Overseas visitors to the UK frequently head for England’s capital city, London, and as one of the most vibrant and historically significant cities in the world, that’s no surprise. However, the country is packed with other beautiful and fascinating destinations that suit every kind of interest. Whether it’s art and culture, nightlife and entertainment, or spectacular landscapes you’re after, the UK has it all. Here are just a few of Britain’s holiday hotspots.
City of Bath
Bath is an extraordinary historical landmark in England’s West Country, full of architectural wonders spanning many centuries. There are the famous Roman Spa baths from which the city gets its name, and many examples of Georgian architecture including the Royal Crescent, immortalized in Jane Austen’s novels. Bath is recognized as a place of cultural and historical significance, earning privileged status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site; but it’s also a great place to shop, eat, and party.
The Jurassic Coast runs along the southern edge of England from Dorset into Devon. It’s so-called because it’s home to an incredible array of fossils, and there are exhibits in most of the towns along the coast. It’s a great place to hunt for your own fossils, but this stretch of coastline isn’t all rocks and shale. There are some fine sandy beaches for sun lovers, and plenty of rockpool beaches for nature lovers. You can find out more about all the beaches and facilities at a specialist website like Coastradar.com.
The whole area around the Brecon Beacons in Wales is stunningly beautiful, a mixture of small mountain peaks, valleys, rivers, waterfalls, woods, and moorland. There’s plenty of wildlife and walking opportunities, as well as some world-famous tourist attractions like the Dan-Yr-Ogof caves. The main city of Swansea is on the coast at the foot of the valleys, so although you’ll feel well away from civilization when you’re exploring the Brecons, you won’t be far from a large, well-serviced city.
Loch Ness might be the most famous Scottish loch, and the area around it is spectacular – even if you don’t get a glimpse of Nessie – but there are many other lochs to explore in Scotland’s magnificent landscape. One of the most picturesque places is the area around Loch Lomond at the foot of the Highlands, in the Trossachs mountain range. Not far from there are the Grampian mountains, home of Ben Nevis and Fort William.
The place that gave New York its name, historic York is a walled city that’s full of impressive buildings such as the famous York Minster. Centuries of different architectural styles can be seen around the city, and many of the shops are situated along the old cobbled streets. The other wonderful aspect of visiting York is that you’re right on the edge of the North York Moors, one of the most diverse and interesting places in England.
These are just a handful of examples of places that make the UK such a special place to visit, so if you’ve never been, you’ll be spoilt for choice when you book your British adventure!