What to See on a Cruise to the Enchanting British Isles

What to See on a Cruise to the Enchanting British Isles
Andrew Jackson January 29, 2023

When it comes to spectacular oceanside scenery, ancient castles, and a rich heritage that spans thousands of years, the British Isles is second to none. An ocean discovery cruise through these iconic islands is a dream come true for many travelers, offering the chance to explore iconic sites such as Dublin's St Patrick's Cathedral and Cork's Blarney Castle as well as some of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful landscapes in Europe. A cruise to this naturally diverse, fascinating region will bring you a perspective on history, how these ancient kingdoms and civilizations were shaped, and what role local history plays in the culture and lifestyle of the people that inhabit the region today.

Western Europe has long offered an abundance of beauty and culture, with the British Isles providing a unique option for cruising that you simply don't get on the mainland. Whether you take a British Isles cruise to explore ancient cities, visit legendary medieval castles, or enjoy rugged coastal terrain, there’s something for everyone. From the rugged beauty of Scotland’s Highlands to the stunning views of The Skellig Islands off Ireland’s west coast; from majestic fortresses like Caernarvon Castle in Wales to Galway's spectacular Cliffs of Moher - there really is something for everyone when it comes to venturing around the British Isles.

Here are just a few of the most iconic historic sites in the British Isles:

  • Tower of London - One of London’s most famous landmarks, this UNESCO World Heritage Site has served as an intimidating defense against invaders since 1078.

  • Edinburgh Castle - A must-see when visiting Scotland’s capital city, this imposing structure was built in 1070 and houses Scotland's crown jewels. It also offers amazing views over downtown Edinburgh!

  • St Paul’s Cathedral - Sir Christopher Wren’s baroque masterpiece stands tall in central London and offers visitors more than 300 years' worth of architectural ingenuity at its best!

  • Belfast City Hall - This historic building constructed between 1870 and 1906 reminds us of Belfast’s turbulent yet triumphant past. Its grand neoclassical facade sets it apart from other buildings in Belfast making it one not to be missed.

  • Derry Walls - These imposing walls date back to 1619 and have guarded Derry/Londonderry ever since. Today they offer guests stunning views across what has long been known as one of Ireland's loveliest cities!

Life onboard a British Isles cruise

On top of all of the wonderful sites and attractions you'll see while on a British Isles cruise, you'll also get to experience Vantage's signature onboard luxury services and amenities. Enjoy delicious British comfort foods like a savory British roast or indulge in some of the region's unique seafood dishes. Sip world-class wines while chatting with new friends from around the globe over dinner conversation. And once you’ve had your fill of sightseeing, kick back and relax in one of Vantage's onboard lounges, where you'll be able to unwind and enjoy the scenery as you cruise through the beautiful British waters.

The British Isles are an incredible place to visit and Vantage's British Isles cruises will bring you the best experience available on any of our world-class itineraries. Join us and experience this fascinating region in all of its glory for the adventure and journey of a lifetime.

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