London is fabulous. Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, London Eye, Tower Bridge and all… but it can also be very pricey if you are a student trying to travel on a budget. Not to mention the United Kingdom has so much more to offer than that! So we are showing you seven wonderful things you must do or see while you’re in the UK, that are not in London and you have probably never heard of.
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Climb 199 steps (I’ve counted!!) to see the historic abbey and eat fish & chips by the river in Whitby
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Situated just over two hours away from the University of York, Whitby is quaint seaside town on the east Yorkshire coast where you can find not only a beautiful coastline but also a stunning 13th Century ruins of an abbey on a hill top overlooking the harbour – hence why this is the place you need to go if you want to sample the best chippy!
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If you find myths and legends fascinating, then Whitby may just be the place for you to visit because it is believed to be where Dracula originated from, his birthplace if you will. Indeed, Bram Stoker was inspired to write the iconic novel, “Dracula” after his stay at Whitby in 1890. You’ll never know, you might find an inspiration or two of your own here!
Feel the heritage in Liverpool
Liverpool has a longstanding maritime and music history. The city has a strong tie with Titanic as its managing company, the White Star Line’s head office was located in James Street, Liverpool. Until 1907, their New York service sailed from Liverpool before competition from new liners forced them to transfer to Southampton.
If you’re a music fan, then the Cavern Club is a must because that’s where the Beatles used to hang out and play gigs! You can even get a photo with the John Lennon statue outside the pub.
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Liverpool itself is a dynamic city so while you are there, why not explore the following tourist hotspots: Albert Dock where you can find Tate Liverpool and Merseyside Maritime Museum, the Liverpool Cathedral – one of the largest of its kind in the world and the Walker Art Gallery which hosts the largest collection of masterpieces you will find outside London.
Go see a football match in Manchester
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Apart from the two local football clubs that need no introduction (but if you do, they are Manchester City and Manchester United), there are also two universities in Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and the namesake university.
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If you just want to experience the crowd and live action, a one-off ticket that grants your access into one match can cost up to £50, or if you think yourself a dedicated football fan, purchase a season ticket for under £1,000.
Visit the Welsh village with the longest name ever… and take a selfie with the railway station sign!
Less than 30 minutes from Bangor University and you are there. The name of the village is, hold on to your hat, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch – spanning 58 characters, it is the longest place name not just in the UK but also the whole of Europe. The literal English translation means “St Mary’s Church in the Hollow of the White Hazel near a Rapid Whirlpool and the Church of St. Tysilio near the Red Cave.” If only my Sat-Nav would give me such precise direction!!
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What else is there? Well, it’s a cute little Welsh village (to be fair, most Welsh villages are) but if that doesn’t tickle your fancy, there is also a massive souvenir shop right next to the railway station where you can buy postcards, not far from which is a post office to send your postcard off with the town’s own postage mark. Although this may not be in every student’s bucket list (although I hope it’s snuck its way into yours!) it is quite a novelty for tourists visiting North Wales.
If you miss the islands back home, be sure to visit Scotland
I bet you’re all going whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?
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Scotland may not have the best of weathers known to mankind but they do have some of the most beautiful islands and beaches in the world. Check out this list published by TripAdvisor and how out Scotland fairs against some of the most popular tropical islands.
Have a picnic and chill at Windermere in Lake District, Cumbria
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Cumbria is a non-metropolitan county in the North West of England that shares a border with Scotland. In Cumbria you can find the Lake District (also know as The Lakes or Lakeland), a mountainous region famous for its lakes, the deepest and longest bodies of water in England and simply overall scenic nature.
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The largest natural lake in the UK can be found here and it’s called Windermere, accessible in under an hour from Lancaster University. During the summer, the town of Windermere itself is packed with people from all over the country flocking there to enjoy a bit of sun and views of the waters. There are also plenty of options if you fancy having a go at any watersports or maybe you just want to chill and de-stress after a long week of studying hard, Lake District is perfect for both.
Experience the futuristic indoor rainforest that is the Eden Project, Cornwall
Often referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World, the Eden Project houses a dramatic global garden in giant bubble-like biomes that nestle in a crater the size of 30 football pitches, earning it another impressive title of the largest greenhouse in the world.
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Even if you’re not intrigued by the sound of the Eden Project, you should visit Cornwall anyway as there are many great destinations within travelling distance from various universities such as Falmouth University, University of Exeter and Plymouth University that would make for fun day-outs.
We hope you have gathered some ideas to make you want to see the UK. There are so much more than what we have listed so you should most definitely take the time and discover the country yourself!