Gap Years and Backpacking in the UK

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The UK is a massive gap year destination for Aussies, Kiwis and South Africans, as well as Europeans making the short hop across the channel. So what can you do in the UK?

For a small island nation the UK is pretty diverse. Each country that makes up Britain - England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland - has its own individual identity and culture to explore. History and heritage is generally the biggest draw for tourists. Britain has loads of ancient castles and cathedrals to discover, as well as the world’s most recognisable royal family. Although it divides opinion domestically, pomp and pageantry is something the UK does very, very well.

But there are so many things for backpackers and travellers to see and do in Britain: exploring all that London has to offer; experiencing Wales’ mountains and valleys; enjoying Scotland’s vast Lochs; drinking tea and eating fish and chips; walking through the ancient streets of York; surfing with the locals in Cornwall; enjoying the underground music scene in Manchester.

Map of United Kingdom

UK Fact!

The world's first modern Olympic Games were not held in Athens in 1896, but in the small town of Much Wenlock (Shropshire) in 1850, which inspired French Baron Pierre Coubertin to launch the Athens Olympics half a century later.