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Top 10 Destinations Everyone Needs To Visit In the UK

Top 10 Destinations Everyone Needs To Visit In the UK

...whether you’re a tourist or a resident

Perfect for a weekend away

Hi there, before I share this blog with you all I would just like to introduce myself, My name is Ella and I'm a social media intern here at Vintage Child. Currently on a gap from studying I will be attending Kingston University in September to study Graphic Design. I enjoy travelling, art, fashion, music and design.

From my love affair with London to my hometown of Brighton, with friends I call family in Cornwall and relations from Scotland; I am lucky enough to have seen the beauty of the UK often missed by many.

I have put together this top 10 list of places everyone needs to visit in the UK, although I have visited many of them there are some that I am yet to experience.

#Amazing, inspirational places I love

  1. London

To start off with the most obvious, London.

For people who love the hustle and bustle London is the best place to be.  I visit London at least twice a month purely for the variety on offer.  As a self confessed foodie I love hunting down small eateries or going to world famous Michelin restaurants.  I’m also a huge lover of art and design and the galleries on offer give so much inspiration.

Places to Visit:

China Town, Camden, The East End, The West End, Covent Garden, Soho.

What to do:

There is so much on offer that I can't make a shortlist but to give you a few ideas: London is a fascinating city for any type of person, it combines the history and the modern, with museums, shopping, and dining experiences, live theater, world famous landmarks and beautiful parks, I recommend the big city to anyone.

Get wined and dined by candlelight underground London at Gordon's Wine Bar, located near Charing Cross station.

Bath

Famous for its amazing architecture and interesting history; this city attracts thousands of visitors every year.

Places to Visit:

River Avon – why not take a canal boat along the river Avon and see the beautiful city from the water.

What to do:

Roman Baths - Bathe in the natural thermal waters discovered over 2,000 years ago

Brighton

What to do:

Take a trip down to the beach, shop down the lanes, eat in famous restaurants and embrace gay pride. This is truly a city of variety embracing everything new.

Places to Visit:

Brighton Pier - feel very British walking down the pier, enjoy the rides, ice cream and classic fish 'n' chips.

Choccywoccydoodah - a cake shop where everything is edible and made of chocolate (need i say more)

Brighton also hosts theatre productions, music and comedy at its many venues including the komedia, concorde 2 and brighton dome.

Blackpool

Blackpool used to be THE place to visit when my grandparents were my age, and thousands of visitors still flock there every year so there must be something to see.

Having not been there myself it is a place that fascinates me and one day I hope to see it.

Places to Visit:

The famous Blackpool pleasure beach and Blackpool tower.

What to do:

If you’re a bit of a thrill seeker why not enjoy the day at the amusement park with over 145 rides, including one of the fastest roller coasters in Europe

Cornwall

Cornwall is my favourite place to escape to and I cannot recommend it enough for a visit. Although definitely try and visit in the hot summer months as there isn’t a great deal to do if it rains.  My oldest childhood friend moved here when we were very young so I have the best excuse to take a trip here every year and try out different places.

If you’re a beach bum like myself you will flock back here year on year, here are a list of my recommendations.

Places to Visit:

  • St Ives – at the very west side, this little town is full of small boutiques, galleries and beautiful beaches, you could easily spend hours here on a beautiful sunny day.
  • The Eden Project - This indoor rainforest was opened in 2003, recreating the Earth’s different climates. (maybe a place to visit if it rains)
  • Lands’ end - The most westerly point of mainland England.
  • Newquay – head to Newquay to join the beach bum culture, go surfing and enjoy beach festivals.

What to do:

I recently went to the well known secret of 'The Hidden Hut' a beach hut nestled in to the cliffs only accessible by foot.

Devon

Devon, just as beautiful as Cornwall, you can enjoy the same number of amazing sandy beaches, maybe boasting some of the best countryside.

What to do:

If you enjoy walking I would definitely recommend Dartmoor. Dartmoor is a National park site and boasts amazing wildlife and moorland featured in many films.

  1. Scottish Highlands

The Scottish Highlands is the northern portion of Scotland, and possibly where you could fine the most Scottish stereotypes with lochs, kilts and plenty of tartan so you can really find an insight into rural Scotland.

I have not visited myself but this area fascinates me, with key landmarks to visit.

Places to Visit:

  • Ben Nevis – The UK’s tallest mountain.

What to do:

  • Loch Ness - Why not try and find Nessy? People visit this loch hoping to see the monster.
  • Cumbria
  • I don’t know much about this area myself but from listening to friends recommendations it seems to hold some of England’s natural beauties.
  • Places to Visit:
  • The Lake District - being one of the most popular places to visit in the UK, this is the second largest National Park we have. Attracting people with its lakes, mountains and dramatic scenery it is visited by about 14 million tourists every year.  It also plays host to England’s largest natural lake, Lake Windermere.
  • What to do:
  • Hadrian’s Wall – This magnificent wall was 120 Roman miles long. A significant portion of the wall still exists and can be followed on foot. It is the most popular tourist attraction in Northern England.

Snowdonia, Wales

Places to Visit:

Snowdonia is an awesome national park. It has 360-degree views of the mountains, valleys and coast. Visitors can often even see views of Ireland. It is also the home to Mount Snowdon, the highest mount in Wales and England, also with the largest lake in Wales. The third largest national park in the United Kingdom.

What to do:

Why not go for a walk around you are guaranteed to find amazing picturesque views.

The Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is located in the English Channel off the coast of Hampshire separated from land by the Solent.  It is a beautiful place to visit for a weekend or just a day as it is easily accessible by ferry. Crossing the water will make you feel like you're in a completely different country.

Places to Visit:

The Needles - Three stacks of chalk rise out of the sea off the Isle of Wight.

What to do:

There are also plenty of water activities on offer around the Isle such as kayaking.