I’m a firm believer that the UK is full of some incredible, interesting and beautiful places that are often overlooked in favour of more exotic destinations further afield. Here’s my pick of what I think are the best places to visit in the UK…
Edinburgh is without a doubt one of the prettiest and most picturesque cities in the UK. The majestic castle sits high atop an extinct volcano overlooking the entire city and dominates the landscape. It’s one of the most recognisable buildings in Edinburgh and is the sole reason for many people visiting the city.
History is absolutely everywhere in Edinburgh and it’s as fascinating as it is gruesome. The Royal Mile and Old Town of Edinburgh are full of history, interesting tales, scandals and gory stories of years gone by and that’s all part of it’s undeniable charm.
One you tire of the history and medieval architecture of the Old Town then the New Town has all the boutique shops, chic bars, cosy pubs and Michelin-starred restaurants you could ever want and need.
I visited Brighton, on England’s southern coast, for the first time last year and absolutely fell in love with the ultra-cool, laid-back vibe of the city.
The city has a fabulous pebble beach that runs for miles along the coast and gives it a relaxing, holiday feel, not to mention it’s the perfect place to hang out when the sun is shining.
Brighton is punctuated with quirky, colourful street art that further adds to the eclectic, laid-back atmosphere which makes it so welcoming.
I found it to be a city that was fun, that definitely didn’t take itself too seriously and welcomed differences and a lack of conformity, unlike a lot of other places.
I make no apologies for the fact that I bleat on about how much I love Glasgow a lot on here! Glasgow is one of my favourite cities in the world and has so much to offer visitors and locals alike.
The cosmopolitan West End of the city has art galleries, museums, vintage shops, hidden lanes, quirky bars and more cosy coffee shops than you could ever want.
The city centre has some of the best shopping within the UK and at night it turns into a glittering playground filled with some of the absolute best nightlife in the world. Cheap drinks, friendly locals and an out-of-this-world music scene in Glasgow has left me utterly spoiled and often means I’m totally disappointed when I check out the nightlife in other cities around the world.
Glasgow also has some really beautiful architecture that can definitely give Edinburgh a run for its money. The Gothic architecture of The University of Glasgow, where I studied for my degree in English Literature, is my favourite spot in the city for architecture.
Newcastle is, without a doubt, one of the friendliest cities in the United Kingdom and is a place I’ve visited quite a few times and always had an absolute blast. The locals are so welcoming and I’ve even experienced people asking on the street if I needed directions or help when I was looking a little lost. Not many people are like that these days.
Just outside of the city centre is The Metro Centre, one of the largest shopping centres I’ve ever been to and has all the shops you could ever want if that’s your thing.
The nightlife in Newcastle is legendary and people come from all over the UK to experience it. It’s one of the very few places that can actually rival Glasgow and I’ve had lots of amazing nights out there!
5. The Lake District
England’s Lake District is home to some of the loveliest scenery, prettiest little towns and is one of the most relaxing places I’ve been to within only a few hours drive from my home in the west of Scotland.
There’s so much to do in the Lake District that you could be as busy or as chilled out as you want. There’s plenty of walking, hiking and cycling paths dotted all over the region and when you know you’ll be treated to incredible views it’s always worth the exertion!
There are also plenty of adrorable little towns filled with colourful cottages and cute shops to explore if you’re not into the idea of too much physical exertion.
If you really want to chill-out in the Lake District there’s some fabulous, independent hotels where you can be completely spoiled and enjoy some serious relaxation and that’s definitely part of the reason I love this area so much. There’s limited mobile phone signal in lots of the Lake District too and that forces me to disconnect, which can sometimes be a blessing as a travel blogger who is constantly connected!
What do you think of my list? What are your favourite places to visit in UK?