Tourism in the UK Hits a High
If you’ve always got your sights set on overseas destinations for your next holiday, perhaps it’s time to look closer to home! According to Travel Mole, July was the best month so far for inbound tourism to the UK – which means the UK is hot on the destination bucket-list right now!
It was reported that The Office for National Statistics figures show that July holds a record for inbound visits from EU countries and there’s also strong growth from North America, compared with last year. All in all, the 2016 figures for inbound visits so far, is at 21.1 million, which is up 2% from last year.
With so many gorgeous attractions across the UK, we’re not surprised! Check out our weekly UK hotel deals and you could be off on an adventure to one of these top spots, for a great price!
The Lake District
Pack your boots and walking map and get ready to explore some of the most incredible scenery in Britain. The Lake District National Park is a picturesque collection of lakes, valleys, woodlands and green views. You can hike across the hills, cycle over country lanes and walk in the footsteps of literary greats, including Beatrix Potter. Stay at Windermere or Ambleside for easy access to all the main sites.
A market town with over 800 years of history, Stratford-upon-Avon is firmly on the travel hit list, namely as the birthplace of William Shakespeare. You can even visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace, the house where the famous playwright grew up. Charming houses are commonplace here, with Hall’s Croft, Nash’s House and New Place, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Mary Arden’s Farm. Take in a play by the Royal Shakespeare Company, do some shopping at Stratford Town Centre and stay in accommodation ranging from hotels, B&B’s, hostels and country inns.
Get out the flip-flops, sand buckets and hats for a trip to everyone’s favourite seaside resort. Away from the sand, there’s museums, art galleries, shopping and nightlife galore, with the quirky, the glitzy and the edgy always on display. Enjoy relaxing with the locals in a retro tea room or pub, discover the eccentric Royal Pavilion, checkout seaside memorabilia at the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery and take the kids to the Brighton Toy and Model Museum. Of course, your visit won’t be complete without eating candy floss and playing the slots at Brighton Pier.
This UNESCO world heritage city is one for the history buffs and the romantics of the world. Set on a backdrop of rolling, green countryside, a trip to bath means exploring the Thermae Bath Spa to enjoy the rooftop pool, admiring Bath Abbey with its stain glass windows and having traditional afternoon tea at the Roman Baths.
Award-winning beaches, an abundance of wildlife and walks to fulfil every nature-lover’s dreams, Pembrokeshire is a destination with something for everyone. Visit St David’s Cathedral, explore rare flora and fauna in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, take the kids to Oakwood Theme Park and get out on the ocean for whale and dolphin watching.