When going backpacking, the UK has to be visited at least once. There are plenty of places to see and are perfect for those who love camping out or want to stay in hostels around the area. London is a great place to start and getting London flights will really help you in the start of your journey – or you could finish your journey in and leaving from London to go to the next country.
London is often the first place on the list, since it is the capital city of England and the home of Queen Elizabeth II. In fact, 2012 is probably the best year to get your London flights and visit the city with the Jubilee celebrations and the Olympics during the summer months.
London has plenty of attractions and the top 10 of backpacking attractions could actually be taken up by this one city. The London Eye should be the first option on your list. This is the largest wheel in the world and will give you the opportunity to see the whole city.
Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guards is number two on the list. There are two Changing of the Guard ceremonies so you may need to take two days to do this. The first is the change of the foot soldiers and the second is the change of the horse guards.
Number three on the list should be the trip to the Tower of London and number four could be the Bloody Tower. These are two places that have a lot of history and have been prominent in many deaths, including the executions of two of Henry VIII’s wives, Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard.
Manchester is commonly noted as the capital of the North and is England’s third largest city and is the home of the infamous team Manchester United. In fact, number five on your backpacking destination should be Old Trafford, which is the home stadium of the United team. You may even be lucky enough to watch a game, depending on when you travel.
Just a little further north is Liverpool, the home of The Beatles. Number six on the list of things to do would be to visit the house where Paul McCartney and John Lennon grew up. There is also The Beatles Story on Albert Dock, which has a lot of the band’s history and music, and makes the perfect number seven attraction.
For those who do love history, Liverpool is the place where the infamous Titanic set sail on her fateful voyage and there is a museum that goes through the history. Number eight on your list could give you the chance to feel just how cold it was on the night that the ship sank.
No trip to the UK should be done without a trip over the border and into Scotland. Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and is one of the most beautiful cities in the country. There are plenty of things to do and number nine on your list should be a trip to Edinburgh Castle.
Number 10 on the list stays in Scotland but goes to the other well-known city – Glasgow. It is well known for the tea culture and part of your backpacking trip could be a trip to the Willow Tea Rooms, which offers the chance to sit back, relax and enjoy the end of your trip around the UK.