Staycations are back on the cards for those in England and Wales with restrictions easing and allowing for overnight stays in self-contained accommodation.
Of course there are heaps of brilliant UK holidays on offer whether you’re after thrills (think the world’s fastest zip line), hikes along spectacular routes, explore fascinating historic spots, or even go in search of mythical creatures.
Seaside retreats, countryside escapes, bustling cities – you name it, the UK has it.
Of course the sheer amount of choice can be overwhelming, so to give you a helping hand, we’ve picked out 20 amazing UK trips to add to the bucket list.
Check out the list below (in no particular order)…
1. Explore the Giant’s Causeway
The Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland has been around for at least 50 million years, and according to legend was the work of Irish giant Finn McCool.
Both a National Trust and UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s long drawn in intrepid explorers, and boasts plenty of scenic routes nearby whether you’re planning to go exploring on foot or by car.
2. Experience the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge
Surrounded by myth and legend, this mysterious rock formation in the small town of Amesbury continues to baffle scientists.
You can visit the site year-round but for something particularly memorable it’s worth visiting for the summer solstice, when crowds gather there to mark the longest day of the year.
Want to learn more? We’ve got 8 quirky facts about Stonehenge that may interest you!
3. Ride the London Eye
The London Eye has previously been named one of the top 40 UK attractions Brits want to visit post-lockdown and it’s not difficult to see why.
After all, a ride in one of the capsules offers up some unrivalled views of the River Thames, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and more of the London skyline.
Oh, and for some more sightseeing you may want to check out this free self-guided walking tour which takes you past almost all of the city’s iconic landmarks.
You can find out more on londoneye.com.
4. Take a trip to the Isle of Skye
Named one of Britain’s most beautiful islands, the Isle of Skye has heaps of beautiful walking trails and is also a great spot for whale-watching.
Meanwhile the picturesque town of Portree is seeing the biggest surge of interest from holidaymakers thanks to its charming harbour and pastel-hued waterfront buildings, shops and restaurants.
5. See the Northern Lights
No need to head into the depths of the Arctic circle to catch a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis. Come wintertime some of Scotland’s remote landscapes can offer some pretty spectacular views of the natural phenomenon .
We’ve got a guide to the best UK spots for seeing the Northern Lights to get you started.
6. Step back in time in Bath
With its Regency Era style buildings, iconic Roman Baths and historic Bath Abbey, it’s easy to feel as though you’ve done a bit of time travel while wandering through the streets in Bath. Oh, and Duke of Hastings fans can pretend they’re joining high society by exploring the various Bridgerton filming locations tucked away throughout the city.
7. Ride the world’s fastest zip line
In the heart of Snowdonia National Park you’ll find Zip World, which is home to thrilling outdoor adventures including Velocity 2, the world’s fastest zip line. You can race against friends and reach speeds of over 100mph as you soar over the turquoise waters of the quarry lake below.
You can find out more at zipworld.co.uk.
8. Drive along the Causeway Coast
The Giant’s Causeway is the main attraction in this region, but there are some pretty incredible scenic views to be found on the drive along the way. The drive between the Carrick-a-Rede Rope bridge and Giant’s Causeway takes approximately three hours (leaving time on the itinerary to explore some of the attractions along the way).
9. Go in search of the Loch Ness monster
People have flocked to Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands for centuries in a bid to catch a glimpse of the monster that’s said to lurk in its waters.
You can learn all about the legend at the Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition or take a boat tour out around those deep blue waters. But it’s not just the monster that makes this region so popular with visitors – Loch Ness boasts some breathtaking rugged scenery and plenty of attractions on land including the historic Urquhart Castle.
No wonder then that it was named one of the UK’s most beautiful views by Brits.
10. Titanic Belfast
This tourist attraction offers a fascinating in-depth look at the story of the ill-fated Titanic, using special effects, full-scale reconstructions and plenty of interactive elements. Expect heaps of artefacts including letters from passengers, and enjoy a piece of maritime history by exploring the SS Nomadic after walking through the tour.
11. Explore the Brecon Beacons
One of the UK’s 15 national parks, Brecon Beacons spans over 520 square miles of sprawling lush green valleys and winding paths.
It’s therefore no surprise that it’s particularly popular with hikers looking to explore the routes to Sugar Loaf Mountain, while at night-time it’s stargazers who flock to spots such as Usk Reservoir for amazing views of the Milky Way.
12. Walk along Hadrian’s Wall
Incredible scenery? Check. Walking trails for all levels? Check. Heaps of history? Check! This English Heritage site (and also a World Heritage Site) was built by the Roman army and is 73-miles long. You don’t need to walk the whole length of the wall – but it’s well worth adding to the list if you’re after a walking holiday with something a little special.
13. Enjoy a day out at Portmeirion Village
The Italian-style Portmeirion village is already one of our top picks of the most beautiful places in Wales thanks to its intricate buildings, eye-catching fountains and colourful floral displays.
The hotels, spa, restaurants and nearby sandy beaches to be found here also make it quite the picturesque spot for a weekend getaway.
14. Go stargazing in North York Moors national park
The park became one of the world’s new International Dark Skies Rese thanks to its clear, star-filled skies. Then of course the mysterious moors and storybook-worthy woodlands only add to the charm of the area.
In the day, intrepid explorers will find plenty of historic sites, from Iron Age ruins to medieval castles and Roman forts, as well as medieval castles and abbeys such as the Gothic ruins of Whitby Abbey .
15. Discover the Lake District
The Lake District is renowned for its spectacular landscapes whether you’re exploring the trails around Lake Windermere, enjoying a boat trip on Ullswater, or enjoying a stroll through those rolling green hills.
As well as serene countryside, you’ll find charming towns and villages with a bit of hustle and bustle, as well as fun attractions, historic castles and more for a fun day out.
We’ve got a guide on the best places in Cumbria to bookmark whether you’re after a hiking adventure or a fun holiday with the kids.
16. Explore Edinburgh’s haunted streets
If you’re a fan of true crime documentaries or horror films, then a trip to Edinburgh’s Vaults are a must. Hidden away underground, these are filled with a history of smuggling, crimes and plenty more dark and twisted stories.
Nowadays, you can take tours of the vaults as well as walking tours of the streets where crimes are said to have taken place – and where some ghosts are said to reside.
17. Visit one of Cornwall’s incredible beaches
Cornwall is home to heaps of beaches that could well be in the Caribbean with their fine golden sands, lush green surroundings and crystalline waters.
The likes of Fistral Beach, Porthcurno Beach and Kynance Cove tend to be firm favourites with both locals and tourists thanks to the large stretches of sands, beautiful scenery and bustling resorts in the region.
18. Hike to the top of Mount Snowdon
There are plenty of walking routes to the top of Wales’ highest mountain, whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a beginner looking to take on a challenge for charity. Visit Wales has a guide to walking routes along with plenty of tips if you’re planning a trip.
Want the views without the effort? There’s always the mountain railway which makes for the ideal solution!
19. Discover the history of Edinburgh Castle
If you only visit one thing in Edinburgh, make it Edinburgh Castle – there’s a reason it’s been named the Scottish capital’s best landmark.The impressive fortress has exhibitions offering a glimpse into its fascinating history, not to mention it offers up some unparalleled views of the city skyline. Oh, and make sure to pay attention at 1pm for the daily firing of the One o’Clock Gun!
20. Go dolphin watching in Cardigan Bay
Cardigan Bay in Wales is one of the UK’s best places for seeing wildlife. It’s actually home to the UK’s biggest pod of dolphins, and there are regular boat trips where you can admire them from afar as they splash in the water and play around.
Is there a destination you think should have been on this list? Let us know in the comments below.