The UK is an incredible area, full of unique locations, exciting urban ventures, acres of alluring countryside and miles of exquisite coastlines. This summer, rather than jetting abroad, why not explore all this wonderful island has to offer? For inspiration on where to visit in the UK, below are three breaks you simply can’t miss:
Beside the Seaside
The UK is an island, which means we have miles upon miles of coastlines to explore and discover. From the well-known locations, such as stunning St Ives in Cornwall and cheerful Blackpool, to the hidden beaches of Pembrokeshire, whatever seaside break you are after, Britain has it. For a quaint getaway, opt for beautiful coastal cottages as your accommodation, with over 40 locations available from Mulberry Cottages. For a seaside break, complete with piers and traditional games and arcades, why not explore Clacton Pier, which is a restored Victorian pier, with funfair, arcades, aquarium and restaurants the whole family will love.
Explore the National Parks
For a relatively small island, tthe UK has an astounding 15 national parks to choose from, ranging from the very north tip of Scotland to the southern tip of Cornwall. England, in particular, has 10 National Parks, which include the world-famous Lake District, situated in Cumbria. This location draws visitors from across the globe, and while summer is an exceptionally busy time to visit, this area is ideal for an autumn getaway. Venture here when the weather starts to turn cooler and experience the great forest of Grizedale slowly turn orange and red. Alternatively, if you do choose to visit in summer, there is the UK’s largest lake to enjoy, Lake Windermere. Stay in Bowness-on-Windermere to be close to The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction or enjoy one of the many boat tours, where you explore different locations up and down the 10½ mile lake.
While the UK is well-known for its countryside and scenery, it is also blessed with urban retreats and exciting, intriguing cities to explore. The capital of England, London, is ideal for those who wish to experience the bright lights of the West End, taking in award-winning shows, and shopping on the renowned Oxford Street. However, London is also renowned for being an expensive city to visit, with prices being much higher than those elsewhere. For a city break with a difference, choose Manchester. This bustling metropolis is in the heart of the northwest of England and is home to industrial architecture, modern wonders and venues hailing back to a bygone era. What’s more, Manchester is relatively close to the Peak District, meaning you can indulge both senses, urban excitement and countryside quietness. For shopping fans, Manchester has the incredible Trafford Centre, situated a short car or bus journey from the city centre, and is one of the largest indoor shopping complexes in the UK, home to famous brands, a host of restaurants, a cinema and an aquarium. For rainy summer days the whole family can enjoy, the Trafford Centre has it covered.
The UK has numerous unique, quaint, wonderful and urban locations, each offering something different which you won’t find anywhere else. Take a walk beside the seaside, explore the awe-inspiring countryside or experience city life this summer and you’ll make lifelong memories to cherish.