Britain's best days out: Top 20 tourist attractions

Rhossili Bay, Worms End, Gower Peninsula, Wales, United Kingdom, Europe

The UK boasts a huge selection of visitor attractions for tourists and to enjoy - but it can be difficult to know which museums, galleries and sights are worth it and which can be missed off the list.

It may come as no surprise to culture vultures that London's National Gallery comes out top of many visitors' lists of places to visit but there's so much more to see besides. Wherever you are in the country, you're never far from a fantastic place to visit. Take Yorkshire's York Bird of Prey Centre, for example, which has had rave reviews from everyone who has visited it. For those visiting Wales, meanwhile, a day at Rhossili Bay in Swansea comes pretty close to paradise..

With help from TripAdvisor, we've compiled a list of the top 20 tourist attractions in the UK.

Take a look at our slideshow below to find out more about the best things to see in the UK.

The UK’s top 20 tourist attractions (according to TripAdvisor)
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Britain's best days out: Top 20 tourist attractions
The National Gallery is one of London’s most famous sites, and can be found on the iconic Trafalgar Square. The gallery is home to a collection of paintings from the 13th to 19th centuries as well as spectacular one-off exhibitions. For more information on what you can expect to see at the acclaimed gallery, visit

The British Museum was founded in 1753 and was the first national public museum in the world. The museum is home to a host of interesting exhibits from countries all over the world, including the iconic Rosetta Stone and the Parthenon Sculptures among many others. For more information, visit  

Arthur's Seat is the highest point of Holyrood Park and rises high above the beautiful Scottish capital of Edinburgh. The hill is actually a dormant volcano and sits at 251m above sea level. Thanks to the wide range of nature, wildlife and geology, the area has been designated a site of Special Scientific Interest. Go to for more information. 
Britannia was first launched from a shipyard in Clydebank in April 1953 and served the Royal Family for over 44 years and travelled more than a million miles. Britannia also used to be the only ship whose Captain was traditionally an Admiral and she was recognised the world over. The yacht is now berthed at Leith, Edinburgh and open for visitors to enjoy. Visit for more information.
The V&A is home to over 2000 years of art and design and is one of the best known and most popular attractions in the capital. The museum can be found right in the heart of London and holds many varied collections, including architecture, fashion, sculpture, photograph and much more. Visit for more information. 
At the Bird of Prey Centre they have a passion for birds and a hands on ethos which allows visitors to get just as involved as those who work there. There are also two flying shows a day where guests have the chance to see these magical animals in motion. Visit for more information. 
Big Pit is an underground coal mine that has become one of Britain’s leading mining museums. You can enjoy a multi-media tour of a modern mine with a virtual miner as well as exhibitions in the Pithead Baths and the historic colliery building where you can see the machinery that would have been crucial to mining operations. Visit for more information. 
Brick Lane Music Hall can be found in what used to be St Mark's church in Silvertown, London Docklands. This unique venue offers entertainment in matinee and evening shows with afternoon tea and three-course dinners also available. This is the only permanent home for music hall and offers both traditional music hall bill as well as new productions. Visit for more information. 

Parliament is open to all visitors from the UK and oversees and everyone is welcome to attend the debates and watch the committee hearings that take place there. It's also possible for visitors to book tours of the Elizabeth Tower and the iconic Big Ben. Visit for more information about visiting the Houses of Parliament. 

Brunel's ss Great Britain is one of the world's most historic ships and when she was launched in 1843, she was called 'the greatest experiment since the creation'. The ship was designed by world-famous engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel and was initially designed for the trans-Atlantic passenger trade. The ship has now been returned to its original home at Great Western Dockyard. Visit for more information. 
Built around the only hot springs in Britain, the Romans built the most spectacular baths religious spa in northern Europe. The museum and Pump Room lie underneath the Abbey Church Yard in the centre of the picturesque city of Bath. Visit for more information on visiting the Baths. 
You'll never have to worry about poor conditions of lack of snow when visiting Snow Factor because the snow is perfect throughout the year and is the perfect place to learn to ski or snowboard. Or if you're feeling slightly more adventurous, why not have a go on the Ice Wall and relax at the end of the day in the Ice Bar. Visit for more information.
The National Railway Museum is home to over 300 years of history as well as hundreds of fascinating objects for guests to admire. While visiting the museum you'll have the chance to see some of the iconic locomotives that are housed there as well as the warehouse which is stocked full of interesting items that showcase the history of the railway. Visit for more information. 
This historic tower can be found on the northern bank of the River Thames and was founded in 1066, as part of the Norman Conquest. Although monarchs no longer live in the palace, the crown jewels are housed here and therefore the tower remains a significant part of London and the royal family. The tower remains one of the most popular and iconic tourist attractions in the capital. Visit for more information. 
Take up the opportunity to visit the original Cabinet War Rooms which were the wartime bunker that housed Winston Churchill and his government during the Second World War. Get an insight into what life was really like during the Blitz while taking a look around these historic rooms. Visit for more information. 
Rhossili Bay has been voted Britain's third best beach and also the 11th best beach in Europe by TripAdvisor and is home to 3 miles of stunning coastline, soft sand and blue waters. The bay encompasses Worms Head and can be accessed via the small steps that lead down from the village of Rhossili. If you're lucky you might even see some basking seals or dolphins while you're there! Visit for more information. 
Durham Cathedral is one of the most spectacular buildings in England can be found on a hill, next to the castle, overlooking the medieval city. The World Heritage site is instantly recognisable and has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in the north east of England. Visit for more information.
At almost 1000 years old, Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world as well as being the official residence of the Queen of England. The castle is full of history and fascinating facts about the royal family which visitors are welcome to enjoy throughout the year and during the winter months a further five rooms are open to the public. Visit for more information. 
This national museum can be found in a historic London townhouse and is home to 25 galleries which have stunning displays on show. Among others, the gallery has French oil paintings, furniture and porcelain as well as some stunning Old Masters on show. Visit for more information. 
Found on the site of a working naval base, the historic dockyard has a number of fantastic attractions on offer for visitors to enjoy including the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, a historic boat workshop and tours of the harbour. Visit for more information. 

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