Top 10 Alternative Places To Visit in the UK
Sometimes it is essential to get away for a quiet weekend or week, whether alone, with a partner, or with family and friends. The UK offers some of the best getaways in terms of peace and quiet, as well as through the opportunity to explore and enjoy landscapes. With the summer gradually getting warmer, the chance to escape over the next few months is very tempting. However, trips throughout the year are also recommended, with some of Britain’s more remote destinations ideal for spending Christmas away from the busyness of large cities and towns. Some great getaway destinations in the UK consequently include:
1 – The Isle of Wight
This island off the South Coast of England is ideal for cottage holidays and walking and cycling brakes. Predominantly rural and dotted with small towns around its coast, the Isle of Wight offers opportunities for quiet trips. The island does get busy for the annual Ryde sailing regatta, but is generally quiet the rest of the year.
2 – Edinburgh
One of the most romantic cities in the UK, Edinburgh represents a great getaway for its diversity, shopping and history. Whether visiting Edinburgh Castle, or exploring the Old Town, Edinburgh is ideal for a long weekend.
3 – Bath
The Western city of Bath is similarly great for a quick weekend away. The Georgian architecture of the city escaped WWII relatively unscathed, and the compact city centre can be easily enjoyed over a few days. Bath also features the Roman spa Baths, and lots of boutique shopping.
4 – The Lake District
The Lake District in the North of England is excellent for escaping urban life to enjoy the panoramas, hiking and camping of the country. Dotted with cottages and small towns and villages, the Lake District is arguably one of the most tranquil locations in the UK.
5 – Cornwall
While there is a lot to see in England’s most Western county, it is worth visiting Cornwall simply to drive along the coast and through its many unspoilt beaches. Penzance and St Ives on the far Western coast are particularly recommended for day trips.
6 – The Scottish Highlands
Ideal for remote journeys, the Scottish Highlands feature large amounts of almost uninhabited land and small villages, as well as castles, boat trips and Loch walks and sailing.
7 – The Cotswolds
Only a short drive or train ride from London, the Cotswolds offers a country escape, and represents a quiet location for a week or weekend. It incorporates Cheltenham and sights such as Blenheim Palace.
8 – The New Forest
Another National Park site, this time in the West of England, the New Forest has a long history as a Royal hunting ground, and as a source of diverse wildlife and geography. Located in Hampshire, The New Forest is a short drive and train ride from London.
9 – Ludlow
This Shropshire market town is defined by its high quality restaurants and boutique shopping, and is recommended for a romantic weekend away.
10 – Caernarfon and West Wales
A trip to rural West Wales can take in Caernarfon and its medieval Castle, as well as the coastal town of Bangor, as well as the numerous opportunities for camping and walking along the coast itself.
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