If you have decided to take a trip across the UK, there are some obvious attractions that you would be almost expected to visit. The London Eye, Brighton Pier and Chester Zoo all offer great days out, but there are hundreds of unique and quirky alternatives to keep you busy. To give you a helping hand, we’ve rounded up twelve of our favorite things for you to try.
As one the most iconic tourist attractions in the UK, Stonehenge allows you to walk in the footsteps of Neolithic ancestors. As well as Stonehenge itself, the attraction includes a visitor centre, where you can learn about the rich history of the site.
Play golf at Scotland’s Old Course
Scotland offers some breathtaking views, and with it some of the UK’s best golf courses. For example, Old Course golf holidays from Scotia Golfing allow you to play at the home of the 2016 Open Championships.
Check out the Fingal’s Cave
Known for its natural acoustics and beautiful hexagonal columns, Fingal’s Cave is a must-visit part of the UK. Situated in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, the cave is maintained by the National Trust, and attracts visitors throughout the year.
Snap the Maunsell Army Sea Forts
Built during the Second World War to help defend the UK, the Maunsell Army Sea Forts are a great attraction to visit. Although you can’t climb onboard the forts – they were made unsafe in 2008 – they serve as a fantastic backdrop for photographs.
Slide down the Orbit
Based in London’s Olympic Park, the ArcelorMittal Orbit is not only a tourist attraction but now a fully-fledged slide, taking you on a 40-second trip circling the structure twelve times!
Climb to the top of London’s O2
If you want to see London from a height, then there’s nothing quite like climbing the O2 Area! This experience offers 360-degree views of the Capital, suspended 52m from the ground.
Visit the Chocolate Hotel
If you are a chocoholic, then booking a night in the UK’s only chocolate-themed hotel could be a great way to try something new. With 15 rooms, this establishment is dedicated to everything cocoa.
Go back in time at Beamish
This world-famous open air museum takes you back to the 1820s and the 1940s, with several villages each depicting a different area. For a real back-in-time experience, have lunch in the fish and chip shop, where food is cooked using traditional 1900s methods.
Take a drink in The Crooked House
This crooked pub is the result of 19th-century subsidence and means that one side of the building is four feet lower than the other. Who’s getting the first round?!
Take a picture at the Gnome Reserve
Set in four acres of Devon woodland, the Gnome Reserve is ideal for the whole family. With over 1,000 gnomes and a fully-fitted museum, this attraction is a true British one-off.
Go to the Portmeirion Village
Boasting of stunning architecture from Clough Williams-Ellis, Portmeirion wouldn’t look out of place in an Italian movie. With restaurants, gardens and other attractions for you to enjoy, this village offers something for the whole family.
If getting lost in a labyrinth of tunnels and chambers makes you excited, then Forbidden Corner makes for an ideal day out. Situated in the Yorkshire Dales, this attraction takes you on a journey and boasts of stunning handmade statues and fantastic views of the Coverdale Valley.