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The Best of the UK

The United Kingdom boasts a wealth of attractions for every member of the family. So many in fact, it’s hard to choose just a few to highlight. But if you’re debating how to spend your vacation dollars, you can’t go wrong with any of the following:

National Space Centre

For weekend breaks that don’t cost the earth, head into space. The National Space Centre that is. The word “space” doesn’t immediately spring to mind when you think of the UK, but the award-winning National Space Centre in Leicester is excellent choice if you’re looking for a quick weekend break. The UK’s attraction dedicated entirely to space, the National Space Centre offers hours of interactive fun and self-discovery. There’s even a nifty planetarium to keep you (and the kids) occupied for hours. 

The Royal Opera House Tea Dance

Royal Opera House London

Named by Lonely Planet as one of Best UK Attractions for 2013, the tea dances offer an unparalleled “back-in-time” experience where you can waltz, tango, cha cha cha and quickstep to the Royal Opera Dance Band at this London landmark. Check their website for dates and times throughout the year.

British Museum

British Museum Best of the UK

The most visited site in all the United Kingdom for 2012, London’s British Museum never fails to impress. From the inspired design of the building to the rotating exhibits, there is no doubt that every family member will find something that appeals to them here. And good news for the budget-conscious – admission is free.

National Football Museum

If you find yourself keen on cheap short breaks out of the city of London, head to Manchester where you can find no better attraction than the National Football Museum. The museum houses the world’s greatest football collection with over 140,000 items, and explores everything related to the “world’s greatest sport.” Five floors of interactive exhibits dedicated to football past and present are open to the public. And again, like the British Museum in London, admission if free.

The Coast

A visit to the UK would not be complete without a visit to the coast. Did you know that there’s a stellar beach only 43 miles from London? It’s in the town of Skegness — there’s even a Butlin’s resort here with a stellar waterpark if you’re hesitant to dip your toes in the sometimes chilly ocean.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Dominating the skyline of Edinburgh in Scotland, the massive Edinburgh Castle is not only one of the largest, it’s also the city’s oldest building. The Crown Jewels are on display here, including the Crown, Sceptre, and Sword of State which are the oldest Crown Jewels in the United Kingdom. Coveted by kings, the historical Stone of Destiny – built into a throne by King Edward I —  is also on view within the castle walls.

Christmas in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is frequently listed as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Brimming with history, the pretty skyline is filled with castles and sandstone, and its cobbled streets are lined with museums, boutique hotels, galleries, traditional pubs and artisan shops selling everything from hand-made quilts to loose leaf tea. The perfect combination of upmarket sophistication and olde worlde charm, it makes the perfect setting for a Christmas break. And the city has worked hard to provide residents and visitors alike with a dazzling array of activities and events to see them through the festive season.

The first thing to do if you’ll be spending Christmas here is to book your Christmas meal. If you’re visiting family, then you’ll already be taken care of, but if you’re only here for a few days it’s a great excuse to luxuriate and let one of the top hotels or restaurants take care of you. Elliot’s Restaurant at the Apex Waterloo Hotel does a particularly luxurious Christmas day lunch or dinner, but there are plenty of pubs offering great home-made grub if you look around (try Witchery by the Castle for a good ‘in-between’ – homely, welcoming, but very good quality food. They do a fabulous parma-wrapped rabbit).

German Christmas ornaments at Edinburgh Christmas market, Christmas in Edinburgh Scotland

If you’re leaving the usual sights to another time (the Castle, Arthur’s Seat, the Scottish Poetry Library), and want a full-on Christmas experience, then head straight to the Real Christmas Fair on Castle Street (1-6 Dec). Christmas lights and traditional music fill the streets, and there are free tastings at lots of the stalls selling traditional fare. The Ethical Christmas Fair picks up where the Real Christmas Fair leaves off, selling home-made and ethical wares including hand-crafted Christmas garlands, candles, jewellery and clothing. Or if you head to The Mound, you can enjoy the German Christmas Market and its festive food and drink offerings. A cup of Glühwein on a frosty day is a marvellous thing, and the traditional German biscuits and pastries are as delightful as the general feeling of cheer in the place.

Fireworks over Edinburgh, Scotland

Aside from the food, the absolute highlight of Christmas in Edinburgh is the fireworks. Every year, fireworks light up the sky from Edinburgh Castle to Holyroodhouse in a dazzling display of gunpowder brilliance. This year, Light Night has been scheduled for November 29, but don’t worry if you miss it. There are plenty of fireworks displays all over the city between Christmas and New Year’s. Check ahead of your trip to make sure you don’t miss them. And if you’re staying on for New Year’s, join the torchlight procession up Calton Hill to watch the traditional burning of the wicker man.

Temporary ice rink in Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland

If you’ve brought the kids with you, make sure you book ahead for the specially set up Christmas ice rink at East Princes Street Gardens. It’s a stunning setting, and the rink is big enough that you don’t get crowded out by the throng of tourists. This year, there’s a 3D cinema on site, and as per usual, there’ll be festive foods and mulled wine sold at the sides of the rink, so you can warm up your hands and get warmed up for those Christmas carols later. Just don’t forget your gloves!