with the ruins of castles. You can find the most impressive remains in Wales, such as the mighty Caernarfon Castle. Edward I began construction on it as a military stronghold in 1283. He wanted the castle to dominate the landscape. Today you can spend hours exploring the wall walks, gatehouse and unique polygonal towers. It also houses the Royal Welsh Fusiliers Museum, which preserves the history of Wales' oldest infantry regiment.

Caernarfon Castle
Castle Ditch
Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 2AY
Wales, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 01286 677617

Article Written By Yvonne Newman

Based in Las Vegas, Yvonne Newman spent 16 years writing for one of the city's popular visitors' guides. She has covered a variety of topics, including travel, shopping, sports and the arts. Newman is currently working on a book about tea houses. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Nevada and a master's degree in Anglo-Irish literature from Trinity College.

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