Before you book that holiday to Menorca, have you considered staying closer to home this summer? The UK is full of amazing destinations which will open your eyes to the possibilities of holidaying in this country. There’s a wealth of amazing countryside, coasts and cities to explore within the British Isles. Here are ten of the best destinations for you to discover if you haven’t already done so.
Famously featuring in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (the flying Ford Anglia lands on the Glenfinnan Viaduct), this area of the highlands boasts beautiful scenery as well as a wealth of history. The Glenfinnan Monument commemorates the place where Bonnie Prince Charlie gathered the Jacobites to battle for the British Throne.
Cardiff is a must-see for the architecture fan. The Welsh capital’s Bay regeneration is an impressive example of modern building design as is Cardiff City Library. For the sports fan, there are also plenty of events and stadia to explore when you are.
The jewel in English Riviera’s crown, Cornwall offers beautiful coast lines, quaint fishing villages and delicious pasties! Cornwall is famous for its surfing hotspots but there is much more to discover in the county.
The Lake District, England
The Lake District National Park is the perfect place to reconnect with nature and gawp at the awe-inspiring scenery. Perfect for walkers but also great for water sports enthusiasts and those who simply want to enjoy the quaint Lakeland towns.
You’ve probably already visited the capital but it is still worth reminding ourselves of a city which is rightly counted as one of the best in the world.
Shetland Islands, Scotland
For isolation and rugged beauty, you will struggle to find anywhere on earth that beats the Shetlands.
The city on the edge of the Mersey has enjoyed a renaissance since it was crowned Capital of Culture in 2008. If you have already visited The Beatle’s spiritual home of the Cavern, there’s great shopping in Liverpool One and the best museums outside of London.
Brecon Beacons, Wales
Another National Park endowed with extraordinary natural beauty, the Beacons is a walker’s paradise. For a special day out, try the region’s mountain railway.
Majestic deer, birds of prey and wildcats can all be spotted in the Scotland’s finest National Park. If you are a wildlife enthusiast, this is the trip for you. Domestic holiday provider UK Breakaways run trips to nearby places such as the Spittal of Glenshee.
The Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
This UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the world’s most awesome spectacles. With flights to Northern Ireland so cheap you owe it to yourself to visit as soon as possible.