Do you think that England has nothing to offer besides fast food, lots of rain and passionate football fans? Then you definitely haven't got to know the land of Sherlock Holmes just yet! Its lively nightlife, colourful pubs and modern art scene will soon change your mind when you're an au pair in the UK. Learn how to speak the Queen's English in the land where Shakespeare was born. Why not visit a range of theatres, cinemas and bowling alleys to immerse yourself in its amazing culture, or head to one of the many beaches to relax to the sound of the tide?
Whilst you're an au pair in the UK, it would be wrong not to take a trip to London. It is the heart of the island, after all. You could go up the London Eye and take a classic photo of Westminster and Big Ben, something you can treasure long after your au pair stay is over. But maybe the typical tourist attractions are not for you. Get dressed up in your heels and dress and discover the after-dark side of the capital! You'll find that London is a city that never sleeps, with its West End lights and funky bars. Failing that, you'll definitely find the right activity for you on this tourist information site, dedicated to the city of diversity.
Discover the captial of the North, Edinburgh, also known as Auld Reekie to the locals. Go on a shopping spree on Princes Street and take a minute to glance up at the majestic Edinburgh Castle, a real jewel of the city.
During your free time as an au pair in Scotland, travel for one hour from Edinburgh and you'll find yourself in Glasgow, the UNESCO City of Music. The beautiful sounds from the Royal Concert Hall are sure to lure you in.
Maybe, whilst you're taking a dip in Loch Ness, you'll spot Nessie. Be sure to take a few snaps, in case she's there lurking in the shadows somewhere! Listen out for the bag pipes in the distance as you peer out across the water.
Are you becoming an au pair "in the valleys" or South Wales as most call it? Take a trip to Cardiff and catch a rugby match in the renowned Millennium Stadium! Not only will you see how passionate the Welsh are about their national sport, you'll also understand why they are regarded as some of the best singers in the World, even if you will only be hearing manly rugby chants.
Or, you could go to North Wales during your au pair stay. But, before you go, do you know what this means:
No, no one has fallen asleep on their keyboard! It's the name of a village in the north of the country, near to Mount Snowdon. You're bound to hear more strange words than just this one, though, since Welsh is the native language of many up there.
If you're an au pair in Northern Ireland, be sure not to miss going to Kelly's Cellars in Belfast, one of the oldest pubs in the city. It is often filled to the brim and regularly hosts traditional Irish bands. This is the place to go if you really want to soak up the culture of Northern Ireland.
If history is more your thing, you could visit the walled city, Derry/Londonderry, and walk around the 17th century perimeters, or go to Giant's Causeway, the incredible result of a volcanic eruption over 50 million years ago. For a spooky surprise, head to the heart of Cushendall for a ghostly festival, which brings the Irish storytelling tradition to life. This is not for the faint hearted!
Have we made the UK sound appealing to you? Great, then you can soon start your journey! If you're after some more ideas of what you can do as an au pair in the UK, read AuPairWorld's Lighthearted tips for your stay in the UK. Consult our pages Au pair in the UK and find out how to prepare for your au pair stay in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the best possible way.
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