With ancient townships, quaint villages and rolling countryside, it’s easy to fill two weeks in the UK. London is definitely deserving of a little extra time and we recommend complementing the big-city stay with exploration of the less-visited Lake District, plus the amazing sites in the Cotswolds, Oxford, Bath and Edinburgh.

Week 1

Start your two-week trip with a few nights in London. If you want to feel like a local, stay in Chelsea or Holland Park, while Victoria is a great, central location that makes navigation around the city easy.

You’ll want to see the main sites: Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace for the changing of the guard. A hop-on-hop-off bus tour is a great way to check these out and get your city bearings.

Then spend a few hours exploring the British Museum, catching a show in the West End, or heading north to the eclectic Camden Market or south to the delicious Borough Market, packed with the city's best food stalls.

Head out of the capital and spend a night in Bath, a picturesque city that is a great antidote to London's bustle. Explore the ancient Roman Bathhouse in the heart of the city and wander beautiful streets.

Spend the remainder of the week meandering around the Cotswolds, which the British think of as England, complete with quaint villages, country pubs and beautiful scenery.

Week 2

Spend a night in nearby Oxford. The tiny city is packed with stunning buildings and the wisdom of scholars past and present. From here, head north to the Lake District, one of England’s most beautiful national parks.

It’s worth spending a few days here. The area boasts scenic hiking opportunities and plenty of country pubs to provide warmth afterwards. 

The Lake District inspired the work of author Beatrix Potter, who spent many holidays here in her youth and later settled here as an adult. Visitors can see her original illustrations at the gallery in her former home and follow in her footsteps on a country walk.

Finish the week by sampling a little of what Scotland has to offer with a stay in Edinburgh. The city sits below the impressive Edinburgh Castle and is home to great shopping and unique restaurants.

It is also close to some of the country’s best golf courses, where avid golfers can play a few rounds. If comedy, innovative theatre and great entertainment is your thing, plan to be here in August when the city hosts the famous Edinburgh Festival.

- Natasha Boyd, Travel Consultant, Flight Centre Livingston

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