Tips and Inspiration for your European holiday

Britain travel informationEvery corner of Britain offers something different for the visitor.  From the bustling capital, London, to quaint rural villages with their own special charm, there are no shortage of delightful places to visit.  The articles below will give you the inspiration to visit Britain - whether it be England, Scotland or Wales - and discover these delights for yourself. 


With just 48 hours in London before our self-drive tour of Britain began, we wanted to see as much as possible without over-doing it. Normally ones to discover a city on foot, this time, as my parents were travelling with us, we decided that a Hop on Hop off bus and the Tube was the best option. We pre-purchased a 24 hour Hop On Hop Off bus ticket prior to leaving Australia and by using this and the Tube, we managed to make a reasonable dent in the 'must see' sights of London.

A visit to a stately home was one of the requests when my parents joined us in the UK for a holiday earlier this year. We were doing a 'tasting tour' of Britain for a couple of weeks and as we were headed to York for a night, Castle Howard seemed like a good place to visit. My Lonely Planet 'Discover Great Britain' had given it a great wrap, so off we went to check it out for ourselves.

Although it's just one of many castles in Wales, the UNESCO-listed Conwy Castle is well worth visiting. Conwy is situated in northern Wales near the popular Welsh resort town of Llandudno.

A visit to Bath is a popular day trip from London but Bath also offers plenty to see and do for those who have a little more time to spend in the historic town.  Annabel Purling runs Hedonistic Hiking’s UK office and is a regular visitor to the nearby city of Bath. She recently spent a weekend in Bath with friends and has kindly shared her ‘Insider Secrets’ with us.

For many Australians and New Zealanders, London is the starting point for the obligatory back-packing holiday or coach tour of the United Kingdom and Europe, but the city has plenty to offer those who stay a while and take in its myriad of sights. London needs little introduction. This vibrant, multi-cultural capital is a world-leading destination city and it is full of history, heritage and culture, yet also one of the most cosmopolitan cities on the planet.

cityCruises150With a wealth of history, culture and exciting attractions, London always has plenty to offer the visitor. However, sightseeing in London can sometimes not be the easiest or cheapest experience. With the London Pass, you can get free entry to over 55 of London's attractions, including the Tower of London, St. Paul's Cathedral, Windsor Castle, London Bridge Experience, and many more. Pre-purchase a London Pass for the duration of your choice and you'll not only save money, you'll also get to skip the queues! Check out the London Passes favourite top 5 places to visit. This is just a few of or top attractions to visit that you can visit with your London Pass.

For many Australians heading to Europe, London is their first port of call, and for first time travellers and particularly those with children, it’s a great place to start. The United Kingdom allows you to ‘ease into’ a European holiday as there are no language barriers and the English drive on the same side of the road to us, so the transition from life as they know it back in Australia isn’t too difficult for most kids. Add in the fact that your kids will already be familiar with lots of London’s major attractions and it makes for a perfect place to begin your European adventure.

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What is it that makes Britain so appealing to the tourist?  Is it the bustling cities with iconic sights like Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace and red double-decker buses?  Or is it the quaint rural villages, meandering streams, cosy country pubs and historic cathedrals?  It's all this and much more.  The three countries that make up Great Britain - England, Scotland and Wales - are all fiercely, and rightly, proud of their history and culture, and all make a wonderful holiday destination.