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10 Reasons to Holiday in Britain!

Updated on November 30, 2013
Tourist Map of the United Kingdom
Tourist Map of the United Kingdom

Never Been a Better Time to Visit the UK?

There has never been a better time to visit Britain with the pound (£) relatively low against the dollar ($) and euro. The United Kingdom, also known as Great Britain or the British Isles, consists of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

But as any Irishman will tell you, Southern Ireland, while being part of the British Isles, is not part of the UK!

For those outside the UK, British holidays are currently tremendous value for money and now is the perfect time to visit Britain. A big bonus is that those of you living in mainland Europe you don’t need to fly any more.

Britain has a new confidence born out of the highly successful 2012 Olympic Games, the Queens Golden Jubilee and numerous sporting triumphs including Andy Murray winning Wimbledon and Britain winning the Tour de France for 2 years running.

Why not catch a High Speed train to Paris then hop across the channel to London via the fabulous and cost-effective Eurostar train? It takes just 2 hours 15 minutes (at speeds up to 186 miles per hour) to travel from St Pancras in the heart of London to the Gare du Nord at the centre of Paris.

One of many British Light Houses - this one is in Northumberland
One of many British Light Houses - this one is in Northumberland

"This Sceptered Isle"

If you live in the UK, then there are sound environmental and financial arguments for taking a holiday at home. With the pound so low then overseas holidays are looking increasingly expensive relative to a home grown holiday.

If you are taking an English holiday then start in London by all means but there are many British treasures that lie outside the M25 (the busy motorway around London). Britain has one of the most diverse landscapes in the world.

If you travel across the UK by car or train you’ll find the terrain is constantly changing from gentle hills such as the Cotswolds or the South Downs to the ultra-flat Fenlands of East Anglia to the craggy mountains of Wales and Scotland.

But where ever you are in the UK, you're never more than two hours drive from the varied coastline. No wonder William Shakespeare described Britain as ‘this Sceptered Isle' in his play, Richard II.

10 Great Reasons to Visit Britain!

This Sceptered Isle

This royal throne of kings, this scepter'd isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall,
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands,
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England

From Richard II, Act 2 (by William Shakespeare)

Hiring a comfortable barge for a week and cruising the extensive UK canal network is a great way to see this Sceptered Isle and chill out at the same time!
Hiring a comfortable barge for a week and cruising the extensive UK canal network is a great way to see this Sceptered Isle and chill out at the same time!
  1. The value of the pound gives unprecedented value for money
  2. Massive amount of activities and things to do for all the family
  3. Amazing varied and interesting landscapes, compact countryside offering short distances between tourist sites and places of interest
  4. Ease of access from Europe – particularly from Paris via Eurostar.
  5. Unique window on history with loads of World Heritage Sites, architectual treasures including Cathedrals, Castles Royal Palaces and Stately Homes
  6. Pubs (Public Houses) offering incredible food, accommodation and hospitality at bargain prices and a great place to meet the locals
  7. Fabulous national parks and public gardens offering amazing walking opportunities and stunning views often for free
  8. Many free museums and galleries including some of the most famous collections in the world
  9. English spoken everywhere though you may struggle a little with some regional dialects
  10. A comprehensive rail network. Britain also has a fine network of preserved canals. Why not hire a barge and chill out?


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Corfe Castle in Dorset
Corfe Castle in Dorset
Iconic British Phone Box on a British Postage Stamp
Iconic British Phone Box on a British Postage Stamp

What Are You Waiting For?

So what are you waiting for? If you are British then its time to rediscover this Sceptered Isle you call home.

If you don’t live in the UK then there has never been a better time to travel to Britain.

With the Pound at rock bottom, you’ll get unprecedented value from your visit to these unique and beautiful islands, shaped by the winds and tides of world history.

Stonehenge in Wiltshire
Stonehenge in Wiltshire
Seven Sisters chalk cliffs in Sussex
Seven Sisters chalk cliffs in Sussex


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    • YogaKat profile image


      7 years ago from Oahu Hawaii

      Love your pictorial. If the pictures are ones you took . . . u should post a copyright date.

    • freecampingaussie profile image


      7 years ago from Southern Spain

      Great hub. I was born in Wales, spent some time there 1997-2000 but hope to visit again this year . I did a hub on day trips from London as there are so many lovely places to enjoy. Voted you up.

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      7 years ago

      If you're visiting the UK in the summer the Jurassic coast in the south west is stunning and well worth a visit after a hectic couple of days in London.

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      Helen Arnott - UK Holidays 

      9 years ago

      Ooh the Sceptered Isle sounds mystical. It is true that there are lots of great spots outside M25. Hope to visit them soon on my next long weekend!

    • Rik Ravado profile imageAUTHOR

      Rik Ravado 

      9 years ago from England

      Sally - thanks for stopping by - yes London is great but most visitors don't see the English countryside. England is a small country to you can get to the south coast in about an hour from London and Corfe Castle is only 2-3 hours from London by car or train.

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      Shady Sally 

      9 years ago from MidAmerica

      Corfe Castle looks wonderful! London a favorite spot, but have barely ventured out of the city...your hub tempts me though to venture afar

    • Rik Ravado profile imageAUTHOR

      Rik Ravado 

      10 years ago from England

      Glad you enjoyed it donna. Thanks for stopping by.

    • donna bamford profile image

      donna bamford 

      10 years ago from Canada

      Great travel piece. I admire your writing skills and your skill in writing about travel. I shall check out more of your sites.

    • Rik Ravado profile imageAUTHOR

      Rik Ravado 

      10 years ago from England

      Bristolboy - Yes London is great but its a pity more visitors don't make it as far as the South West!

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      10 years ago from Bristol

      Down here in Falmouth we seem to get many northern European tourists and I expect that this year the numbers will increase. There are generally however very few tourists from areas outside of northern Europe as far as I can tell (certainly not the numbers that go to London, Bath etc). I expect some of them will have trouble if they go to some areas of Cornwall with the accent though!

    • Rik Ravado profile imageAUTHOR

      Rik Ravado 

      10 years ago from England

      I agree with you really LG - Its just that so many tourists ONLY visit London and miss out on the rest of the UK.  I'll amend my hub accordingly so we don't fall out!

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      10 years ago from London

      great hub, on the whole, but "the best of Britain surely lies outside the M25" means we might fall out (-:

    • Rik Ravado profile imageAUTHOR

      Rik Ravado 

      10 years ago from England

      Let me take you there Vivenda!

    • Vivenda profile image


      10 years ago from UK (South Coast)

      Almost makes ME want to holiday there...


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