Great Britain

Places to Visit in Great Britain

It's difficult to think of anywhere other than Great Britain that packs quite as much into such a small country. There is no shortage of places to visit in Great Britain – it is bursting with thousands of years of history, awe-inspiring castles, national parks, buzzing cities, and cosy country pubs.

Just 35km from France, Great Britain is a fantastic mixture of countryside, towns, cities, and beaches. With so many options of places to visit in Great Britain there is something for every type of holiday.

Whether you want to escape to the rolling green hills of Yorkshire, hit the surf in Cornwall, or stick to the metropolitan cities of London or Manchester; you'll have no problem finding exciting things to do in Great Britain. 

Just a short journey on one of our P&O ferries will see you arrive at the beautiful British coastline, with the entire country ready for you to explore.

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London Eye in England

Places to Visit in Great Britain

London City Breaks First time in Great Britain? Then, out of all of the places to visit, we would have to recommend London. The city is a vibrant, multicultural melting-pot of culture with brilliant public transport connections. 

Make sure to visit all the famous landmarks in the country’s capital, like the royal residence of Buckingham Palace, the iconic Big Ben and Houses of Parliament, St Paul's Cathedral, The London Eye, and the city's newest sparkling skyscraper: the Shard.

Each London neighbourhood is worth exploring in depth. Head east to Shoreditch which is littered with trendy bars, or to Soho for the one-stop-shop for musical performances, or escape the city centre to Greenwich Observatory, home to arguably the best view of the city.
Big Ben in London, England

Liverpool Attractions - Albert Docks

City Breaks in the North

While the capital may attract the most visitors, those that choose to explore the country's other cities will be rewarded with a fuller experience of Great Britain.

Stop by Liverpool to visit the home of the Beatles and the legendary performance venue where they made their name.

The great northern metropolis of Manchester will allow you to pay tribute to the iconic Manchester United football team's legendary home ground, Old Trafford.

If you're seeking culture, Leeds is full of museums and ancient Abbey ruins, while Newcastle is the home to the Northeast's most famous sculpture, the Angel of the North.

Things to do in the West Midlands

The West Midlands is a popular destination in the UK with so many options of things to do during your stay, you will not be disappointed. We highly recommend hitting the streets of Birmingham if you’re looking to go shopping, especially at Christmas. From there Christmas market to a range of shopping centres. Including the Bullring shopping centre with over 200 stores. 


Birmingham is also a great option because it is home to the National Sea Life Centre and Cadbury World, both of which are great options for a family day out. You won’t be short of things to do as a family in the West Midlands, but a favourite is seeing the Red Pandas at Dudley Zoo and Castle. 

 
Things to do in the West Midlands

Cornwall England

The British Seaside

There are so many places to visit in Great Britain, but one of its best qualities is that you are never far from the sea. Whether it is driving from Dover down the South England Coast to Hastings, a coastal town with historical significance, to going that little bit further along to Brighton, which is under a 2 hours’ drive from Dover, you can easily enjoy all the delights of the British seaside on your visit.

The dramatic coastline of Cornwall is renowned as the surfing capital of Great Britain and is chock-full of beach-side cafés and coastal paths. Or, head to the Jurassic Coast, stretching from Exmouth to East Devon – it is full of awe-inspiring views where the impressive Durdle Door is top of our list. 

An often-forgotten place to visit in Great Britain is the East Anglian Coast, featuring traditional seaside towns such as Lowestoft in Suffolk which are great for a family day out, and Lowestoft – the most Easterly point in England. Or, head to Yarmouth for the day, a stone’s throw away from Lowestoft. The East Anglian coastline also includes other popular destinations like Southend, Clacton, and Southwold. 

To the north of the country, seaside towns like Scarborough offer all the conveniences of a city-break and a great nightlife scene to boot.

British Countryside Escapes

The great British outdoors attracts visitors with the promise of endless green areas, English stately manors, and cosy countryside cottages.

Head north for water-based activities in England's largest national park, the Lake District. Scotland's rugged Highlands are ideal for anyone seeking a challenge, famed for hiking trails along jaw-dropping landscapes. The quaint Cotswolds are a series of villages and towns frozen in time, and Wales' natural beauty has to been seen to be believed. 

Whether you're looking to get on your bike or simply want to get out into nature, there are plenty of opportunities in Great Britain.

Chipping Norton in Cotswolds England

Great Britain is a fantastic mixture of countryside, towns, cities, and beaches

Things to do in Great Britain

Beatles Story

Chamonix   .   France

For the music lovers among us Liverpool is a city that delivers. Home to many well-known music artists, including the Beatles. If you’re a fan of their music then we would definitely recommend heading over to the Beatles Story. An immersive experience as you will hear about how four lads from Liverpool were propelled to dizzying heights.

Liverpool home to the Beatles
Changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace

Watch the change of guards at Buckingham Palace

London   .   Great Britain

Buckingham Palace is just a short walk away from Leicester Square station. Walk up the Mall to get the best feel for the approach to Buckingham Palace. If you time it right you can even watch the change of guards which is something really spectacular. St James Park is close to Buckingham Palace and is beautiful park to walk through and see a range of wildlife including herons.

Harry Potter World

Chamonix   .   France

Head to Watford, near London for the WB Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter. The place to visit for any true Potter fan. Whether you want to try a butter beer or take a second to marvel at the wonder of the great hall. You won’t be disappointed. Or perhaps you want to explore Diagon Alley.

WB Studio Tours
Have your own Hogwarts Experience with a Jacobite Steam Train

Hogwarts Express

West Coast   .   Great Britain

The Hogwarts Express experience is exactly what you need to do if you’re a lover of Harry Potter. West Coast Railways where the carriages used in the popular Harry Potter films. You can take the journey yourself, with two daytrips, using some of the actual carriages used when filming these movies.

Madame Tussauds

Chamonix   .   France

Pre-book your tickets to Madame Tussauds and explore rooms full of life-like waxworks and some super hero themed ones too! Some of the favourite zones include music, a-list, royals, marvel and Star Wars.

Madame Tussauds in London