The United Kingdom is home to some of the greatest sporting spectacles in the world. It was the birthplace of modern football, rugby, golf and cricket to name but a few. That rich heritage is integral to a sporting culture that can rival that of any nation across the globe.
With so much on offer, though, it can be tough to prioritise which sporting events to see when you’re in the UK. Fortunately, we’ve rounded up the ones that should be at the top of your to-do list.
Manchester United v Liverpool
The Premier League is the most-watched football league in the entire world, with a multitude of big-name clubs, players and managers plying their trade in England’s top flight.
You’re bound to enjoy yourself at any game you can get to, but they don’t come any bigger than Liverpool versus Manchester United.
Whenever England’s two most successful clubs meet, sparks fly. And there aren’t many better places to watch football than Anfield.
You’ll be able to get behind the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah while enjoying an unparalleled atmosphere.
The oldest of the four grand slams, Wimbledon is the quintessential tennis competition.
Hosted in the magnificent grounds of the All England Club, it’s well worth a visit even if you can’t get your hands on a Centre Court ticket.
You can still stroll up to an outside court and watch some of the world’s best players gearing up for the big stage or relax in the sun, eat strawberries and cream, and watch the action unfold on the big screen.
Plenty of people camp nearby to get tickets on the day, but there’s an online ballot you can enter if you’re keen on a bit more organisation.
The Six Nations
The Six Nations will enable you to witness the best players in the northern hemisphere battling it out.
Head up to Scotland and enjoy some time in Edinburgh before watching Scotland in action at Murrayfield. The Welsh also love their rugby and being in Cardiff’s Principality Stadium as the 75,000-strong crowd sings the national anthem will give you goosebumps.
If you enjoy horse racing or just want a good excuse to get dressed up and have a good time with friends, a trip to Cheltenham or Aintree could be for you.
Gold Cup Day at Cheltenham Festival is one of the biggest days on the horse racing calendar. The same can be said of the Grand National, which is probably the most culturally prominent race in the UK.