The UK is full of exciting things for students to see and do; here’s where we think you should start.
1. Have Afternoon Tea.
Afternoon tea first gained popularity in the nineteenth century as a way for the upper classes to fill the time between lunch and formal dinner. However, it has since become a popular pastime for many people.
Afternoon tea is typically served around 4 p.m. and includes not only a pot of tea but also a selection of finger sandwiches, scones, and cakes.
It’s a great way to commemorate a special occasion – or even a rainy afternoon! – and there are numerous locations where you can find one. Betty’s Tea Rooms in York and the Ritz Hotel in London are both popular places to have afternoon tea.
2. Pay a visit to the Crown Jewels
The Crown Jewels, possibly the most visited objects in Britain, are worth a spot on any UK study bucket list.
The Crown Jewels, which are safely kept in the Tower of London, include the Coronation Regalia: the crown, scepter, and associated other objects that have been used to crown kings and queens since 1661.
Did you know that there are multiple crowns on display at the Tower of London, as the most famous, St. Edward’s Crown, is only used during the crowning ceremony?
3. Go to a music festival
Summer in the UK isn’t complete for music fans unless they attend a festival. Whether you get tickets to Glastonbury, Reading, or smaller local events, they’re a great way to unwind after a long year of studying.
A must-have list for any festival-goer in the UK includes:
- Wellington boots (because the weather can be fickle!)
- Sunscreen (as mentioned above!)
- A sleeping bag is required.
- Toilet paper
4. Pay a visit to the Giant’s Causeway
Northern Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway is one of the most striking natural landmarks in the United Kingdom. Geologists believe the geometric pattern is caused by volcanic rock formations, but legend has it that it is the result of a duel between an Irish and a Scottish giant.
The rocks were used as a filming location in Game of Thrones, and they can be reached by train and bus from Belfast in about 90 minutes.
5. Go to a Scottish Loch
Scotland has so many breathtaking landscapes that it was difficult to pick just one for this list. A visit to a Scottish loch, on the other hand, is an unmissable experience that can be easily accomplished by train from Edinburgh or Glasgow.
Everyone knows about Loch Ness and its legendary monster, but did you know that kelpies are also said to haunt the country’s lochs? A kelpie is a supernatural water horse that can assume human form and would entice unsuspecting travelers to ride on its back to the lake’s bottom!