The UK is a country blessed with natural wonders – something that many Brits overlook in their quest for sunshine. From the highlands of Scotland to the Roman Baths in Somerset, the UK is home to a myriad of tourist sites. Whether you’re a Brit looking to explore more of your own country, or you’re from abroad, looking to visit the UK, there is no shortage of places to visit. Aside from some of the tourist hotspots, here are 5 of the best places to visit:
- Snowdonia National Park: Wales’ highest mountain, Mt. Snowdon, calls this utopian landscape its home. Adventure tourists can enjoy opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing and other activities. Less mobile tourists can take “The Snowdon Mountain Railway” up to Snowdon’s summit. Nearby castles and charming villages will attract history and architecture buffs.
- Bristol and Somerset: Bristol is one of the UK’s most pleasant cities. It’s youthful, funky metropolitan and fun. Graffiti fans will find Bristol of particular interest, with the city being the birthplace of world-famous graffiti artist Banksy. The Clifton Suspension Bridge crosses the beautiful Avon Gorge, and the nearby Roman city of Bath is well worth a visit. Other nearby attractions include the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales, and Cheddar Gorge in the Mendip Hills.
- Giant’s Causeway: At one of the northernmost points of the island of Ireland lies the natural phenomenon of Giant’s Causeway, a unique hexagonal landform of which few places bear resemblance to. Nearby Londonderry/Derry may be of interest to those with knowledge of recent political events. “The Dark Hedges” are yet another phenomenon of nature, and are located roughly 30 minutes away by car.
- The Outer Hebrides Islands: An unexpected destination, perhaps, but present in the Outer Hebrides Islands are some of the UK’s finest beaches. The Isle of Barra has one of the most spectacular airports in the world, where, if you manage to fly in, you’ll find that the landing strip is a beach. The islands are also superb for cycle-tourism and coastal walking, with the best time of year to visit arguably being the summer.
- Dorset: Some of the UK’s most majestic cliff scenery is in Dorset. The area’s abundance in campsites makes travel here easy, and great for families. Durdle Door beach, with its stunning arch, is one of the premier coastal destinations in the country. Gorgeous countryside properties and hotels make travelling here a treat.
With travel around the UK becoming easier and cheaper, hotel costs remain among the final hurdles that one must deal with. However, even this is becoming easier to overcome with the availability of hotel vouchers and discount codes, as linked. There are thus fewer excuses not to explore the UK! Don’t hesitate to visit some of the above destinations – you’ll be guaranteed to have an unforgettable experience in the country. With time on your hands, you might wish to visit all five on the same trip.