College life can be interesting and challenging at the same time. You have tons of work, and it can be intense at times. However, university is also a place to socialise and have fun. To relieve the pressures of college, and rejuvenate, why not take a trip with your friends?
Whether you are an international student in the UK for the first time, or a resident of the UK and studying at uni, there are lots of fascinating and historic places to visit. I have suggested some of them here for you and you might find they help you in your studies too!
The city’s distinctive architecture has won awards, and has been home to the Romans, Anglo-Saxons, and Vikings. It was the capital city of Northumbria centuries ago, and you can visit the Jorvik Centre to learn more about the Vikings. The Shambles is an old street in York, England, with overhanging timber-framed buildings, some dating back as far as the fourteenth century.
Another aspect of York’s charm lies in the fantastic York Minster, home of the Archbishop of York. It is the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe. And the Great East Window of York Minster is the largest expansive medieval stained glass in England. Don’t miss visiting Betty’s for afternoon tea!
Deep in the Aberdeenshire region of Scotland, lays this picturesque town surrounded by lovely rural countryside and attractive hills. Banchory is known as the Gateway to Royal Deeside, and a ride on the Royal Deeside Railway will treat you to the beauties of the scenery as you enjoy the journey on a steam train. Check opening times before visiting.
If you enjoy the sports and the outdoors, try hiking, horseback riding, golf and kayaking; and there are hundreds of miles of trails to walk. Also worth a mention are the fairytale-like castles, and the Royal home Balmoral is about an hours drive from Banchory.
This town in Wiltshire can trace its roots back to Roman times. The natural setting, beautiful buildings, historic architecture, plus shops, pubs, and restaurants make it very popular with tourists. The 800-year-old town bridge is a must-see destination, and it still has two of its original 13th-century arches.
The Bradford-on-Avon Museum displays the natural and historical heritage of the town. The Saxon church of St. Laurence is another ancient building that dates back to the early 11th century, and is one of very few surviving Anglo-Saxon churches in England that does not show later medieval alteration or rebuilding. The 14th Century Tithe Barn is a Grade I listed building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument in the care of English Heritage.
For shopping and dining, The Shambles is a pedestrian-only historic area dotted with shops, restaurants, and cafes.
Roman Amphitheatre – London
London is full of history, and if you are studying in this capital city there is plenty for you to see and visit. This Roman Amphitheatre was discovered in 1988 and changed the face of Roman London. It is London’s only amphiteatre, and is located in Guildhall Yard. Admission is free!
Should you need to write an essay about a historical location, visiting a museum, castle, building or other place makes not only a fun trip, but you will also get first-hand information that will be essential when writing your paper. On the other hand, if you can’t quite make it to the location, you can hire an essay writing service from PapersOwl UK. A travel writer, whose services will entail a visit to the location for researhc, then write a unique paper describing the experience and the historical lessons learned from the visit.
Located in the southwest of England, West Dorset is a place of beauty and history. From stunning historic market towns to beautiful postcard villages and glorious countryside with exceptional views, West Dorset is a beauty to behold.
The 95 mile Jurassic Coast is a truly intriguing coastline with rocks spanning 185 million years of our planet’s history, and forms a near complete record of the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.
The seaside town of Weymouth has a golden sandy beach, dotted with colourful beach huts, and a Georgian era esplanade. Visit the historic harbour, or one of the nature reserves.
The Dinosaur Museum in Dorchester, is the only mainland museum in mainland Britain entirely dedicated to dinosaurs.
Often described as England’s smallest city, Wells, in Somerset, is a town that overflows with medieval history. Wells has had city status since medieval times, because of the presence of Wells Cathedral. Wells is just a short 45 minute drive from the beautiful City of Bath (UNESCO World Heritage City).
The Wells Marketplace has lively markets twice a week. The narrow streets, and eclectic mix of building styles demonstrate the development of the town throughout the ages.Most visits to Wells are inspired by its ecclesiastical quarter and the quaint atmosphere.
Visit Wookey Hole Caves, Britain’s most spectacular caves and legendary home of the infamous Witch of Wookey.
There is also Wells Bishop’s Palace & Gardens, a splendid medieval palace that has been the home of the Bishops of Bath & Wells for over 800 years to visit, which includes 14 acres of beautiful gardens.
Rutland is smallest historic counties in England, and one of the prettiest too! Rutland treats you to a rural landscape that is dotted with quaint villages and two towns – Uppingham, and Oakham. The town of Uppingham is home to antique stores, fine art galleries, and book shops. Oakham is a must visit town full of galleries, farmer’s markets, boutique shopping, and jewellery, plus it has a castle! Oakham Castle boasts England’s most complete Norman Great Hall.
Rutland Water Nature Reserve provides one of the most important wildfowl sanctuaries in Great Britain, regularly holding in excess of 25,000 waterfowl. between the two towns is a picturesque sight from anywhere around the shoreline. There are over 30 bird watching hides and nature trails from two visitor centres with experts to help you with identification. Normanton Church is Rutland’s most famous landmark, known as the church saved from the water.
A historic fishing village in the Torridge district of Devon, picturesque Clovelly has been under private ownership from Elizabethan times to date. This has helped preserve its originality and atmosphere, and it remains a fully functioning fishing village. With steep, cobbled streets, there is no vehicular traffic at all, just donkeys and sledges! The village clings to a 400 foot cliff that overlooks Bideford Bay, and the flower-strewn cottages “tumble like a waterfall”. The views are breathtaking.
Watch the must-see film show of the history of the village and visit the extensive souvenir shop in the Visitor Centre. You can take a tour which brings the history and stories of this famous little village to life. Try your hand at some crafts like candle-making, rag-rugging, and quilting, or charter a boat for fishing.
These historic locations are just a few of the many wonderful places to visit in the UK. With beautiful landscapes, and towns rich in history and welcoming people, it is worth stepping away from the study books and visiting some of these charming places. Don’t feel that you have to stick to big cities like London and Edinburgh, there is much to explore across the whole country!