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Top five places to visit in the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is a really popular place for visitors to the UK to visit as well as with people travelling within the UK. The quaint cottages, tea rooms, antique shops and pretty surrounding countryside make for a very picturesque visit. However, there are many choices of places to visit in the Cotswolds. Below are our top five:

Bourton-on-the-Water

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This is a quaint village with a river running through it. The pretty cottages line narrow streets with grass verges and the river running through. It is very pretty and there are also attractions too. There is Birdland, the Motor Museum and the Model Village, which are all fun to visit. There are also some lovely shops, tea rooms and cafes, so you can take your pick as to whether you have fish and chips, a cream tea or anything else typically British to eat.

Stratford-Upon Avon

Stratford-Upon Avon

This is on the edge of the Cotswolds but is so popular with visitors as it is Shakespeare’s birthplace. You can visit his home, go to the theatre and see a Shakespeare play, take an open top bus tour of the area and enjoy the shops and cafes. Many have a nod to Shakespeare including selling mementos. Continue Reading

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Top UK attractions

There are many attractions in the UK and what you enjoy will depend on what sorts of things you are interested in. Therefore the different types of attractions will be explained so that you can choose what you will like to do.

Beaches

With a large coastline, there are many beaches to explore in the UK. The south coast is very much warmer and therefore more popular but there are many different types of beaches to discover, depending on what you like. There are sand and pebble beaches, large tourist resorts and small secluded areas and you can choose from as well as different locations all over the UK.

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Countryside

If you like countryside then there is plenty across all of the UK. There are hills, meadows, forests, lakes, rivers, canals and therefore lots of different wildlife, views and footpaths to walk. There are also national parks and many conservation areas that you can look at. Most countryside is free to explore as well, but there are some areas where you will need to pay an entrance fee in order to visit.

Villages

Quaint villages are something that many people really want to see when they are visiting the UK. It is important to note that villages will be very different depending on what type of the UK you are visiting. The material the houses are made from, the way they are laid out and even whether the streets are cobbled or not will very much depend on where you visit. It is therefore worth knowing what you are hoping and expecting to see before you visit, so that you can make sure that you visit the places that you really want to see. Continue Reading

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Tips for visitors to UK Beaches

The UK is surrounded by coastline and therefore many people choose to go to a beach when they visit. There are many different coastal areas and it is worth considering what you want, before you choose. In some areas there are coastal paths with small quiet beaches perfect for peace and tranquillity. Other areas have busy, popular beaches full of family entertainment and tourist shops. In between there are some beaches in smaller towns, which attract some visitors but are quieter. It is worth considering what you want from a beach before you pick the one that you visit.

UK Beaches

Although beaches are cleaner these days, there are some beaches which may not be that nice. Seas can also be dirty and so many people avoid paddling or swimming, but this can very much depend on the actual beach that you choose. You may wish to avoid the sea or just make sure that you wear shoes on the beaches. It all depends on how clean that particular area is and how you feel about it.

The UK weather means that you have to be prepared for everything. Even on hot days, the beaches are windy and therefore cooler than the rest of the country. The sea breezes mean that you can burn in the sun easily without noticing so it is essential that you use sun block carefully. You will also need to be prepared for it to rain, as it often does in the UK, even during the summer months.

In the UK most people only speak English and expect everyone else to do so as well. This means that if you are travelling from abroad then you will need to make sure that you can communicate in English if you need to. Even if you are in popular tourist areas you will still find this to be the case.

You will find it difficult to find healthy food in many restaurants and cafes in the UK, but the coast seems to be worse. You may be able to get locally caught fish in some areas, but often the food is just fish and chips, cream teas or other fat and sugar laden food. If you want healthy food then you will have to either self-cater or do a lot of research to find a suitable place to eat.

The top tourist beaches will have deckchairs available to hire, but smaller beaches will not. Therefore you may need to bring your own chair to sit on or towel to lie on while on the beach. It can get quite cold so you may also want a windbreak and as there is no shade you may want an umbrella or perhaps a tent for children to sit in.

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How to get the most out of a UK Visit

If you are visiting the UK, whether for the first time or not, then you will want to make sure that you get a lot out of your visit. Although the UK is reasonably small compared to many other countries, it can take quite a long time to get from place to place and so if you want to visit places that are spread out you will need to be prepared to travel for some time. Public transport is variable and so it is worth researching this before you visit to find out whether there are bus or train services between the places that you wish to visit. Think about whether you really need to visit London, York, Glasgow, Cardiff and St Ives as if you do, then you are going to have to need a lot of travelling time.

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It is worth planning in advance with regards to any specific places that you want to see. Find out about when they are open as some outdoor places only open in the summer months and some only on certain days of the week. Also look at the prices as the UK can be quite expensive compared to many other countries and so it is worth checking up on the entry fees too. If you eat out at an attraction then food prices will be inflated as well.

If you really want to embrace the culture and meet local people then staying in a bed and breakfast or b&b can be worthwhile. These are people’s homes where they have rooms available for guests to stay in and they will provide breakfast. The owners are usually friendly and chatty and will help you to know where to visit locally as well answer any questions you have about the country. Continue Reading

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How to cope with the UK Weather when visiting

The UK weather is so changeable that it is often the topic of conversation between people who live there. It never quite does what you expect! In winter time it can get pretty cold with temperatures below freezing at times and some snow. The more north you go, the more snow and cold weather you get with guaranteed snow in winter in Scotland, but a very low chance of any snow on the south coast. In the summer it can get muggy at times and temperatures can go over 30 degrees but it is rare to get that hot. It is breezier and cooler on the coast. Usually there is a lot of rain at any time of the year.

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This means that whenever you visit you will need to be prepared for all sorts of weather. It is always wise to be prepared for wet weather. This means that you need to carry waterproof clothing as well as good footwear and possibly a rain hat or umbrella all of the time. You also need to consider where you will put the items to dry when you return to your accommodation or when it stops raining and you want to remove them. Continue Reading