#16 best destination in the world

British Museum, London

Best time to travel: March-May
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Museum dedicated to human history, art and culture located in London
  • Its permanent collection of eight million works is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence
  • It documents the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present
  • The British Museum was the first public national museum in the world
  • The museum was established in 1753
  • The museum’s expansion over the following 250 years was largely a result of British colonization
  • Its ownership of a small percentage of its most famous objects originating in other countries is disputed and remains the subject of international controversy through repatriation claims, most notably in the case of the Elgin Marbles of Greece, and the Rosetta Stone of Egypt

Tate Modern, London

Best time to travel: March-May
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Art gallery in London that houses the United Kingdom’s national collection of international modern and contemporary art
  • It is located in the former Bankside Power Station
  • Tate Modern is one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary art in the world

Stonehenge, Wiltshire

Best time to travel: March-May
Walk difficulty: Easy
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, it consists of an outer ring of vertical sarsen standing stones, each around 13 feet high, and weighing around 25 tons
  • The whole monument, now ruinous, is oriented towards the sunrise on the summer solstice
  • Archaeologists believe that Stonehenge was constructed from 3000 BC to 2000 BC
  • The surrounding circular earth bank and ditch, which constitute the earliest phase of the monument, have been dated to about 3100 BC
  • Stonehenge could have been a burial ground from its earliest beginnings
  • Deposits containing human bone date from as early as 3000 BC, when the ditch and bank were first dug, and continued for at least another 500 years

National Gallery, London

Best time to travel: March-May
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Art museum in London, founded in 1824, it houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900
  • Unlike comparable museums in continental Europe, the National Gallery was not formed by nationalizing an existing royal or princely art collection
  • It came into being when the British government bought 38 paintings from the heirs of John Julius Angerstein in 1824
  • The collection is smaller than many European national galleries, but encyclopedic in scope; most major developments in Western painting “from Giotto to CĂ©zanne” are represented with important works

Alton Towers, Staffordshire

Best time to travel: Sept-Nov
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Theme park and resort complex in Staffordshire, that incorporates a theme park, water park, spa, mini golf and hotel complex
  • Originally a private estate, Alton Towers grounds opened to the public in 1860 to raise funds
  • It operates a total of ten roller coasters and facilities include Alton Towers Waterpark, a crazy golf course, and a high ropes course

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Best time to travel: March-May
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • World’s largest museum of applied arts, decorative arts, and design, housing a permanent collection of over 2.27 million objects
  • It was founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
  • The V&A covers 12.5 acres and 145 galleries
  • Its collection spans 5000 years of art, from ancient times to the present day, from the cultures of Europe, North America, Asia and North Africa
  • The holdings of ceramics, glass, textiles, costumes, silver, ironwork, jewelry, furniture, medieval objects, sculpture, prints and printmaking, drawings and photographs are among the largest and most comprehensive in the world

Big Ben, London

Best time to travel: March-May
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Nickname for the Great Bell of the striking clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London
  • The official name of the tower in which Big Ben is located was originally the Clock Tower, but it was renamed Elizabeth Tower in 2012, to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II
  • The tower was designed by in a neo-Gothic style, and was completed in 1859
  • All four nations of the UK are represented on the tower on shields featuring a rose for England, thistle for Scotland, shamrock for Northern Ireland, and leek for Wales
  • Four quarter bells chime at 15, 30 and 45 minutes past the hour and just before Big Ben tolls on the hour
  • The clock uses its original Victorian mechanism, but an electric motor can be used as a backup
  • It is one of the most prominent symbols of the United Kingdom, and it is often used in the establishing shot of films set in London

London Eye

Best time to travel: March-May
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Observation wheel on the River Thames in London
  • It is Europe’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel, and is the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom
  • When it opened to the public in 2000 it was the world’s tallest Ferris wheel
  • The London Eye used to offer the highest public viewing point in London until it was superseded by the observation deck on the 72nd floor of The Shard, which opened to the public in 2013

Durdle Door, Dorset

Best time to travel: April-Sept
Walk difficulty: Easy
Ease of travel: Moderate
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Natural limestone arch on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset
  • The arch has formed on a concordant coastline where bands of rock run parallel to the shoreline

Brougham Castle, Lake District National Park

Best time to travel: June-July
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Medieval building founded by Robert I de Vieuxpont in the early 13th century
  • The site, near the confluence of the rivers, Eamont and Lowther, had been chosen by the Romans for a Roman fort called Brocavum
  • In its earliest form, the castle consisted of a stone keep, with an enclosure protected by an earthen bank and a wooden palisade
  • When the castle was built, Robert de Vieuxpont was one of the only lords in the region who were loyal to King John
  • The Vieuxponts were a powerful land-owning family in North West England, who also owned the castles of Appleby and Brough
  • The region was often at risk from the Scots, and in 1388, the castle was captured and sacked

Natural History Museum, London

Best time to travel: March-May
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Museum that exhibits a vast range of life and earth science specimens comprising some 80 million items within five main collections: botany, entomology, mineralogy, paleontology and zoology
  • Given the age of the institution, many of the collections have great historical as well as scientific value, such as specimens collected by Charles Darwin
  • The museum is particularly famous for its exhibition of dinosaur skeletons and ornate architecture, both exemplified by the large Diplodocus cast that dominated the vaulted central hall before it was replaced in 2017 with the skeleton of a blue whale hanging from the ceiling

Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Lancashire

Best time to travel: June, Sept
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Amusement park situated on Blackpool’s South Shore, in the county of Lancashire
  • The park was founded in 1896, and is host to many records, including the largest collection of wooden roller coasters of any park in the United Kingdom with four
  • When it opened in 1994, The Big One was the tallest roller coaster in the world, it was also the steepest
  • Currently, the ride holds the record as the tallest roller coaster in the United Kingdom
  • Sir Hiram Maxims Captive Flying Machine is the oldest amusement park ride in Europe having opened in 1904

Buckingham Palace, London

Best time to travel: March-May
Walk difficulty: Easy
Ease of travel: Moderate
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • London royal residence and the administrative headquarters of the monarch of the United Kingdom
  • It has been a focal point for the British people at times of national rejoicing and mourning
  • Originally known as Buckingham House, the building at the core of today’s palace was a large townhouse built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1703 on a site that had been in private ownership for at least 150 years
  • It was acquired by King George III in 1761 as a private residence for Queen Charlotte and became known as The Queen’s House
  • After three wings were added to the construction, it became known as Buckingham Palace, the London residence of the British monarch on the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837
  • The palace has 775 rooms, and the garden is the largest private garden in London
  • The state rooms, used for official and state entertaining, are open to the public each year for most of August and September and on some days in winter and spring