The Broads National Park, Norwich
The broads are a system of rivers and lakes formed during medieval times by peat digging and flooding. The broads are now a protected national park. Enjoy the scenic views, quaint villages, and beautiful wildlife either on foot, by bicycle, or you can even hire a boat. If holidaying here, there is a variety of accommodation to suit all budgets, from camping to cabins and even luxury hotels if you feel like spoiling yourself.
Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Take a step back in time down the cobbled street of Gold Hill, with its thatched roof properties and romantic views. Gold Hill, Shaftesbury in Dorset is home to a history museum packed full of exhibits and interactive displays. This famous street has been used for films, as well as the iconic Hovis advert. Gold Hill offers breathtaking vistas of the surrounding countryside. For those of us who love the idea of time travel, this place is a must-see.
Located near the river Dwyrd in Gwynedd, Wales, Portmeirion is a colourful, quirky little village with a Mediterranean vibe. It was built between 1925 to 1975 by Sir Clough Williams Elis. This tropical village is set perfectly with landscaped gardens, stunning woodlands, and has many shops to visit, a beach to relax on plus a hotel, restaurant, and spa. The village is also home to Portmeirion Potteries Ltd which began in 1960 by Sir Clough William Elli’s daughter Susan Williams Ellis who founded the company with her husband. Interestingly it has also been used for filming many TV shows, most famously, ‘The prisoner’.
The Dark Hedges, County Antrim
Planted by the Stuart family in the 18th century, this atmospheric tunnel of trees was supposed to be an impressive feature for visitors on their approach to Gracehill house, the Georgian mansion owned by the family. This mystical country road of spectacular trees is a beautiful spot for photographers and was even used in a scene of the hit show ‘Game of thrones’.
Lake District, Cumbria
From breathtaking mountains to tranquil lakes, The Lake District has plenty to explore. The most famous lake is called Windermere where you can hire a boat to enjoy the peaceful views while spotting local wildlife. There are also a variety of forests such as Grizdale, Whinlatter, and Emmerdale which are perfect for a family walk or picnic. Visit the array of market towns for a spot of shopping and a coffee. Whether you’re just going for a day trip or making a holiday out of your visit, The Lake District is guaranteed to deliver.
Eden Project, Cornwall
You don’t have to leave the UK to experience the exotic. Eden Project in Cornwall is a collection of giant greenhouses, home to plants from around the globe that thrive in these artificial climates. Explore the rainforests of South America, the olive groves of the Mediterranean, and a varied selection of other plants native to South Africa and California. It’s a great day out for all ages, with cafes, restaurants, a shop, and an education centre for the kids, plus gardens, adventure activities, and more.
Isle of Skye, Scotland
Home to some of Scotland’s most iconic landscapes, The Isle of Skye is known for its history and cul-rugged scenery. Take a hike to ‘The Old Man Storr’ to see the enchanting rocks that stand tall and visible from miles around. Explore the wildlife from red deer, seals, otters, and the largest bird of prey in the UK, or visit the fairy pools with crystal clear waterfalls. How you choose to spend your time on The Isle of Skye will certainly leave a lasting impression.
By Elsa Gehan
Published: 23 Apr 21