When it comes to going on holiday, we know not everyone can afford to go abroad. Finding the money for flight and hotel prices can be a challenge, with the rising cost of day to day living here in the UK, the words “triple dip recession” are enough to eliminate any notions of far flung or exotic destinations.
However, here at My Voucher Codes, we’re all about helping you save money wherever possible. So we also happen to know that by thinking outside the box, it could still be possible for you to put together a perfectly decent break – simply by staying a little closer to home.
If you’ve never fully experienced what the UK has to offer, now could be the opportune time to go and explore. Although a lot of people might be put off by the weather, there are loads of other factors to make up for a distinct lack of sun; and although you might not come away with a tan, you’ll undoubtedly find a whole new perspective on what constitutes a fantastic holiday. From the far-most corners of the Cornwall coast, to the ethereal beauty of the Yorkshire moors – there are endless places to discover. Furthermore, as well as cutting out flights, there are other ways to keep costs down.
If you are thinking of taking a trip somewhere in the British Isles, here’s our pick of six destinations, each one well worthy of a visit!
As part of the “British Riviera,” Torquay in Devon has been one of the UK’s best loved seaside locations since Victorian times. However, don’t let this fact fool you – combining both the beauty of the surrounding county with a vibrant, cosmopolitan atmosphere usually found in cities: it also has a surprising, lively nightlife. For a daytime activity, our top tip would be to head to Kents Cavern; a cave system that was once inhabited during the Stone Age, the archaeological importance is fascinating – but even if you’re not all that interested in history, the almost-mystical atmosphere of the cavern is enough to captivate anyone. Additionally, with some of the best produce in the country grown locally, it’s not surprising that Devon is home to some of the most highly rated restaurants. If you’re a foodie, try booking a table at Old Vienna for a dining experience to remember.
Affectionately referred to as the “Queen of the Welsh resorts,” the town of Llandudno provides the best of both worlds. As well as award winning beaches, it is also close to the breath-taking landscape of Snowdonia, enabling holiday makers to choose from a variety of places to stretch their legs. One of the area’s most popular tourist attractions is the Great Orme Tramway; transporting visitors to the summit to take in its dramatic views, it has been an institution for well over a century. Alternatively, if you’re a fan of wildlife, we’d highly recommend taking a trip to Conwy RSPB Nature Reserve. With its natural wetland, there are countless species of birds to spot. Or if you’d like to get up close to a few more exotic species, the Welsh Mountain Zoo houses everything from penguins to red pandas.
Although it is Scotland’s second largest city, Edinburgh is most definitely a contender for being the best. With its fantastic cultural heritage, impressive architecture, and modern entertainment and leisure facilities, it all comes together to make a first rate tourist destination. If you’re a bit of a culture vulture, the first stop on your trail should undoubtedly be Edinburgh Castle. With its royal connections and military past, its ancient walls echo with some of Scotland’s most important history. Otherwise, a simple stroll round the city’s Old Town could provide some equally fascinating insight into Edinburgh’s past – if you’re into the paranormal, you could even take in the atmospheric “Ghost and Gore” walking tour. Once the evening arrives, we’d advise a meal in the city’s New Town district; The Bon Vivant would be perfect for a taste of classic British cuisine in a romantic setting.
Arguably the most beautiful location in all of England, the Lake District rivals most places in the world for its natural and awe-inspiring splendour. If you’re happiest in the great outdoors, this is the location for you; it’s likely you’ll be spending ninety-five per cent of your time marvelling at the stunning landscape and fabulous mountain views. Although there are endless things to do in the Lakes, a brilliant day would include a bit of variation. Firstly, feel the adrenaline with a trip to Treetop Trek in Windermere – an energetic challenge which allows you to take in some incredible panoramic views. Afterwards, take a stroll along the soothing waters of Buttermere or Catbells for a bit of peace and quiet.
Found in the heart of the ‘garden of England’, Canterbury is an English city with a real sense of individuality. Characterised by the cathedral – an enduring sight which can be seen from wherever you are – it is a location where the past seamlessly blends in with the buzz of contemporary living. The cobbled streets and (actual) crooked houses create the feeling that Chaucer could appear round any corner; fantastic for music enthusiasts, foodies and history lovers, there are endless things to do. By day, visit either Westgate or Dane John Gardens, or get on board one of Canterbury’s Historic River Tours. By night, endless pubs and bars line the cobbled streets, but if you’re in the mood for a bit more entertainment, take in a show at the newly refurbished Marlowe Theatre.
Known as “Britain’s Magical Waterland,” the Norfolk Broads is one of the UK’s most charming and unsung holiday destinations. With over 200 square kilometres of natural waters to explore, this unspoilt part of the country is full of pretty cottages and quiet villages. As well as boating, visitors are also encouraged to partake in a whole host of activities like walking and cycling, making it perfect for energetic types. If the weather is a little less than fair (this is England we’re talking about), then why not take the opportunity to visit the Museum of the Broads? As well as being a great rainy day activity, it provides fascinating insight into the workings of the river system; from the marshmen to boat owners and scientists – you will hear all about how this enduring landscape has developed over time.