Top 10 UK Holiday Destinations
Whether you're travelling solo, with friends, in a couple or with a boisterous brood, you'll find bucket loads to keep you entertained in our round-up of 10 of the best UK holiday destinations. If you're travelling with children, make sure you check out our UK school holidays page, so you can go like a pro.
Aaah, this is what British holidays are made of: breathtaking mountains, lovely lakes, characterful market towns and villages, stretching your legs, fresh air and pub lunches. The Lake District has 885 square miles of luscious national park to be explored and a host of historic and heritage sites to visit.
One of the nation's favourite holiday spots for good reason, Cornwall is perched on the south western end of Great Britain and is almost entirely surrounded by the sea. People keep on coming for the stunning beaches, pounding surf, idyllic countryside, creative food and art scenes and long history.
Another British holiday favourite, next door Devon offers a similar experience to Cornwall: dreamy days spent exploring wild and rolling countryside, beautiful beaches and seaside resorts, ancient castles and historic houses. There are also the lively cities of Exeter and Plymouth to discover. It's a foodie heaven too.
East & West Sussex
Just an hour from London, the neighbouring counties of East and West Sussex may be quieter but offer 150 km of coastline and seemingly endless English countryside. The elegant stately homes and historic castles and gardens contrast with the quirky cool of coastal towns and cities including Hastings and Brighton, and wild beaches like Camber.
Pembrokeshire in the very west of Wales is home to Britain's only coastal national park, and the big reason to holiday here is the awesome beach scenery. Perfect golden sands, crashing waves, rocky cliffs, and stunning flora and fauna mean this is the perfect holiday destination for a spot of walking, water sports, dolphin and seal-watching, eating, drinking and adventure, Welsh-style.
It's hard to sum up anywhere in a few lines, especially our capital city. Top department stores, vintage boutiques, markets, a rich history, innumerable attractions, theatres and music venues, galleries and museums, bars, cafes and restaurants, vast green parks, the river, cosmopolitan neighbourhoods: it goes on.
Outer Hebrides, Scotland
For those looking for true isolation and invigoration, the Scottish Western Isles of the Outer Hebrides certainly deliver. This collection of interconnected islands sits on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, tranquil and far from the chaos of standard UK-life. The unique environment supports flourishing wildlife and offers an amazing array of outdoor activities, outstanding local produce and the freshest air. There's a rich cultural heritage too, with communities that are strong, warm and welcoming.
At the far north of England, between the Scottish Borders and Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland offers rugged rural landscapes, wild beaches, a turbulent history, ancient castles and houses, charming towns and villages, and plenty of opportunities for pure, unadulterated activity.
Perched on the eastern coast of the UK, Suffolk may not be one of the biggest players in British tourism but visitors love it for its birdwatching, miles of dramatic coastline and classic coastal resorts, historic homes and gardens, acres of farmland (and farm shops bursting at the seams), archetypal English villages and the more 21st Century Ipswich. There's also Newmarket racecourse and the annual Latitude music festival.
Isle of Wight
A short ferry ride across the Solent will transport you to this perfect little holiday heaven. The Isle of Wight has everything anyone has ever needed from a UK holiday destination: glorious countryside, fantastic beaches, numerous attractions and family activities, good shopping and a fair dose of sunshine.