8 UK alternatives to overseas holidays
While lockdown restrictions are slowly easing in Britain, overseas travel is still shrouded in uncertainty. If you’re not ready to make a trip abroad then fortunately, you can still experience a taste international travel without the need of a passport. We’ve compiled a list of stunning UK destinations that will make you feel as though you’re abroad.
1. Shetland Islands
If you’d decided to start the new decade with a bucket-list trip to Norway to see the Northern Lights, all is not lost. You can still cross it off with a visit to the Shetland Islands, which lies closer to the North Pole than any other part of the British Isles. Visibility is best in the autumn and winter when the dark nights set the perfect stage for a spectacular display of lights. As a bonus, Shetland’s Scandinavian heritage can still be felt in it’s village names and red timber buildings that feel reminiscent of a Norwegian coastal town.
To check when the islands are receiving visitors again, please visit the official Shetland website.
2. Little Venice, London
While strolling along the picturesque canals of Amsterdam may be off the cards for now, London’s Little Venice offers equally as scenic views. This tranquil district is an oasis in the busy capital, with leafy streets and colourful houseboats lining the waterways. You could easily spend a day exploring the area by water bus or admiring the views from a local cafe.
For the latest information on Little Venice, please visit this website.
3. Mayfield Lavender Farm, Surrey
The calming aromas of this 25-acre lavender farm will elicit feelings of ambling the rolling hills of Provence, France. Located in Banstead, Surrey, Mayfield Lavender Farm is the perfect place to spend a summer’s day. Roam the fields on foot or opt for a tractor ride around the farm before enjoying lunch at the on-site cafe.
Visit the Mayfield Lavender Farm website for the latest information, including opening hours and dates.
4. Elegug stacks, Pembrokeshire
The Elegug stacks in Pembrokeshire have been likened to Nusa Penida in Indonesia. While a weekend in Wales may not be comparable to holidaying on a tropical island, the natural geology is just as impressive. Visit the site to see the rocks rising dramatically from the water and marvel at the Green Bridge of Wales, a great rock arch that juts out from the cliff edge. When looking for places to stay, consider the harbour side town of Tenby which is just a half an hour drive along the coast and boasts a beautiful collection of beaches.
Please check the route to the stacks is open before visiting. More details can be found on the Visit Pembrokeshire website.
5. Cheddar Gorge, Somerset
New Zealand may be known for it’s stunning scenery but you don’t need to travel to the other side of the world for breathtaking views. Instead, make the trip to Cheddar Gorge in Somerset to admire Britain’s highest, inland limestone cliffs. Climb the 274 steps that comprise Jacob’s Ladder for a cliff top walk and panoramic views of the area, or explore the caves below.
Please visit the Cheddar Gorge website to check when they will be welcoming visitors again.
If you had plans to experience the famed thermal baths of Budapest this year, consider a trip to Bath for a similar experience closer to home. The city’s Roman baths are one of the best preserved remains of the ancient world. Built around 70AD, the world-renowned historical site now houses an interactive museum and welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Spend a weekend immersing yourself in the history of the city and taking advantage of the many pubs, restaurants, and other attractions it has to offer.
To find the latest news on opening times and other important information, visit the Roman Baths website.
7. St Ives, Cornwall
The idyllic setting of St Ives could easily be mistaken for a mediterranean coastal location such as Dubrovnik. While it boasts stunning beaches to rival any European getaway, it’s St Ives’ vibrant art scene that really sets this town apart. The Cornish destination is home to Tate St Ives among other galleries. If art isn’t your scene, then the area’s thriving surf culture or a boat trip to spot seals on Seal Island may spark your interest.
For more information, including the latest news on St Ives, please visit their website.
8. Sgwd Yr Eira Waterfall, Brecon Beacons
The magical Sgwd Yr Eira may resemble waterfalls found in Thailand but it’s actually located in Brecon Beacons. The ‘falls of snow’ are a mystical sight set in the heart of the national park. Sgwd Yr Eir is easily accessible on foot and you can even take a walk behind the thundering cascade.
To check when the park is receiving visitors again, please visit the Brecon Beacons website.
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