Sights, Bites & Hikes: England & Wales
Picture this: Jaw dropping sights,Mouthwatering bites and hikes that’ll have you high-fiving Mother Nature.This isn’t your grandmas travel pamphlet; its your passport to the coolest spots, the yummiest grub, and trails that make your heart race. Invest in good vibes, insider hacks, and a trip that’s not basic. This Guide can be taken as recommendations, or as a itinerary, you choose !
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About :

The UK is a vibrant kaleidoscope of history, culture and awesomeness that’s begging to be explored.Imagine strolling through cobblestone streets where centuries past echo, sipping tea in charming cafes and finding yourself amidst landscapes that range from lush green hills to dramatic coastlines. Dive into UKs eclectic cities, each with its own unique vibe, from avant garde energy of London to the historical charm of Bath. Brace yourself for a culinary journey that will leave your taste buds doing a happy dance. Fish and chips, scones with clotted cream and a proper Sunday roast—need I say more ?

Plus if your a hiking enthusiast like me the UKs trails are a scenic wonderland waiting to be explored

London
@abbiespeer
We're kicking off the trip in the heart of London. Two days of soaking in the sights, from Big Ben to the Tower Bridge. Hold onto your taste buds because were diving into the food scene - think fish and chips, curry houses, and maybe a cheeky afternoon tea. London calling, and were answering with a mix of exploration and delicious bites. Lets' do this !!!
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Bath
@abbiespeer
Get ready for the next leg of our adventure! From the hustle and bustle of London you can drive 2.5-3 hours behind the wheel or a breezy 1.5-2 by train. We've just got one night here, so let's soak up the historical sights !
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Brecon Beacons
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We're rolling into Powys, Wales, for the next 2 days. About a 2 hour drive from Bath. Our destination? The laid back town of Breceon, nestled right in the heart of nature's playground. If your into hiking (or just enjoy a good stoll with stunning views), Brecon is your spot.
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Where To Stay :

Choosing where to stay in the UK depends on your travel preferences. Opting for a centralized location like London provides easy access to iconic landmarks, diverse neighborhoods, and cultural attractions. On the flip side, embracing the countryside charm offers quaint bed and breakfasts.Providing a peaceful retreat amidst lush landscapes. Accommodation options cater to varied tastes, locations & prices.

London Stays: 

$$$

St.Davids Hotel, Paddington

St. David's Hotels
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Nestled in a ideal spot in Hyde Park, this hotel boasts a perfect location for those prioritizing convenience. Situated within a stone’s throw of Paddington Train Station. Iconic landmarks such as the London Eye or cultural hotspots like Buckingham Palace are a quick 20-30 minute tube ride.
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Ibis London Excel Docklands 

ibis London Excel Docklands
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Located about 45 minutes by tube from iconic landmarks of London, this hotel offers a unique proposition for those seeking the “I’m a local” vibe. Embrace the authenticity of the surrounding neighborhood, where you can explore local cafes, hidden gems and immerse yourself in the daily.
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White House Ferry, Victoria

The White Ferry, Victoria (PUBLOVE)
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For Budget Conscious solo travelers, this hostel hits the sweet spot with its strategic location. Just a short 20 minute walk from major tourist attractions, it not only keeps your wallet happy but also puts you right in the heart of Londons excitement.
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Generator London 

Generator London
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This hostel is your go-to haven if proximity to Kings Cross Station is a priority. With its location that practically hugs the station, you’ll find unparalleled convenince for travel connections.For travelers eager to make new connections this is also a great choice. From lively common areas to organized events, this hostel sets the stage for memorable encounters.
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Bath Stays: 

$$$

Oldfields Bath House

Oldfields House
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Nestled in the heart of charm, this quaint bed and breakfast offers a cozy escape just a short 10 minute walk from the city of Bath. Enjoy a leisurely morning with homemade breakfast before seeing the sights
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Brecon Stays: 

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Bridge Cafe B&B, Brecon 

This B&B has been my absolute favorite ! The owners, the heart and soul of this snug retreat, are genuinely the nicest people you’ll ever meet, ensuring your stay feels like a home away from home.Nestled in a small quiet town surrounded by cute coffee shops and local shops and restaurants.About a 30 minute drive from the Brecon Beacon National Park. Perfect to come back to after a long days hike.

Places To Eat ; London 

Dishoom Covent Garden
@abbiespeer
Authentic Indian dishes, whether your craving their legendary bacon naan rolls for breakfast or their fragrant biryanis for dinner each dish is a culinary masterpiece.
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Bread Street Kitchen & Bar - Battersea
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Owned by renowned chef Gordon Ramsay, expect a menu crafted with precision and flavor. Whether you're a foodie seeking inventive dishes or simply looking for a chic setting to enjoy a meal, bread street kitchen offers it all. (Beef Wellington is a must)
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WatchHouse Seven Dials
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Thoughtfully curated breakfast in a stylish yet relaxed setting. Coffee and chai goes hard.
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Camden Market
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Camden market is a a market full not only full of vast food stalls offering flavors from around the globe but it also offers stalls of alternative fashion, handmadecrafts, and quirky finds. My favorite here is the Indonesian Coconut Curry from Makatcha Indonesian Street Kitchen Stall.
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Borough Market
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Different from Camden this food Market offers stalls of fresh produce, sweet treats and international flavors.Show stoppers here are “The Black Pig”
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Bob Bob Ricard Soho
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A Lavish Art Deco dining experience, mixing British and Russian flavors.
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*Honorable Mentions*

Sunday Roasts are a Traditional British meal typically served on Sundays. It consists of roasted meat accompanied by roast potatoes,Yorkshire pudding, stuffing, vegetables, and gravy. Serving as a time for families and friends to come together sharing a delicious meal. Mostly every pub and restaurant has them on Sundays 

Bath : 

The Elder Restaurant
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This restaurant stands out for its commitment to showcasing the best of seasonal produce, creating a menu that reflects the flavors of the region.Elegant and cozy ambiance sets the stage for a memorable dining experience.
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Raphael Restaurant
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A lovely traditional restaurant fit for a small group of friends or a romantic night out. Fantastic wine list as well.
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Brecon : 

Coffee#1 Brecon
@abbiespeer
This cafe was life changing, i went during the holidays so gingerbread lattes were of season, and to say it was the best latte ive ever had would be a understatement,10/10. They also had a large variety of pastries and cakes
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The Proper Pizza Co Ltd
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Nothing tastes better then a crispy pizza after hiking all day !
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Things to do : London 

Big Ben
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Worlds most famous clock.
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Buckingham Palace
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Buckingham Palace is the administrative headquarters of the Monarch.
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The National Gallery
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The National Gallery, London houses one of the greatest collections of paintings in the world. These pictures belong to the public and entrance to see them is free.
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Covent Garden
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Covent Garden offers a mixed bag of restaurants, shops, hotels and more.
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Chinatown
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Dive into authentic Chinese, Asian, and international cuisines, ranging from traditional dim sum to regional specialties.
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Tower of London
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Explore the Tower's darker history, including tales of famous prisoners like Anne Boleyn.
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Westminster Abbey
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The Abbey has witnessed centuries of royal ceremonies, weddings, and major events. Inside you'll find a treasure of trove of tombs, memorials, and monuments dedicated to significant figures in British history.
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Bath : 

The Roman Baths
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Once the site of one of the great religious spas of the ancient world; the people of Roman Britain came to the site to worship the goddess Sulis Minerva and bathe in the waters of the natural thermal springs
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Bath Abbey
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Bath Abbey was the chosen venue for the coronation of King Edgar – the first king of England. He was crowned on the site way back in 973
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Pulteney Bridge
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One of the most photographed examples of Georgian architecture in the city
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National Trust - Prior Park Landscape Garden
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There is no onsite parking (apart from for disabled drivers) so you have to park on the road at the top of the hill (10 minutes walk).
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Royal Crescent
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The Royal Crescent has become a world-renowned icon. The famous crescent is also one of the reasons why Bath was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status
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Brecon : Hiking

Pen y Fan
@abbiespeer
Experience this 9.2-mile loop trail near Merthyr Tydfil. Generally considered a challenging route, it takes an average of 5 h 21 min to complete. This is a very popular area for camping, hiking, and running, so you'll likely encounter other people while exploring. Many walkers opt to park in the Pont ar Daf car park on the A470 for the gentlest ascent. But our suggestion is more challenging, offering up better views and fewer crowds.
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Four Waterfalls Walk
@abbiespeer
The Brecon Beacons National Park isn’t all about mountain scrambles - it’s also about waterfalls !
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Llyn y Fan Fach
@abbiespeer
This walk takes you through Black Mountain, tracing a high ridge around Llyn y Fan Fach, the highest glacial lake in the Brecon Beacons, and includes an ascent up its highest peak, Fan Brycheiniog (802m). This area of the park sees far fewer tourists, and offers up a dramatic landscape of glacially formed valleys, ridges and lakes. The start and end point of the hike is the Llyn y Fan Fach Car park.
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*Honorable Mentions* 

If visiting the UK during Christmas time, going to the Christmas markets are a must ! Usually in every big city. The markets showcase an array of artisanal crafts, handmade gifts, festive treats, and live entertainment. A joyful experience for all ages.

Apps To Make Life Easier :

 

✨ OMIO

Omio is a global search engine for all major forms of transport. It compares and combines air, bus, rail and ferry journeys for routes both big and small. For available routes, mobile tickets can be booked directly through the Omio app. To purchase a mobile ticket, you must be registered and logged in to your Omio user account when making the booking. 

✨ALL TRAILS

It's an excellent way to find new hikes, get important info and navigate trails, and keep track of ones that you've already completed. With Offline Maps you can download maps ahead of time so you always know where you are, even without cell service. Wrong-Turn Alerts also allow you to spend less time looking at the map and more time taking in the views.

✨MOOVIT

Moovit provides riders with a one-stop-shop journey experience to help them get from point A to B in the easiest and most efficient way. Whether it's the Bus or the Tube, get times, maps, live navigation, and real-time arrival information with ease so you can plan your trip with confidence.

Cheers to the memories and adventures you'll make on your trip across the pond !!! ✈️🇬🇧

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Sights, Bites & Hikes: England & Wales
Picture this: Jaw dropping sights,Mouthwatering bites and hikes that’ll have you high-fiving Mother Nature.This isn’t your grandmas travel pamphlet; its your passport to the coolest spots, the yummiest grub, and trails that make your heart race. Invest in good vibes, insider hacks, and a trip that’s not basic. This Guide can be taken as recommendations, or as a itinerary, you choose !
33 Places • ago
Free

About :

The UK is a vibrant kaleidoscope of history, culture and awesomeness that’s begging to be explored.Imagine strolling through cobblestone streets where centuries past echo, sipping tea in charming cafes and finding yourself amidst landscapes that range from lush green hills to dramatic coastlines. Dive into UKs eclectic cities, each with its own unique vibe, from avant garde energy of London to the historical charm of Bath. Brace yourself for a culinary journey that will leave your taste buds doing a happy dance. Fish and chips, scones with clotted cream and a proper Sunday roast—need I say more ?

Plus if your a hiking enthusiast like me the UKs trails are a scenic wonderland waiting to be explored

London
@abbiespeer
We're kicking off the trip in the heart of London. Two days of soaking in the sights, from Big Ben to the Tower Bridge. Hold onto your taste buds because were diving into the food scene - think fish and chips, curry houses, and maybe a cheeky afternoon tea. London calling, and were answering with a mix of exploration and delicious bites. Lets' do this !!!
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Bath
@abbiespeer
Get ready for the next leg of our adventure! From the hustle and bustle of London you can drive 2.5-3 hours behind the wheel or a breezy 1.5-2 by train. We've just got one night here, so let's soak up the historical sights !
Add to
Details
Brecon Beacons
@abbiespeer
We're rolling into Powys, Wales, for the next 2 days. About a 2 hour drive from Bath. Our destination? The laid back town of Breceon, nestled right in the heart of nature's playground. If your into hiking (or just enjoy a good stoll with stunning views), Brecon is your spot.
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Where To Stay :

Choosing where to stay in the UK depends on your travel preferences. Opting for a centralized location like London provides easy access to iconic landmarks, diverse neighborhoods, and cultural attractions. On the flip side, embracing the countryside charm offers quaint bed and breakfasts.Providing a peaceful retreat amidst lush landscapes. Accommodation options cater to varied tastes, locations & prices.

London Stays: 

$$$

St.Davids Hotel, Paddington

St. David's Hotels
@abbiespeer
Nestled in a ideal spot in Hyde Park, this hotel boasts a perfect location for those prioritizing convenience. Situated within a stone’s throw of Paddington Train Station. Iconic landmarks such as the London Eye or cultural hotspots like Buckingham Palace are a quick 20-30 minute tube ride.
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$$$

Ibis London Excel Docklands 

ibis London Excel Docklands
@abbiespeer
Located about 45 minutes by tube from iconic landmarks of London, this hotel offers a unique proposition for those seeking the “I’m a local” vibe. Embrace the authenticity of the surrounding neighborhood, where you can explore local cafes, hidden gems and immerse yourself in the daily.
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$$

White House Ferry, Victoria

The White Ferry, Victoria (PUBLOVE)
@abbiespeer
For Budget Conscious solo travelers, this hostel hits the sweet spot with its strategic location. Just a short 20 minute walk from major tourist attractions, it not only keeps your wallet happy but also puts you right in the heart of Londons excitement.
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$$

Generator London 

Generator London
@abbiespeer
This hostel is your go-to haven if proximity to Kings Cross Station is a priority. With its location that practically hugs the station, you’ll find unparalleled convenince for travel connections.For travelers eager to make new connections this is also a great choice. From lively common areas to organized events, this hostel sets the stage for memorable encounters.
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Bath Stays: 

$$$

Oldfields Bath House

Oldfields House
@abbiespeer
Nestled in the heart of charm, this quaint bed and breakfast offers a cozy escape just a short 10 minute walk from the city of Bath. Enjoy a leisurely morning with homemade breakfast before seeing the sights
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Brecon Stays: 

$$$

Bridge Cafe B&B, Brecon 

This B&B has been my absolute favorite ! The owners, the heart and soul of this snug retreat, are genuinely the nicest people you’ll ever meet, ensuring your stay feels like a home away from home.Nestled in a small quiet town surrounded by cute coffee shops and local shops and restaurants.About a 30 minute drive from the Brecon Beacon National Park. Perfect to come back to after a long days hike.

Places To Eat ; London 

Dishoom Covent Garden
@abbiespeer
Authentic Indian dishes, whether your craving their legendary bacon naan rolls for breakfast or their fragrant biryanis for dinner each dish is a culinary masterpiece.
Add to
Details

Bread Street Kitchen & Bar - Battersea
@abbiespeer
Owned by renowned chef Gordon Ramsay, expect a menu crafted with precision and flavor. Whether you're a foodie seeking inventive dishes or simply looking for a chic setting to enjoy a meal, bread street kitchen offers it all. (Beef Wellington is a must)
Add to
Details

WatchHouse Seven Dials
@abbiespeer
Thoughtfully curated breakfast in a stylish yet relaxed setting. Coffee and chai goes hard.
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Details

Camden Market
@abbiespeer
Camden market is a a market full not only full of vast food stalls offering flavors from around the globe but it also offers stalls of alternative fashion, handmadecrafts, and quirky finds. My favorite here is the Indonesian Coconut Curry from Makatcha Indonesian Street Kitchen Stall.
Add to
Details

Borough Market
@abbiespeer
Different from Camden this food Market offers stalls of fresh produce, sweet treats and international flavors.Show stoppers here are “The Black Pig”
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Details

Bob Bob Ricard Soho
@abbiespeer
A Lavish Art Deco dining experience, mixing British and Russian flavors.
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Details

*Honorable Mentions*

Sunday Roasts are a Traditional British meal typically served on Sundays. It consists of roasted meat accompanied by roast potatoes,Yorkshire pudding, stuffing, vegetables, and gravy. Serving as a time for families and friends to come together sharing a delicious meal. Mostly every pub and restaurant has them on Sundays 

Bath : 

The Elder Restaurant
@abbiespeer
This restaurant stands out for its commitment to showcasing the best of seasonal produce, creating a menu that reflects the flavors of the region.Elegant and cozy ambiance sets the stage for a memorable dining experience.
Add to
Details
Raphael Restaurant
@abbiespeer
A lovely traditional restaurant fit for a small group of friends or a romantic night out. Fantastic wine list as well.
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Details

Brecon : 

Coffee#1 Brecon
@abbiespeer
This cafe was life changing, i went during the holidays so gingerbread lattes were of season, and to say it was the best latte ive ever had would be a understatement,10/10. They also had a large variety of pastries and cakes
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The Proper Pizza Co Ltd
@abbiespeer
Nothing tastes better then a crispy pizza after hiking all day !
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Things to do : London 

Big Ben
@abbiespeer
Worlds most famous clock.
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Buckingham Palace
@abbiespeer
Buckingham Palace is the administrative headquarters of the Monarch.
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The National Gallery
@abbiespeer
The National Gallery, London houses one of the greatest collections of paintings in the world. These pictures belong to the public and entrance to see them is free.
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Details

Covent Garden
@abbiespeer
Covent Garden offers a mixed bag of restaurants, shops, hotels and more.
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Details

Chinatown
@abbiespeer
Dive into authentic Chinese, Asian, and international cuisines, ranging from traditional dim sum to regional specialties.
Add to
Details

Tower of London
@abbiespeer
Explore the Tower's darker history, including tales of famous prisoners like Anne Boleyn.
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Details

Westminster Abbey
@abbiespeer
The Abbey has witnessed centuries of royal ceremonies, weddings, and major events. Inside you'll find a treasure of trove of tombs, memorials, and monuments dedicated to significant figures in British history.
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Details

Bath : 

The Roman Baths
@abbiespeer
Once the site of one of the great religious spas of the ancient world; the people of Roman Britain came to the site to worship the goddess Sulis Minerva and bathe in the waters of the natural thermal springs
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Bath Abbey
@abbiespeer
Bath Abbey was the chosen venue for the coronation of King Edgar – the first king of England. He was crowned on the site way back in 973
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Details

Pulteney Bridge
@abbiespeer
One of the most photographed examples of Georgian architecture in the city
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National Trust - Prior Park Landscape Garden
@abbiespeer
There is no onsite parking (apart from for disabled drivers) so you have to park on the road at the top of the hill (10 minutes walk).
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Royal Crescent
@abbiespeer
The Royal Crescent has become a world-renowned icon. The famous crescent is also one of the reasons why Bath was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status
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Details

Brecon : Hiking

Pen y Fan
@abbiespeer
Experience this 9.2-mile loop trail near Merthyr Tydfil. Generally considered a challenging route, it takes an average of 5 h 21 min to complete. This is a very popular area for camping, hiking, and running, so you'll likely encounter other people while exploring. Many walkers opt to park in the Pont ar Daf car park on the A470 for the gentlest ascent. But our suggestion is more challenging, offering up better views and fewer crowds.
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Details
Four Waterfalls Walk
@abbiespeer
The Brecon Beacons National Park isn’t all about mountain scrambles - it’s also about waterfalls !
Add to
Details
Llyn y Fan Fach
@abbiespeer
This walk takes you through Black Mountain, tracing a high ridge around Llyn y Fan Fach, the highest glacial lake in the Brecon Beacons, and includes an ascent up its highest peak, Fan Brycheiniog (802m). This area of the park sees far fewer tourists, and offers up a dramatic landscape of glacially formed valleys, ridges and lakes. The start and end point of the hike is the Llyn y Fan Fach Car park.
Add to
Details

*Honorable Mentions* 

If visiting the UK during Christmas time, going to the Christmas markets are a must ! Usually in every big city. The markets showcase an array of artisanal crafts, handmade gifts, festive treats, and live entertainment. A joyful experience for all ages.

Apps To Make Life Easier :

 

✨ OMIO

Omio is a global search engine for all major forms of transport. It compares and combines air, bus, rail and ferry journeys for routes both big and small. For available routes, mobile tickets can be booked directly through the Omio app. To purchase a mobile ticket, you must be registered and logged in to your Omio user account when making the booking. 

✨ALL TRAILS

It's an excellent way to find new hikes, get important info and navigate trails, and keep track of ones that you've already completed. With Offline Maps you can download maps ahead of time so you always know where you are, even without cell service. Wrong-Turn Alerts also allow you to spend less time looking at the map and more time taking in the views.

✨MOOVIT

Moovit provides riders with a one-stop-shop journey experience to help them get from point A to B in the easiest and most efficient way. Whether it's the Bus or the Tube, get times, maps, live navigation, and real-time arrival information with ease so you can plan your trip with confidence.

Cheers to the memories and adventures you'll make on your trip across the pond !!! ✈️🇬🇧

.

* * *
CURATED BY
Hi there ! I’m Abbie, a hairstylist by day Traveler by night and a a few months out of the year ! My love for travel has led me to share my travel tips & itineraries for those who are love food, hikes and history ! 🌎🥾✈️
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