The UK makes for a great multi-sport destination, as a result of their high level of opposition and great sporting facilities. At a relatively reasonable price, the UK offers a great deal.
Travel here is a breeze. Granted, it may not be totally effortless, however easier compared with many parts of the world. Public transport is very good, and a train ride through the English landscapes can be a highlight in itself, but whichever way you get around, in this compact country you’re never far from the next town. The United Kingdom, made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, is an island nation in north-western Europe. England is the birthplace of Shakespeare; and The Beatles – is home to the capital, London, a globally influential centre of finance and culture. England is also the site of Neolithic Stonehenge, Bath’s Roman spa and centuries-old universities at Oxford and,Cambridge. From rugby to soccer and cricket, you can expect a high level of competition out of the UK.
To apply for a standard visit visa to the UK, you need to:
Fill in the application form online and answer in English, pay for the visa fee online, print out your form, book and attend an appointment at a visa application centre near you, with your original documents and certified copies of those documents. Apply 2 months in advance of your travel date.
Attending your appointment: Remember to bring along your passport and a certified copy of your passport, the original and a photocopy of all the supporting documents you require for your visa, certified translations of any supporting documents that are not in English or Welsh.
Visa Cost: £93
Compulsory Vaccinations Required: No.
Please note: Visa and vaccination information is correct at time of publish and are subject to change
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
Winter sports: Between October and early April
Summer sport: Between early May and mid-July. Schools break up for summer holidays from mid-July until the end of September; however clubs would be available for fixtures during this period.
Cultural: June – September when its warm
AREAS TO VISIT AND THEIR MAIN ATTRACTIONS
A lifetime wouldn’t be long enough to take in everything London has to offer, with the city’s must-see attractions spanning Medieval castles, music venues and museums.
One of the most recognisable sights of London, St Paul’s Cathedral has been a feature of the city’s skyline for more than 300 years. Designed in the English Baroque style by Sir Christopher Wren, St Paul’s is the highest point of the City of London, the second-largest church building in the UK (after Liverpool Cathedral) and a Grade I-listed building.
It’s no wonder that the London Eye is the UK’s most popular paid tourist attraction – it’s the perfect place to get a bird’s-eye view of the city’s contemporary architecture, including The Shard and the Walkie Talkie. It was the world’s tallest Ferris wheel when it opened in 2000, but the giant structure was eventually surpassed by China’s 160-metre-high (524 feet) Star of Nanchang in 2006.
The global museum chain for life-size replicas of celebrities and historical icons, London’s Madame Tussauds waxwork museum is one of the most popular on the planet – possibly because of the quick rate it gets new celebs up and posing. You can pose with the Queen, meet Meghan Markle or take a selfie with Benedict Cumberbatch.
The Medieval Tower of London was built by William the Conqueror in 1078 and for nearly 1,000 years has played a pivotal role in the British monarchy. Once a palace, it was used as a prison for a couple of centuries (Elizabeth I even did a stint here before she became queen). It’s also been the Royal Mint, but today it is the home of the Crown Jewels.
Today, Tower Bridge is a cherished symbol of London that is recognised all over the world, but the initial reception of the bridge was negative. Constructed between 1886 and 1894, Tower Bridge was built to ease congestion on the roads, while the bascules ensured that ships could still access London’s docks farther upriver. Red, white and blue paint were added to the bridge for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee celebrations in 1977, but during the 2010 restoration of the bridge, only blue and white paint were used.
Oxford Street is London’s long-standing home of retail, mixing high-street stores with designer boutiques on the fringes of trendy Soho and upscale Marylebone. You’ll find British department stores like Liberty and Selfridges, as well as legendary toy store Hamleys on nearby Regent Street.
Buckingham Palace has served as the royal family’s living and working quarters since the reign of Queen Victoria, who moved the royal court here upon her accession in 1837. The building’s origins are relatively modest: the original Buckingham House was constructed by the Duke of Buckingham in 1703 on privately owned property and was later transferred to the crown during the reign of George III to become Queen Charlotte’s private residence. Today, the palace is actually owned by the British state and has become a tourist hotspot and a quintessential symbol of Britain, with key attractions such as the Changing of the Guard.
From the glorious architecture to its fascinating history, Oxford is jam-packed with fantastic things to see and do.
The main research library of the University of Oxford, the Bodleian is one of the oldest libraries in Europe, and without a doubt one of the most beautiful. Sat proudly in Radcliffe Square, it’s one of the city’s most iconic landmarks.
Step back in time with a unique guided tour around Oxford’s historic castle. Costumed characters reveal the interesting history behind the building, plus you have the chance to climb the Saxon St George’s Tower for a stunning 360-degree panoramic view of the city, as well as explore the ancient crypt and prison.
Opened to the public in 1774, the Covered Market has been a hub of Oxford life ever since. Inside this striking building, you’ll find a fantastic mix of permanent stalls and shops selling all kinds of things. From fresh fruit and veg to jewellery, it’s all here. Take a wander around and soak up the lively atmosphere of this world-famous market.
Officially named Hertford Bridge, but more commonly referred to as the Bridge of Sighs, this decorative skyway joins two parts of Hertford College, over New College Lane. It picked up its nickname due to the supposed similarity to the famous Bridge of Sighs in Venice, and is now a much-loved Oxford landmark and the site of many a selfie.
The architecture of its 38 colleges in the city’s medieval centre.
Penarth is a seaside town outside Cardiff’s centre. It’s the perfect place to go for a cup of tea, a walk along the pebbled beach finished by fish and chips on the pier.
Castell Coch or Red Castle, is a beautiful gothic relic found in lush woodland. You can get to it by cycling along the River Taff from the centre of the city, out into the countryside. There are plenty of activities going on inside too, making it great for taking the kids.
A honeycomb room inside Cardiff Castle you’ll find the magical Arab Room which has a fascinating history and a ceiling that looks like honeycomb. How many cities have a castle in the centre? Go for a tour, hang out in the stocks, admire the moat and find out about its secrets and ghosts… An iconic sight in Cardiff: count the animals lining Cardiff Castle and get your picture taken with them.
There’s nothing like the atmosphere of a rugby match when Wales are playing on at the Millennium Stadium. Rugby is a way of life here, something the Welsh are truly passionate about.
Set in the rolling countryside of southwest England, known for its natural hot springs and 18th-century Georgian architecture. Honey-coloured Bath stone has been used extensively in the town’s architecture, including at Bath Abbey, noted for its fan-vaulting, tower and large stained-glass windows. The real reason for your visit to this city and one of the finest historical experiences in Europe – the beautiful Roman baths. These glorious ruins transport you back down the centuries, and paired with excellent museum displays, the baths make for a wondrous experience with plenty to learn. A magical day out.
The gloriously gothic turrets of Bath Abbey are very much essential to your visit. The Grade-One listed building and former Benedictine monastery is home to important war memorials and some spectacular stained glass. With space for 1,200 worshippers, the cathedral is regularly host to ceremonies, lectures and concerts. Head inside to marvel at the swirling ceiling design in pin-drop silence, worlds away from the city’s chatter outside.
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Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland, and a vibrant city full of culture, history, and beautiful landscapes. Edinburgh has been an important city for centuries, with a focus on education and art. Today, it is home to 500,000 people. Edinburgh Castle is a key component of the city’s skyline. The castle sits atop a tall rock, making it visible from many parts of the city. One of the first places you will visit after arriving in Edinburgh is the historic Princes Street. This main thoroughfare has been the heart of the city since 1770, and is now one of Edinburgh’s most popular retail hubs. Mary King’s Close is part of Edinburgh’s Old Town, which consisted of a number of winding and narrow alleyways called ‘closes’. Today, Mary King’s Close is a warren of underground passages and streets, having partially collapsed centuries ago. St Giles’ Cathedral is the principal church in Edinburgh and a key feature of the city’s skyline.