When you think of visiting the UK, the first thing that probably springs to mind are the major cities. London, Manchester, Liverpool and Edinburgh are all tourist traps with plenty to see and do- but there’s so much more to the country. Sure, if you want to be wowed with attractions, visit fancy restaurants and shop til you drop a city break won’t disappoint- but how about visiting some of the places that are a little quieter? Get off the beaten path and experience all that the country has to offer- here are some ideas!
View Scotland’s Incredible Lochs
Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee are all stunning Scottish cities that are well worth a visit, but there’s far more to Scotland. Famous for its incredible lochs, you can go boating, do water sports, hiking, fishing, bird watching and so much more. You can take in the spectacular views of these massive bodies of water which are quite unlike anything else in the world. There are many different lochs across Scotland so work out which look the most interesting and plan your visit around this.
Go Camping in the Countryside
The rolling hills of England are quite idyllic, and there are loads of fantastic places in the country you can visit. From Cheshire to Essex to Yorkshire and the Cotswolds, spend your days exploring quaint villages, sipping tea in tea rooms and walking through meadows and woods. There are plenty of other things to do in the countryside too, from traditional pubs and restaurants to bike rides to festivals and shows such as the Leeds festival of flowers. Spend some time finding out what’s going to be on when you plan on visiting.
Take a Stroll Around The National Trust Parks
The ‘National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty’ otherwise known as ‘National Trust’ are a charity and conservation organisation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. They work to protect and preserve historic places meaning you can get a fantastic look into beautiful UK scenery. Many of the parks have historical houses on site that you can explore, some showing things like art galleries and having other activities. Bring a picnic and take a stroll for the perfect, relaxed day.
Check Out Some Secluded Beaches
The UK might not be somewhere you consider as a beach destination, and admittedly the weather is far from tropical. However, there are lots of lovely beaches particularly down south in places like Cornwall, Devon, Brighton and Bournemouth. The larger and more popular beaches are brimming with tourists during the warmer months, there are lots of smaller and more secluded ones too. Explore caves, hike the beach, build sandcastles and swim in the sea. Just make sure you get a warm day!
There are tonnes of things to do in the UK that are outside of London and the big cities. If you plan on visiting, consider working some of these things into your trip.