Posted in Europe on February 13, 2013
Today’s guest post is by Amanda Andrews.
If you missed visiting the UK in 2012, you might have thought you’d missed out on all the excitement. Now Olympic fever has died down and the buzz of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is over, 2013 is THE year to plan a holiday in the UK. Here are a few reasons why…
The Royal Family
The UK is one of the only countries which still has a Royal Family so it’s no surprise that many tourists are eager to visit the UK for this reason. Start in the capital where you can admire Buckingham Palace and other Royal residences like Kensington Palace before heading to nearby Windsor to visit the famous castle. You could also take a trip to the pretty Isle of Anglesey which Kate and William have chosen to call home. With a Royal baby due this summer, 2013 looks set to be just as exciting as 2012.
While the UK may not be your first choice when it comes to a beach holiday, prepare to be surprised during your holiday in the UK. There are more than 1000 beaches to explore in the UK from vast stretches of unspoilt sand in Scotland to craggy, rocky inlets in Cornwall. Try the Pembrokeshire coast for golden beaches and crystal clear waters which could easily belong on the pages of a glossy travel brochure. The UK also boasts award-winning watersports; head to Cornwall for seriously good surfing conditions thanks to a mild climate and waves by the dozen not to mention surfers from all over the world.
Buckets of history
As soon as you set foot on British soil, you’ll be struck with the sense of history. From charming medieval towns like Ludlow in Shropshire and old Roman settlements like Chester and Bath, there is centuries of history to discover on this small island. If you prefer your history more recent, why not recreate a traditional seaside holiday with a break to the Norfolk coast or relive World War Two at Eden Camp in North Yorkshire.
Plenty of choice
When it comes to finding accommodation for your holiday in the UK, you’ll certainly be spoilt for choice with something to suit all tastes and budgets. From swanky five star resorts to bargain-tastic campsites, holiday accommodation needn’t break the bank. A great choice is a self-catering holiday cottage which gives you maximum flexibility, plenty of space and best of all, great value. Choose from a great selection of holiday accommodation at www.sykescottages.co.uk.
Numerous free attractions
While the UK may have a bad reputation as a pricy place to visit, there are lots of great things to do which will cost you absolutely nothing! For starters, enjoy a walk through the stunning Lake District or along a golden beach in Pembrokeshire. Look out for ‘Open Doors Day’ which takes place in towns and cities across the UK every September and sees iconic buildings open to the public for free. Check out London museums such as the Science Museum, National Portrait Gallery and Natural History Museum for priceless days out, in both senses of the word!
So we may be known as a rainy nation but where else is it possible to experience all four seasons in a single day? Provided you’re well prepared for any weather, the fun doesn’t have to stop! Over the last few years we’ve had some seriously hot spells of summer weather but just in case the sun isn’t shining there’s plenty to keep everyone occupied. Plus, as it rains so often you can guarantee that there are lots of indoor attractions to enjoy like the Shell Grotto in Margate, an underground tour at Poldark Mine in Cornwall or throw caution to the wind and go coasteering in south Wales!
There was a time not so long ago when you had to cross the English Channel in search of good food but no more! Plenty of rain means that the UK is home to plenty of delicious produce from asparagus and strawberries in Norfolk to lamb and beef in Wales not to mention great cheeses and wines from Cornwall. If you’re staying in the UK for a few days, one of my favourite things to do is try some regional delicacies like Fidget Pie in Shropshire, bara brith in Wales and haggis in Scotland. Delicious!