As a student in the UK, much of your term time will be filled with lectures, coursework or revision. However, you’ll also find plenty of free time to make the most of. Based on my own experiences and interests, here are some ideas of things to do in the UK during your down-time…
Venture into the UK’s history
With the UK being such a populated country with extensive history, it has many great places to explore. One of the most famous historic sites in the UK, and the most well-known prehistoric monument in Europe is the iconic Stonehenge. This is a must-see and is a great stop-off if you are on the road to a sea-side adventure in Cornwall or Devon. Moving further to the Roman ages, the famous Hadrian’s Wall is another famous site which extends 73 miles from one English coast to another. With access to a motorbike (my preferred transport wherever I am), I love exploring the historic sites and beautiful landscapes of the UK on the road.
All things Harry Potter
Being a Harry Potter fan, visiting the films’ sets and London’s famous Warner Bros Studio Tour: Harry Potter World is something I will definitely make the time for. If you want to find all-things-Harry-Potter in London, take a look at this Time Out article for some more ideas.
The delights of true British pubs and breweries
Britain and pubs come hand in hand. If you visit the UK, you MUST visit at least one pub. They offer a community feel, and often serve great tasty meals and local brews which are truly British. If you want to try bangers and mash, or fish and chips, a pub is your best bet. Stuck on where to go? Here are some ideas:
- Thatcher’s Arms: in Essex, serving award-winning ales
- The Cambridge Blue: in Cambridge, a Multi-CAMRA-Award-Winning Freehouse
- Fuller’s Brewery: in Chiswick, dating back to 1828
Watching British sport
Playing your preferred sport is all well and good, but watching the pros in action is a great social occasion which is rife amongst the Brits. Rugby league matches run throughout the colder months, and Sevens takes over the warmer seasons. Whether it’s the 6 nations or the World Cup, there’ll be plenty of opportunities to watch a game in a UK stadium. If you’re going to watch a Sevens tournament while studying in the UK, make sure it’s the London Sevens. This involves the top teams from all over the world competing against each other for the final weekend of the tournament. Millions of spectators come to watch the final games at Twickenham Stadium. Not only that, most spectators wear fancy dress! It’s a great day out spent cheering on your country and checking out other people’s costumes.
Whether it’s checking out the British countryside, or cheering on your favorite team at a huge sporting event, trust me, there is plenty of things to fill your time with! If you would like to find out more about studying in the UK and exploring a new culture, speak to an Across The Pond Advisor today.