We are big believers in the fact that you don’t actually have to travel out of the UK to find adventure and amazing experiences. Britain is home to some of the most beautiful coastlines, amazing historical sites and a plethora of rolling green hills.
Don’t want to miss out on having the ultimate Great British trip? Below are some of of recommendations of some of the most beautiful places that you can visit!
Home to the prestigious University of Cambridge, this city is like something straight out of a history book. The gothic architecture towers overt the rest of the city and demands all your gaw-dropping adoration. Touring the university colleges, punting on the River Cam, visit the Backs and cycle around the cobbled streets are just a fraction of the activities you can do in Cambridge. We still haven’t visited Cambridge for ourselves but we are desperate to go – it’s top on our list!
York is a picturesque ancient city that has history stretching back centuries. Roman emperors ruled here and there are battle wounds all around the city from invasions and civil wars. If you are a history buff, this is the place for you. If not, it is still the place for you. You can walk the Roman roads, marvel at the gothic cathedral and visit all the quaint shops that make up the city. York is also the best British city to make your base while you explore the Yorkshire Dales and coast.
Isle of Skye
Scotland’s islands are some of the most beautiful, but we are DYING to visit Isle of Skye. The Scottish highlands are a mysterious and magical part of the world and Isle of Skye in particular has a beautiful wild and rugged landscape that is calling us to explore. If you have been here let us know how your trip was, we want all your tips.
The Jurassic Coast
Britain has some of the best coastline in Europe and we have been fortunate to visit quite a few parts of this marvellous coastline. By far one of our favourite stretches is the Jurassic Coast. Not only is there thousands if not millions of years of history along the South Coast but the views from this stretch of coastline are un-matched. We have never been so awe-struck as when we saw Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door with our own eyes! Check out our post about taking a day trip to Durdle Door.
Stonehenge is probably one of the most famous stone structures in the world and is a real British gem. Not only do people flock to this site for solstice, there are hundreds of visitors every day. In the middle of the Salisbury countryside, Stonehenge can be hard to get to and pricey when you get there but if you want to get up close and personal with these mysterious stones it would be well worth your money. The stones really are quite a sight and there is something in the air around them that makes them feel that much more special. However, if like us, seeing the site for free but being a few hundred yards away is a better option then there are also options for that. Find our guide to visiting Stonehenge here to see how you can see the site for FREE!
Scotland’s capital is one that should most definitely be high up on your ‘must-visit’ list. Not only is there Edinburgh Castle, Old town and Arthur’s Seat but there are many hidden gems and independent business all around Edinburgh that are great to explore. If you are lucky you should try and get to Edinburgh in August for Fringe Festival, the city’s famous comedy and art festival!
If it’s good enough for Poldark, it’s good enough for all of us, yes that’s right! Most of Poldark is filmed on the Cornwall coast. Some of the most beautiful beaches in Britain can be found in Cornwall as well as the southern-most in England (Lizard). We think it would be really cool to do a road trip around Cornwall to see each of the individual villages and towns that make up this bit of coastline as each peninsula (Lizard, Rame and Roseland) has its own characteristics to enjoy. You will find cute fishing villages, jaw-dropping beaches and will hear many legends from the locals about the past.
We can’t quite believe that this is a natural structure! The Giant’s Causeway brings thousands of visitors to Northern Ireland each year. Be sure to sit in the wishing chair and look out for the camel (yes, rock that has formed to look like a camel!). Once you’ve climbed on the rocks why not check out one of the National Trust hikes around the costal area.
The Brecon Beacons, Wales
Known as some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK the Brecon Beacons provides some amazing hikes and stunning landscapes alike. See the amazing preserved glacial lake; Llyn Cwm Llwch with its historical legends, and see “southern Britain’s highest waterfall”; Henrhyd Falls.
What’s your must-do British experience?