Millions of tourists flock to the UK each year visiting cities such as London, Edinburgh and Dublin, the 3 big capitals in the islands. Whilst it is understandable that people would head to these big and famous cities, many British locations are far too often overlooked by both international and domestic travellers. If you are planning on a UK break this year then here are 5 of the most underrated locations that you should be considering a visit to.
Arguably one of the UK’s most overlooked locations by tourists, Cornwall is a county in the far South of England and offers a mild climate, stunning coastline and quaint fishing villages and port towns. From the busy surfing town of Newquay with it’s party atmosphere to the beautiful little village of Padstow which offers some of the finest seafood in England. Cornwall is just 3 hours by train from London and if you are visiting the capital then I recommend that you spend at least a couple of nights in one of Cornwall’s villages or towns. Regardless of where you stay in Cornwall, the accommodation options are plentiful, from cottages to campsites, seaside hotels to private apartment rentals giving you every option you need for your desired stay. Cornwall is full of variety, surprise and picturesque locations and it should be on your list of UK places to visit this year.
The jewel in England’s crown is the Lake District in the North of the country. This national park houses a rugged mountain range, grand lakes and hidden away villages and towns. Within the ‘Lakes’ you have the opportunity to pass your time in utter tranquility in one of the many campsites, lakeside retreats or isolated cottages. Alternatively if you are after some adventure then this is the perfect place for cycling routes, hiking, hill climbing, mountaineering and a vast array of water sports from kayaking to windsurfing. Not only does the Lake District offer a variety of experiences, snow-toppped mountains, swooping peaks and still lakes makes the setting one of the most stunning in England.
Often overlooked as one of England’s great cities is Newcastle in the North East of the country. Newcastle rivals the likes of Manchester and Liverpool for it’s history, culture and atmosphere and a stay in England wouldn’t be complete without spending some time in ‘Geordie-land’. The city’s landscape is dominated by the huge green Tyne-Bridge, the eye-shaped millennium bridge and the artistically designed Sage music centre, all of which sit on the vast river Tyne. Within the city there are several modern art museums, local landmarks and several other interesting places to visit. The nightlife in Newcastle is outstanding with an incredible range of bars and restaurants and during the day the city thrives on a market culture. The city is vibrant and the people are some of the nicest in the country, get Newcastle on your list.