10 Must Sees & Dos When Studying in the UK
June 28, 2017
The great thing about the UK is that nothing is too far away. That means no matter where you’re studying in the UK, you can easily travel to see and do things on the other side of the country.
And despite the UK being a relatively small place, there’s so many amazing things to do whilst you’re there.
If you’re planning on studying in the UK, here are 10 must sees for your stay.
The Lake District
Visiting the Lake District allows you to experience the best of the British countryside. With rolling hills for miles, quaint country pubs and a range of stunning lakes, it’s the perfect place for a day out, a weekend away or even a week long getaway. The beauty of the Lake District is that it’s made up of different market towns, such as Kendal, Ambleside and Keswick so you can keep going back to visit a different part on each visit. If you love to hike there are numerous trails for both beginners and experienced ramblers, and there are regular boat trips out on the various waters which deliver stunning views. Why not finish off your visit with a hearty meal in an old-fashioned, British, country pub?
Natural History Museum
This museum is in London and admission is free! It is home to over 70 million items that include collections from mineralogy, zoology, paleontology and entomology. The museum is especially famous for its dinosaur skeletons and their library holds various books, journals, manuscripts, and artwork collections. If you want to learn about natural history or just love this subject, it’s an amazing place to visit.
Cheese Rolling in Gloucestershire
For people who aren’t from the UK, this might seem a little strange. In fact, in the UK, people still think it’s strange! Cheese rolling is an ancient tradition in Gloucestershire and takes place every year. A 9lb wheel of Double Gloucester cheese is rolled from the top of a hill and competitors race down after it. The first person to cross the finish line wins the cheese! Technically, the competitors are supposed to catch the cheese to win but as the cheese can reach over 60mph it’s pretty impossible.
Watch a Premier League football match
If there’s one thing that is quintessentially English, it’s football. The Premier League is one of the most famous football league’s in the world and widely regarded as the best football league in the world. If you’re studying in the north, don’t pass up an opportunity to visit the legendary Old Trafford, and if you’re in the south, a visit to Wembley or The Emirates would be an amazing experience.
The Queen’s residence is one of the most iconic landmarks in the UK. It’s one of the top tourist spots to visit and the witnessing the changing of the guard is a real treat. Queen Victoria was the first monarch to reside in the palace when it was built in 1837 and it has been used by the reigning monarch ever since.
Edinburgh Castle is a truly historic place and well worth the trip to Scotland. The site is so old it’s thought to have been occupied since the Bronze Age. Over a million people visit the castle every year and if you’re studying in Scotland, it’s only a short trip away! You’d be crazy to miss it. You can see the outside of the castle for free but to enter there is a fee.
Stonehenge has been a mystery to the people of the UK and foreign visitors alike for years now. The prehistoric monument is located in Wiltshire, England and is a World Heritage Site. Some theories suggest the site was originally a burial site but nobody knows for sure! And that’s part of the beauty of visiting these large, imposing rocks – the mystery surrounding it!
Eat a Full English Breakfast
The UK isn’t known for its michelin star cuisine (although that is changing!) but there are some staple English dishes to try. Fish and chips, toad in the hole and shepherd’s pie are just a few tasty dishes to eat when you’re studying in the UK but the one that you 100% must sample is the Full English Breakfast. Nothing sets you up for the day quite like a fry up. You get sausages, bacon, egg, baked beans, tomatoes, mushroom, hash browns, black pudding and toast! It’s a delicious breakfast perfect for the weekend!
If you love zoos then Chester Zoo is well worth a visit. It has the largest Orangutan exhibit in Europe and the biggest zoo-based butterfly house in the UK. You can see over 11,000 animals at Chester Zoo across 110 acres and it’s a great day out for people of all ages.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Blackpool Pleasure Beach is one of the UK’s oldest and most popular amusement park. It’s situated in the seaside town of Blackpool in the north of England. Legend has it that the park is haunted and visitors have reported seeing spooky activity whilst visiting. The park holds many records, such as the largest number of roller coasters of