The UK is home to not only one of the best accents in the world but also some of the most beautiful scenery you’ll ever see in your life. Whether you’re traveling from outside the country or you are a native UK resident looking to get away from your everyday life, it has something for everyone.
From pristine beaches to rolling hills, here is a list of places you should take your family for your next holiday:
Cornwall is an area of outstanding natural beauty. So much so that the British government has officially designated around 27% of the land area of Cornwall as an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.’ With white sandy beaches and a clear blue sea beside picturesque fishing villages, it’s hard to see how they could not.
However, that is not all this place offers. Cornwall is filled with historic and pre-historic structures dating back to the Bronze age. While you’re there, you should not miss Tintagel Castle, the fabled home of King Arthur. This medieval coastal castle is the most well-known attraction of Cornwall.
One last thing – while you’re busy visiting its many beaches and historical structures, you should not forget to make time for two other things Cornwall is well known for. Surfing and authentic Cornish pasty. You will not regret it.
The Lake District
The Lake District is a National Park in the North West of England that has many wonderful things to offer travelers. Most famously, the park is home to Brittain’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, and its largest lake, lake Windermere, as well as lake Wastwater, its deepest lake.
This national park offers its visitors many trails to hike, requiring different levels of physicality. If you prefer to get wet instead of sweaty, you can also jump into the chilly lakes for a refreshing swim.
The park offers a plethora of different adventures for interested tourists, but the most unique is the stargazing opportunity. The Lake District is one of the darkest areas of Brittain. So any regular joe can walk up a hill after dark and view the glorious beauty of the Milkyway above him.
Maybe you have been planning a trip to Wales for years, or maybe you only started paying attention to the country after Ryan Reynolds bought the football club Wrexham FC. But either way, you should visit Snowdonia National Park.
Home to 9 mountain ranges and 15 peaks standing above 3000 feet, this is an excellent destination for hikers. Snowdonia’s uninterrupted uplands, enchanting forests, and 23 miles of coastline make it ‘the complete package for a family destination.
If you truly want to experience Snowdonia (as you should), you should take your time here. Stay in Welsh luxury lodges, and spend your time discovering many of its hidden mountain lakes. That way, you also get the opportunity to immerse yourself in Welsh culture and, more importantly, Welsh food.
One of the most beautiful things about Great Brittain is its uninterrupted history. Modern cities have incorporated their medieval history rather than rolled over it. And nowhere is it more apparent than in the Scottish capital Edinburgh.
Edinburgh is a great place to base yourself when you’re with your family. There are plenty of museums and galleries, including the Scottish National Gallery, The Royal Museum, and the National Museum of Scotland.
It is almost fruitless to separately mention the historical attractions of Edinburgh as the entire city is essentially a living museum. But do take out the time to visit Edinburgh Castle, which looms over this beautiful city. Listening to the tales of the epic battles fought there while standing inside the castle will make you glad that you planned the trip.
Also, the adults might be interested to know that the very first mention of whiskey ever found is in the tax records of this city. Back in 1494. So as authentic as it gets, basically.
To be or not to be? That is not a question you’ll be asking yourself when planning a trip to Shakespeare’s hometown. To be. The answer is definitely ‘to be.’
Stratford-Upon-Avon is a medieval market town in England that has, against all odds, managed to retain its medieval looks.
You kids might find Shakespear boring in class. But all that will change when they see the Royal Shakespeare Company perform his plays on Swan Theater’s traditional Elizabethan stage.
While spending a couple of days in the quiet town, you can also check out the local boutiques, Shakespeare’s birthplace, and his final resting place. And the word on the street is the culinary scene here isn’t half bad either.
The Scottish Highlands are one of the most beautiful regions in the UK, and they offer a wide range of activities for travelers with children. This is a great place to go hiking. There are a variety of different trails available for people with varying levels of enthusiasm and physical capability.
There is not much to be said about Scottish Highlands’ splendid natural beauty that most people don’t already know. But it is probably prudent to remind parents that if they want to be a hero to their children forever, this is the place to take them. Why? Loch Ness Monster and Harry Potter.
Visiting the Loch Ness freshwater lake is a must when you visit Scottland. People have been hunting for the famous Loch Ness Monster ever since its first ‘sighting’ in 565 AD. There are boats available along with hiking and biking trails if you want to do some monster hunting of your own.
You can also take the scenic West Highland Railway Line, which passes over the Glenfinnan Viaduct, just as the Hogwarts Express does in the Harry Potter movies. Taking the train also allows you to catch some rare glimpses of the Scottish countryside that you can’t get any other way due to the lack of roads.
The United Kingdom is too big and too beautiful a place to be fully experienced in one holiday. Therefore, you must spend plenty of time researching before you decide which places to visit. But no matter where you decide to go, it is safe to say that you won’t be disappointed.