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Take a leap: Unique things to do in Britain

It would be a shame not to do a post with a mention that today will be a one in 1460 year opportunity. Most people wouldn’t so much as bat an eyelid at it, but as it’s something special  so rare I thought I would suggest unique things that you can do in a day around the UK to celebrate its uniqueness!

England- For those residing in London, chances are the most time you will get to day is to have a drink, so to make it a unique one and head to St Pancras’ Station to drink Champagne at the World’s longest champagne bar. For more Capital adventures, why not try something for free, The British Museum is free to enter, or perhaps you want to challenge yourself and climb up St Stephen’s Tower (most commonly known as Big Ben Tower!). In the North, see art with a difference at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, or head to Grizedale Forest in the Lake District for a walk where interesting sculptures blend into the surroundings. Afternoon tea at Betty’s Tea Shop in York is also a wonderful experience for the traditional scone, cream cake and tea fan. Kick back and enjoy friendly service whilst tucking into Britain’s best afternoon treats.

Scotland- Standing at one of the UK main island’s most northerly points, John O’Groat’s is an experience that everyone should aspire to have. Despite being dubbed “a seedy tourist trap” by the Lonely Planet guide, I actually quite liked the town. It’s unspoiled; you can watch the puffins and seals playing down by the water, enjoy and ice cream and above all just watch the sea. If this is too much of a trek for you, there are plenty of exciting things to do in the Scottish Cities. Visit the Wallace Monument in Stirling, or climb up to Edinburgh Castle for the sound of bagpipes or a view of the city. For an Island visit, go to Orkney to see the oldest building in Britain.  Skara Brae which was built in 3500 BC is the most complete Neolithic village in Britain. For a sweet tooth, head to Aberlour in Moray to the place where Walker’s shortbread is manufactured and sample some Scottish Whiskey at the same time.

Wales- Today is traditionally known as a day when women can propose rather than the other way around. So if you’re recently engaged or planning on a proposal, why not get married in a cave? Dan Yr Ogof caves can legally hold weddings in their Cathedral cave. If not getting married, then just visit anyway! Another interesting trip out in Wales, is a boat trip out to Caldey Island to the monastery. Dotted around the island there are many interesting little things to explore such as beaches, plants, a light house, the old priory and the monastery itself. Urbanites around Wales may however prefer something a little more city oriented. Don’t worry Wales has that too! Watersports in the city are available in every manner. Take an afternoon off and go kayaking, canoeing, rafting and windsurfing at the International Sports Centre. At night do something different and take the Creepy Cardiff tour. See some of the best attractions in the city whilst learning some haunting facts.

Get up and go to Glasgow!

Glasgow is very popular with tourists, and it’s hardly surprising that so many people who visit the city instantly fall in love with not only the vibrant atmosphere and charm of the city itself, but also of the people who live there – Glasgow has a long-standing reputation for being home to the friendliest people in the world – a reputation we believe to be justified. An artistic background with the many galleries, the art school and of course the famous Mackintosh architecture, combined with the individual and long standing Scottish traditions makes Glasgow an interesting and exciting place to be.

Popular things to see and do: There is no way you could ever get bored in Glasgow. It may not be the biggest city in the UK, but it certainly has no shortage of entertainment. The Glengoyne Distillery is an excellent day out – visit the oldest distillery in the country and enjoy some free samples of the finest whiskey you have ever tasted. If you have the kids along with you, then a trip to XScape is most definitely needed to keep them entertained and burn some energy. XScape is an indoor adventure centre where you can do just about anything from skiing to rock-climbing and everything in between. A trip to Glasgow however is incomplete until you’ve explored it’s art and architecture. Rennie Mackintosh’s architecture can be found all around the city, but to really get a feel for it, head to Queen’s Cross Church, for its gothic style of architecture, and The Glasgow School of Art  which you can even wander round and see the work of the current students.

Culture, music and events: The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) is a massive venue that hosts a huge variety of concerts, shows and pantomimes with performers such as Take That, Beyonce and Rihanna being just a few of the people to give concerts here. Tickets can be booked online in advance, or for smaller events you can book directly at the ticket desk.  Or get yourself dressed up in your finest evening wear and head to the Theatre Royal to see famous ballet Swan Lake, or vibrant musical Grease – ask directly at the ticket office in the theatre for a list of shows, or enquire at your hotel.

Eating out: Glasgow is home to many cultures and this is something that influences the amazing choice of food available here. For some traditional home-made Mexican cuisine that is hard to find outside of Mexico, head to Pinata – a friendly and charming restaurant with a mouth-watering menu and prices that certainly won’t break the bank. For a good traditional Scottish pub lunch, there are many great little places around the city – though one of our favourites is Deoch and Dorus – a lovely, traditional and simple menu to keep you going for the day. Deoch and Dorus is very popular among the locals and visitors alike, and is known for its welcoming and cosy atmosphere.

Nightlife: Clubs such as The Garage and Tiger Tiger are extremely popular hotspots with the Glaswegians and from surrounding towns. Both offer many different rooms where music ranges from indie, pop and house – drinks are reasonably priced and often promotional deals on drinks and entry are offered. If the club scene isn’t your thing, then you might want to try Ashton Lane – one street (or lane) filled with a wide variety of bars, including a wine bar, a cocktail bar, and a vodka bar.

Where to stay: If you’re on the lookout for some full on pampering, then the Glasgow Hilton is the perfect choice. Rooms at the Hilton are full equipped with everything you need, and the hotel has a fabulous leisure complex offering massages, and various pamper packages. Or if you’re travelling with a group of friends, then try one of the many hostels around the city, known for their welcoming and laid back atmosphere – staying in a hostel is a great way to meet people from around the world, while saving your pennies for enjoying the city.

Shopping: After London, Glasgow offers the biggest variety of shopping facilities in the UK. Buchannan Galleries is a shopper’s paradise, and has all your high street favourites and more. No matter what you’re looking for, you will find it in Glasgow – from Versace to Gucci and everything in between, the city also boasts some of the most amazing little vintage and boutique shops to be found anywhere.