Luxury Holidays in the UK: an Overview

While some countries spend a fortune coming up with fancy marketing campaigns, ours is right there in the name. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (to give it its full title) may not be great in terms of size, but this diminutive collection of islands anchored off the west coast of Europe most certainly punches above its weight in terms of attractions to enjoy on a luxury holiday. There's heritage and history in spades; spectacular scenery, coastlines and cityscapes and culture - both contemporary and traditional - that makes the UK at the same time a throwback and one of the most progressive countries on the planet.

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Tailor Made Holidays and Tours in the UK: the Detail

With the benefit of local knowledge, Original Travel is developing a network of superb suggested (and completely tailor made) itineraries around the British Isles, starting with the capital and cultural hub, London. Further afield, narrowing down what's on offer to a list of highlights is mighty difficult, but any visit of more than a few days should consider including the majestic Scottish Highlands, some quintessential English rural scenes, the mysterious Neolithic ruins of Stonehenge and the Georgian elegance of Edinburgh or Bath. Chuck in some Roman ruins, an ancient cathedral or castle or two, a monument to Britain's industrial heritage and one of the many sporting highlights of 'the season' and there's a luxury holiday as diverse as you could wish for to any country, anywhere. Great, indeed.

Did you know

  • There are only 34 km between England and France
  • About 75% of UK's land is used for farming
  • The River Thames has over 200 bridges and tunnels along its course
  • The tube system is the first and the largest in the world

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A note on price

A no-expense-spared, tailor made Italian holiday exploring the country's artistic and cultural centres over a week – think Venice, Verona, Florence, Siena and Rome - staying in some of the world’s finest hotels can cost around £8,000 per person. However, a weekend city break can be done for £400 per person including flights. Learn more about our pricing

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Top picks for UK

Scotland's Great Cities

Scotland's Great Cities

UK

Both Edinbugh and Glasgow are brimming with art and culture and we know of some fantastic places to stay.

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London

London

UK

We may be biased, but “the Big Smoke” is simply the best city in the world; we have it all in this fabulously eclectic hub of world class restaurants, arts, fashion, architecture and sport. London is of course home to our Royal Family too!

Where to go

The Haymarket

The Haymarket

London

A favourite of ours from the Firmdale fold, this family friendly property is in a great location on the Haymarket and has the best pool in London.

Where to stay

The Corinthia

The Corinthia

London

Overlooking the River Thames and just minutes from Trafalgar Square, Westminster and Covent Garden, the Corinthia Hotel London boasts state-of-the-art facilities in an eminent building dating back to 1885.

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The West Country

The West Country

UK

For the outward-bound type, look no further, watersports and hiking are in the mix here along with a great art and music scene for the culture vultures. There are English country houses and gardens aplenty and gourmets will delight in the fresh fare from the sea.

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The Balmoral

The Balmoral

Scotland's Great Cities

Classic luxury in the heart of the city, The Balmoral is an Edinburgh landmark.

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Oxford, the Cotswolds & Bath

Oxford, the Cotswolds & Bath

UK

The Dreaming Spires of Oxford are calling, indeed they are. Easily accessible for a weekend or longer, kick start your stay in the Cotswolds with a visit to the hallowed educational turf of Oxford.

Where to go

Chester & Snowdonia

Chester & Snowdonia

UK

Roman Chester and Northern Wales make for a great dual destination. Enjoy a romantic escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life!

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Highlands & Islands of Scotland

Highlands & Islands of Scotland

UK

The Highlands and islands have much to offer for just about everyone, from families in search of adventure, to history enthusiasts exploring ancient castles and ancestral heritage.

Where to go

The Lake District and Northumberland

The Lake District and Northumberland

UK

Discover the true British countryside in the Lake District and Northumberland.

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The Goring

The Goring

London

Situated in the heart of Belgravia, The Goring has some of the classic London sites such as Buckingham Palace right on its doorstep.

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The Savoy

The Savoy

London

Walk in the footsteps of Sinatra, Churchill, Monet and Hepburn as you enter the unashamedly glamorous world of The Savoy, one of London’s eternal grand-dames.

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