Gap Years and Backpacking in the UK

Countries  »  United Kingdom

The Top Sites of the UK
Explore all of the top sites in the UK
Short Gaps in the UK
Quick trips for gappers short on time
Getting Around
What's the best way of getting around the UK?
What's the Weather Like?
Find out the best time of year to visit the UK
Want to Talk about the UK?
Jump on the message boards and get chatting to your fellow gappers!
Travel in the United Kingdom

Gap Years in the UK

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.

Backpacking in the UK

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.

Short Gaps

Short Gaps

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Career Development

Career Development

European Jobs

European Jobs

Advice

As a major gap year destination the UK plays host to thousands of gappers from all over the world. To help you all to make the most of your time in the UK we've put together selection of things to do, places to go, festivals to attend and even travel advice for exploring the rest of this great continent.

Advice for the UK

5 Things to Do in Sunny London

5 Things to Do in Sunny London

A Backpacker's Guide to Glasgow

A Backpacker's Guide to Glasgow

25 Best UK Music Festivals

25 Best UK Music Festivals

Journey Times from London

Journey Times from London

View all our UK advice

 

 


Map of United Kingdom

Idea of the Month


Australia via Vietnam

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.