Top Five Summer Destinations on the British Isles

The British Isles are a wonderful destination for a summer vacation, and with the diversity of culture amongst the different islands, the choices for how to spend the summer are myriad and diverse. This article will present the top five summer destinations around the British Isles to help you make a decision.


1. London, England

A lifetime could be spent in London without fully exploring its sprawling territory. London is one of the largest cities in the world, and as such is a major hub of culture, music, food, nightlife, art, architecture, and fashion. Also being a relatively old city it has a rich and fascinating history. There are many different historical sites around London which are considered must-sees: the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, and the Tower Bridge. For a healthy dose of art and culture, consider visiting any number of London’s famous museums: the British Museum (a vast repository of the world’s different cultures, past and present), the National Gallery, and the Tate Modern. As a side note, while London as a whole is considered to be one of the most expensive cities in the world, many of these museums offer free admission.


2. Belfast, Ireland

Belfast is the capital and the largest city in Ireland, and is a relatively large metropolis for the British Isles. As your first point of entrance into the Belfast scene, consider paying a visit to the Belfast Welcome Centre (Tourist Office) where the friendly staff are willing to offer maps, books, and simple insider advice on how to best visit this beautiful city. Belfast has much to offer for summer visitors. For a wonderful way to spend a sunny afternoon, visit the Botanical Gardens in the south of the city. The Botanical Gardens also feature a Palm Room as well as an entirely unique Tropical Ravine where visitors can walk and spy upon tropical flora and fauna. Belfast Zoo is open daily from 10AM to 5:30PM and is a fun getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. For a dose of Irish culture, you must visit An Chultúrlann (the Irish Language Cultural Centre). This is a drop-in space where you can engage with locals and artisans for a true Irish experience.


3. Edinburgh, Scotland

Also the capital and largest city of Scotland, Edinburgh is a popular summer tourist destination for many reasons. Thanks to its unique atmosphere where ancient and modern Scottish heritage and culture intermerge, it provides an unforgettable vacation. Medieval palaces interspersed among the best of modern architecture give a unique atmosphere for tourists and locals alike. There are many landmarks in Edinburgh to visit. Edinburgh Castle is located in the Old Town province and is in excellent shape – shocking considering that its been in continuous use for almost 1000 years.


4. Loch Ness, Scotland

For a fun little trip, why not head to the infamous Loch Ness and try to spot Nessie? A beautiful lake on its own accord, it will provide visitors with a sense of prosaic calm, which only the Scottish countryside can offer. Nearby towns and villages like Inverness, Drumnadrochit, and Fort Augustus offer tourists authentic local flair.


5. Stonehenge, England

This is a must-see and on many bucket lists for many different people around the planet. It is famous for the mystery surrounding the construction and use of these ancient megalithic stones, dating back to around 3000 BC. Stonehenge is the most popular destination on the 2000 hectares comprising the UNESCO World Heritage Site on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, but it is by far not the only historical monument of note. Many other structures from the Neolithic and Bronze Ages surround Stonehenge, and one can spend a few days visiting these sites. The British Isles are some of the most visited countries on the planet, with many highly recognizable landmarks, fascinating histories, and thriving culture. Therefore spending a summer vacation at any one of these fine locations is sure to turn into one of the most memorable summer vacations of your life.