The UK is blessed with a thriving arts and culture scene, from spectacular West End theatre productions in London, to the many museums in Manchester and events in Edinburgh. The sheer quality and range of work makes Britain a cultural hotspot, and it’s all easily reachable from our ferry ports around the country. Dover and Newhaven provide easy access to London and southern England, as well as the Midlands and Wales. Our Amsterdam to Newcastle route can also take you to the heart of northern England, with the beautiful landscape of Scotland on your doorstep.
The UK dominates the headlines regularly with an ever-evolving list of festivals and events and is home to inspiring World Heritage Sites and art galleries. Institutions such as the National Gallery, attractions like the Tower of London and events such as London Fashion Week, Hogmanay and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo are all at the heart of it. From performing arts to theatrical spectacles and exhibitions, there is something to satisfy every taste. Every city in the UK has its own set of inspiring monuments and events; here are just a few of them.
A number of UK festivals run annually, and among the most famous is London Fashion Week, attracting some of the most iconic fashion designers, photographers and models in the industry. One of the most highly anticipated events in the British arts social calendar, London Fashion Week highlights the upcoming trends via a series of high-end catwalk shows in the heart of the City.
While London is a southern hub for arts and culture, the city of Edinburgh hosts many of the north of the UK’s top cultural events. The city hosts Hogmanay festivities in late December as an end of year celebration involving a spectacular street party. It’s also home to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, an annual event that showcases the very best performances by British Armed Forces, Commonwealth, international military bands and artistic performance teams.
When it comes to art, the UK has a lot to be proud of; the Victoria & Albert Museum in London alone boasts over 2.3 million artefacts and collections spanning over 145 galleries created by some of the world’s most talented designers, sculptors and craftsmen. The UK is also home to a number of impressive World Heritage Sites including the Tower of London that attracts millions of visitors each year. The Tower of London is first and foremost a fortress and a castle, but before it became the museum it is today, it was both a famous prison and a royal residence.