Things To Do Outside Clinical Work In The UK
Hi, my name is Dr. Siddharth Sunil. I am an IMG, graduated from Charles University in Prague. As fellow doctors working in the UK, clinical work can be very demanding and, in turn, cause a lot of stress. However, it is paramount that you, as a doctor, have a good work-life balance in order to unwind and relax. This will not only benefit your mental health but also help you work effectively and to your full potential. The United Kingdom has a myriad of places to visit and things to do. In this article/blog, I will be highlighting a few things to do in the UK outside of clinical work.
1. Explore London
If you live in London, you can admire the Big Ben clock tower and London Eye. You can reach these destinations after a peaceful walk along the South Bank of the River Thames. Moreover, if you are a UK resident, you can enter the House of Westminster for free. All you have to do is contact your local MP's office. Witness the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace. It takes place on certain days at 10:45 am and usually lasts for about 45 minutes.
2. Take a tour of the UK's incredible National Parks
Along with UK's urban side, its countryside is incredibly diverse, and these landscapes are a must-visit. The UK does a fine line in the sweeping countryside, undulating hills, and stunning valleys, so it stands to reason that the national parks are something special. That is an understatement, and the most beautiful national parks in the UK will take your breath away and fill your lungs, all at the same time. Here is a link with a list of National Parks which are a must-visit.
3. Climb UK's highest peak
Want a physically active weekend? Look no further than Ben Nevis, the highest peak in mainland Britain at 1345 meters above sea level. If you are feeling extra competitive and motivated, plan your own or join an organized event to climb Snowden, Scafell Pike, and Ben Nevis, the highest mountains in Wales, England, and Scotland, usually within 24 hours.
4. Experience the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Edinburgh Fringe is the world's largest arts and media festival. Every August, the capital of Scotland is filled with comedians and performers for a month of shows, plays, and theatres. If you live in the UK and are pondering about activities to do during August, this is your place.
5. Seek out filming location from HBO's 'Game of Thrones'
There are more than 20 dotted locations around Northern Ireland, including Ballintoy harbour (aka the Iron Islands), Castle Ward, which starred as House Stark's Winterfell, and the enigmatic 'dark hedges' near Armoy, where ancient beech trees have formed a foreboding tunnel made famous after its stint as the King's Road. Book a guided tour.
6. Explore London's free museums
London is home to some striking museums and art galleries. Especially the British Museum, which comprises historical artifacts from all around the world, and also the Museum of London, which has a piece of London's past. Apart from these museums, there is a multitude of other museums which are equally striking. Most of these museums have permanent exhibitions that are totally free to visit. Here is a link to a list of free art galleries and museums in London.
7. 'Home of Harry Potter'
Fans of this famous movie and book series need to have this on their bucket list. They will want to visit Leavesden Studios on the outskirts of London, where the majority of the movies were filmed. Wander around the Great Hall, revel in shop fronts on Diagon Alley, and order a butterbeer.
8. Wander around in Bath
Bath is a beautiful city, consisting of the historical Roman bath right in the heart of the city. The city also has a diverse collection of shops and theatres, highlighting the historical importance of the city. While you are in Bath, don't miss the opportunity to relax in the Thermae Bath Spa.
9. Shop in the lively markets of the UK
The UK consists of one of the most cheerful and colorful markets in the world, with a variety of things to purchase. Some of them are Portobello Road Market, Acklam Food Market, Borough Market, Leadenhall Market, and Camden Market. These markets have a little bit of everything, and a day in these markets would suffice for a great experience.
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