It may surprise you to know that we are actually a UK family travel blog. I am British, I was born and raised in Wales and my kids were born in London. We left the UK to travel and have returned for long trips and visits many times. This is our UK travel blog, guide, and tips section. You can jump straight to a place, attraction, or destination in the UK from the links below.
All of our UK travel blog posts are in one place here. Wales and London have their own separate sections because the volume we have on London is just too huge. You may find our post on the UK with kids useful too, if you’re first time family travellers.
The UK Travel Blog
The United Kingdom is more correctly known as The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, The UK or U.K. It is a sovereign country separated from the European continent by water. It is a part of the continent of Europe, but Brexit is yet to determine if it will remain part of the European Union.
The United Kingdom consists of four countries, England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Yes, they are all countries. I wrote a short post explaining why Wales is a country. We are all British, but a Welsh person can never be English. As a Welsh person, I do, sadly, have to point this our rather often. The UK and England are not the same thing.
The British Isles are different again. The British Isles consist of the islands of Great Britain (the mainland), Ireland, The Channel Isles, The Isle of White, the Hebrides, and over six thousand smaller isles. It’s complicated, I know.
That’s the geography lesson over, now what’s on the UK travel blog?
I’m updating this post today in 2020. The world has changed, more for some than others, and the UK has been massively affected. Many people in the UK will be holidaying at home this year or maybe taking a staycation. That’s not a bad thing if you see the positives. The UK is beautiful and has much to offer. As a family travel blog and a general travel blog, we recommend a lot of attractions in the UK. Some will still be closed. Some beaches and outdoor places will still be closed. Wales, Scotland and England all have different levels of restriction. We’re working hard to find you the latest travel information from the UK, but things are changing almost daily. Please double check everything very close to your proposed time of travel.
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UK Travel Tips and FAQs
I’m not going to cover current safety, border openings, visas and so on here because it’s just too complex. You’ll need to check your local and UK travel advice and consider your travel insurance very carefully. I’m just going to tell you about the fun parts of UK travel here.
Some of the most beautiful and remote places to visit (outside cities) in the UK are:
- The Lake District.
- Cornwall’s fishing villages and beaches.
- Pembrokeshire Wales and its rugged coastline.
- The Brecon Beacons, Wales.
- Snowdonia and Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales (1.085m).
- Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Scotland and The British Isles (1,345m)
- The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland.
- Lake Windermere, Cumbria.
- Fingal’s Cave, The Isle of Staffa, Scotland.
- The Old Man of Storr, The Isle of Skye
- Stonehenge, Wiltshire.
- Durdle Door, Dorset.
- The Isles of Scilly, Cornwall
- The Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland.
- The Wye Valley and Tintern Abbey Monmouthshire
- Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England (978m)
- Devon’s beaches.
- Dartmoor Devon
London was home to us for almost a decade and my children were born there, in Twickenham Middlesex, a short walk from the River Thames in South London.. We were very close to Richmond Upon Thames, and, in fact, lived there a few years too. You’ll find our guide to London for kids very comprehensive as not only is it “home” it’s also one of our very favourite places in the world. There is so much to do in London for all ages and interests and it’s a firm global family travel favourite. The posts below highlight a few places and attractions we chose to share on our UK travel blog.
Wales is the country of my birth and I love it just as much as England. We have a separate Wales travel blog focussing just on the country of Wales and a huge post on Wales with kids. I most love Wales for the rugged coastline and beaches, Tenby, in the photo above, is a childhood favourite of mine and still a place I love to take my own kids.
We had a tradition of letting the kids pick which country to visit for their birthdays. One year they chose Scotland. I’m not quite sure why they chose Scotland, I think they were looking for normality, British food, and a mild climate. Read more on our Scotland travel blog page. They really enjoyed some of it, particularly the Highland Wildlife Park. Three of us climbed Ben Nevis, one sat it out. It’s not a hard climb and in summer we did it in jeans and T-shirts with no gear. My husband ran up there and back before breakfast. The Royal Yacht Britania at Edinburgh was a stand-out for me, not so much the kids.
England (Outside London)
That’s all we’ve got for you for now on our UK travel blog. Our family loves the UK and given the choice, we’d be living there today. Circumstance is keeping us away. One day, when it’s safe, borders are open and quarantine is gone, we will be back. To our home. We are a global world travel blog and we cover 50+ countries on our site. We travelled as a family from 2013 to the present day with small kids, tweens, and then teens to create this site for you to use. Thanks for visiting.