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15 Beautiful UK Holiday Destinations to Visit this Year

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Have you considered going on holiday in the UK this year? We’ve found some of the most beautiful locations across the land to inspire your travels that will make you say “I can’t believe that’s in the UK!”

From mountains and beaches to idyllic towns, we’ve got a bit of everything to suit you. You won’t believe us until you see for yourself…

1. Lake District

UK holiday destinations

This serene photo was taken at Derwent Water in the Lake District. The Lake District has something for everyone, from hiking the sky-piercing peaks, cycling the rugged valleys, boating on the beautiful lakes to rambling around the quaint villages.

2. Edinburgh, Scotland

UK holiday destinations

Scotland has a lot to offer, but one of our particular favourites is Edinburgh. Packed with rich culture, natural beauty and a bustling center with shops and delicious restaurants, Edinburgh is the ideal location for a long weekend getaway. We love this photo, overlooking the skyline of Edinburgh at sunset – simply gorgeous!

3. Peak District

UK holiday destinations

A beautiful sunrise photo overlooking Hope Valley in the Peak District. If you love hiking, then this is definitely a fantastic holiday location for you. Climb to the peaks of the rolling hills and you’ll find stunning panoramas overlooking the dales and moors in the Peak District National Park.

4. Cornwall

UK holiday destinations

You could very easily mistake this photo for somewhere in Europe, however this is in fact Looe Harbour, situated on the South Coast of Cornwall. This is one of the most picturesque fishing villages in Cornwall with gorgeous sandy beaches and plenty of shops and cafes.

5. Brighton

UK holiday destinations
Welcome to the most vibrant, colourful and creative town in the UK, Brighton. Located on the sea, it’s a popular day trip location for Londoners. With a mix of beaches, amusement arcades, rides, quirky shops and eateries you are bound to have an amazing experience, whatever the weather.

6. Dorset

UK holiday destinations

“No way… definitely not in the UK.” Wrong! Actually, this is in a lovely location called Lulworth Cove in Dorset. Dorset offers a fantastic playground of beaches, golf courses, countryside, attractions and villages to meander your way through, so whether a weekend, week or longer – there’s a whole range of diverse activities to get involved in.

7. Chester

UK holiday destinations
Chester is renowned for its history and attractions. The photo is the iconic Eastgate Clock, which you can’t miss right in the center of the city, and from here you can do a 2 mile walk right around the city. Other attractions of Chester include Chester Zoo and Cheshire Oaks shopping center.

8. Salcombe, Devon

UK holiday destinations
Salcombe is located in the most southerly part of Devon and is a very popular summer destination for tourists. Salcombe is a small picturesque village, accompanied with magnificent coast scenery, stunning beaches and quirky pubs. This picture is taken from Mill Bay, overlooking the village of Salcombe.

9. London

UK holiday destinations
Okay, so you may not have thought as London as a summer holiday destination. However, it’s packed with gardens, parks and rich culture, which you definitely need to take time to explore. This photo was taken at the popular Kew Gardens in South London where you can find plenty of botanical gardens to look around, which is particularly great on a warm summers day.

10. Abersoch, North Wales

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Abersoch is a fantastic seaside holiday destination for families or couples. Situated on the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales, you can find some long stretches of beaches, an unusually fantastic climate for Wales, gorgeous scenery and a whole host of unique local shops and delis. There’s simply something magical about this village that will make you go back year after year.

11. Stratford-upon-Avon

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Stratford-upon-Avon is a medieval market town in the West Midlands, known for its connection with William Shakespeare and over 800 years of rich history. Some of the top things to do here are to visit the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage (in the photo). There are also plenty of nice restaurants and shops to make it more than just a day trip.

12. Blackpool

UK holiday destinations

Blackpool might not be everyone’s choice of holiday destination, but it guarantees plenty of things for the kids to enjoy – including of course a classic donkey ride along the beach. With lots of nice towns and villages nearby, you can do a lot of exploring here.

13. Lymington, New Forest

UK holiday destinations

This photo really captures the local life in Lymington, situated on the southern edge of the New Forest. The town is renowned as a sailing resort, weekend markets and independent interesting shops and designer boutiques. The whole of the New Forest is filled to the brim with outstanding natural beauty, that you wouldn’t want to miss out on visiting here.

14. Oxford

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Oxford is renowned for its prestigious university, which was established in the 12th century. Some of the main attractions are to look round the gorgeous buildings, try your hand at punting or enjoy a relaxing drink in a quaint pub overlooking the river.

15. Bath

UK holiday destinations

This photo is of the Roman Baths in Bath – a city so stunning that it has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Bath offers a more relaxing break, from bathing in the naturally hot spa water to shopping some independent, stylish stores. It truly is a magnificent holiday destination that should be on your list this year.

So there we have it, our top 15 most beautiful locations in the UK that we simply love. We’re definitely going to be looking to go on more UK holidays. The only question to ask yourself now is, “Where to begin?” We’ll leave that one with you! 🙂

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