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When thinking about incredible places to travel to visit, one wouldn’t be blamed for letting their mind drift to green pastures and vineyards in France, mountains in Switzerland or beaches in Italy. But when jumping in the van or car, one needn’t look any further than our very own land. As under appreciated as they are beautiful, there are some truly ore inspiring destinations you simply HAVE to visit in the UK. For those who like to steer clear of the city, take a pair of super comfy shoes, with their favorite travel buddy in tow, you can head to all four corners of this fine island and discover the unknown.
We always like to have an organic moment away from our phones when we take time out, however, the places in the list are just too photogenic to pass up. Instagram simply won’t know what’s hit it as you document your fulfilling trips to these spots. Out of a list of SO many, it was really tough to narrow a list down to 10, so don’t be surprised if we have to write a follow up piece, but for now, here are just 10 of the best places to visit in the UK.
Durdle Door, Dorset
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Durdle Door is a site for sore eyes, from spring to summer this natural rock formation is illuminated by the sun and looks incredible. It’s a Jurassic world heritage site and part of the Lulworth estate which is easily accessible via a footpath. Seeing this formation emerge from the undisturbed sky line is something else. Take a walk along the beach and stop for a picnic. If you have your own paddle board, this would be the perfect spot to take a little tour on the sea too.
Where: West Lulworth Dorset,
Price: Free access to the beach (parking charges apply)
When to visit: Any time but recommended from May to September
Robin Hoods Bay, Yorkshire
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Robin Hoods Bay is a real secret of the Yorkshire coast line. The coastline surrounding Robin Hoods Bay is rugged and elemental, a stark contrast to the gentle nature of its southern counterparts. Robin Hoods Bay is built into the cliff face which means the architecture of the town is really remarkable. Long, cobbled, winding streets, reminiscent of those found in Santorini, the little pubs and shops are postcard perfect! From the town to the waterfront, Robin Hoods Bay is a really special must see destination.
Where: NE Yorkshire, From Malton opposite Grosvenor Hotel.
Price: Free access to the beach, parking costs apply.
When to visit: Any time of year, winter is eery and mysterious, summer is uplifting and picturesque.
Tresco Abbey Gardens, Isle of Scilly
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The Tresco Abbey Gardens are a superb destination to visit. Whether you are a botanical enthusiast or just a lover of nature, the flora and fauna is absolutely amazing. “Even at the winter solstice, there are more than 300 plants in flower. All in all, the tropical garden is home to more than 20,000 species of plants from 80 countries, ranging from Brazil to New Zealand and Burma to South Africa” visit Isle Of Scilly. – You can’t argue with facts like that now can you!
Where: Isle Of Scilly, accessed by air from Lands end Airport or via Ferry from Penzance.
When: This is certainly one for the Summer Months. The island Itself comes to life in the Summer. The beaches are next level stunning.
Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland
Giant’s Causeway is synonymous with words like mesmerizing, inspiring, mysterious. When thinking of Northern Ireland, Giants Causeway should be one of the top spots you think of. Beaten by the harsh winds of the North Atlantic and carved by the ever changing weather of N.Ireland, there is no wonder so many artists are inspired by this rugged landscape. Still totally shrouded in mystery, curiosity is enough to encourage you to take a visit and hire a guide or audio guide to discover what or who produced this natural phenomena.
Where:Giants Causeway, County Antrim, N. Ireland.
Price: Adult: £10.50, Child: £5.25, Family: £26.25 (2 Adults + 3 Children under 17 years – under 5 years free),National Trust Members Free
When To Visit: Winter brings with it a fairy tale aire and summer the beauty of the day! Either!
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God’s own county as it’s described, there really are few places that compare to the natural landscape of Yorkshire. Country roads, rolling hills, jagged mountains, raw green pastures and friendly locals make for an unforgettable visit. Not to mention arguably one of the best places to grab a country pint in the UK. Imagine the cutest family and animal friendly pubs, a brisk and sometimes challenging walk, topped of with a local ale to the back drop like the photo above. BLISS.
Where: From the gateway to the dales in Ilkley to local favorite like Grassington, Burnsall to tourist hotspots like Wensleydale and Settle.
Price: Free for the nature, where to stay etc is on you. Yorkshire’s your oyster.
When to visit: Autumn is an incredible time to visit but year round Yorkshire is Tranquil, peaceful and beautiful.
Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland
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It has been said that Bamburgh Castle is one of the most interesting and visually stimulating castles in the UK. Set upon an island by the coast, the castle itself, architecturally speaking is a marvel in it’s own right. Pair it’s facade with the tales of betrayal, intrigue and mystery, a visit to Bamburgh Castle is super interesting. In fact, dating all the way back to the Anglo Saxons and the Bronze age, Bamburgh has more than a few secrets. . . .
Where: Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland
Price: Adult £10.85, Child ( 5 – 16 years ) £5, Under 5 FREE. Family Ticket ( 2 adults and up to three dependents, up to 18 years old )£ 26
When to visit: Year Round
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The natural symmetry of this incredible cave is really spectacular. Nowhere is quite like Fingal’s Cave in the sheer magnitude and definition of these ocean carved wonders. The sights, sounds and colours of the caves are just amazing. Looking out over the horizon makes for a memorable experience on Scotland’s already blessed landscape. Visitors can walk right into the depths of the belly of these extraordinary caves, be sure to take your camera, there are few places to rival Fingals Cave! A total must see.
Where: Fingals Cave, Achavaich, Isle of Iona
Price: There are so many awesome tours which mix history, wildlife and much more. Pick the right one for you on the website. Click here.
When to visit: Due to how cold Scotland can be, we are inclined to recommend summer, plus during the long light days, the caves look incredible in the sunshine.
Burgh Island, South Devon
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Inspiring the incredible Album by Ben Howard there is little wonder why Ben felt to many emotions when spending time here. Burgh Island is one of nature’s gifts, a island protected by the sea and watched over by the wildlife and the very VERY few locals who reside there. Truly a signature Devonshire Landmark, take the walk out to the island or stay overnight in the really stunning hotel. Burgh Island is surrounded by golden sands and silver seas and the vivid greens of the island itself. Absolutely epic.
Where: Burgh Island, Bigbury On Sea, South Devon
Price:Walk along the beach for free. Book rooms in the only island hotel here.
When to visit: From June to September are the best months.
Old Man Of Storr, Isle Of Skye
“The ‘Old Man’ is a large pinnacle of rock that stands high and can be seen for miles around.As part of the Trotternish ridge the Storr was created by a massive ancient landslide, leaving one of the most photographed landscapes in the world” Isle Of Skye. Doesn’t that sound amazing, looking at pictures of this gorgeous destination just couldn’t be enough, looking around at the Skye raw and rugged landscape under the watchful eye of the Old Man rocks would be an awesome experience. There is a great walk to be had around the rocks so be sure to bring your walking boots and a hot flask of tea this one is worth the time.
Where: Old Man Of Storr, Trotternish, Isle Of Skye
Price: Free to explore, parking prices apply.
When to visit: Winter and Summer offer totally different experiences. Choose what suits you.
Lake Windermere, Cumbria
Lake Windermere is 10.5 miles long,1 mile wide, 220 feet deep and is the largest natural lake in England which is very impressive. A really popular choice for sailors, hikers, mountain bikers and the general lovers of outdoors, there is a new adventure to be discovered around every rolling hill of Lake Windermere. Pair that with quaint little cafe bars, pubs and just generally amazing food stops, you have a recipe for a lovely getaway. Cumbria is a naturally blessed county and Lake Windermere is absolutely NO exception.
Where: Lake Windermere, Lake District National Park, Cumbria
Price: Free. Activities and parking are additional
When to visit: Winter is a really amazing to visit. November is a wonderful month. Summer is also fantastic.
So there you have it. Remember to travel with a backpack when you are heading out for a day, one that contains maps, a food and beverage source, a phone loaded with emergency contacts and sun prep in the summer, it’s important to do your research, that way you will be sure to have a truly unforgettable adventure. Until next time. . . .