UK Holidays

UK Holidays are on the rise, enjoying a renaissance with an increasing number of people looking to spend their holidays within the UK's shores. Whilst there are many people who enjoy going on holiday abroad, holidays in the UK have become increasingly popular among many. With ever increasing fuel charges, worldwide security concerns, political instability and environmental considerations such as carbon footprints, there are many who have found Britain offers a lot more than meets the eye with its range of attractions making it a popular holiday destination with both UK locals and tourists.


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Holidays in the UK

England Holidays
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Scotland Holidays
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The countries within the United Kingdom namely England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland each offer their own unique experiences, with their distinct customs and cultures. This ensures holidays in the UK can be interesting and offer a broad range of holiday options that cater for all tastes.

Whilst the UK has a relatively small land mass, a closer look at the landscape up and down the UK shows a remarkably diverse landscape. There are beaches for those that enjoy the seaside, hills and countryside for those that enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside and many outdoor pursuits. There are villages, towns and cities of all sizes for those wanting a town or city break.

The rich history and culture of the UK ensures there are many famous landmarks, monuments and tourist attractions all over the UK. Whether visitors and holiday makers are history and culture aficionados, active outdoor and sports enthusiasts, want to experience the famous countryside, looking for beaches or want a family holiday, they can enjoy all of these and more with a range of holidays and breaks in the UK.

England

England is the largest country in the UK and offers visitors a range of diverse holiday options. The North of England has some historic castles and mountains, wonderful national parks such as the Lake District National Park in Cumbria. An area of outstanding natural beauty, the area has some stunning natural scenery, there are some well known lakes in the area too such as Lake Windermere located in a landscape of rolling hills and mountains. The area is a firm favourite for hikers with many hiking trails and great walks available.

Newcastle located in the North East of England is renowned for its great shopping facilities and vibrant thriving nightlife. The city has plenty to offer among the less well known are its historic architecture that include the ancient city walls and castle. Those with a penchant for culture can relax by the quayside with the waterfront bars and galleries. The city has become an increasingly popular destination for city breaks and for those en route to Scotland.

A range of entertainment is available in Blackpool located in the North West of England, including the renowned Blackpool lights. Established as a favourite among those seeking unadulterated fun and thrills, there are many miles of sandy beaches attracting visitors from all over the UK, it also boasts miles of sandy beaches and attracts sun worshippers for miles around. There are the winter gardens, the well known Blackpool Tower and a plethora of amusements for visitors to enjoy.

The Midlands region offers a diverse range of places to visit, these include Birmingham, the second largest city in the UK. The city is diverse and offers a range of attractions for visitors, the city has undergone an extensive redevelopment programme making it an interesting place to visit. The city has plenty of nightlife and bars and restaurants to suit all tastes. Birmingham has also become an increasingly popular destination for those seeking UK breaks and short city breaks, being located in the Midlands makes it convenient to get to.

The Peak District is a popular place to holiday in the UK, located in the Midlands the area is blessed with some spectacular scenery and landscapes. Well known for its bustling market towns and charming villages, the area retains its own unique character, helping to make it more appealing to visitors. The area also has great history and culture, making it a firm favourite for culture followers and for those that appreciate history and tradition. With the wide open outdoors there is plenty to see and do here and many activities can be enjoyed by those wanting to take part in outdoor pursuits.

Warwick Castle is located in the Midlands region and is among the most popular historic attractions in the UK. With its great history and scenic location, visitors have flocked to see the castle in all its splendour. Built as a defence from Danish invaders, it was later enlarged by William the Conqueror. Visitors can explore the history of the castle & see its dungeons, living quarters and explore the gardens.

A holiday to Warwickshire synonymous for Shakespeare can include a trip to see Warwick Castle and Stratford Upon Avon, an extremely popular destination for visitors, with much to see and do for fans of Shakespeare and lots more. Visitors can see the best of rural England here with country lanes and villages each with its own character and history.

In the south west of England, the West Country offers its own attractions. The coast of Cornwall is well known for its great surf and is a mecca of UK surfing enthusiasts. This area is one of the surfing hot spots in the UK and attracts surfers from far and wide in search of a great surf. Newquay is a popular place for surfers and for beach lovers, Fistral and Town Beaches in Newquay are among the most renowned of Cornwall’s surfing areas. They attract large numbers of surfers especially during the summer months. Besides surfing there is plenty to do from relaxing on the beach to the numerous bars, pubs and clubs ensuring there is vibrant nightlife in the area.

The south west coast provides great places to enjoy UK holidays, Devon has the English Riviera with Torquay, Paignton and Brixham with nice beaches to relax on and some scenic Devon coastline to enjoy. The area offers plenty for visitors to enjoy, the largest of the 3 towns is Torquay, known as a quintessential Devon seaside town, the mild weather, lovely countryside and relaxed atmosphere ensures many holiday makers from far and wide flock to the area in the summer months.

Further up the coast is Bournemouth in Dorset, one of the most popular seaside resorts in the UK. Visitors are attracted by the sandy beaches and experience one of the UK's greenest seaside resorts. The area is scenic due to its 2,000 acres of parkland and gardens. There are miles of golden sandy beaches, parklands, family entertainment with restaurants, bars and a thriving nightlife. The town of Poole is located close by and provides one of the most stunning natural harbours in the UK, the laid back atmosphere and relaxing surroundings make for a great place to enjoy a holiday.

London is perhaps the best known city in the world, its cosmopolitan and eclectic mix of cultures and people from around the UK and the world ensures it is one of the most diverse and interesting cities in the world. London has a rich history, culture, historical monuments and plenty of tourist and leisure attractions for visitors to enjoy.

With the diverse range of attractions and things to see and do London offers, it is possible to enjoy many different types of holidays in the capital of the UK. From the well known tourist trail taking in the world famous sights and visiting the historical and cultural attractions to breaks that include theatre and others that are off the beaten track.

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Wales

Wales has long been a favoured destination for those seeking holidays in the UK, it offers the visitor a 'great outdoors' experience. North Wales is known for the mountains, Mid Wales has lakes and the south welsh valleys. National parks and a long coastline combine to make Wales a great choice for those who enjoy the great outdoors and outdoor activities. As a holiday destination Wales offers great walks, water sports, beaches, inspiring scenery and plenty more, Wales is a destination not to be missed.

A holiday in Wales can cater for many varied holiday tastes, from visiting World Heritage Sites for those with an interest in culture and history to seeing National Parks with their wide open green spaces making for a most relaxing setting. During the summer months the many beaches attract holiday makers from far and wide to enjoy the sea and sand.

North Wales has among the best scenery in the UK, it is largely unspoilt and has a relaxing atmosphere to it, making North Wales a great place to go to relax and unwind. Those seeking tranquillity will enjoy the peaceful surroundings surrounded by nature at its best. The area is known for the mountains these include Snowdon, situated in the Snowdonia National Park, the park has wonderful scenery, lakes and woods. The park is a firm favourite with visitors from the UK and beyond. The park is particularly popular with walkers and fans of outdoor activities, with plenty to see and do including water sports, adventure sports, mountain biking, horse riding, golf and much more.

Mid Wales is synonymous with moorland and farmland in the valleys that provide some great scenery to enjoy. The area has a number of small and unspoilt villages and towns providing plenty of charm and character. The area provides a stark contrast to other heavily commercial holiday areas in the UK.

Mid Wales is a haven for those wishing to get away from it all and enjoy quality time relaxing. For those wanting something a bit more active than total relaxation there are a number of walks that go through the area such as the Pembrokeshire coastal path, which involves nearly 200 miles of south Wales coastline ending in Mid Wales. The area is the starting point of the Cardiganshire coastal walk, which allows you to walk the whole length of Cardigan Bay.

South Wales offers visitors a mix of both town and countryside, there is plenty to see and do here whatever your interests. The region is home to the two largest cities in Wales, Cardiff and Swansea and also boasts the Gower Peninsula. The area is a favoured destination for beach lovers, surfers and families in Wales. Visitors are attracted to the area by the wonderful scenic coastline and beaches, the area arguably has some of the finest beaches in the UK. The Gower Peninsula is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and has plenty of history. The region is home to castles and caves in addition to the great beaches, providing plenty of scope for those wanting to explore.


Scotland

The second largest country in the UK, Scotland it has a rich and varied history, offering visitors a charming place to visit. Scotland has long been a preferred destination for visitors from other parts of the UK and overseas, it enjoys some of the best scenery and dramatic landscapes in the UK. World renowned as the home of whisky, visitors can go to one of eight distilleries and cooperages on the world's only Malt Whisky Trail. Scotland is also known as the spiritual home of golf making it a must for golf lovers, there are over 500 courses to choose from including the world renowned St Andrews and Gleneagles. Visitors can take in the breathtaking highland scenery, quaint towns and villages and a wonderful coastline.

Scottish Borders region is close to the border with England and offers contrasting landscapes that include the rocky coastline, the rolling hills and moorland and quaint fishing villages and towns. The River Tweed runs through the region attracting those that like fishing. Those with an interest in golf, riding and cycling are well catered for here with good facilities. The Scottish Highlands are known for the picture-postcard images of Scotland hanks to its dramatic scenery, mountains, forests and open spaced wilderness. The highlands are a haven for those seeking peace and quiet with plenty of wide open spaces with awe inspiring scenery, they provide a great contrast to highly commercialised and urban areas. The highlands have been described as offering a distinctly Scottish experience where visitors can see the country at its best. Many visitors base their holiday to the highlands in Inverness, the main centre in the region this enables them to explore the surrounding areas.

Visitors can see nature at its best in the Cairngorms National Park and Ben Nevis among others. The region is mountainous containing miles of secluded coastline to enjoy. The peace and tranquillity in the highlands along with the great open spaces add to the great appeal of the highlands for holiday makers.

The largest city in Scotland is Glasgow, a city with plenty of energy and excitement, the city has been compared to its continental cousins with continental style bars and restaurants in view. The city has a long history and there is plenty to see and do for those with an interest in history and the arts. The Gallery of Modern Art is a popular attraction with its programme of temporary exhibitions and workshops.

Whilst the Glasgow Science Centre offers an interesting day out, it has several attractions for visitors to see. The main attraction is the Science Mall, with three floors of exhibits, there are also cafes and shops. A great place for those that like to explore and be challenged there lots of exhibits, live science related shows and an impressive Virtual Science Theatre. Other attractions at the centre include the IMAX cinema and Glasgow Tower which is the first tower able to revolve around 360 degrees from the ground up. It is around 400 feet in height presenting visitors with great views of the city and surroundings.

The county of Aryshire is known for its natural beauty, scenic coastline and sandy beaches, it area enjoys a milder climate than most of Scotland. Ayrshire is a good place to enjoy outdoor pursuits such as walking, cycling and golf. The area attracts many golfing aficionados from far and wide, it is possible to play on some of the finest courses in the world as some clubs allow non-members to pay a green fee and play. Ayr offers a seaside resort with many activities for visitors to enjoy, there are also historic buildings to enjoy whilst the Ayr Racecourse, is a popular place for racing fans, in September the Ayr Festival has entertainment and activities that visitors to enjoy.

The Scottish capital of Edinburgh offers visitors with plenty to see and do, in recent years it has become an increasingly popular destination for those seeking UK breaks and for visitors from overseas. The city has among the best galleries and museums in the UK, art aficionados and culture vultures will have plenty of places to explore. The city has a spectacular setting, set perched on a number of now extinct volcanoes and rocky crags.

There is plenty of history and tradition to be found here combined with the modern and contemporary. The city is home to international festivals with some of the world's leading performers and plenty of restaurants, bars and clubs that all combine to create a cosmopolitan atmosphere within this distinctly Scottish City.

Edinburgh Castle is the best known landmark in the city with over a thousand years of history, it is a big tourist attraction offers spectacular views of the city in all directions. George Street the one of the original Edinburgh Georgian New Town Streets with shops. Edinburgh currently has the most intact Georgian city in Europe and also has world heritage site status since 1995 and the main areas of the world heritage site include, the Landscape setting, Topography of Hills and Valleys, Juxtaposition of the Old and New Town, Historic Buildings and Parks among others.


Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland offers visitors many attractions, it is compact enough to allow visitors to explore many attractions in a day trip. For years during the troubles Northern Ireland was somewhat overlooked by visitors from the UK & overseas however, a closer look now reveals a country with much to offer. Known for its mountains and inspiring scenery, Northern Ireland is enjoying a boom in tourism, it has a relatively low crime rate and relaxed atmosphere making for an enjoyable holiday experience.

In Northern Ireland holiday makers can visit attractions that include many historic castles, spend the day at a museum or simply relax on one of the many fine beaches. Belfast has a thriving nightlife and offers a mix of modern bars, more traditional pubs and a variety of cuisines to sample. Belfast has emerged to become a popular destination for those seeking a quick city break and given its attractions for those seeking a longer stay. The city provides the excitement of a city with the countryside on its doorstep, it is great location to base yourself when holidaying in the country.

The open spaces mean Northern Ireland is also a great destination for golfers. The peace of the countryside is only a short distance away, those wanting a more energetic holiday can participate in many outdoor sports and activities. County Antrim has a fine coastline and the beaches renowned for surfing offer visitors a nice place to unwind at the beach. Many visitors enjoy a scenic drive along the coast with the spectacular landscape as a natural backdrop.

Among the best known places to visit is the Giant’s Causeway, a world heritage site where stunning rock formations are on view. Also on the Causeway Coast. are family friendly resorts such as Ballycastle, fans of nightlife will enjoy Portrush. The Causeway coast attracts beach lovers as well as surfers seeking great waves.


For those considering taking a holiday in the UK there are a plethora of options to choose from. With four countries each with its own distinct cultural identity and history, the UK caters for many types of holidays. Varying landscapes and sceneries in the four countries mean many different types of holidays are well served from relaxing holidays such as beach holidays, breaks in the countryside to activity holidays such as golfing breaks and outdoor pursuits. The UK also has a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets from budget accommodation to luxurious. With plenty to see, do and experience holidays here are well worth considering.






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