Holidays abroad might be a little more difficult this year, particularly if you’ve had yours cancelled. ‘Staycations’ (or holidays at home) are on the rise right now with Brits all looking to get some kind of break in before the kids return to school. There are plenty of incredible destinations to enjoy around the country.
I’ve rounded up some of the most picturesque destinations you can visit in the UK this month to enjoy a much needed break.
The Cotswolds is home to a splendid array of stately homes and gardens, historic towns and stone villages, and was designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1966. It is also home to a rare grassland habitat because of its Jurassic limestone bedrock. If you love natural beauty, then the Cotswolds is for you and with 450 square miles to explore there’s plenty to keep you busy.
You’ll need your face mask in hand for England’s most beautiful small city, which is home to a plethora of incredible museums and art galleries. It also includes fantastic architecture, Roman baths, a state-of-the-art thermae bath spa complex and a surprising number of quirky independent stores. It is an absolute must-visit city with an extraordinary array of attractions.
A peaceful haven, Berwick-upon-Tweed is a coastal town in Northumberland just three miles south of the Scottish border. The beautiful town boasts sandy beaches, peaceful riverside walks, museums, galleries, stunning architecture and spectacular views. If you want to get away but still visit a range of attractions, then Berwick-upon-Tweed is for you.
Glencoe, Scottish Highlands
A beautiful and otherworldly landscape, featured in Harry Potter and James Bond’s Skyfall, Glen Coe is located in Lochaber Geopark in the Highlands. It is the perfect destination for fans of the picturesque, climbers, mountaineers, hill-walkers, hikers and adventure-seekers. You can ski, snowboard and mountain bike at the Glencoe Mountain resort and you can even kayak on Loch Leven. Start your adventure at Glencoe village and bask in the extraordinary.
The Lake District without the crowds, Ambleside is a small town that marks the head of England’s largest natural lake, Windermere. The town is the perfect starting point to explore the Lake District with a lake ferry terminal, boats for hire, nearby Roman fort, gardens, a spectacular waterfall, a museum and more.
Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire
Barafundle Bay is a remote and scenic Welsh beach which is said to be among the most picturesque beaches in the UK and perhaps the world. The beach has won several awards, is only accessible by foot, and boasts pine trees, swathes of golden dunes and crystal clear waters. If you’re desperate to escape it all, and maybe pretend you’re in the Caribbean, Barafundle Bay is for you.
Isle of Skye
An extraordinary island off the northwestern coast of Scotland, which is home to some of the most incredible beauty spots in the UK, you will need your camera and walking boots ready for the Isle of Skye. The Isle of Skye’s must-see locations includes The Old Man of Storr, the crystal clear Fairy Pools, the magical Fairy Glen, Claigan Coral Beach and more. If you decide to visit later in the year, you can even see the Northern Lights.
Known for its multi-award-winning beach backed by a delightful promenade that runs the length of the town, Swanage is an exceptional seaside getaway. If the sandy beaches and clear waters aren’t enough, there are an array of activities available, including diver training, windsurfing, water-skiing, kayaking and more. You can also rent a beach hut, deck chairs, sunbeds, and pedaloes.
Portmeirion is a stunning private village like no other. It is a colourful architectural wonder, packed with quirky features including Riviera-inspired houses, a campanile, ornamental garden, giant chessboard, waterfront, heated pool and ketch sculpture. You can also find a mansion turned hotel, pretty woodland and pottery barn on the outskirts of the village.
A quaint village that will take your breath away, Rye is one of the best preserved medieval villages in England. It has everything you need to travel back in time with half-timbered houses, cobbled streets, ancient inns, beach walks, and a castle. If you’ want to escape your troubles, then Rye is for you.
See Something Incredible
The UK is full of incredible sights just waiting to be uncovered. There’s something for everyone from historical settlements, quirky wonders, picturesque beaches, magnificent landscapes and more. Escape the hustle and bustle and visit a new holiday destination today.
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