If you consider yourself something of a history buff, you might turn your nose up at the thought of spending a weekend in the UK. However, you don’t have to travel to the likes of Athens or Rome to experience a little culture and history.
The UK is home to some historical gems, including Edinburgh, York and Oxford; explore these cities on one of many Superbreak cheap weekend breaks and see just what you can learn about British heritage.
Before we start on the wonders of the Scottish capital, let’s get one thing straight; you don’t visit for the weather. The most obvious attraction is Edinburgh Castle, which looms atop the volcanic Castle Rock. Whether you pay the admission fee and explore the castle or simply hang around at 1pm to watch the cannon firing, it’s a spectacle not to be missed.
The history doesn’t end with the castle, you can delve deeper at the National Museum of Scotland, where you’ll come across everything from the oldest fossil reptile to Dolly the sheep. If museums aren’t really your thing, Mary King’s Close might be more up your street. This underground city, frozen in the 17th century, is hidden below the Royal Mile.
There are very few cities in the world that can better York’s character and history, let alone in the UK. Walk two miles along some of the best preserved ancient walls that house this 2,000 year old city and you’ll be able to see the sights including the Gothic Cathedral, its most iconic landmark.
To find out more about York and its exciting history, get a quick overview at the Yorkshire Museum and Gardens. You might remember one of the biggest archaeological discoveries in York around 30 years ago and you can see what was excavated at the Jorvik Viking Centre.
These days Oxford might be better known for its modern day education and learning facilities but history still has a major role in this city. Your first point of call should be Christ Church College, where the porters still wear bowler hats and Lewis Carroll was once a mathematics professor.
Next up is the Pitt Rivers Museum which also forms part of the university. It’s packed with all sorts of anthropological delights, including shrunken heads and mummies.
For a final flourish, take a trip to the 1,000 year old castle which was still operating until 1996. It has since reopened as a museum and hotel so join the guided tour to discover its incredible history.