London is a huge megapolis, with which not any person will fall in love at first sight. It can meet you with dull weather, fussy streets, gloomy shadows from the past and its industrial zones. But it could not be otherwise. This is London - here every building and square is soaked in rich history, be they sometimes even gloomy or seemingly unfriendly, but they are quite unique in their type. Only London can boast for its unique, different and incompatible style. Regardless of its age which counts 2000 years, no much evidence is preserved about its age in the city's architecture. Practically, there are no antique ruins, medieval streets or impressive palaces of the Renaissance epoch. No much will be found here having an age of more than 400 years. Nevertheless, the pulse of centuries and the national character are felt in the face of London, like in no other megalopolis of the world, making the British capital a coveted destination for absolutely all travelers.
On the whole, Cambridge is a quieter and more isolated area. But for travelers, the only thing that sets the difference between Cambridge and its "Educational rival" is "The Backs". Green layers of land which stretch along the Cam river allow to glance at the backyards of old Colleges and Universities. The front facades of the same colleges form the appearance of a city center leading to the main streets. The majority of old colleges are dating to the end of the XIII and the beginning of the XIV century. They are built according to the same architectural project with main gates leading to the row of "backyards" which are usually well-kept and surrounded with residential or administrative buildings from 4 sides. Many of them are incredibly beautiful, but the most famous among them is the King's College. It has a magnificent chapel which is deemed to be one of the masterpieces of late gothic architecture. Overall, there are 31 University Colleges, each of which is a self-governed institution proud of their achievements and the love and devotion of their students.
York is an English town with centuries-old history. It is an administrative unit and is considered to be the Northern capital of the country. Concealed behind the walls of medieval fortresses, York can boast for its modern and eventful life. The city never sleeps as the architectural- historical monuments, festivals and social events regularly held here attract thousands of tourists all over the world. In the 7th century, York became an important city in the Kingdom of Northumbria. In the 10th century, York suffering from invasions by Vikings, became a part of the United Anglo- Saxon Kingdom. Later the current name of the city was formulated. Eboracum which means "wild-boar town" was renamed by the Vikings as Yorwick, in the 13th century it was simplified and shortened into York.
Edinburgh - the rows of streets of the Royal Mile launch at the Edinburgh palace and descend to the Holyrood Palace. Of course, any traveler who thirsts for visiting both sights will make the right decision. But, even if you are short of time, measuring the Scottish mile by steps which is longer by 200 meters than the British Mile and makes up about 1.8 km, is a MUST DO thing. One, two..and you are already involved in a mystical tour along ancient streets, and the guide seems to be the eye witness of all the presented stories and historical events.
The lake of Lock- Ness almost for every person is associated with a huge beast dwelling (or not dwelling) in the depths of the lake. Naturally, nothing is surprising, as the first legends and stories of witnesses dating back to the 565 B.C. are about this most mystical in the world water reservoir and its prehistoric beast. Besides the mystical secret, the Loch- Ness is the largest freshwater reservoir in all Great Britain. The surface of the Lock- Ness is a bit more than 65 square kilometers, and its depth is more than 230 meters. The majority of lakes in this region of the country have a glacial origin. The water in the lake is very muddy and has a specific shade because of the high consistency of peat in the bottom soil.
Stirling Carlisle - Dive into the rich history of Stirling and its surroundings by visiting the Stirling Castle, the National Wallace Monument and the museum of Bannockburn battle. In the old city and the center of Victorian Stirling Arcade, you will find lively boutiques selling extraordinary things and entertainment for the whole family. "He who holds Stirling holds Scotland" is often quoted here. Make sure to visit the lake of Loch Ness which is the largest freshwater reservoir in Great Britain and the Trossachs National Park which is located nearby.
The Lake District is renowned for the incredibly beautiful landscapes of England. Fancy lines of the local emerald green fields and meadows, the sparkling of clean water in the lakes will not leave anybody indifferent, even the most ardent lovers of urban life. It seems that nature has adjusted each line of a hill and a mountain and has thoroughly thought where to locate lakes, where to plant forests and where to abundantly sow colorful fragrant flowers in the meadows.
On the whole, Chester has rather a big amount of sights and attractions, restaurants and a corresponding atmosphere to make you stay here for a couple of days. The most popular tour is the one to the famous local Zoo. The history of the city counts 2000 years. In 79 B.C. the Romans built the Castra Deva meaning a "Military Camp" on the river Dee, which is the largest known fortress in Great Britain. It was home to the 20th Legion (Valeria Victrix) for about 200 years. Later, Ethelfelda, the daughter of King Alfred the Great expanded and reconstructed this fortress but a century later William the Conqueror captured and devastated it.
The first fortresses on the territory where the city of Caernarfon and its castle are currently located, were built by the Romans and this area was called Segonius. It was located on the banks, at the confluence of the Senai River in the bay of Menai. There is no updated information about Segonius since the 5th century B.C. when there were no Romans in Britain any longer. The castle of Caernarfon is worth being spoken about no less than with the preposition of "the most". It is the largest, the most ancient, the most graceful and one of the most important castles in Great Britain and the most impregnable fortress of The Ancient World which has a century-old history, full of both heroic and dramatic events.
The Warwick Castle is situated in Warwick county town which is in Warwickshire, England, on a bend of the River Avon. William the Conqueror built this castle in 1068 on the place or nearby the Anglo-Saxon fortress of Warwick. The castle was used as a stronghold till the beginning of the XVII century when Fulke Greville, I Baron Brooke turned it into a countryside mansion. Till 1978 it was owned by the Greville family which in 1759 received the title of Graphs. Throughout time the building of the castle underwent several reconstructions, some new towers were added, residential buildings were constructed. The original wooden motte-and-bailey castle was rebuilt in stone in 21 century. During the Hundred-year-War the facade opposite the town was refortified, resulting in one of the most recognizable examples of 14th-century military architecture.
In Stratford- Apon- Avon everything is connected with its most renowned habitant - William Shakespeare. In the rural town of Yorkshire is situated the house where Shakespeare was born, the cottage where Ann Hathaway lived till her marriage and church were they were buried. In this town you can visit the largest in Europe farm of butterflies. The first dwellers of the town first crossed the river Avon, then built a bridge over it and started to develop trade relations with local farmers who used to work in the nearby flatland. A Diploma for holding a weekly market in Stratford was granted in the XIII century. The tradition has survived till now. later the town became the center of letter posts among London, Oxford, and the North.
The most beautiful castle of England is the Windsor Castle in Berkshire which is well known to every habitant of the foggy Albion. Moreover, according to several sociological surveys, it is considered to be the most impressive castle in the whole world. It is not surprising, whatsoever, as currently it is inhabited by the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and the members of the royal family. Naturally, the former power of English monarchs have faded for so long, however, the Queen, the princes, and their wives live in indescribable luxury till now. It is because the Royal Family of the Monarchs keep beeing deemed as the main symbols of the Foggy Albion.
The tour program: London, Cambridge, York, Edinburgh, Blair, Loch-Ness, Stirling Carlisle, Lake District, Chester, Caernarfon, Jorvik palace, Stratford-Upon- Avon, London, Windsor palace
The flights are on Thursdays.