16 must-do things in Britain
Fortunately placed in the centre of Britain, Loughborough has fantastic travel links around the country which is great for getting around and seeing what we have to offer. We’ve compiled a list of things you should definitely try out before your degree in the UK is over!
- Eat an ice cream by the seaside
Seaside trips are a huge part of British tourism and holiday culture. Every promenade and seaside town in Britain will have some sort of ice cream, be it a van or a shop. No matter the weather, we love an ice cream by the sea!
- Spend a day exploring at the Eden project
The Eden Project is the “largest indoor rainforest in the world”. Named after the Garden of Eden, the project aims to educate the public on the importance of nature and about the different biomes of the world. It’s a great tourist attraction in beautiful Cornwall, and is sure to be worth the trip down.
- Take a walk or a hike around one of the UK’s fifteen National Parks
The UK has fifteen National Parks, huge expanses of beautiful protected nature reserves where you can roam freely and enjoy the great outdoors. The closest park to Loughborough University is the Peak District! For more information on National Parks, take a look at their site.
- Visit a castle and take a trip back in time
Britain is littered with castles, dating back hundreds of years, and they’re great places to learn about the ancient history of the country. Interesting examples include Warwick, Durham and Edinburgh (pictured above). See more here!
- Spend a day in the sun at a British theme park
The UK has several theme parks that are close enough for a great day out in the summer! The closest park to Loughborough is Drayton Manor or Alton Towers, but there are plenty of other parks within reach!
- See Edinburgh city from the top of Arthur’s Seat
Arthur’s Seat is the mountain that overlooks Edinburgh city in Scotland, providing a fantastic view of the city and a lovely walk no matter the weather. There are several routes up, ranging in difficulty, and plenty to do in Edinburgh once you get down!
- Attend an international sporting event
Loughborough University, as you will know, has huge sporting prowess. Get in the spirit of things and head out to see an international sporting event in Britain! A great example is the Loughborough International Athletics meet.
- Tackle the Three Peaks challenge
The three peaks include the three highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales (Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, Snowdon). Take on one at a leisurely pace for an enjoyable and memorable day, or smash all three in the famous 24 hour challenge!
- Get the tourist experience in London
Embrace the stereotype for the day – get that camera out, jump on that open top bus and see the sights of London! The most popular attractions include Big Ben, Buckingham Palace (with a photo next to a guard, of course!), the London eye and Madame Tussauds. Why not stop by the Loughborough London campus too?
- Learn the history of the British Isles in a museum
There are plenty of museums across the UK, ranging from little local museums in towns to the huge National History Museum; from our modern history to our ancient history, there is sure to be something that interests you!
- Spend a day on Henman Hill at Wimbledon
As one of the most prestigious sporting tournaments in the world, Wimbledon holds its place firmly as a staple of British sporting heritage. Guaranteed to be a great day out for both tennis super fans and casual spectators alike!
- Rock out at a British music festival
- Travel around Europe
Make the most of having great access to travelling around Europe – the UK is right next door to Ireland, France, Germany and more. Loughborough University has great transport links to East Midlands Airport, as well as Birmingham / London airports for trips further afield.
- Take a pack-up lunch and have a picnic in a park
A classic British summertime activity: pack up a few sandwiches, grab a bottle of lemonade and head to a park for a relaxing lunch.
- Watch a Shakespearean play at the RSC Theatre in Stratford
Watching a play at the Royal Shakespeare Company theatre in the beautiful surroundings of Stratford-Upon-Avon should be on every tourist’s to-do list!
- Let your hair down at a sports festival
Fancy trying one of these out yourself? Let us know in the comments below!