Places to Visit in the UK
Located on the South banks of the River Thames, the Southwark is steeped in British history and is home to some of the city’s oldest and newest attractions.
Mention ‘Southwark’ to most visitors to London and they’ll probably give you a blank look as though you have just spoken some long extinct language. However, once you start to mention some of the people and places from this part of the capital, a look of recognition will soon start to spread across their faces.
William Shakespeare, one of the most famous Englishmen of all time strutted his stuff in Southwark at the old Globe Theatre, the foundations of which can still be found at Southwark Bridge Road. Shakespeare’s Globe, a modern recreation of the original is less than a kilometre away on the banks of the Thames at Bankside.
Dazzling architecture and eclectic London attractions steeped in history, and host of eating, drinking and shopping options, Greenwich provides the perfect day out for visitors to the UK’s capital.
If you arrive by boat (River Bus) then you’ll have a something in common with the first settlers in Greenwich – the Romans. The Italian conquerors docked here on their way up to what was become the centre of Londinium (London). Evidence of this can be found in Greenwich Park between the Vanbrugh and Maze Hill gates where the remains of the floor of a Roman villa are fenced off.The Vikings were next to camp here in the 11th century, when they used Greenwich as a base to attack strongholds in Kent before taking Canterbury. Later that century, following the Norman invasion of 1066, the area belonged to a Norman bishop before the crown seized it in 1082, establishing a royal link that lasts to this day.
If it’s history, culture and even romance you’re looking for then why not try the city of York? Famous for its beautiful architecture, cobbled streets and the iconic York Minster, York is fast developing into a modern city with a vibrant café culture, where you can take a break from all the history and simply watch the world go by while sitting by the river. As the old meets the new you can visit world class museums or enjoy one of the cities many festivals.
Woolwich is a suburb in South East London which grew exponentially with the British Empire and its myriad conflicts, with its dockyards and the massive arms manufacturing plant of the Royal Arsenal. The town is also the original home of Arsenal Football Club, and the Royal Artillery, from which the club get’s its nickname, ‘The Gunners’. Woolwich is also home to an eclectic mix of architecture.
Probably inhabited since the Iron Age, with a name believed to be from the Anglo-Saxon for ‘trading place of wool’, Woolwich is a suburb in South East London famous for the Royal Arsenal, that spawned the now more famous Arsenal Football Club; The Royal Artillery, and a decline so rapid that a town deemed suitable for the UK’s first McDonald’s in 1976, is now filled with budget and charity shops.
The cliffs, sandy bays, and rolling fields of North Cornwall provide the perfect setting for a UK holiday or short break - the harbour town of Newquay is an ideal base for a Cornish getaway.
Situated almost halfway along the Cornish north coast, between Land's End and the border with Devon, Newquay is synonymous with surfing, and more recently, kite-surfing, with its coastline providing waves for all levels of boardriders. The world surfing championships are held on Fistral Beach, with the sand reef and headland providing excellent left-to-right waves that can be relied on all year round. But you don't have to be adorned with beads, bleached hair and flip-flops, and talk waves and wind all day to enjoy this increasingly popular UK attraction - there's plenty for couples and families too.