As the summer holidays approach, UK travellers on the lookout for their perfect summer getaway have a number of destinations to choose from, both in and outside of the UK.
The busy capital of Wales, and its largest city, the thriving commercial and maritime centre of Cardiff sits on the banks of the River Taff. Visitors have the option of enjoying the green spaces of Cathays Park, touring the Museum of Welsh Life and the thatched cottages of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast, or even watching location filming of British science fiction staples Doctor Who and Torchwood.
Designated an area of outstanding natural beauty, the Cotswolds has exercised the imaginations of literary figures as august as Shakespeare and JM Barrie. This south and west-central area of England, with its gently rolling hills, has many beautiful villages with dwellings constructed using the cream coloured local stone. The village of Bibury, on the River Coln, is considered by many to be the most beautiful village in the Cotswolds; indeed William Morris of the Arts and Crafts Movement described it as such. This area of England has several outstanding gardens that are open to visitors. One of the best known and most visited is Hidcote Manor. There are also some grand houses including the seat of the Dukes of Marlborough at Blenheim. There are also nature reserves, museums and all the usual outdoor activities available in this very popular tourist area.
Derbyshire/ Peak District
Cliffs, crags and walking trails are just some of the attractions in Derbyshire’s Peak District National Park. Packed with historic churches, villages and ancient stone circles, such as the Nine Ladies, the county is also home to Chatsworth, the ancestral seat of the Dukes of Devonshire and one of Britain’s Treasure Houses.
Divided into the old town and the new town, Scotland’s capital city offers plenty for visitors, including castles, museums, gardens and parks. Scottish heritage abounds, with memorials to influential Scotsmen such as John Knox, Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson.
Once described as “every city that ever has been, or will be”, London has more to see and do than most holidaymakers would have time to see. Historical sites, royal addresses, world-class shopping, exciting nightlife, cultural diversity, art and music are all steps, or a quick Tube ride, away.
In addition to shopping, historic art and architecture and a busy nightlife, Newcastle is known for its iconic Millennium Bridge, the Angel of the North and its premiership football team, Newcastle United.
Home to Lough Neagh, the largest lake in the UK, Northern Ireland is filled with prehistoric and religious sites, as well as the massive basalt Giant’s Causeway and the urban attractions of Belfast.
The forest may have changed a bit since the time of Robin Hood, but there has been no diminution in natural beauty or historical pedigree. Beautiful churches, historic castles and abbeys, limestone caves are all waiting to be explored.
With its historical significance and stunning scenery, Brittany offers something for everyone. From the moorland of Monts d’Arree to the forests of the Montagne Noire, the beaches and bays surrounding Mont Saint Michel to “the End of the Earth”, La Pointe du Raz, and all points in between, Brittany offers rustic beauty for all visitors.
New York City
Vibrant, sprawling and exceptionally diverse, Manhattan, the island-borough most people think of when talking about New York City, stretches from Harlem in the north to Battery Park at the southern tip. Filled from edge to edge with multicultural neighbourhoods, beautiful architecture; the expanse that is Central Park, endless shopping and world-class nightlife, New York City is easily accessible for UK tourists with flights to New York airports available from all major UK cities.