16 Mar 2020 Travel – Places to Visit in the UK This Year
The UK is often at the top of many a tourist’s ‘must see’ list with the city of London usually the destination of choice and it’s not hard to see why – pound for pound you are unlikely to find more sight-seeing opportunities and activities to entertain you than in the capital. Sadly, this means the rest of the UK can get a bit neglected and yet, there are so many incredible, interesting and absolutely beautiful places that deserve your attention.
This year, rather than visiting the city and getting lost amongst the tourist crowds, add these locations to your holiday destination list and discover your new favourite UK holiday spot.
England isn’t the only destination in the UK and picturesque Wales will capture your heart and make you fall in love with rolling scenic hills and the beautiful Welsh countryside. With plenty of different accommodation options, you can live it up in a seafront hotel, enjoy traditional Welsh hospitality in a B&B or enjoy the community life of a cosy North Wales caravan park. Whether you prefer exploring on foot or by bicycle or want to lie on golden sandy shores while the family plays around you, North Wales will be sure to delight on your next visit to the UK.
Where to stay: There are plenty of independent accommodation options in Wales with a variety of farmhouses style homes opening their rooms to visitors. A fond British favourite and available most of the year are the many caravan parks, perfect for a summer holiday or a short winter caravan break.
Located on the South coast, Brighton is an electric location, full of interesting people living their best lives and a fantastic place to enjoy a spot of people watching. Find a quaint, bespoke café down The Lanes for a hearty lunch before exploring the selection of unique and boutique shopping opportunities, then head down the beach front for warm doughnuts and classic arcade games on the iconic Brighton Pier. Recognised for its art, music and creative scenes, Brighton is the place to be for colourful personalities who enjoy great nightlife and being on the coast.
Where to stay: Brighton caters to all budgets, with cheap and cheerful B&Bs overlooking the quirky Lanes to grandiose hotels overlooking the seashore. During the Summer months it can get extremely busy but peaceful Hove is only a short walk away and often has better availability.
Heading up North, Leeds is an exciting city with plenty of events, activities and festivals held throughout the year. Munch your way through the Indie Food Festival, taking place in venues across the city from 22nd to 31st May or experience Leeds in a completely different light during the Leeds Light Night, with dates to be announced for October 2020. Leeds Light Night sees the city come to life with incredible exhibitions and artistic light pieces from the city centre down to Leeds Dock, where you can enjoy a delicious Indian meal and visit the engaging Royal Armouries while taking in the light show on the water. Whether you like exploring independent restaurants or shopping until you drop, Leeds has somewhere that will appeal to you.
Where to stay: City hotel prices fall on the higher side with a weekend break nearing £400 for a luxury room on the first weekend in May however reasonably priced accommodation is available outside of the city centre with the additional option of B&Bs, private apartment and hostel stays.
Further North and heading across the Scottish Border up to Glasgow, you’ll find plenty to delight and amaze you in the city. Not to mention, there are enough free to enter attractions available in Glasgow to keep you entertained for multiple trips! From striking architecture to scenic green spaces and we definitely can’t forget the wonderful people. The city’s slogan is “People Make Glasgow” and there is nowhere in the world where the phrase would ring truer, the people of Glasgow are friendly, welcoming and love a good chat. Everyone can feel at home in Glasgow, whether you are a solo traveller chasing historic locations or a family looking for a memorable weekend away, make sure this Scottish gem is high on your ‘to-do’ list.
Where to stay: The city centre is the place to be and caters to budgets of all sizes, choose quality and basic for cost effective stays or treat yourself to a luxury hotel with views across the incredible cityscape.
Last on this list but certainly not least is the city of Nottingham. A midpoint for the UK, Nottingham features beautiful scenic locations alongside some fun and engaging myths. Home to legendary outlaw Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men, Nottingham has plenty to keep you enthralled, whether staying for a weekend break or choosing a week-long holiday. There is plenty for the little ones to enjoy from farms and indoor soft play centres if the weather clouds over to stunning National Trust sites and the opportunity to see some of the oldest oak trees in the world!
Where to stay: If you love the outdoors, Nottinghamshire camping opportunities will be perfect for you. Alternatively, for those that prefer home comforts, Nottingham has excellent travel links and staying in or outside of the city centre won’t take you too far from all the action, myths and exciting Nottingham events.
The UK is full of exciting destinations, whether you are a culture chaser, have an open devotion to the great outdoors or simple want to experience a quintessentially British way of life, the UK looks forward to welcoming you on your next trip away.
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Scenic Coast of Aberystwyth in North Wales, UK
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Full moon over Clarence Dock and the Royal Armouries museum in Leeds