The United Kingdom’s tourism levels have rocketed in recent years as more and more people look to take a vacation on their own doorstep. Weekend breaks in particular have seen huge rises in the last 3 years alone and recent surveys from many holiday companies have shown that far more Brits would prefer to spend their money exploring their own country than heading off to other European hotspots.
There are many reasons for this shift in allegiance and whilst heading off to a foreign land is still the most popular option for tourists, it is nice to see that Brits are realizing what they have on offer in their own land. I love traveling throughout the UK and I thought I’d share my favorite destinations which you could head to this year.
Cornwall is highly underrated considering how beautiful it is and it is in fact one of my favorite destinations in the United Kingdom. In the far south of England, this county enjoys better weather than much of the country thanks to its location and there are some of the finest beaches in Europe here too. There is so much to explore in this part of the world, quaint fishing villages, wide expanses, forests, coastal walks and plenty of places to get away from it all, I was there last year at a holiday park in Cornwall and I cannot wait to go back again.
The Scottish capital of Edinburgh is without question my favorite city in Britain and I would urge anyone who has not yet been, to go with haste. The city really does perfectly blend traditional Scotland with a modern city and between the impending castle and the towering Carlton Hill, the center of Edinburgh provides something for everyone. I love that this city feels as though it is set in the countryside, whilst still being a capital city of a large nation. Getting to Edinburgh is easy from all over the UK and there are regular trains and flights up to the Scottish capital.
Away from the glitz and glamour of London, the cities in England are well worth visiting and my favorite among them is Liverpool. Traditionally a working class city, Liverpool has cemented its status as a cultural hotspot in recent years and there is much to explore in the northern city. If you love to shop then Liverpool is perfect for you with boutique stores and huge malls, music lovers can head down to the Beatles museum or even take the tour to see the old stomping ground of Ringo, Paul, George and John. Liverpool offers something for everyone and you can head down to the docks on the morning to watch the huge ships come in and then enjoy some fine dining on the evening, there is so much to do in this city that you will need at least 3 or 4 days.
What are your favorite places in the UK? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.