If you’ve ever thought of going to Europe for a vacation now’s the time. What are you waiting for? With so much to see and doing, great transportation it’s no wonder why Europe is a popular travel destination today. I’ve been doing so much research now I think I’d like to go someday too! My ancestors on my dad’s side are Scottish so I guess it makes perfect sense. We’ll share with you some perfect sightseeing spots you won’t want to miss in England and Scotland.
Here is our top 5 for Scotland
This castle sit on top of a steep slope but has the most dynamic views of Edinburgh. Filled with rich history & architecture so be sure to give yourself plenty of time to visit every nook and cranny. There are many attractions to see behind the castle walls.
Located in the highland of Scotland this castle sits on the shores of Loch Ness. We’ve all heard of the “Loch Ness Monster” in our day. This was once the largest castle with many battles and power struggles. Check out the “stone throwing” working trebuchet and peek inside the prison walls.
A grand palace indeed filled with state apartments and royal collections. Be sure to visit the Great Gallery for portraits of past Kings of Scotland. Mary Queen of Scots had an apartment here which will take you 25 steep steps to get there.
This castle was once a military base and the home of Mary Queen of Scots. Many famous battles took place here such as “Stirling Bridge” and “Bannockburn”. History of this castle dates back to 1107 with an addition of the Northgate tower built in 1381.
Who wouldn’t love breathtaking views, wildlife and waterfalls? This is Britain’s largest inland waters Loch Lomond. You can explore by car, foot, or bike. Mountains surround the loch. Spend a day in the National Park enjoying nature.
Come visit Scotland and get lost inside the history, castles, and beautiful landscape. The currency here is Pound Stirling (GBP). The capital of Scotland is Edinburgh, but the largest city is actually Glasgow. If you like whisky definitely this is your country be sure not to miss out on a tour. There is something for everyone here including operas and theatre performances.
Here’s our top 7 for London
Built in 1605 this is now the home of Kate & William formally the “Duke & Duchess of Cambridge”. This large property has over 30 acres of lush gardens. The residence once was the home of queen Victoria in the 1820’s. Who wouldn’t want to live here?
Tower of London
This is where the Crown Jewels are on display. The building once was a prison, a treasury, and an armory. Many exotic animals were given to the King & Queen which were kept in the Brick Tower.
West Minister Abbey
This famous church is a UNESCO Heritage site. Kate & William had their wedding here in 2011. 450 tombs and monuments are said to be here in the Abbey.
This famous bridge has been a landmark since 1894 and was once the only passing over the River Thames. The bridge took 8 years to build. I remember playing a game as a kid “London Bridge is Falling Down”. Well it’s not, it’s located in London for real.
This castle was built in the 11th Century. It’s the oldest castle in the world occupied by the Queen herself. Furnished with many antiques of royal history. Don’t forget to see the changing of the guards at 11:00 which lasts about 30 minutes.
Churchill War Room
This is the first London museum & headquarters of Sir Winston Churchill. Make sure to visit the cabinet war rooms to see the historic maps and telephone room which were a part in plotting for the 2nd World War.
Royal Albert Hall
No trip to London isn’t complete without a visit to the Royal Albert Hall. It first opened in 1871. The hall has had over 150,000 performances in its time. Pretty impressive place to perform I’d say!
Come visit England via rail, flight or by cruise ship. England is a great family vacation with plenty of things to do and see for everyone. I think I’m hooked on castles! I can just imagine living back in these times behind the castle walls what it must have been like to be King or Queen. The textiles and crown jewels sure do look ravishing.
We sure hope we’ve inspired you to travel to Europe. While these are only two countries we’ve barely touch on and a few must see and do’s we hope you’ll share your experiences of Europe with us in the comments below.
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