Travel Update


United Kingdom At A Glance

Why visit the UK? You’ll get to discover ancient castles, explore historic cities, hike mountains and indulge in some of the best food and drink around. All in one trip. If you want to see it all, you’ll love the UK.

Why visit the United Kingdom?

The United Kingdom, or simply the “UK”, is a country rich in history, nature and bustling cities. You can explore England, Scotland and Wales on the same trip, allowing you to sample the very best of each nation before returning home.

Get to know the similarities between the countries and explore the differences that make each one unique. There’s an incredible variety of sights to discover, either as part of a group tour or at your leisure on a self-drive trip.

When it comes to history and culture, many grand castles, fascinating museums and lavish palaces await your visit. Think Holyrood Palace, a royal Scottish residence, the immersive Natural History Museum in London, or even the medieval, turreted Caernarfon Castle. Many cities also offer walking tours of their historic streets.

The UK is a treasure trove for nature lovers. Marvel at the dramatic mountains and breathtaking waterfalls in the Scottish Highlands. Take in the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales and the glistening waters of the Lake District. Or soak up the sun at the charming seaside in Wales.

If incredible food and drink is more your bag, the UK has that covered too. With Michelin-starred restaurants, traditional pubs, gourmet brunch spots, and creative cocktail bars, you’re spoilt for choice. Plus, each region boasts its own unique culinary specialities.

All this and more awaits you on a UK tour.

What countries make up the United Kingdom?

England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland together make up the UK. These countries are closely linked by their history, culture, and languages.

It’s easy to tour England, Scotland and Wales in one trip as they are located on the mainland. You can drive between the top spots in each country.

How to get to the United Kingdom

Your Nordic Visitor adventure will start in England. There’s plenty of choice of international carriers to take you here, including British Airways, KLM, and American Airlines.

You’ll have a choice of airports, with London Heathrow and London Gatwick being the main ones. From here, you can easily pick up a rental car or hop on public transport. You can also book a private transfer for ease with Nordic Visitor.

If you decide to start your trip in Scotland, the main airports are Edinburgh and Glasgow. Just as with England, there’s plenty of choice of international carriers and it’s easy to reach the city centres from the airport.

Getting around

Once you’ve arrived in the UK, you’ll soon see how easy it is to get around. The country is relatively small and there are no border checkpoints between England, Scotland and Wales which makes it great for road trips!

In fact, the travel itself is part of what makes the UK so amazing. Experience the freedom of driving through rugged countryside on a self-drive tour. Or, let someone else take the wheel and see the sights with a knowledgeable guide on a small group tour.

When to visit & weather

There’s no bad time to visit the UK. When you decide to come just depends on what you’d like to do while you’re here.

June, July or August are your best bet if you want to spend time hiking in the Lake or Peak Districts, the Scottish Highlands, or Snowdonia (Eryri) National Park. The weather tends to be the nicest at this time of year, affording you incredible views as you embark on your excursions.

As well as the weather being more favourable, the long summer evenings allow you plenty of time to explore at your leisure. You can wander the streets of cities and towns well into the evening, or head to the beach for a post-dinner dip.

The shoulder seasons – April and May, September and October – are favourites among visitors who want to experience the UK in generally favourable weather, but with fewer crowds.

It’s often said that you can experience all 4 seasons in a day in the UK, but don’t be put off. The climate here is typically mild, meaning it’s not too hot in summer or too cold in winter. But it’s worth packing a few extra layers and a waterproof jacket, just in case.

Top things to see & do

There are countless things to see and do all around the United Kingdom. Here are some of our top suggestions:

  • Enjoy the world-renowned culture of London, the UK’s capital city
  • Meander the streets of the Old Town and the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital
  • Visit Glasgow, with its Georgian architecture and vibrant nightlife
  • Explore lush national parks across England
  • Soak in the immense natural beauty of Wales
  • Head north to the rugged Scottish Highlands and Inverness
  • Look back at the past with a visit to Stonehenge or Hadrian’s Wall
  • Discover dramatic history at some of Wales’ 427 castles
  • Marvel at iconic architecture in the English cities of Bath, Oxford and York

Learn more about these attractions first-hand on a UK travel package.

Food & culture

Whet your appetite with our top picks for food and drink, as well as cultural must-dos:

  • Sample fine dining at one of the nearly 200 Michelin-starred restaurants around the country
  • Enjoy a dram of local whisky in Scotland
  • Experience an authentic English afternoon tea
  • Sip on a pint in a traditional British pub
  • Follow in the footsteps of your favourite Harry Potter or Outlander characters
  • Go to a vibrant local festival in summer
  • Photograph castles and learn about the way of life of ancient clans

Nature & adventure

You’re spoilt for choice for outdoor activities in the UK. Our top picks include:

  • Spotting wildlife like deer, red squirrels, seals, eagles and even basking sharks
  • Setting sail and visiting the Hebridean islands
  • Lacing up your boots and hiking dramatic mountains in the Scottish Highlands as well as the Lake and Peak Districts
  • Walking through majestic valleys in Eryri National Park
  • Swimming or taking a boat trip in one of the country’s many lakes and lochs (keep an eye out for Nessie if you venture up to Loch Ness!)
  • Visiting the mysterious Stonehenge and uncovering ancient secrets

The UK is a country full of possibilities. Whether you want to stay for a long weekend or explore for weeks on end, you’ll be enchanted by its culture and landscape.

You know what suits you best, and for that reason all our itineraries are designed to be flexible. This way you can stay longer in certain destinations, and add extra day tours and activities to your trip.

To help you make the most of your time in the UK, we’ve included some popular itineraries below.

10 days: We recommend a minimum of 10 days to explore all 3 nations. That way, you’ll explore national parks and quaint countryside as well as bustling capital cities like London and Edinburgh.

11–14 days: Start in Oxford and head up to Edinburgh via the Peak District, before heading back south to Wales, Bath and then London. Enjoy multiple nights in each location to have the time to explore each spot.

15+ days: With more than 2 weeks, you can really take your time around the country. Visit historic cities in the south of England, and dive into the Peak and Lake Districts, the Scottish Highlands, Edinburgh and Glasgow, and North Wales. This is the ideal amount of time to get a good taste of each British nation.

With Nordic Visitor, you can experience it all via the following travel styles:

Self-drive tours / Small guided groups

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