Britain has an array of bucket-list towns and cities to visit, each with their own unique charm and history. From magnificent London to historic Edinburgh, no trip to Britain is complete without sampling each place and entering their many great attractions. With that said, it is sometimes nice to get off the beaten-track and travel to some of the lesser-known gems of Britain. Here are some of very best Britain has to offer:
A short drive from York is the charming, university city of Durham. Here you’ll discover cobbled streets leading to the Romanesque Durham Cathedral, a stunning building giving Durham its city status. Wandering around Durham you’ll come to the Norman Castle, wholly occupied by the University since the 19th Century. Outside of Durham, you’ll find the tiny village of Goathland, whose train station you may recognise as Hogsmeade from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
While St Ives has gained increasing popularity due to its hippy vibes and tiny, Cornish shops, Falmouth offers a different experience for those in Cornwall, offering more attractions and the same great views. Take a stroll along the harbour, or wander along one of the town’s four picturesque beaches. After, be sure to check out the Tudor fortress of Pendennis Castle, used as a defensive position in the Second World War. Outside of Falmouth you’ll find St Michael’s Mount and a real Cornish hidden gem, the Minack Theatre, perched high along the golden Cornish coast.
Three: Conwy and Llandudno
North Wales is not short of quaint, hidden gems, in addition to the bustling seaside towns. Firstly, we have Conwy. This small market town is seemingly frozen in time and remains almost completely encircled by its medieval town walls; explore a tangle of cobbled streets, market places, a tiny port and the most dramatic of 13th Century Castles overlooking the town. Next, we have the contrasting town of nearby Llandudno where you can view the elegant town houses and a stroll along the bay-side promenade of this Victorian seaside town.
With very few large towns and cities, the list of Scottish hidden gems is practically endless. Our favourite is the charming, Victorian town of Pitlochry where you can visit the magnificent Blair Castle or tour the Blair Athol or nearby Edradour Distilleries. Each produce distinct Scotch single malts and make ideal venues for tours to learn about the production of whisky and of course to sample a wee dram of the "water of life". With small, family run shops and restaurants, an afternoon in Pitlochry will bring you close to traditional Scotland in the heart of this beautiful country.
This lively city, traditionally in the farming county of Somerset, offers visitors a chance to board one of Britain’s greatest ever ships, the SS Great Britain. This Victorian steam ship was designed by industrial revolution engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, a man responsible for the Great Western rail network. In Bristol, you’ll find his masterpiece, the stunning Clifton Suspension Bridge, spanning high above the Avon Gorge. More recently, Bristol has gained increasing fame as the home of iconic street-artist Banksy, and strolling around this university city you’ll find constant reminders of his/her influence.
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