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United Kingdom Popular Places to Visit

Nottingham

Nottingham literally has everything. To see some gorgeous architecture, visit the beautiful Wollaton Hall, surrounded by parks perfect for a stroll, and also comprising of a history and industrial museum if you fancy getting nerdy. Another thing which can’t be missed when visiting Nottingham is the City of Caves – it’s a maze which goes back to the dark ages and they offer tours where you can learn about the history of the caves.

If that’s enough sightseeing for you, the nightlife in Nottingham is also insane. It provides thousands of students with cheap nights out every night, with the likes of Stealth, Rock City and Rescue Rooms, so you know you’re in good hands if you want an all night party. Don’t miss the quirky Alley Cafe which is solely veggie and vegan, and often puts on live music – try the veggie breakfast and a smoothie for the hangover cure of dreams.

Nottingham, United Kingdom

Isle Of Wight

The Isle of Wight is an island off the south coast of England. It’s known for its beaches and seafront promenades such as sandy Shanklin Beach and south-facing Ventnor Beach, which is dotted with vintage beach huts. ‘It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot’, wrote Queen Victoria of her private home on the Isle of Wight. Osborne House was the royal family’s seaside retreat, and a visit to the ornate palace and sculpted gardens. Outside of the palatial holiday home, the Isle of Wight is peppered with romantic beaches, quaint shopping towns and coastal paths to suit everyone – from the tenacious explorer to the dabbling day-tripper.

Isle Of Wight, United Kingdom

Alnwick

Alnwick in Northumberland is one of those places where you feel like you’ve really come away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Gorgeous countryside and quiet quaint villages combine with amazing fresh seafood and long stretches of beaches, which make it the perfect place for a staycation. There are some lovely walks depending on whether you want a stroll or a full on hike, such as around the beautiful Dunstanburgh Castle, a few miles from Alnwick, or just park up alongside a stretch of beach and wander for a few hours. Also, it’s definitely worth getting on a boat to the Farne Islands, where you’ll experience a blustery hour of observing hundreds of puffins, seals, and other seabirds perched on rocks.

You can’t miss a visit to Alnwick Castle, which played host to some scenes in the Harry Potter movie franchise – you’ll definitely recognise it as you approach! 

Northumberland, United Kingdom

Margate

It can be your favourite place in the UK, has to be the Isle of Thanet on the East Kent coast, home to Margate. There is a thriving and quirky creative scene and the epic skies inspired the painter Turner, while the modern day Margate gave us Tracey Emin. The Isle of Thanet was the original home of the British seaside holiday, and today it’s where buckets and spades and sticks of rock meet boutique hotels and slick art galleries, while retaining a relaxed, down to earth charm. You will love to browsing around flea markets which are packed with retro gems and descending (hard hat included) into secret wartime tunnels.

Ramsgate is nearby with the country’s only Royal harbour while Broadstairs is the quintessential British beachfront town. You can eat fresh seafood right off the boat, explore one of the 15 sandy beaches and bays, climb chalk cliffs, or cycle the pathways of the Viking trail – and you have to have what’s been called the best pizza in the country at GB Pizza, then walk it off while watching the sunset over the sand. 

Kent, United Kingdom

Devon

If you have crave the feeling of being somewhere a touch more exotic than the good old UK then head for Lydford Gorge in Devon. When you’re standing at the foot of the White Lady waterfall, you could legitimately be in Bali, or Mexico. Take a stroll up the path cut into the side of the gorge, step into the famous ‘Devil’s Cauldron’, where the raging torrent has cut far down into the shiny black rock, and you’ll be convinced that you’ve left England far behind you. Once you’ve emerged from the gorge, dazed, head for Brentor, just as dramatic, but a world away. Climb the rugged ‘tor’ to the chapel perched at the top, which, amazingly, still puts on Sunday services, and drink in panoramic views over the moor all the way to the south coast.
 
Explore Devon’s winding lanes and head south to the likes of the regency seaside resort of Sidmouth, which comes alive with its Folk Week in the summer, or north to Ilfracombe, where waves crash on a coast which, on a sunny summer’s day, gives the Med a run for its money and surfers flock. This is prime camping country, perfect for a road trip and nights in coastal campsites or free-camping in hidden spots on the moor. Come prepared for the rain, as it’s anything but dry down here, but it’ll enchant you anyway.
Devon, United Kingdom

The New Forest

Located a mere two hour drive from London it is perfect destination for anyone traveling the UK. From the moment you enter the New Forest national park you are surrounded by forests, commons, and a large number of walking/cycling trails. Look a little harder and you’ll realise that there are wild animals roaming free – think horses, cows, and even the occasional pig. The New Forest consists of many small villages and towns which are worth a visit, namely: Burley, Lyndhurst, Lymington and Beaulieu.

Once you’re here there is so much to see and do, hiring a bike and hitting the trails to really get the most of out your trip – even better, make it into a bit of a pub crawl. Talking of pubs, they would be my biggest recommendation for food and drink, just about every town and village has one. If you’re visiting in summer then it is highly recommend bringing a tent and camping for the weekend. The New Forest Water Park is also one of the best activities for summer. Alternatively, if you come in the colder months, bring your layers and wellies for a walk then head to a pub to warm up by an open fire.

London, United Kingdom

Whitstable

Whitstable is a super cute little seaside town, with oodles of classic charm. A quick one hour train ride from London (St Pancras offers a high-speed service), you can spend a week, weekend or even just a day here.

Harbour Street is full of lovely lifestyle shops so you can grab something to commemorate your trip, or even just stuff yourself with some more food – the Crab & Winkle is a must-visit for some stand-up seafood on the go. And if you linger a night or two book yourself a spot at the Michelin starred Sportsman in nearby Seasalter for a delicious dinner.

Whitstable, United Kingdom

Cambridge

Cambridge is a perfect escape from reality. One of the key attractions of Cambridge that you can’t miss is the world famous university – the thirty odd colleges essentially pin the city together. You can enter some of the haloed ivory towers for free but expect to pay around £5 to enter some of the more famous colleges.

Take a walk along ‘The Backs’ (Queens Road) from autumn to early spring to get one of the best views in Cambridge: King’s College Chapel across the meadow. The Backs itself is beautiful. 

Cambridge offers great value meals in their onsite Scholars bar and restaurant.

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Cotswolds

If you’re looking for the most quintessentially English place to visit – The Cotswolds is it. Stone cottages, flowing streams, winding roads and pretty villages make The Cotswolds a postcard perfect destination for a Great British escape. With a driving time of just 2 hours from London, it’s not too far for a weekend break, plus you can stop off in Bath if you want to make the most out of your trip. Driving around The Cotswolds and admiring the scenery is an experience in itself, although if you’re visiting in peak summertime expect to be joined by tourists in some of the bigger towns. 

There are so many beautiful towns and places to visit in The Cotswolds that you could spend days touring around, but my top picks are Castle Combe, Bibury, Bourton-on-the-Water, and Stow-on-the-Wold. 

Visit to Cotswold Wildlife Park, which offers the most up-close-and-personal experience with wildlife. Enclosure filled with lemurs hopping from tree to tree and snap photos of the rhinos grazing freely in front of the Manor House. Another great place to visit is Sezincote Estate which is a 4,500 acre estate with a 200-year-old Mogul Indian palace. 

Cotswolds is without a doubt the most relaxing place for a vacation and it’s no wonder this place has inspired so many writers and poets throughout the years. It’s easy to get here, just hop on a one hour train from Bristol.

Cotswolds, United Kingdom

South Dorset

If you’re looking for a staycation with gorgeous landscapes, incredible seafood, and loads of outdoor adventures, you should definitely down to south Dorset.A cute little seaside town with loads of vintage charm and you can genuinely think this is one of the most beautiful parts of the UK!

One of the highlights is the famous Jurassic Coast, which starts down in East Devon and runs as far as the stunning Old Harry Rocks near Swanage in Dorset. The cliffs here were formed between 252 and 201 million years ago, during the Triassic Period, but as well as fossils and geology there are some really pretty landscapes and great cliff walks. Don’t miss Durdle Door, a stone archway over the sea at one of Dorset’s most beautiful beaches. A kayaking tour is a great way to see it!

Corfe Castle, a ruined castle at the top of a hill, which was the inspiration for Enid Blyton’s Kirrin Castle. For something a little different you have the village of Tyneham. It’s one of my favourite places in the county and not a lot of people even know it’s there – a ghost village abandoned during WWII where you can explore the ruined houses and the beautifully restored 1940’s schoolroom.  Dorset can be reached by a quick 40 minute drive from Bournemouth.

Bournemouth, United Kingdom