Hidden Gems for a Day-Out in the UK
The UK boasts a number of famous attractions such as Big Ben, Stonehenge and the White Cliffs of Dover to name a few. With the beautiful countryside as well as the sensational cities, the UK can be a great location for your holidays. However, there are locations that aren’t as well-known meaning an under appreciation for some of Britain’s hidden gems. Here are some of our top picks from the British Isles.
The Roaches, Staffordshire
If you are into hiking amongst beautiful views, then one of the most underrated attractions is ‘The Roaches’ in Staffordshire. With multiple walks to choose from, the different routes offer spectacular views of the UK countryside. A lot of tourists will visit the Lake District or Snowdonia National Park to capture breath-taking views of rural UK however, The Roaches is not to be missed.
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Bekonscot is a fun filled day for the family as even your smallest of children can be a giant. If you haven’t heard of Bekonscot, it is a model village fitted with a fully working miniature railway service, pint-sized villages with small-scale gardens. with the attraction even has a tea room which serves fresh home-made food and hot drinks, an excellent day out for all of the family.
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Representing a traditional view of the UK, the Cotswolds has been recognised for its beauty with the title of an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. Perfect for day trips from London, the Cotswolds has incredible views and beautiful villages which capture the heritage of old England. It truly is one of the most beautiful places in the United Kingdom. Our top tip is to visit in Spring when the villages are coming to life and the tourists haven’t yet arrived.
photo credit: cotswoldsadventures.co.uk
Botany Bay, Kent
Located on the South East coast, Broadstairs possesses a plethora of golden sandy bays; one of these being Botany Bay. Botany Bay has beautiful sandy beaches and excellent water quality. With regular beach cleans and a ‘Blue Flag Beach’ title, Botany Bay is certainly one to not miss out on. With deckchair hire, cafés and restaurants as well as seasonal lifeguards, Botany Bay is one the UK’s prettiest beaches.
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St. Dunstan in the East, London
After originally being severely damaged by the Great Fire of London, the church of St. Dunstan-in-the-East are now overgrown ruins creating a mystical atmosphere. With the original steeple designed by Sir Christopher Wren, these beautiful gardens in the heart of London are only a short walk to the River Thames. It really is a hidden wonder!
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Loch Awe, Argyll and Bute
With the majority of tourists flocking to Loch Ness in an attempt to try and find Nessy, it means a lot of the other Lochs don’t get the full appreciation they deserve. Take Loch Awe, it is a 15 square mile area filled with mirror-like water enhanced with beautiful scenery. To top it all off, the Loch has a Kilchurn Castle which is accessible by boat in the Summer; it is something that is definitely worth seeing.
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The Northern Lights, Shetland
We know the Northern Lights are popular, however, did you know you can see them from the UK? If you visit the UK at the correct time, you can see the Lights from the Northern most points of the country, most notably the Shetland Islands. Undoubtedly, one of the most mystical sights not only in the UK, but in the entire world.
photo credit: geomag.bgs.ac.uk
Visit the UK Now!
These are just some of the lesser known parts of the UK. There are still of the famous attractions on offer, however if you are looking for a more tranquil side of England which you can enjoy to yourselves, we highly recommend these places! Is there anywhere you have been that is a hidden wonder?