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Four Places For You To Visit In The U.K.

Spring is in the air and you might be feeling a bit stir-crazy after being cooped up for most of the winter. That means it’s time to finally get out of the house and take a vacation to stretch your legs and recharge your brain. One of the best places to visit in the warmer months is definitely the United Kingdom, and there’s plenty to see and do should you find yourself across the pond for the first time.

London

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It’s hardly a trip to England without visiting the country’s capital and largest city, London. Whether you’re looking to see the sights or do some shopping, London has it all. Your biggest problem will really be trying to figure out what to do! You can visit some of the incredible landmarks like the Tower of London, Big Ben, and Buckingham Palace, or you could view the city from the famous ferris wheel of the London Eye. Alternatively you can take in some of the city’s magnificent museums like the British Museum or the Tate Modern. When it comes to a place this large and alive, you’re pretty much only limited to your imagination when it comes to things to do.

The Cotswolds

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You’ve probably heard many people and seen plenty of TV shows and movies describe the beauty of the English countryside, but it really has to be seen to be believed. Whether you’re interested in the historic market town of Chipping Campden, which has been called “more authentic (and less visited) than most larger towns,” or simply wish to take in the bucolic pastures and rolling hills of the gorgeous landscape, there are few places in the British Isles more relaxing than the Cotswolds.

Liverpool

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The home of the Beatles and legendary soccer club Liverpool F.C., this major port city is bustling with plenty to see and do and it’s not always a priority on many people’s British vacations, even though it should be. Liverpool is also home to the Aintree Racecourse, which plays host to the Grand National, the most valuable horserace in all of Europe. The event is “the biggest race in British jumps racing” and has been broadcast on television for free in the country since 1960 with more than 600 million viewers in 140 different countries. That blows the 111 million of the last Super Bowl out of the water. Should you find yourself in Liverpool in early April around the time of the race, you owe it to yourself to get a ticket and take part in one of the greatest sporting spectacles in the country.

Brighton

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A lovely seaside resort might not be the first thing you think of when you think of a UK vacation, but maybe it should be? The area is not only known for its beautiful beaches but also for its vibrant arts and culture community. Additionally, it’s said to have “some of the best and most diverse nightlife in the country” as well as stunning venues such as the Royal Pavilion and Brighton Dome.

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