September 3rd, 2014

Coach tours in Britain

by Don

Britain’s diversity and size make it a suitable destination to explore by coach travel and tours. Visitors can choose to take in the full range of sites and attractions, or focus on smaller sections of the beautiful and historic island.

Wales

Coach travel is a great was to explore the beauty of Wales. Cardiff and Swansea Bay offer a great mix of shopping, sightseeing and unique attractions. The coffee shops of the Cardiff Bay re-development are a wonderful place to relax, while the city of Cardiff plays host to a range of major international sporting events. Cardiff is a particularly good place for Christmas shopping and getting into the festive mood. Chepstow and the historic Wye Valley are also worth a visit, particularly by those who love horse racing. Trips from London and the South of England can also take in the Forest of Dean and the historic city of Bath.

Trips to North Wales and Snowdonia, which can incorporate the historic city of Chester, focus on beautiful countryside, outdoor activities and small sea-side towns. Hiking, mountain biking, and rafting are just some of the popular activities available within Snowdonia National Park, while the calm waters of the Irish Sea are ideal for swimming and other water sports. Llandudno, set in the shadow of towering Snowdonia, is one of the most beautiful seaside towns in the whole of the UK. More information on sites and attractions in Wales can be found on the Visit Wales website http://www.visitwales.com/

London, Oxford and Cambridge

The southern cities of London, Oxford and Cambridge make a wonderful weekend getaway and bus tour. London’s iconic sites, extensive shopping, cultural events and nightlife make it an ideal destination for individuals of all ages, while the historic Oxbridge cities are wonderful for walking tours and relaxing over afternoon tea. Oxford, the oldest university city in the UK, is situated just 50 miles from London and is dominated by medieval colleges and churches of Gothic architecture, set amid the rolling Oxfordshire countryside. Cambridge, Oxford’s great and long-time rival, is similarly dominated by the historic buildings of its world renowned universities, and boasts a vibrant atmosphere. Among the sites in London not to be missed are Buckingham Palace and the surrounding parks and gardens; Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament; Trafalgar Square and St Paul’s Cathedral. Shoppers should not miss Oxford Street, Westfield Shopping Centre by the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, and the many unique markets across the city.

Scotland

Coach trips are also a great way to explore thelochs and glens of Scotland. Sample the Glasgow nightlife; walk the historic, winding streets of Edinburgh; search for the legendary Loch Ness Monster; climb Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles; visit the home of golf, and sample the world-class golf courses of St. Andrews; fish, hunt and hike to your heart’s content; and relax in the evenings with haggis and tatties, washed down with some fine Scotch whiskey. More information can be found on the website of the Scottish tourist board, Visit Scotland or go here to find a selection of coach tours.

Britain is a historic, beautiful, and diverse country. Coach tours are a great way to explore this island, and memorable journeys, that don’t cost a fortune, can be had all year round.

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