#1 best destination in the world

Highgate Cemetery

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  • There are approximately 170,000 people buried in around 53,000 graves
  • Notable both for some of the people buried there as well as for its de facto status as a nature reserve

Leadenhall Market

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  • One of the oldest markets in London, dating from the 14th century
  • Located in the historic centre of the City of London financial district

Kew Gardens

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  • Botanic garden that houses the largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world
  • Over 8.5 million preserved plant and fungal specimens
  • Library contains more than 750,000 volumes
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Formally started in 1759

National Gallery

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  • Art museum founded in 1824
  • #11 of the top 25 museums in the world
  • Houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the 13th century to 1900

The British Museum

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  • #4 of the top 25 museums in the world
  • Dedicated to human history, art and culture
  • Contains eight million works, and is among the largest and most comprehensive collection in existence, having been widely sourced during the era of the British Empire

The Ruins of St. Dunstan-in-the-East

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  • Was a Church of England parish church on St Dunstan’s Hill
  • The church was largely destroyed in the Second World War and the ruins are now a public garden

Tower of London

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  • Historic castle founded in 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest of England
  • Was a resented symbol of oppression inflicted upon London by the new ruling elite
  • Used as a prison from 1100-1952
  • #15 of the top 25 landmarks in the world
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Tower Bridge

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  • Bascule and suspension bridge, built between 1886 and 1894, crossing the River Thames
  • A world-famous symbol of London

God’s Own Junkyard

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  • Art store featuring colorful neon and lightbulb signs and other eclectic pieces

Paultons Park

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  • #10 of the top 25 amusement parks in the world
  • Opened in 1983, with over 70 rides and attractions

Bournemouth Beach

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  • #20 of the top 25 beaches in the world

La Hougue Bie

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  • Neolithic ritual site which was in use around 3500 BC
  • Consists of an 61 foot long passage chamber covered by a 40 foot high earth mound and two Medieval chapels
  • First excavated in 1925
  • Fragments of twenty vase supports were found along with the scattered remains of at least eight individuals and gravegoods, mostly pottery, were also present
  • In the past, the site had evidently been entered and ransacked

West Kennet Long Barrow

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  • Neolithic tomb constructed in 3650 BC, 400 years before Stonehenge
  • Recently revealed that the side chambers occur inside an exact isosceles triangle, whose height is twice the length of its base
  • The tomb was in use for 1,000 years and 46 people were buried there
  • One of the oldest buildings in the world
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Stoney Littleton Long Barrow

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  • Neolithic chambered tomb with multiple burial chambers
  • Built around 3550 BC
  • Excavations in the early 19th century uncovered bones from several individuals

The Roman Baths

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  • Well-preserved Roman site once used for public bathing
  • The Roman Baths themselves are below the modern street level

The Milky Way Adventure Park

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  • #16 of the top 25 amusement parks in the world

Peak District National Park

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  • #24 of the top national parks in the world
  • United Kingdom’s first national park in 1951
  • Inhabited from the Mesolithic era, it shows evidence of that from the Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Ages
  • Settled by the Romans and Anglo-Saxons, it remained largely agricultural; mining grew in importance in the Middle Ages
  • Richard Arkwright built cotton mills early in the Industrial Revolution

Anfield

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  • Football stadium in Anfield, Liverpool, Merseyside, England, which has a seating capacity of 53,394
  • The home of Liverpool Football Club since their formation in 1892

City of Manchester Stadium

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  • Home of Manchester City F.C., with a domestic football capacity of 55,017
  • Originally proposed as an athletics arena in Manchester’s bid for the 2000 Summer Olympics, it was converted after the 2002 Commonwealth Games from a 38,000 capacity arena to a 48,000 seat football stadium

Adventure Island

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  • #24 of the top 25 amusement parks in the world

Yorkshire Dales National Park

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  • #11 of the top national parks in the world
  • Designated a national park in 1954, extended in 2016

Giant’s Causeway

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  • Area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic fissure eruption
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Tops of the columns form stepping stones that lead from the cliff foot and disappear under the sea

Old Town, Edinburgh

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  • Area that has has preserved much of its medieval street plan and many Reformation-era buildings
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Arthur’s Seat

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  • Extinct volcano and main peak of the group of hills in Edinburgh, Scotland,
  • Situated east of the city centre, about 1 mile east of Edinburgh Castle
  • Provides excellent panoramic views of the city

Fingal’s Cave

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  • Sea cave on the uninhabited island of Staffa, known for its natural acoustics
  • Became known as Fingal’s Cave after the eponymous hero of an epic poem by 18th-century Scots poet-historian James Macpherson

Luskentyre

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  • #13 of the top 25 beaches in the world

Midhowe Chambered Cairn

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  • Large Neolithic chambered cairn
  • Tomb built in 3500 BC
  • One of the oldest buildings in the world

Knap of Howar

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  • One of the oldest buildings in the world
  • Built in 3700 BC
  • Oldest preserved stone house in northern Europe

Costs

Number of Days: 45 days

Best Time To Fly: late March-early June, Sept-Nov

Airline ticket: $1,889

Seattle -> London (one way) $829
Edinburgh -> Seattle (one way) $1,060

Ferry/cruise tickets: $1,016

Poole -> Jersey (round trip) = $377
Cairnryan -> Belfast (round trip) = $380
Tobermory -> Staffa (round trip) = $63
Ullapool -> Stornoway Lewis (round trip) = $28
Stromness -> Scrabster (round trip) = $116
Tingwall -> Rousay (round trip) = $12
Kirkwall -> Papa Westray (round trip) = $40

Food: $50/day x 45 days = $2,250

Rental Car: $78/day x 32 days = $2,496

Gas: $267

Entertainment: $462

Airbnb: $106 x 44 days = $4,664

TOTAL: $13,044