Discover or rediscover the natural beauty, history and fascinating heritage that sits right on your doorstep. From ocean-washed sands to rugged moorlands and gentle wooded hills, our UK holidays offer you the chance to admire and explore the landscapes that often pass us by.
There is much to charm and captivate you in this country you may already call home. Watch bottlenose dolphins swim, enjoy sights of abundant bird-life and discover the raw beauty of the UK. Relax on wonderful white-sand beaches, be mesmerised by enchanting lakes or eat fish and chips by the beach, a UK tour is just as idyllic as any place abroad.
Inland, UK tours encourage you to delve into the hustle and bustle of the UK’s historic and iconic cities. Enjoy historic Belfast or the delights of Scottish capital Edinburgh – don’t miss the unforgettable drama of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Discover Northern Ireland’s richly diverse terrain, from enchanting lakes to ancient marshes. Admire the wave-scarred cliffs that contrast sharply with fertile lands in the east, or hold your breath as you discover the raw beauty of the west.
The British Isles truly make some of the country’s most scenic corners for a holiday in the UK. Take a calming seaside break to the sun-kissed Channel Isle, its scenic countryside and glorious coast, or perhaps take in the idyllic Isles of Scilly, a world away from the mainland. Unwind in the timeless Isle of Man or take in the Hebridean islands.
Feast your eyes on the sparkling lochs, soaring mountains, and heather-clad moors as you discover Scotland’s spectacular scenery; from the beautiful, mysterious Loch Ness to the rugged Shetland Islands, UK tours are a wonderful way to explore this stunning country.
Bursting with a majestic history, vibrant cities, and beautiful countryside and beaches, a holiday in the UK will surprise and give you memories you’ll cherish for ever.
There’s an exhilarating range of things to see in the United Kingdom. In fact, travellers of all walks of life will discover sights to astound, inform, and capture the imagination. Perhaps you love history, and have always felt drawn to Stonehenge, one of the wonders of the world, or maybe you are a nature fiend, and fancy an adventure through the rugged Scottish Highlands.
Spanning just 94,530 square miles across four territories, the United Kingdom isn’t the largest of all holiday destinations. But these beautiful lands manage to pack such a staggering diversity of landscapes, from lofty, rocky mountain ranges in the north - think Scotland’s Cairngorms and Wales’ Snowdonia - to the rolling green hills and farmland in the South of England. Of course, there’s the not-so-natural-delights, including the historic villages of the Cotswolds and the bustling cities of Manchester and London.
Things to see and places to visit on your escorted tour of the UK
A gorgeous mountainous area that’s also home to some of the best beaches in Europe, North Wales is an underrated gem of a destination.
This remarkably isolated chain of Scottish islands boasts rugged moors, freshwater and saltwater lochs, and rich sense Gaelic culture and history.
Ah, the magic of the Scottish Highlands! Fringed highland cattle with their sweeping fringes, whisky distilleries tucked into small villages, and mountainous terrain as far as the eye can see.
Belfast is like nothing else. A city once divided, the capital of Northern Ireland is now well on the up.
The largest of the Channel Islands, it has a coastline stretching 20 miles long, providing ample opportunities to unwind on uncrowded sandy beaches.
Having been declared as the 'Garden of England', it's not surprising that Kent is home to some of the prettiest landscapes in the United Kingdom.
Synonymous with dramatic peaks and serene lakes, Snowdonia is one of the United Kingdom's most evocative regions.
Vibrant culture, quirky shops and world-class dining nestled against an enchanting backdrop of winding cobbled streets and historic architecture; it's no wonder that Edinburgh remains a firm tourist favourite.
The United Kingdom is home to some of the world’s most striking historic landmarks, from prehistoric structures and scars of divisions now past, to centuries old sites of church, state and leisure. These landmarks have withstood weather, war, invasion and modern development, and now offer visitors from around the world a glimpse into the UK’s culture on a holiday to the UK. With so much on offer, though, how do you decide what to see? To give you a nudge in the right direction, we’ve put our heads together to come up with some of the UK’s most impressive historic and stunning sites to explore on a UK tour.
While you may be familiar with curry, fish and chips, pie, a Sunday roast and full breakfast, there are plenty of other UK foods to try while you’re away from home.
While in Scotland, be sure to try haggis, or a simple bowl of Coddle while in Dublin. Taste the true flavour of Scotland and enjoy a glass of Scotch whisky. In Wales, opt for Welsh version of cheese on toast – the Welsh rarebit. Make sure you get a taste of ‘the black stuff’ should you visit Dublin.
Many of these foods, you may already love, so perhaps choose to visit a Christmas market in the UK, where you’re bound to come across a slew of your festive favourites, from rich and fruity mince pies and spicy gingerbread, to turkey and stuffing, crepes and toffee apples – this is not a pastime for those strictly sticking to their Slim-Fast plan.
Thanks to the mass cultural influence in British cuisine, you can truly discover new foods while UK holiday or you can simply savour your all-time favourites during your break. There is plenty more to British culinary delights than tea and biscuits.
Be inspired to travel solo. Newmarket Holidays welcomes solo travellers on all our group tours. In fact, many of our customers choose to join our tours on their own. And the best part is: you won’t really be alone. With a group of like-minded travellers and a friendly, informative tour manager (as well as incredible locals all over the world!), you will love your holiday experience. Joining a tour as a solo traveller is also a guaranteed way to feel safe and confident when travelling alone. While you can join any of our regular tours on your own, we also have a range of tours designed exclusively for solo travellers.
First holiday in the UK? Here are a few questions you might have.
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The United Kingdom is made up of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland (for more on Northern Ireland, please see Ireland).
Different parts of the UK have different weather. Temperatures tend to be hotter in the south, in England, and colder in the north of England and Scotland. Wales and Ireland tend to get more rain. In the summer, temperatures can get as high as 32°C, although the average is around 20°C. In winter, the average temperature drops to around 5°C, with Scotland often colder. Snow is common in Scotland during winter, and also in the north of England. Generally speaking, the seasons in the UK are fairly mild compared to many other countries, adding to its popularity as a year-round destination.
London is the largest city in the UK and the seat of the UK Government, and the capital of the UK. It is also the capital city of England. The capital city of Wales is Cardiff, whilst Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland, and Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland.
With a host of historic cities and plenty of natural attractions, the UK has many highlights. London’s top sites include Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. Elsewhere in England, the prehistoric rock formation at Stonehenge is a popular tourist attraction, whilst Bath, Bristol, Liverpool and Oxford are popular tourist destinations. Wales is known for its natural beauty, most notably Mount Snowdon, which is the UK’s second-highest peak, and its eponymous national park. Scotland is also famous for the great outdoors, including the Highlands, which include Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest peak, and Loch Ness, the supposed home of the Loch Ness Monster. The historic cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow are also very popular, with the former boasting a historic castle and an annual comedy festival, the Edinburgh Fringe. For Northern Ireland’s top things to see, please see the Ireland page.
The United Kingdom uses the pound (officially the pound sterling). The pound’s symbol is £, and it is informally known as a ‘quid’.
Traditional dishes in the UK include fish and chips, the full English breakfast, roast dinner, shepherd's pie and haggis in Scotland. That being said, however, in all major cities and most towns, international restaurants, especially Indian, Chinese, Thai and Turkish, are plentiful.
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