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Highlights of a British Isles Cruise

02 Jan 2018 | by Helen Williams

The UK’s rugged coastline is heaving with incredible landscapes, historic cities, and awe-inspiring shores. A cruise around the British Isles offers a fairy-tale adventure with no shortage of incredible sights.

Inviting cruisers with breath-taking views, a British Isles cruise offers rolling countryside and cities packed with history. From the legendary White Cliffs of Dover, the towering Edinburgh Castle, and the beer breweries in Dublin, to the football games in Newcastle, horseracing in Liverpool, and sandy beaches in the Shetland Islands – every part of Britain houses its own treasure.

Like an un-told story, this part of the world guards mystical tales of history-enriched cultures. From Royal palaces, centuries-old buildings, and stunning World Heritage sights, you will be taken back by our own inspiring history. Cruising England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales will take you on an incredible journey, and give you life-long memories. Be sure that you always carry your camera, as you will be able to capture sights of lush countryside, famous monuments, and unusual views in the ancient cities.

If you want an escape in a land of natural beauty and great exploration, then sailing around the iconic British Isles is the perfect choice for you - with several cruises from Southampton and other UK ports. Not sure which is the closest to you? Check here.

What is there to do and see on a British Isles Cruise?

With walking and sight-seeing being a major part of a British Isle cruise, it’s easy to find yourself lost in enchanted tales. However, to explore even further, there are usually a range of great excursions to choose from, some of the most popular include:

  • Stonehenge - One of the seven wonders and most prehistoric monuments in the world, a visit to these iconic stones will take you back in time. Experience phenomenal views and learn about this remarkable part of the world in the exclusive museum.
  • Edinburgh Castle – Dominating the skyline of the great city of Edinburgh, this castle is an iconic feature that’s definitely worth a visit. From the intimate surroundings of St Margaret’s Chapel, to the intense grandeur of the castle’s architecture, an excursion here will give you a real taste of years gone by.
  • The Beatles Story, Liverpool – Not only for a lover of The Beatles, this museum tells the story of how four ordinary men formed one of the most famous bands in the world. Walk through interactive scenes, see original costumes, and enjoy this well-known music
  • When is the best time for a British Isles Cruise?

    Britain is known for its unpredictable weather, but no matter when you visit you can be sure that your days will be filled with intense scenery.

    April to June sees spring come to life, and is perfect for drinking in beautiful coastline views which include colourful plant life starting to bloom. June to September is the hottest time of year to visit, so expect an average temperature of between 16-25°c. Make sure you take sun cream and light clothing, especially if taking part in active adventures. October through to March see the colours change, with autumn and then winter setting in. Although autumn is an extremely pretty time to visit, the winter can bring long rain spells and even snow. During December and February you can expect temperatures of 6°c to -5°c.

    When are the best special events?

    As well as the likes of Christmas, New Year, Easter, and Halloween, communities across the UK celebrate a range of specific festivals and holidays.

  • St Patricks Day, 17th March – This cultural holiday recognises the death date of the most commonly recognised patron saint of Ireland. Not only celebrated in Ireland, this day will see parties, festivals and huge celebrations around Britain.
  • Edinburgh International Festival, August – Running for four weeks, this performing arts festival showcases amazing displays of theatre, dance and music. Ending with a spectacular firework display at Edinburgh Castle, this festival is definitely worth a visit if your cruise stops here.
  • Guy Fawkes Night, 5th November – Commemorating this 1605 failed attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament, the tradition of lighting bonfires and fireworks lives on all across the country. London in particular is a great destination for Firework Night.
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