Holidays fit for a king: 4 must-do getaways in the UK

May 14, 2023
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The British monarchy has a rich and fascinating history and what better way to commemorate the crowning of our new King than by taking an immersive holiday through the United Kingdom? 

From the rolling countryside to the bustling cobblestone cities, the UK is a land of contrasts and diversity, where ancient traditions blend with modern culture. 

With vibrant cities such as London and Edinburgh to the scenic landscape of the Cotswolds and the rugged coastline of Cornwall, the UK is the perfect holiday destination for those seeking adventure, culture, and relaxation. 

 With no shortage of monuments, castles and ruins to explore, you’ll be treated to a captivating look into the legacy of the monarchy on five of these must-do British holidays.

See the best of England, Scotland & Wales

Walk the grounds of the glorious Castle Howard. Source: Canva

If you haven’t ever been to the UK, this 11-day small-group tour is perfect for you. Embark on an unforgettable journey through England, Scotland and Wales,  and uncover hidden gems as you travel along scenic back roads.

Some of the highlights include visiting the birthplace of William Shakespeare, experiencing the medieval Snickelways of the Shambles in York, and basking in the majesty and luxury of Castle Howard. On your tour, you will also have the opportunity to take in picture-perfect views of the UK’s rugged landscape and the dramatic castles of Wales and Scotland. 

With a maximum group size of 18, you can expect a personalised experience and the chance to connect with like-minded travellers who share your passion for adventure. 

Cruise the British Isles during the Edinburgh Military Tattoo

This cruise provides a chance to see the world famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Source: Supplied

For a unique way to experience the UK, set sail on an unforgettable 12-night journey through the British Isles aboard the magnificent Regal Princess cruise ship.

On your voyage, you’ll journey to a variety of destinations, including the picturesque Guernsey, the charming Cork, the bustling Dublin, the historic Belfast, and the enchanting Orkney Islands.

This cruise is also perfectly timed around the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a spectacular event that showcases Britain’s rich military heritage through music, dance, and pageantry. Tickets to this year’s event are hard to come by, but the cruise line has a great allocation in reserve if you choose this optional shore excursion.

While you’re cruising to your next destination,  savour delicious cuisine, enjoy a number of exciting activities, and indulge in world-class entertainment onboard as you cruise in ultimate comfort and luxury. 

In-depth tour of Liverpool, Edinburgh and York

See the mythical Stonehenge. Source: Canva

Immerse yourself in the footsteps of one of the most beloved British bands, The Beatles, as you traverse through England before seeing the breathtaking views and magnificent castles of Wales and Scotland. 

This 6-day tour begins in the bustling and vibrant city of London and sets out to the enigmatic formation of Stonehenge, where can experience the reverence of the centuries-old myths surrounding the monoliths. 

Stroll through history with a walk through the charming Old Town of Edinburgh, and catch a glimpse of Arthur’s Seat and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, which served as the royal residence for Scottish monarchs throughout history.

If you’ve always wanted to witness the spectacle of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, but prefer a land tour over a cruise, here’s a pro tip: consider booking your holiday on a date that coincides with the event and your tickets will be included!

Tour England & Wales with a local

See the birthplace of the esteemed poet, William Shakespeare. Source: Canva

Make unforgettable memories on this journey through England and Wales, where you can explore the charming coastal views of Dorset, the Welsh Rugby heritage in Cardiff, and the ancient Roman history of Bath.

On this 11-day tour, you’ll be joined by a local specialist to give you an insider’s perspective when you visit sites such as  Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin. It’s here that you’ll have the opportunity to visit notable landmarks like Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Edinburgh Castle, and the Guinness Storehouse.

From the 8th-century ruins of Glastonbury Abbey to the natural beauty of the Irish National Stud and Japanese Garden, history buffs, culture enthusiasts and nature lovers will appreciate the well-thought-out itinerary. 

Looking for more inspiration? Browse our UK tours, UK cruises, or simply phone Travel at 60, the over-60 travel experts (for the cost of a local call anywhere within Australia) on 1300 414 198.


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