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The tiny islands of the UK have an extraordinary history that will enthral visitors from all over the world. Whether you visit the country's huge capital city of London or venture further up north, holidays here are great for the whole family. Here is a list of fascinating historical places that you should consider discovering for yourself - UK travel is the best!
Well of course London was going to be on this list - it's brimming with history. Take a trip to the Tower of London to find out what life was like in the terrifying Tudor times, and learn all about Henry VIII and his six wives. Westminster Abbey is a UNSECO World Heritage site and has been a coronation church since the 11th century. It is also the site where Kate and Wills got married! The past of astronomy can be found at Royal Observatory Greenwich and celebrities can be spotted at Madame Tussauds.
Further north in sunny Yorkshire you will find York, or as the Vikings called it 'Yorvik'. This beautiful and pivotal city dates back to the Roman times and has the walls to prove it. Still intact, you can stroll along the walls and look over the surrounding city. For something a bit more gruesome and outrageously fun, you have to go to The York Dungeon. This interactive exhibition introduces you to the notorious murderer Jack the Ripper, gruesome Vikings and gunpowder plotter Guy Fawkes.
Things just get more exciting beyond York, in the great cities of Scotland. Edinburgh is the country's capital and is home to a Medieval castle that sits on a high crag overlooking the city and surrounding countryside. Take a wander along the Royal Mile - the oldest road in the city. It's not hard to imagine what life was like back in the day as you walk on its cobbled streets and look at street performers. Nightly walking tours also take place to fill you in on the city's spooky past! At the bottom of the mile is Holyrood Palace, which was originally a monastery founded by the King of Scotland in 1128. Today it is an official royal residence that you can have a nosey around.
Over the Irish Sea you will find a place full of charm and stories to tell. From castles to churches to causeways - Northern Ireland boasts some incredible monuments. The stones of Giant's Causeway sprawls out on the coast of County Antrim, said to be built by a mythical giant. Go and explore to see what you think! Castles worth visiting include the 800 year old Carrickfergus Castle, Medieval Dunluce Castle and the 15th century Audley's Castle (also the setting for a Game of Thrones scene!). Whichever you visit, you can also walk around some in some lush and leafy surroundings.
Back in England and back down south again, Oxford is a gorgeous city famous for England's oldest university. You might be interested to know that George Washington's ancestors lived at Sulgrave Manor, a grand manor house with spectacular gardens. Blenheim Palace is another popular choice, where you can marvel at its 18th century Baroque architecture that won it World Heritage site status. You can also take a tour of the university and its grounds, where many a genius has studied.
You'll return from your holidays bursting with knowledge that can only be found out on such a trip. The UK really is history brought to life, and ready to share it with visitors from near and far...