The whole region of Ireland and the United Kingdom is swarming with the most amazing places to see. Some of them are entirely untouched and natural, and some are built for touring and admiration. Either way, there is plenty to do here, so planning it might get a bit overwhelming. However, we are here to help you through it, so no worries! See our list of the most splendid places you should visit in the Emerald Island and the UK!
Conwy Castle, North Wales
Built by Edward I during his conquest of Wales, Conwy Castle is one of the most interesting medieval establishments in the United Kingdom. Depicted by UNESCO as one of “the finest examples of late 13th-century and early 14th-century military architecture in Europe”, it has overcome many dramatic events in the past.
Conwy Castle played an essential part in several wars, withstood the siege of Magod ap Llywelyn in 1295, was a temporary haven for Richard II in 1399, and was even held by forces loyal to Owain Glyndwr in 1401. Can you imagine the mark all of these and numerous other occurrences left on the castle? See it for yourself!
Inch Beach, Northern Ireland
Basically, all tours to Ireland include a visit to some sort of natural place or attraction. This time, we suggest Inch Beach, a lovely shore on the Dingle Peninsula. Endless horizons and brooding mountains corrupt travelers to stop for a visit, and the perfect conditions for surfing and water sports keep them here even longer!
Inch Beach is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Ireland, and it allows you the most magical sights during twilight. However, we suggest you visit in summer when the water is warmer, and the skies are clear enough to see the scenic landscapes of mountain ranges and the sun setting in.
The Jurassic Coast, Dorset
If you are a history buff or in any way interested in archeology, buckle up because this will sweep the earth beneath your feet.
The Jurassic Coast in Dorset is the only place in the world where you can see 185 million years of geological history right here at an arm’s length, settled in stone. The fossils are absolutely everywhere, so a simple stroll will prove to be more fulfilling than any museum you could visit. After leaving, you can confidently say you have walked through the geology of the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods.
Is there still any doubt in your mind?
Stormont Park, Belfast
Board any of the trains to Belfast from wherever you are in Ireland, and rush to Stormont Park as quickly as you can! While it is not going anywhere, you should not waste another minute not touring this gorgeous site.
More commonly known as the “Parliament Buildings,” Stormont is the official home of the Northern Ireland Executive. However, it is not the title that impresses. It is the fact that unlike almost every other Parliament Building in the world, Stormont is not located in a city with overcrowded surroundings and traffic. It is actually settled in a remote area outside the city center, bordering greenery and nature.
Stormont is great if you want to clear your head while at the same time admiring the Emerald they put in the name Emerald Island. However, if you are also interested in politics, you should join a tour on the weekend!
Whitby, North Yorkshire
Whitby is a seaside town and port in the Scarborough borough, England. At first sight, it looks like an average English marine countryside, but there is a distinct feeling of something lurking beneath it all.
It is not that ominous, however. Probably? Whitby has a strong association with Bram Stoker’s Gothic horror novel Dracula. It was Whitby that inspired the author the most, and by the time he left, the world was not prepared for the intimidating story, most of it written in Whitby. So, what compelled the author to use the seemingly innocent town as an inspiration?
Do not worry, though; there is nothing scary about the town. It was just the Gothic setting and culture, which is not terrifying at all. On the contrary, they celebrate it! Walk the port, and see for yourself!
Jameson Whiskey Midleton, Count Cork
You probably know by now that Ireland is extremely famous for its whiskey, and Jameson is one of the best-known brands in the world, so why not visit the distillery it was born in?
Set over 15 acres, Jameson Experience offers insight into the making of whiskey, its history and development, and of course, the ability to pair it up with the most delicious food at the restaurant located in the same building.
The cuisine is an inseparable part of the country’s identity, beverages included, so it is really important that you know about one of Ireland’s signature marks. Also, you will get to try the whiskey and can visit a gift shop for an intriguing souvenir!
Leeds Castle, Kent
Leeds Castle is a place that literally has it all. Appealing to both nature lovers and architecture buffs, the castle is an impressive establishment of labyrinth gardens, luxurious rooms, intricate designs, and natural mazes.
It also has an exciting track record of residents. Over 900 years, it has posed as a home to Tudors, Normans, movie stars, members of higher society, and possibly others we know nothing about!
You should probably visit to learn more about all the gossip surrounding it! If we are being real, though, stay for the scenic sights and lovely surroundings.
By now, you should have more than just an idea of what you would like to see. Remember, all these choices are worth the time, so pick as many as you can manage. So now, off to fill up that itinerary! Best of luck!