With the summer holidays approaching fast, you’ll want to get plans in place to make the most of the hot weather whilst also keeping the kids entertained.
So, with this in mind, we’ve asked 19 UK travel bloggers what their favourite destination is within the UK and why.
Here’s what they have to say.
Explore the historical attractions in York
Jennifer Sheldon of Travel To Recovery suggests York as it “has so much to offer from its historical attractions including the beautiful Cathedral, Cold War Bunker and Clifford’s Tower.”
Sheldon also adds, “It is a really accessible city where you can walk and explore the interesting medieval streets such as the Shambles and there are so many ghost stories to keep you on your toes.
You won’t get bored of the food there either, Sheldon mentions “you can eat your way around the city with world-famous afternoon tea at Bettys Tea Shop to finding out about the cities connection to chocolate and getting to eat some at the York Chocolate Story Museum.”
Take in the views at Snowdonia, Wales
Victoria Sully of Travel Vixta recommends Snowdonia in Wales as it’s a “stunning National Park to visit with plenty to see and do. There are breathtaking rocky mountains to climb with lakes to discover at the top, waterfalls and stunning scenery all around.”
Sully further adds “It is also home to historic castles, fishing villages and sandy beaches that stretch for miles and are bordered with sand dunes. There is plenty for all ages to see and do. In three days we climbed Cadair Idris, visited Harlech Castle by taking the coastal train and had a day walking along the dunes on Aberdovey beach.”
Blogger Charlotte Brown also recommends Snowdonia. Brown mentions “As a lover of the outdoors, some of my best memories have been made in this part of the UK.”
“Hiking Snowdon is the obvious activity to do in the area and one that pulls a lot of people in. Saying this, it’s definitely not overrated – the views are unlike anything I’ve seen anywhere else in the UK and are just beautiful. Make sure to use the Pyg/Miners Tracks to get the best view!” explains Charlotte.
If you’re an adrenaline lover, it’ll be right up your street. “it’s also home to the fastest zip line in the world, and the longest in Europe. I’ve been there, done it and got the video and it’s definitely an experience I won’t forget in a hurry. ” Brown also added.
Wander around the picturesque Cotswold
Sammy Summers of Summers Holiyay suggested families visit Cotswold because “It’s like being on a movie set, it’s absolutely beautiful and raw and picturesque, but with so many amazing and fun places and villages to explore.”
Best place to unwind and de-stress? Explore The New Forest
Lieze Neven of Glitter Rebel recommends The New Forest Hampshire as it’s only “2 hours from London and very well-connected by train, The New Forest is the perfect spot to unwind and de-stress.”
Lieze mentioned this is her favourite place to visit because she “loves the rolling purple hills and the horses and the fact that you are literally by the sea!”
“When my husband first told me about the new forest my first thought was “oh god, what’s so special about a forest”… When I finally visited myself I understood that the confluence of history and nature has created the perfect escape, one of the most beautiful National Parks in England and my favourite spot to unwind.” explains Neven.
Fan of architecture? Visit Chester!
If you’re a fan of beautiful architecture, Chester is the place to visit. Paulina Borowik of UKeveryday said “Chester is one of the best preserved cities with black-and-white timbered houses in England. This charming walled city has the oldest racecourse and the largest Roman Amphitheatre in Britain. Wildlife lovers can visit one of the largest zoological parks in United Kingdom just right there.”
Uncover the rich history of Nottingham
Enjoy the story of Robin Hood? Then you’ll love to visit Nottingham. Jaime Oliver of The Oliver’s Madhouse recommends Nottingham as it “has many great transport links and has such a vast amount of activities on offer. “
“With forests and fresh air in abundance you can discover all about its rich history including the story of Robin Hood. Or for those that want to do something more active the National Water Sports centre is on the doorstep ” explains Oliver.
Enjoy the rock n roll atmosphere? Liverpool is the place to visit
Georgia Anne Wood of Georgia Anne is a fan of visiting Liverpool because it offers a similar vibe to London “but with the twist of the rock n roll atmosphere thanks to the cavern club and The Beatles Museum.”
“There’s a lot to do, a lot to see and many places to eat. Everything is close so for those of you wanting a relaxed weekend city break, there’s not too much walking or journeying around making the stay more relaxed.” Wood mentions.
Olivia Jade Thristan of Dungarees and Donuts also recommend Liverpool. Thristan says “I think Liverpool is one of the best places to visit in the UK, the people make the city. Everyone is kind, chatty and makes you feel right at home. There’s lots of shops, the docks are beautiful and a lot of museums including The Beatles Museum.”
“The shopping centre has a fabulous layout and all of the shops are really big. Visiting the docks at night is a beautiful experience as well as in the day, at night it is quieter and you can experience it in all of it’s beauty. There are love locks across the railings too, it was interesting to learn the stories of others.” explained the Olivia Jade.
Tacky nightclubs to amazing cocktail bars available in Halifax
Mackenzie Brook of Food Talk With Mackenzie suggests Halifax in West Yorkshire because of “the newly renovated Piece Hall, Victoria Theatre, Amazing local eatery’s and pubs.”
Brook further adds “also has a great nightlife from tacky nightclubs to amazing cocktail bars and of course a Wetherspoons and Greggs on every corner.”
Nothing beats a 99er on the beach in Brighton
Francesca Mansi of Mini Mansiii recommends Brighton as one of the best places to visit in the UK because its the “best seaside front with arcades and great food spots down the lanes.”
Mansi also mentioned, “The newer i360 is really fun and nothing beats a 99er on the beach!”
Edinburgh – home of the world’s largest arts festival
Heading a bit further North, blogger Alix Staines suggests visiting Edinburgh. “Scotland’s capital is the best place to visit in the UK, especially in the summer. Edinburgh is home to the world’s largest arts festival – the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
“During the month of August, the city is filled with street performers, beer gardens and endless comedy, music and theatre shows day and night. At the end of the year, Edinburgh is also home to the famous Hogmanay celebrations on the 31st of December. Grab your party dress and kilts for an evening of Scottish food, dancing and end of year celebrations.” says Alix.
Staines also adds “for the rest of the year, there are various activities to enjoy in Edinburgh such as viewing the city’s sights from Arthur Seat – where else can you climb an extinct volcano in the middle of a capital city?! Full of culture, history and charisma, Edinburgh is definitely a top place to visit all year round.”
The best of London
Instagram blogger Urszula Makowska from NYC took a trip to Europe and visited the UK. Makowska suggests London because of the “culture, scenery, night life, shopping, and food!”
“The classic Big Ben was on my bucket list and I was obsessed with taking a photo there. The red telephone booths are classic as well! Loved it!! Also fish and chips are the best!”
Avebury, known for Europe’s largest neolithic stone circle
Lucy Blackall of Her Country Blog is a fan of Avebury because it’s home to “Europe’s largest neolithic stone circle, a tree with roots shooting from the ground that Tolkien used to sit under and write LOTR, a hill so windy it’s been named ‘windmill hill’ and one of the largest if not THE largest man made (of mud) pyramids in the world.” says Blackall.
“With beautiful Cottages and stunning houses my favourite place to stay when visiting is The Lodge Avebury. Once a hunting lodge, the stunning family run B&B is set in the middle of the village surrounded by the stone circle from every window and has one of the most spectacular views in the world. Most certainly unique.” explains Lucy Blackall.
Family fun at Great Yarmouth
Great Yarmouth is Denise Johnson of Mum On A Mission For A Better Life‘s favourite place to visit in the UK. “Great Yarmouth is a great place to visit for all of the family. There is a lovely beach and pier for a traditional visit to the British seaside and there is also the pleasure beach which has rides for all of the family.”
Johnson further adds “it is also located close to other attractions such as pleasure wood Hills theme park and Africa alive. There are many B&B’s if you want to stay over night and some fantastic holiday parks if you fancy a longer stay.”
Llandudno, a town in Wales
Llandudno a town in Wales is a favourite of blogger Nick Daws who owns Pounds and Sense. Nick mentions “Llandudno in North Wales literally has something for everyone. It’s a traditional British seaside resort, with a sandy beach, long pier, sweeping promenade, Punch and Judy show, and more.”
Daws also explains “it also has stunning scenery, with the Great Orme and Little Orme at either end of the bay. On the Great Orme there are Bronze Age caves you can explore, and an exciting cable car ride to the top with amazing views. It’s the perfect short break destination for families or individuals.”
Blackpool – the perfect place to rebuild old memories of the Pleasure Beach
Dani Walmsley of The Unseasoned Wag recommended Blackpool. “Forget about the expense of arcade games & the cheese of “Kiss Me Quick” hats for a second and think back to your favourite childhood holiday. Now imagine re-living it as an adult. Welcome to your new favourite place to visit!” says Dani.
Walmsley also adds “Blackpool is Memory Lane itself as the perfect place to rebuild old memories of the Pleasure Beach, the Illuminations & the Tower while creating brand new ones in the karaoke bars that you’re now old enough to enjoy & on the comedy floor… Which will also bring back umpteen memories of TV laughs of yesteryear.”
Isle of Skye’s alpine dark mountains
Instagram blogger Tim Dobson suggests Isle of Skye because “nowhere else in the UK lets you look at alpine dark mountains from the comfort of famous whisky distilleries in the morning, before you go for a magical wild swim of the pure waters of the fairy pools, and swim through its underwater arch!”
Ali Richards of Diary of a Detour recommends Bognor Regis. “Bognor gets some bad press but the sunniest place in the UK”.
Ali mentioned “For family fun you can visit Butlins, go to the beach, spend time in the many parks or try your luck at one of the mini golf courses.”
Richards further adds “it’s a traditional seaside resort”
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