In the second part of our travel series blog, we look at some of the interesting places to visit while you are studying in the UK. Barclay Educational has more than fifteen partner schools in the UK alone. Their locations range from the exciting, world-class city of London to the quiet and picturesque countryside in Devon. As we mentioned in our previous post, in addition to getting an international education at a top university, one of the greatest benefits of studying overseas is the opportunity to take trips to many fabulous destinations simply by hopping on a quick commuter flight or by taking a quick train ride.
Let’s start with London. This incredible city is home to more than 8 million people and with a population of that size, you know there’s no shortage of things to do. London has a history which actually stretches back to Roman times. One place which offers a fascinating but somewhat gruesome look into the past is the Tower of London. The Tower was founded in 1066 and was the site of many famous beheadings including some of Henry the VIIIth’s unfortunate wives. While you’re there, be sure to also visit the ancient and imposing Houses of Parliament as well as Westminster Abbey which is the site of British monarch coronations. Unfortunately, Big Ben is undergoing repairs right now so all you will see is scaffolding around the clock tower. You’ll have to try to see that on your next trip. Across the Thames River, the London Eye observation wheel provides an expansive view of the city and is another must-see attraction.
If you prefer the quiet English countryside, you can find many beautiful places to relax which are just a few hours away or even less. The village of Lavenham in Suffolk is a good place to start. It’s full of delightfully coloured buildings including De Vere House, which was featured in ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’. St Paul Church with its soaring 141 foot tower overlooking the village is another beautiful highlight of the area.
Kent is another example of the lovely greenspaces which the country is famous for. Dotted with perfect little villages, some of the towns like Chilham have architecture which dates back to medieval times. Be sure to see lovely timber-framed houses on its north side which date back to the 15th century, as well as St Mary’s church with a tower which features a standout view of the surrounding countryside. Getting there takes just over an hour from the St Pancras station in central London.
Another stop for history lovers should be Ashwell, Hertfordshire. Here, human habitation can be traced back approximately 4000 years. A popular location for those commuting to London on a regular basis, Ashwell offer a number of peaceful places to sit, relax and have a snack. The village also offers a wide range of architecture. You’ll see cottages from the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries during your visit. Getting here is even quicker. It takes just over an hour from the King’s Cross station.
See what Emal, one of our students who studied Law in the UK has to say about his experience.
This is just a very small sampling of the many interesting places available if you choose to study in the UK with the help of Barclay Educational. Many programs offer real advantages to students. Most Master’s degrees can be completed in just one year and there are several programs which students can enter directly from high school, such as Pharmacy, which is not an option available in Canada. Remember that Barclay Educational offers FREE application assistance. Our fee is paid by the school. For more info on programs please give us a call at 905 632-0999 or email Jackie: JSB@barclayedu.com