Thinking about a holiday in Britain? Or perhaps you live in the UK and fancy exploring the country around you. Here are five reasons why Britain should be number one on your trip list – whether for a weekend away or a longer holiday.
1. The pomp and circumstance that you can only experience in Britain
Whether it’s a Royal Wedding, the birth of a future King, the Queen’s jubilee, or just the changing of the guard – the British have an undeniable flair for upholding traditions like no other country in the world.
And you can experience it across the country – watch The Proms, at the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Changing of the Guard, at Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle, the Royal Tattoo in Edinburgh, or time your visit to coincide with a state visit to get the full ‘Royal’ experience.
2. You can fly from one end of the UK to the other in a little over an hour
Britain is one of the most accessible holiday destinations – it’s possible to have afternoon tea in London, and be in Glasgow or Edinburgh in time for dinner.
Or if the seaside is more your thing, you can go from a shopping spree on Oxford Street, to a weekend in cool and chilled-out Cornwall in a matter of hours (or less if you choose to fly).
You can even go to the Isles of Scilly, where you’ll find your own island paradise, which has it’s own microclimate, just a short hop from Cornwall.
- Some of the world’s most beautiful beaches are in the UK
Longing to feel sand between your toes and soothing sound of waves lapping against the shore?Forget jumping on a plane – Britain is home to some incredible beaches. The Dorset Coast is famed for it’s stunning coastline – the Jurassic Coast is world famous!
If you’re a huge beach fan, then you must visit one of the most famous beaches in Britain – Porthcurno beach in Cornwall is well worth a visit in the summer. But don’t take our word for it!
- It’s picture-postcard pretty
There are villages and towns across the UK that look like they’ve come straight out of an Elizabethan film set, or a fairy-tale storybook. And some really have.The Glenfinnan viaduct in Scotland was featured in the Harry Potter series, and there are some British towns that have existed for hundreds of years – the town of Rye goes back as far as medieval times.Stately homes such as Frogmore House wouldn’t look out of place in Downton Abbey.
- You can go Island hopping
You’ve probably heard of the Isle of Man, Jersey and the Isle of Wight, but did you know that there are almost 800 islands off the coast of Scotland ripe for exploring?If you’re looking to take a slower pace, then the Isle of Mull in Scotland has a stunning little village overlooking a harbour, or the Isle of Islay, home to 20 beaches and 8 whiskey distilleries….and if you want to get away from it all then the place to visit is Lundy Island, where there’s just one pub and lots of wildlife.