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Yup, there are so many incredible and a heap of the best places in the UK to visit. So much so that you’ll be spoilt for choice.
From the itty-bitty hamlets that are nestled within the Cotswolds to historic cities such as Edinburgh and York, there’s an epic amount of places and probably some unusual traditions that we have, too!
…I mean, who doesn’t love seeing locals running down a hill after wheels of cheese! (yup, an actual tradition).
Honestly, for me, I always try to remind others that the UK is so much more than London. Yeah, all the areas of London are amazing to explore; but we really do have a shed load of gorgeous places across the whole of the UK to visit.
Anyway, before my love of everything cheese-based takes over, take a look at these best places in the UK that are totally worth seeing.
1.) Robin Hood’s Bay, Yorkshire
Robin Hood’s Bay is one stunning little spot to visit on the north of England that’s gorgeous to visit. This tiny little hamlet is nestled within the cliffs of Yorkshire and perched right on the Northern Sea coast.
Now, the whole place has a pretty long history, dating back well over 1,000 years.
Once a sleepy little fishing village (with no roads to the village), it became a smugglers haven.
You see, contraband alcohol was brought in the dark of night and burrowed within the many tunnels and cellars that were dug underneath the houses. Nowadays, a little glass of sherry isn’t illegal and there’s a good list of old English pubs that dot the town.
Anyway, make sure to visit the Old Post Office for some cake and a proper cup of Yorkshire tea. I mean, it’s Yorkshire after all, you’ve gotta have a good brew.
Cambridge is a relatively small city (by international standards, at least) but it packs a hefty punch on things you have to see and do.
Make sure you visit King’s College and the King’s College Chapel, where you can still see a massive wooden screen that Henry VIII gave to Anne Boleyn as a gift. It still has their initials inscribed upon it.
For a tasty bite to eat, head over to Fitzbillies for one of their famous brunches and glorious homemade cakes.
Make sure to head out punting on the River Cam and see the best views of the city from Great St. Mary’s Church(next time King’s College). Be warned, though, the historic stone tower shakes quite a bit when the bells are ringing.
All that being said, it’s easily one of the best places in the UK to visit that’s perfect for a day trip from London.
Possibly one of the best food spots in the UK, Malton is a place that I guarantee you’ll fall head over heels for; especially if you love little towns.
Over the last 10 years, or so, this small market town has transformed from a sleepy little community to a bustling spot for amazing local food, Yorkshire produces that (without sounding too cheesy) are made with loads of love.
Spend the day wandering around the countless little stores and shops and make sure to indulge with mountains of freshly roasted coffee at ROOST and gorge on homemade gelato at Groovy Moo.
Oh yeah, make sure to wear elasticated pants too! You’ll fill your tummy.
It’s easily one of the best places in the UK to spend a morning before exploring the rest of Yorkshire.
Now, it’s not often you think of the UK as tropical but the Scilly Isles are just that.
Because of where they ‘re situated (30 miles, or so), off the coast of Cornwall, this tiny group of islands benefit from the Gulf Stream that brings the lovely warm currents from the Caribbean.
Fly over to the islands from Exeter or Newquay that’s near Watergate Bay (or take the ferry, too).
Once there, explore a few of the islands and find one gorgeous stone cottages to rent on one of the islands.
Make sure to run to also rent a bike, head into the bay shallow waters for kayaking and wander the charming tropical gardens on Tresco Island. They really are some of the best places in the UK if you want an island adventure.
Edinburgh is one of my favourite Scottish cities. With thousands of years of history, a castle onto of an ancient volcanic butte and the picturesque old town, it really is a great place to dip into the beauty of a Scottish city.
Be sure to check out the Royal Mile and Holyrood Palace (the Queen’s palace whilst in Edinburgh),
Also, if it’s your first time in the city, check out some of these free things, some of the cities best bars and a few of Edinburgh’s secret spots that are hidden in plain sight. It’s totally one of the best places in the UK to visit when exploring the beauty of Scotland.
Possibly one of the UK’s largest National Parks, the Cairngorms is one vast place to explore. It’s easiest to visit the Cairngorms by car but you can also travel to train and arrange daily tours if you don’t drive.
Make sure to rent a bike, head into the countryside and really immersive yourself in this unspoilt landscape. Oh, also, stop for some epic cakes and Scottish tea at the Druie Restaurant Cafe – it’s a delicious little spot.
For a little more strenuous activity, think about hiking on one of the well-established trails that criss-cross this region or take a quad bike tour of the countryside.
Finally, make sure to spot some deer. They’re some of the most famous residents here and one of the best places in the UK to see them.
Okay, so The Dark Hedges in Northern Ireland has become a pretty popular spot to visit in recent years. I mean, the whole road looks incredible, especially with the twisted beech trees that line the lane.
As I mentioned in our bumper Irish post, the easiest way to get here is by car. Now, t’s best to follow the postcode of ‘BT53 8TP’ on Google Maps or your car’s GPS system; this way, you’ll get less lost!
Now, the road itself can get pretty busy with other visitors, so if you want a quieter view, head over early in the morning or just before sunset. That being said, it’s still one of the best places in the UK to explore when in Northern Ireland.
This gorgeous area of England is as quaint as you can imagine. It’s easily one best places in the UK that’s so easy to visit in a car.
Think, rolling green hills, crooked little cottages and cosy little tea-shops to eat as many scones as possible. It really is a gorgeous area.
There are a few places you should definitely visit, especially around Bibury to see one of the UK’s prettiest streets, Arlington Row. Another gorgeous spot is Castle Combe, head here for a little exploration of the village and head into the local, King John’s Hunting Lodge for a tasty lunch.
If you’re looking for a city vibe whilst in Northern Ireland, head over to Belfast, that’s about 60 -minutes from The Dark Hedges by car. The Titanic Belfast is also an incredible experience you should see, whilst the Ulster Museum is a great place to visit should the weather take a turn for the worse.
Oh, and don’t forget to gorge at The Muddlers Club who’ve created a scrumptious tasting menu.
True crime stories can frighten and excite us at the same time. We reach for the latest book on the shelf ready for another look into the sadistic world of serial killers and mass murderers to ask ourselves more questions about their dark world. What is it that makes them tick? How did they become evil? Why would these monsters choose to take the life of an innocent victim in such a brutal manner?
College student Jason Moss began writing letters to serial killers as part of a research project. He built relationships with John Wayne Gacy, Richard Ramirez, Henry Lee Lucas, and Jeffrey Dahmer. His closest correspondence was with Gacy who got ‘inside the mind’ of Moss and disturbed him so greatly, he said, “It made me sick to my stomach to read about what he did to those kids—how he tortured them and raped them for hours and sometimes days. And then you talk to him. It’s hard to keep in perspective who he is when you speak to him every single day. Gacy was part of my life.”
Moss then became Gacy’s ‘Last Victim’ when on the morning of June, 6th, 2006, he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The book, co-authored with counseling professor Jeffrey Kottler, is a reminder why you should never get too close to serial killers.
9The Basement: Meditations on a Human Sacrifice by Kate Millet
In October 1965, police in Indianapolis found the body of 16-year-old Sylvia Likens and the words “I am a prostitute and proud of it” carved onto her stomach. The Basement: Meditations on a Human Sacrifice details the disturbing events that led up to the brutal torture and murder of a young girl that reads like a real-life horror story with every turn of the page.
Likens had been left in the care of Gertrude Baniszewski who subjected her to three months of being beaten, starved, force-fed feces, and burnt with cigarettes and scalding water. On one occasion, Baniszewski broke her own wrist as she beat Likens so badly—later using the cast against her again as a weapon. The author Kate Millet wrote the book after a 14-year fascination with the case and it makes for a deeply disturbing read that would be enough to traumatize anyone.
8Small Sacrifices: A True Story of Passion and Murder by Ann Rule
True crime author Ann Rule sets out to answer the question: ‘What would compel a mother to murder her three children?’ In Small Sacrifices: A True Story of Passion and Murder, the story of Diane Downs shows just how far one woman will go to seek the love she craves—no matter what the cost. In 1983, Downs claimed a strange man had shot her three children but hospital workers became suspicious when her behavior was not appropriate for someone who had suffered such a traumatic event. Later, it was discovered that Downs committed the cold-blooded killings so she could enjoy her extra-marital affair.
Sentenced to life in prison, the book looks back on the life of Downs, who herself was a victim of rape and mental torture throughout her whole life. Downs was a victim herself turned murderer. It’s a harrowing look at how evil experiences can have an impact on a person’s own moral compass.
7The Perfect Victim by Carla Norton and Christine McGuire
In 1997, 20-year-old Colleen Stan was hitchhiking in Eugene, Oregon, when she accepted a ride from Cameron and Janice Hooker. Once the twisted couple had Stan in an isolated area, they forced her into a locked box that prevented any light or air from entering. Over the seven years that followed, Stan was used as a sex slave for Cameron’s pleasure; referred to only as ‘K’, forced to call her captors ‘Master’ and kept in a box under the couple’s bed for up to 23 hours a day.
When Janice finally broke and reported her husband’s crimes to the police, she testified against her him in exchange for full immunity. The Perfect Victim details the years of hell Stan was subjected to and how the Hookers managed to live a completely normal life—entertaining friends at their own home—all whilst their victim was locked in a box right under their own bed.
6Invisible Darkness: The Strange Case of Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka by Stephen Williams
Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka were known as the ‘Barbie and Ken couple’—attractive, in-love and fun. However, they hid a frightening secret and that was their thirst for brutality. Between the years of 1991—1992, the Canadian couple murdered three teenage girls including Karla’s 15-year-old sister, Tammy. During the investigation, Homolka claimed she was an unwilling participant in the murders; a victim herself who had also suffered abuse at the hands of Bernardo. She struck a plea deal with prosecutors which allowed her to walk free from prison after 12 years in contrast to Bernardo’s life sentence.
Invisible Darkness offers an insight into what devastating events can take place when two forces of pure evil come together. Detailed, horrifying explanations of the crimes will keep you awake at night wondering just how many other monsters like Bernardo and Homolka are out there in the world.
Ann Rule had a first-hand encounter with one of the most notorious serial killers of all time—Ted Bundy. During her time working on a suicide-prevention hotline, she was sat beside her handsome and charismatic colleague who was very good at his job as she later recalled, “Ted Bundy took lives, but he also saved lives.” Rule then had no contact with Bundy for two years until he called her to ask why his law-school records had been subpoenaed and she spoke with the Major Crimes Unit, who offered the explanation: “He’s just one of 1,200 people being checked out, it’s a routine inquiry.”
What followed was the unraveling of just how many murders Bundy was really responsible for. Between 1974 and 1978, Bundy had killed at least 30 young women and girls in seven states. The Stranger Beside Me is a grim reminder that most of the time we don’t really know who we might be sitting next to.
From an abusive childhood to claiming the lives of at least 33 young men and teenage boys—serial killer John Wayne Gacy will go down in history as one of the worst men to ever have lived. Wall Street Journal called journalist Tim Cahill’s account of Gacy’s life “the stuff of wrenching nightmares” with each murder during his five-year killing spree retold in graphic detail.
Gacy’s modus operandi was to lure his victims with the promise of work through his own contracting company. Once in his trap, he would drug them, restrain them and kill them—often using a sock or their underwear to muffle the screams. After the killings, he would hide the bodies in the crawlspace of his home and when police uncovered the grisly crime scene they discovered the remains of 27 victims. Gacy was the very definition of what it really means to be a monster.
3Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders, by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
On the night of August 8th, 1969, cult leader Charles Manson told his followers—Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel, and Charles “Tex” Watson—to go to 10050 Cielo Drive, Los Angeles, and “totally destroy everyone in (it), as gruesome as you can.” The victims that night were actress Sharon Tate, 18-year-old Steven Parent, celebrity hairstylist Jay Sebring, Wojciech Frykowski and his girlfriend coffee heiress Abigail Folger.
The murders were even more disturbing knowing that Tate, who was just two weeks away from giving birth, had offered herself as a hostage in exchange for her child’s life to be spared. Tex Watson later revealed that Tate cried: “Mother … mother …” as she was stabbed to death. Helter Skelter is a dark, twisted read with a detailed account of that night that shocked the world penned by Vincent Bugliosi who served as the prosecutor during the trial of Charles Manson.
2The Shawcross Letters: My Journey Into The Mind Of Evil by John Paul Fay
Arthur “Genesee River Killer” Shawcross crawled the streets of Rochester, New York, looking for sex workers to abduct and kill between the years of 1972—1989. In 1972, he killed two young children in his hometown but took a plea bargain and only served 12 years of a 25-year sentence. Following his early release from prison, Shawcross stalked out his new victims and killed 14—often gutting and cannibalizing the corpses.
The Shawcross Letters: My Journey Into The Mind Of Evil is a look inside the mind of one of the most disturbed serial killers of all time. He struck up a relationship with murder memorabilia collector turned biographer John Paul Fay and shared with him intimate details about his crimes that no reader would be able to easily forget. The stomach-turning graphic details of each rape and murder will leave you lying awake at night as many would suggest not turning the pages of this book at all.
1The Toolbox Killers: A Deadly Rape, Torture & Murder Duo by Jack Rosewood and Rebecca Lo
Lawrence Bittaker and Roy Norris were two sadistic psychopaths who met by chance behind bars for previous crimes and together became known as The Toolbox Killers. In 1979, they kidnapped, tortured and murdered 5 teenage girls who they offered rides to over a period of five months and even recorded their sinister crimes. The brutality of the murders changed how young women and girls would walk the streets of southern California as everyone lived in a new kind of terror.
The Toolbox Killers: A Deadly Rape, Torture & Murder Duo looks in stomach-churning detail at the horrific pain and suffering inflicted on these teenagers as well as the psychological make-up of the killers responsible. There are also many questions asked such as what would have happened if the deadly duo had never met? The accounts throughout the book will make you question the true depravity of humankind and will leave you awake at night.
The United Kingdom, popularly known as Great Britain, or simply as the UK, is one of the most Influential, powerful, and richest countries in the world. It is an amazing piece of land that is rich in history and facts, some of which are yet to be discovered. From the natural beauty to the people, technological advancement, sports, no one can ever have enough of the UK. To learn more about Britain including some of the surprising and interesting facts about the UK, here are some of the fun facts about the country.
Although the UK is a large country covering about 93,600 square miles, nowhere in it is more than 75 miles from the sea.
The British drink over 163 million cups of tea daily, about 20 times the number of cups consumed by Americans.
Although Britain has been involved in many wars lasting decades, it has also been involved in the shortest war. The Anglo-Zanzibar War fought in 1896 lasted only 38 minutes.
The UK has the highest rate of obesity in the world with almost 25% of the British adults being obese.
The accent of the UK changes noticeably every 25 miles.
In the UK, it is illegal for anyone to die in the Houses of Parliament.
The Queen, Elizabeth II, has visited over 115 countries despite not having a passport.
In the UK, you can rent mourners to fill your funeral. The service is referred to as “Rent a Mourner” service.
York, Northern England is not only the most haunted city in the UK but also in the world. The city has recorded more than 500 cases of ghostly encounters.
The UK has the shortest scheduled flight in the world. The flight connecting the tiny islands of Westray and Papa Westray lasts only two minutes.
Soccer got its start in England when a skull of a Danish warrior was unearthed by Anglo-Saxon farm workers. They kicked the skull around to show their anger and amuse themselves. The early soccer was known as “Kick Dane’s head.”
One can be jailed for life if they placed a postage stamp with the Queen’s head upside down. That is considered as treason.
The UK was the first country to allow for the creation of babies using DNA of three people
Almost 25% of all women in the UK were named Mary in 1811.
The US eggs are illegal in the UK because they are washed. and the British eggs are illegal in the US because they are not washed.
More than 3,000 people in the UK were hospitalized in 1999 for tripping over a laundry basket.
Over 6,000 people are hurt or die in Britain annually for tripping over their trousers or falling downstairs while putting them on.
The British Navy used Britney Spear’s songs to scare away the Somali pirates along the coast of Africa.
Queen Victoria survived about seven assassination attempts
The UK has the third-highest rate of heart attack in Europe. It ranks just below Ireland and Finland.
Kate Middleton is a cousin to the first president of the US, George Washington, and American World War II hero, General George Petton.
London has the highest number of languages (300) than any other country in the world
Of all countries that celebrate Independence Day, 58 are independent of the UK, the highest by any country.
The most common cause of death for men less than 50 years old in the UK is suicide.
The average age for a first kiss in the UK is 15.
The 16th-century law in the UK forbade wife beating after 2100 hrs, simply because the noise disturbed people’s sleep.
Death penalty was outlawed in the UK following the wrongful execution of a man for killing his wife and daughter in 1950.
Children over 5 years old can ingest alcohol at their home or on private property in the UK.
In the UK, the Queen sends personalized birthday cards to those celebrating their 100th birthday every year.
Windsor Castle in Berkshire is the oldest royal residence in the world.
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