It’s true that the UK is not your typical holiday destination; upon our humble island you will probably struggle to witness blue skies and sandy beaches are few and far between. What it lacks in sun, sea and sand attributes however, it more than makes up for in its offering of beautiful countryside, unrivalled history and quaint English villages and towns. If you are visiting from abroad, arrange London Heathrow Airport car hire and discover more to the UK than just our capital! On the other hand, if the UK makes up your back garden, why not bundle yourselves and your family into the car and explore a bit of your own country! We can guarantee that you won’t be disappointed with these 7 places to visit in the UK outside of London.
Peak District National Park
Found in the county of Derbyshire, the Peak District National Park is a beautiful and varied part of the country with rolling moorland blanketing the peaks and troughs of the landscape. Easy to reach with a great diversity of wonders found within the boundaries of the park, it is certainly a worthwhile and popular attraction to take the time to explore in its entirety. Enjoy the great outdoors, explore fascinating limestone caves and visit some iconic British towns such as Bakewell, home of the delicious Bakewell Tart!
Blockading the north of Britain from the south, one of the UK’s best known structures is that of Hadrian’s Wall which was built across Britain in 122 AD. Enlisted by UNESCO in 1987, it is a must see for anyone with a keen interest in history. Spanning 84 miles in length, explore a portion by foot or by bicycle and discover the surrounding area from unique towns and villages to open rugged countryside.
Snowdonia National Park
Snowdonia National Park, the home of the Mount Snowdon, is perhaps the premier tourist attraction in Wales. Visit the numerous castles and historic buildings, take a ride on the tourist train which transports you to the peak, go hiking and walking to unearth hidden waterfalls and simply drink in the stunning surroundings.
Unarguably one of the most picturesque areas of Britain, we have the Cotswolds, found in an area of Oxfordshire, home of course to the prestigious Oxford University. Cutesy thatched-roof cottages abound on narrow, winding village streets with rolling countryside at every turn. Plan a trip to Beverston Castle or even the spooky Woodchester Mansion whilst you are exploring the area! From here, explore the neighbouring Shakespeare Country, centred around Stratford-upon-Avon where the man himself was born.
Lake District National Park
Another must see is the Lake District National Park located in Cumbria in the very north of the country. Serene and peaceful, the national park officially contains just one lake; Bassenthwaite Lake, however there are many other large bodies of water. Set against a hilly backdrop, the highest peak being Scafell Pike, with valleys and woods to explore too, the Lake District is an exceptionally beautiful part of the country.
Spanning the southern fringes of the country from East Devon to Dorset, the Jurassic Coast is the very best stretch of the UK’s coastline with golden sandy beaches, stunning cliffs and swirling waves. With geological rock formations covering the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods the name of the area is of course very fitting and the area is a fascinating example of natural history. Plan your visit and hope that the sun shines for maximum enjoyment as you explore beaches and coastal towns.
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park
Scotland’s premier national park, Loch Lomond, is a hive of outdoor activity; enjoy hiking, walking and biking or take your pick from a variety of water based activities such as kayaking or canoeing, windsurfing and boating. Keep your eyes peeled for the diverse variety of wildlife that live here and perhaps try your hand at a new activity such as golf, all within stunning landscapes just 1 hour from Glasgow.
This is just a pick of the variety and beauty that the UK beholds. Uncover it all and more first hand with UK car hire.