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A single sovereign state comprising the four countries of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom packs a wealth of history, culture and scenery into a surface area only slightly larger than the state of Minnesota. Our specialists have journeyed extensively around Great Britain and Northern Ireland, gathering ideas for how you can visit and combine the UK’s highlights.

One of the most rewarding aspects of a trip to the UK can be exploring its countries’ cultural quirks, their varying landscapes, and the stormy history connecting them. We can recommend experiences such as watching one of the Bard’s plays at the reconstructed Shakespeare's Globe in London, salmon fishing with a ghillie in the Cairngorms, and gaining a resident’s perspective on Belfast’s political divisions on a black cab tour. You might find yourself standing on the basalt columns of Northern Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway, or heading to England’s languid Cotswolds, where villages of honeysuckle-bedecked cottages resist the hand of time.

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Suggested tours for the UK

These tours give you a starting point for what your trip to the UK could entail. They cover routes we've found work particularly well and feature some of our favorite places to stay. Treat them as inspiration, as each trip is created uniquely for you.

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Practical tips for traveling to the UK, from social protocols to guidance on money matters, with a link to the latest government travel advice.

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Our detailed brochures feature trip ideas and travel experiences recommended by our specialists.

Guides to the UK's countries

If you’re looking to travel specifically to one of the countries within the UK, our specialists can plan your trip to England, Scotland or Northern Ireland. To help you choose how to spend your time, we’ve grouped together our chosen places to visit, things to experience and recommended routes for each of the three countries.

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Our expert guides to traveling in the UK

Written by our specialists from the viewpoint of their own travels, these guides will help you decide on the shape of your own trip to the UK. Aiming to inspire and inform, we share our recommendations for how to appreciate the UK at its best.

  • Introducing the UK & Ireland

    Introducing the UK & Ireland

    Watch a two-minute video showing the landscapes and cities of the UK and Ireland, filmed by Audley Travel.

  • Big Ben and Whitehall, London

    Historic England: exploring London, Oxford and Bath

    Audley UK and Ireland specialist Elizabeth explains why she’s gripped by England’s history — especially its royal history. She recommends her preferred places of interest for a historic tour of England, from palaces and cathedrals to sites in Oxford and Bath.

  • Portobello, London

    How to experience London like a local

    Take some time to go a little deeper and discover the London that locals love with Audley specialist Andea. Experience vibrant nightlife, historic parks and unusual vantage points to get a new perspective on this dynamic and complex city.

  • Edinburgh Castle

    Edinburgh for first-time visitors

    UK and Ireland specialist Jasmine offers an insider’s guide to the indispensable sights in Edinburgh, including visits to Edinburgh Castle, Arthur’s Seat and the Palace at Holyrood. She also suggests some ways to see a different side of the city.

  • Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye

    Highlights of the Isle of Skye

    Defined by dark stone crags, sheer cliffs and rugged glens, the Isle of Skye is an otherworldly destination for hiking, fishing, and whisky tasting. Scotland specialist Emily suggests some things to see and do while visiting the Scottish isle.

  • Afternoon Tea

    Food highlights of the UK & Ireland

    The cuisine in the UK and Ireland suffers from an unfair reputation. Specialist Jackie talks about her fondest food memories, including a whimsical afternoon tea in London, foraging in the Irish countryside, and a picnic with smoked salmon in Scotland.

  • Gelato, Italy

    20 Festivals in Europe worth visiting

    From small village fairs to sophisticated, city-wide fêtes, Europe boasts a calendar of festivals to satisfy almost any interest. Discover new varieties of gelato in Florence, party all night in Paris and attend a Regency-era ball in Bath.

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