How to Discover More History And Culture When Travelling Around The UK
Here's a primer on how you can go about discovering the culture, the history, and the age-old British tradition.
14:06 27 August 2021
Travelling around the UK is some experience. There is so much to see and take in, from battle sites and ancient hill forts to stone circles and castles, from heritage sites and open-air museums to age-old cathedrals and estate villages in the most bucolic of places.
The rich and invaluable history of several sites up and down the country, such as The Lost Gardens Heligan, the Canterbury and Railways of Kent just to name a few, attract tens of thousands of touring parties from all over the world every year.
Even better, in some places like the Hadrian’s Wall, you get to meet interesting people with unusual characters out there, who are doing their bit to keep the history and heritage of these sites alive with their props, costumes, and devices. For instance, a two-hour walking tour around the fortification structure --led by a guide dressed like a Roman sentry-- is an authentic way of getting a glimpse into the culture and tradition of ancient Celtic British, and their warfare tactics. Not to mention the fantastic panoramic views you’re rewarded with as you walk down the Celtic trail.
It’s this beautiful mix of people, places, culture and tradition that makes people want to explore the UK more and more. If you’re considering travellling around the UK in the near future, here are a few simple ways to embrace all that is on offer.
Visiting Archaeological Sites and Places of Historical Importance
Home to more than 30 UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites, the UK has many places of archaeological importance and there’s a lot of ground to cover if you want to tread in the footsteps of the past. For one, the Stonehenge with its mighty stones silhouetted against the evening sky is a view to behold. It’s an out-of-the-world experience to get near and take a closer look at the massive trilithons towering over you. Take a stroll around the broken circle and you can’t help but wonder why the ancient Britons built this structure thousands of years ago.
Another site of historical importance that attracts a footfall of more than 6 million visitors every year is the world renowned British museum. First opened to the public more than 260 years ago, this museum currently boasts thousands of artefacts and objects that span over millions of years of human history and culture, some of which include the Egyptian mummies, the Rosetta stone etc.
Nothing gives you a history lesson about the UK like a field trip to castles, the oldest parts of which tell hair-rising stories of siegecraft in the ancient times. Some of them are now stately homes and some places for medieval entertainment but the ones that have historical significance are the Windsor castle the regal rooms of which almost went up in smoke in the 1990s, the Dover castle which has a huge Cold war bunker, and the Hever castle. As well as being historically interesting, these are some of the best places to visit for a family hang-out.
Take in the Magnificent Views of the Sumptuous Places
In addition to galloping through the antiquity that these aforementioned historic places of interest are blessed with, you can take a stroll around sampling the stunning panoramic views on offer. You can do this as a solo traveller or get a small group tour of England to see some of the best views. Hop over to Jules Verne and check out the different escorted group tours they provide to avid travelers like you. Discover the best of the UK (like you have never done before) on one of those carefully planned tours that combine the natural beauty of some of the unspoiled spots by the sea, the national parks and the lush countryside, as well as visits to places of historical importance and age-old British cultural tours.
Guided Tours to Discover More About Different Places
Whether it is an exploration walk with a palaeontological or a geological expert in Dinosaur Isle, Isle of Wight or a hike up to Mt. Snowdown in Northern Wales to experience travel as it used to be on the Welsh Highland railway, you can find a guided tour organizer to help you discover the place of your choice. There’s a lot of beautiful sites, characterful little towns, seaside resorts and fishing villages in and around the key cities in the UK, waiting to be discovered. You can ‘go it alone’ or tag along with a group to discover more about a place, the culture, the food and the people in that area. That’s a great way of immersing yourselves in finding out what it means to be a local.
Carefully preserved Neolithic villages, heritage sites, unspoiled coastlines, castles of the medieval times, and traditional British villages known for their rustic charm- are just a few special elements that make the UK the perfect place to explore. Embrace the rich history and heritage of the country intertwined with its natural beauty on your visits to these places. Talk to a cultural tour operator and find out if they can put together a special customised guided tour package for your group. That’s surely one of the best ways to discover some of the key places, sites and monuments in the UK.