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16 May 5 Great places to go on holiday in the UK

With the decline of the Pound Sterling following Brexit, travel abroad has become an expensive endeavour for Britons.

As such, many have planned holidays closer to home this year to save money, yourself included. If you are not quite sure where to travel, though, you are not alone, as many folks had been accustomed to traveling overseas cheaply for years.  

Don’t think, however, because you are in the United Kingdom, you don’t have to protect your eyes from the sun.

Despite the jokes about our perpetually gloomy weather, the sun does indeed come out in the summer, and the UV rays it gives off are a long-term hazard to your eyes.

If you don’t have a reliable pair of shades at the ready, check out the posh models available at sites like, as they have many that will have you looking good and keep your eyes safe.

With that mind, let’s discuss all the delightful destinations where you can go on holiday this summer in the UK.

1) Cornwall

If you are trying to cater for a group, you can hardly go wrong with what Cornwall has to offer. With beaches that do their best to channel the spirit of the Mediterranean (even if the water is slightly cooler), historical monuments like Tintagel Castle strewn across the landscape, and modern attractions like the Eden project, you’ll have plenty to do.

However, considering the chill vibes found in seaside towns like St. Ives, Looe, and Penzance, we won’t blame you if you spend your entire holiday strolling their streets and lounging on nearby beaches.   

The sun can be bright in Cornwall in the peak of the summer season, though, so don’t forget to snag those stylish sunglasses you bought earlier before leaving the house.   

2) Scottish Highlands

If mountains are more your thing, then your holiday time is best spent on a trip to the Scottish Highlands.

Home to the tallest and most beautiful peaks in the United Kingdom, the worries and stress of the city will melt away not long after you arrive in the most remote part of this country.

Whether you want to tackle Britain’s highest mountain Ben Nevis or you simply want to quietly sip single malt whiskey from some of Scotland’s best distilleries, there are plenty of experiences you can have in this region that will recharge your depleted batteries.  

3) Lake District

Are the Scottish Highlands just a touch too far for you to enjoy comfortably? Thankfully, England has the Lake District, which is a much closer to London.

Within its boundaries, you’ll find Scafell Peak, the highest mountain in England, and Wastwater, its deepest lake.

While the trekking and watersports found here are on point, less active travelers will appreciate that there are two towns within the park, Keswick and Bowness-on-Windermere.

The former is home to a market that has been in continuous operation for over 700 years, the latter has attractions like the Windermere Steamboat Museum, and both have lively pubs that serve as an excellent place to relax after a day spent strolling the lakeside.

4) Snowdonia

Lovers of the outdoors have yet another option over the border in Wales. Snowdonia National Park contains this nation’s most attractive natural sights, covering its most rugged mountains and wildest seashore.

With over 2,000 kilometres of trail, there is a path out there with your name on it, but don’t forget to take your rain gear. Even though summer brings the best weather of the season, the park gets pelted with over 4,400 millimetres of rain annually, meaning showers aren’t out of the question even during the months of July and August.

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Victoria Brewood

Hi I'm Victoria, a British girl from Manchester. After graduating from university I decided there was more to life than the hours between 9 and 5, so I packed my journalism degree into my suitcase to travel the world and find a way to make money at the same time. I now call London home, although I still travel whenever I can. I hope to inspire you to be your own boss, live life and see the world.

  • Rachel
    Posted at 12:54h, 16 May Reply

    Love this! I’m heading back to London this year but definitely want to build in some time for the countryside!

  • Lauren
    Posted at 18:37h, 16 May Reply

    Good list! I’m from Bournemouth which is often a popular holiday beach spot and there’s loads going on throughout the summer. We kick off summer with the Bournemouth Wheels Festival at the start of June each year and end it with the Bournemouth Air Festival at the end of August/start of September. It just goes to show summer holiday doesn’t have to be a plane journey away!

  • Linzi Clark
    Posted at 20:34h, 18 May Reply

    A lot of my favourites on here…I would also add the Jurassic Coast in Dorset and the Kent coastline.

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