Where to go in United Kingdom

From Buckingham Palace to Edinburgh Castle, Giant's Causeway to Mount Snowdon, the United Kingdom is a place where the past comes to life. If you're visiting home, you feel your heart swell and a connection to land that's so strong you wonder why you left for Australia! For first-time visitors, that feeling is not far off – there's a reason why people come back time and time again.

England

In England, the capital London requires you to get on a red bus and tour the many sights, from the art-full Tate to the Tower of London. A short train ride west and there's the Queen's residence, Windsor Castle. Further still, you’ll find the Neolithic standing stone circle Stonehenge, and down south the craggy coves and scenic coastline around Devon and Cornwall. 

For spectacular scenery and bountiful villages, the Cotswolds, Lake District and Yorkshire Dales will see you in a bucolic wonderland. Further north, visit Liverpool, the home of The Beatles and, in the northeast, Durham with its striking cathedral and castle.

Scotland

As you cross into Scotland, Hadrian's Wall awaits, and you'd do well to take a whisky or literary tour of the country through the mountainous Highlands, past the country's tallest peak Ben Nevis, and on to one of many islands such as Islay, Orkney, Skye or Jura. There are lochs galore from Loch Lomond to Loch Ness – places you can sail, swim and spot monsters.

A visit to the capital Edinburgh will see you wandering the medieval Old Town and cobbled closes that lead to underground vaults and wynds (lanes). From the vantage point of Arthur's Seat in Holyrood Park, it's a skyline like no other. Rival Glasgow steals the music scene and is top for art with the Glasgow School of Art, Burrell Collection and Kelvingrove Gallery.

Northern Ireland

Across the Irish Sea, Northern Ireland boasts Belfast, a capital city with a troubled past but a bright future – learn about it at the Ulster Museum. A visit to the Titanic Museum is also a must – as is a pint at the Crown Liquor Saloon. The Causeway Coastal Route takes you past Giant's Causeway, the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and Dunluce Castle. The world's oldest whisky distillery is near here at Bushmills.

Wales

Back on the mainland in Wales, the capital Cardiff may have an impressive castle, but nearby Caerfilly Castle, and in the north, Caernarfon and Conwy castles are just as good. A walk along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path through St Davids, the smallest city in the UK, past St Govan's Chapel and onto walled seaside town Tenby is a great way to see breathtaking southern coastal scenery. Up north, Snowdonia National Park has scenery of a different kind, with walks by lakes and hikes up craggy peaks.

United Kingdom tips and travel advice

Stay healthy on your trip to the United Kingdom so you don’t miss out on any of the history. Remember to take out travel insurance so you are covered for mishaps. Here are a few tips for your trip:

Best times to visit

Summer runs from June to August and is a great time to visit – the weather might say it's going to be the hottest summer in years (read: 28 degrees), but this might only last a day or two and drop back to the teens. Festivals run into September and the weather can be pleasant then too. Hogmanay is a fabulous experience in Edinburgh, so head there to bring in the New Year.

It can rain a lot and get bitterly cold

Make sure you pack layers of clothes and take a waterproof jacket with you. Umbrellas are useful, but not if you're in the Scottish Highlands. Wrap up!

Buy a rail pass

If you plan to travel around, you can save by buying a rail pass that gives you unlimited train travel in Scotland, England and Wales, plus Northern Ireland and Ireland.

Navigating the Tube

Get an Oyster card to tap in and out, and download a decent app to help you navigate the London Underground. Remember, sometimes it's quicker to walk – so check your map! Glasgow has a subway too, but you're unlikely to get lost, as it's just a wee loop around the city.

Paying in pounds

The UK uses pounds, not euros. Be aware that in Scotland and Northern Ireland they have their own banks and bank notes, and these aren't easily exchangeable on the continent!

United Kingdom travel risks and warnings

Before you head off, check the government's Smart Traveller website for current travel warnings for the United Kingdom. If you're just travelling you're welcome to be in the UK for six months. If you plan to work, or stay longer, sort your visa out before you go.

Choose CGU travel insurance for your trip to the United Kingdom

It's important to get travel insurance that has you covered for your holiday in the UK.

If an emergency happens when you're there you can contact us at anytime on our hotline +61 2 8895 0698. You can even reverse the charges.

If something happens that's not an emergency, for example your bag of souvenirs are stolen, give us a call when you get home on 13 24 80, at any time. We'll set you up with your own claims specialist who'll support you throughout your claim.

It's good to have travel insurance just in case anything happens, so budget for it in your holiday planning. 

Choose CGU travel insurance for your trip to the United Kingdom

It's important to get travel insurance that has you covered for your holiday in the UK.

If an emergency happens when you're there you can contact us at anytime on our hotline +61 2 8895 0698. You can even reverse the charges.

If something happens that's not an emergency, for example your bag of souvenirs are stolen, give us a call when you get home on 13 24 80, at any time. We'll set you up with your own claims specialist who'll support you throughout your claim.

It's good to have travel insurance just in case anything happens, so budget for it in your holiday planning.