The UK attracts millions of tourists from all over the world every year, but where do they all go? Of course, many head for London to soak in the history and culture, but there is so much more to discover! The UK is a collection of countries including England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland; each nation is unique with its own landmarks, breath-taking scenery, and traditions. Without devaluing the most popular tourist spots (they’re popular for a reason), this article is going to suggest some more unusual locations and events to visit when you’re in the UK this summer.
Try a Traditional Day at the Seaside
Famous UK beaches and seaside towns include Brighton, Bournemouth and several in Cornwall, but the summer is obviously when they’re going to be their busiest with UK families making the most of the sun while it’s around.
To avoid the crowds and tourist attractions and swap them for a more authentic seaside experience, why not try a less famous location? The country is an island, after all, so there is plenty of coastlines to choose from such as the sandy Skegness beach in Lincolnshire complete with donkey rides, Whitby in North Yorkshire (made famous by Bram Stoker in his classic novel, Dracula) or Hemsby Beach in Norfolk where you’re bound to spot some adorable seals.
Head for the Hills
There are some incredible landscapes to enjoy, and a trip to the UK wouldn’t be complete without experiencing either the Peak District or the Lake District National Parks in the north of England. Fans of hiking, outdoor adventures, photography and cozy pubs with home-cooked food will find heaven in the rolling hills and high peaks. The waterfalls of the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales are another hidden gem to explore if you’re over that way.
However, for trulybreath-taking natural beauty, the Scottish Highlands have no equal. Visit the legendary Loch Ness and go monster hunting or challenge yourself to climb Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest peak.
Shopping and Nightlife
A quick mention for the cosmopolitan cities of Manchester, Liverpool, and Leeds for those who enjoy some retail therapy and an evening out. In recent years these cities have grown to equal London in terms of the variety of retailers, restaurants, theatres, and festivals you can experience. The annual Leeds Festival is a must for music fans if you’re there in August.
Alternative Historical Cities
If historic sites are of interest to you, then the UK is the perfect destination as there are simply far too many to include here! A couple of the main cities to consider are Bath and York.
Bath is a beautiful stone city in the south of England which looks like it has been frozen in time because of the Georgian architecture. It’s also home to the Roman Baths; this is a preserved site of ancient Roman baths which is now a fascinating museum. Up in the north of England, the city of York is brimming with history as it was founded by the Romans and invaded by Vikings as well as Gothic architecture. If you’re in Scotland, Edinburgh is a must-visit city even if all you see is Edinburgh Castle to the sound of bagpipes!