For the typical tourist, heading to the UK is usually all about London. In fact, most people don’t think that the UK has much else to offer (apart from the stereotypical rain).
However, delve deeper into the country and there are plenty of sights that are worthy of venturing out of the capital. Sure, landmarks like Big Ben aren’t located in every town, but there is plenty of charm dotted around the nation and this is often forgotten about.
As such, whether you are traveling alone, with your partner or as a family, here is a lowdown on some of the areas you should be turning to in the UK.
In truth, the Midlands spans a huge area, but in the interests of providing opportunities for groups of all types we thought we would include it like this.
Whether it’s the Peak District near Derbyshire for its picturesque walks, or the Belfry near Birmingham for its excellent spa and golfing facilities, there is plenty for all to do.
As the name suggests, it’s situated right in the middle of the country, which simply adds to the benefits. London is a short train journey away, while Yorkshire isn’t too far either (more on that next).
It’s probably one of the more traditional areas of the UK, although if the big city life is still your thing you can still rely on the likes of Leeds and Sheffield which offer plenty of vibrant scenes.
In general, people will visit Yorkshire for the Dales though. This is a huge area of countryside, with some of the best walks in the land, and ideal for those of you who just want to relax and forget about life for a while.
Yorkshire is also one of those places where historic towns are very common. York is perhaps one of the most popular and for those of you who like cobbled streets and traditional shops, this has it all.
If you would rather stay more south, then Brighton could be a very good pick. It’s situated right on the seaside, and while the weather isn’t guaranteed to be glorious all-year round, that’s not the point of this destination.
It’s on the seafront, but it’s not a traditional beach. It’s formed of pebbles, and this brings a charm of its own.
Brighton is also regarded as one of the most quirky cities around and being just over an hour away from the capital it’s very easily accessed from all over the world.
If coastline is your thing, another option could be Cornwall. This area of the UK has no less than 300 miles of coastline, and this means that it’s become renowned as a surfer’s paradise over the years.
Of course, you don’t have to be an adrenaline junkie to enjoy this. It also attracts plenty of painters and artists, for the sole reason that it boasts some of the most fabulous landscapes in the whole of the country.