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Get some ideas for your UK holiday or UK vacation by browsing the information below, then get in touch to let us know about your interest in a holiday in England, Scotland or Wales. For more ideas, have a look at our example itineraries.
  • London

    • The original site of London town before it engulfed all around it, the ‘square mile’ is now London’s financial district. However, despite the suits rushing about between offices, it retains a historic feel, helped in no small part by the fantastic

    • Westminster and St James’

      Icons abound in the civilised areas of Westminster and St James’. Big Ben towers over the impressive Houses of Parliament on the edge of the river. Just behind sits grand, gothic Westminster Abbey, the scene of every monarch’s coronation since

    • From the shops of Oxford Street and Covent Garden to the bars and restaurants of Soho, China Town and Leicester Square, it is always busy in the West End.

      For a bit of culture, head to bustling Trafalgar Square, home not only to Nelson’s famous

    • The South Bank

      The lively South Bank is always a hive of activity. Running along the southern bank of the River Thames, it passes several well-known sights as well as providing great views of the famous buildings on the north bank, including Big Ben, St Paul’s

    • Kensington and Chelsea are considered to be some of London’s ‘poshest’ boroughs and there is certainly some very impressive (and pricey) real estate in this area.

      As you would expect, there is some high quality shopping to be had here. Chelsea’s

    • Out of the Centre

      A couple of miles north of the centre, lively Camden Town is the place to go to admire tattoos, multiple piercings and eclectic fashion statements. An intoxicating combination of trendy bars and restaurants, quirky boutiques, and a fascinating

    • Some of London’s less-well-known neighbourhoods are also worth a trip.

      Previously considered one to avoid, busy and chaotic Brixton is fast becoming one of London’s trendiest Boroughs and it is worth the trip purely to try out one or two of the

  • The South East

    • The Cathedral city of Canterbury contains a fascinating mixture of historic sites from across the centuries, whilst also maintaining a lively, modern feel, thanks to its student population and interesting bar and restaurant scene.

      Canterbury

    • The Coast of Kent

      The county of Kent juts out into both the North Sea and the English Channel and its coastal settlements have played a significant role in the county’s, and the country’s, history. The castles dotted along the coastline are testament to the areas role

    • Central and Southern Kent

      Central and southern Kent is scattered with castles, stately homes and gardens.

      Considered by many to be one of the world’s most romantic castles, Leeds Castle has a beautiful setting on an island in a lake, set in extensive grounds. The less grand

    • East Sussex’s beautiful coastline and rolling hills attracts many visitors, particularly those escaping London for the weekend.

      Unlike many British seaside towns, Brighton is thoroughly modern and is undoubtedly the area’s most lively and

    • West Sussex

      The biggest draws of quiet, pretty West Sussex are its historic towns and Roman ruins.

      The attractive town of Arundel is a lovely combination of medieval streets and Victorian buildings, looked over by the impressive hill top Arundel Castle. Nearby

    • The South Downs National Park is the newest area in Britain to obtain National Park status, and it is popular with walkers and cyclists. However, for an area so close to London and other major population centres, it is surprisingly easy to find your

  • Wessex

    • The county town of Hampshire, Winchester was once the capital of the kingdom’s of both Alfred the Great and William the Conqueror. Now a small, peaceful place, signs of its history are visible everywhere, from the stunning cathedral, whose

    • A short hop across the Solent from either Portsmouth, Southampton or the small village of Lymington, just outside the New Forest, the Isle of Wight is a popular seaside get-a-way.

      From classic British seaside scenes of buckets-and-spades and

    • Stonehenge, Avebury and rural Wiltshire

      The county of Wiltshire is crammed full of pre-historic sites. Most notable are the Neolithic stone circles of world-famous Stonehenge and atmospheric Avebury, which partially encircles the pretty village of the same name (home also to the recently

    • Sweeping Georgian Crescents, beautiful Regency architecture, stunning fifteenth century Bath Abbey and the well-preserved Roman Bath House; it is easy to see why the whole of central bath is a designated UNESCO world heritage site and a hugely

    • Somerset

      Idyllic Somerset can feel like being in a bygone world. Its historic towns, traditional, thatched villages and pretty countryside have changed little in many years and, as with the rest of Wessex, prehistoric sites are in good supply.

      In the centre

    • Dorset and the Jurassic Coast

      Dorset’s coastline offers a wealth of opportunities for enjoying being beside the sea. Bournemouth offers a lively (and sometimes rowdy) seaside experience, with its long and impressive but deckchair filled beach and plenty of nightlife. More refined

    • Popular with local walkers but relatively unknown to those from further afield, Somerset’s Quantock Hills and Blackdown Hills (both Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty) are fantastic for exploring on foot.

      The Quantock Hills is a lovely area of

  • The South West

    • South Devon Coast

      The stunning coastline is the South West’s key draw and nowhere in Britain receives more hours of sunshine than the beautiful coast of south Devon.

      South Devon has an eclectic range of seaside settlements, with something to suit everyone. The resort

    • The whole of the north Devon coast is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the part of the south-west coast path that spans this area provides some truly beautiful walking options.

      The eastern end of Devon’s north coast is home to

    • One of the least populated areas of the country, Dartmoor National Park is made up of vast stretches of open moorland, craggy granite ‘tors’ and ancient woodland, with a scattering of small villages and country lanes.

      Far wilder and feeling far more

    • North Cornwall Coast

      Cornwall’s north coast is home to some fantastic stretches of beach, inviting towns, historic attractions and great eating options.

      Popular Bude is a small resort surrounded by pristine beaches and beautiful sea cliffs as well as some good spots for

    • Cornwall’s southern coast is a mixture of seaside resorts, working harbours and historic villages, along with some long, beautiful stretches of quiet coastline.

      Inviting Looe is a combination of family holiday centre, with its lovely surrounding

    • The Far South-west

      The most southerly tip of Britain, the Penwith Peninsula is home to some of Cornwall’s most well-known spots. Pretty St Ives, set on a hillside running up from a sweeping bay on the north coast, is something of an artists’ colony and contains many

    • Inland Cornwall is a patchwork of rural farmland centring on the wild expanses of Bodmin Moor. A heathland, the moor can be bleak in bad weather but provides excellent, rugged walking country when the weather is fair, as well as a chance to spot “the

    • Much of north Devon is a patchwork of lush, grassy fields with cows grazing, wildflowers growing in the hedgerows, open moorland and quiet, historic villages, free of tourist crowds.

      Nowhere is this truer than in ‘Ruby Country’, squeezed in between

  • Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds

    • Oxford and around

      With the fine architecture of the university colleges, pretty winding lanes and beautiful, wide streets, filled with stunning buildings, wandering through Oxford is a joy. Add to that some of the country’s finest museums, excellent pubs and

    • The Thames Valley

      As the River Thames flows east from Oxford towards London, the land opens out into an area known as the Thames Valley. Lovely walks are available along the riverbank and there are some interesting towns and villages to visit: pretty

    • The eastern part of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty lies within the county of Oxfordshire.

      The towns and villages here have the classic picture-perfect Cotswolds charm – thatched roofs, honey-coloured stone, winding lanes, ancient

    • The classic English beauty of the Cotswolds attracts many visitors every year and the northern Cotswolds contains most of the areas well-known towns and villages.

      Whilst this means that some places can get over-crowded by coach tours in the summer

    • The Southern Cotswolds (Gloucestershire and Wiltshire)

      The southern Cotswolds spills over the Gloucestershire border into Wiltshire and is filled with towns and villages no less picturesque and inviting than those further north.

      Perched on a hilltop, stunning Painswick, known as ‘the Queen of the

    • The Vale of the White Horse, the area south-west of Oxford, draws far fewer visitors than the rest of the area but contains many pretty villages, good walking country and several interesting pre-historic sites.

      The Uffington White Horse, from which

  • Cambridge and East Anglia

    • Cambridge and around

      The small city of Cambridge is famous as the location of one of the world’s most prestigious universities and it is the university buildings that provide Cambridge with its wealth of fine architecture and feeling of having changed little in

    • The Norfolk Broads

      An area protected as a National Park, the Norfolk Broads are an unusual and beautiful area of waterways, lakes, marshes and water meadows.

      The main activity here is to take to the water. Whether you take a tour, hire a boat or rent a canoe, the

    • In its Norman heyday, Norwich was one of England’s biggest cities and it retains much of its historic character in its buildings. The stunning medieval cathedral at one end and sturdy twelfth century castle at the other dominate the skyline. Between

    • John Constable, Britain’s most famous landscape painter, set many of his scenes of the rural idyll in the countryside of northern Essex and southern Suffolk.

      The heart of Constable Country is Dedham Vale, through which runs the beautiful River

    • The Coast

      With a coast line that runs around more than half the area, there are a wealth of seaside options in East Anglia.

      The Essex coast is home to the brash but fun seaside resorts of Southend-on-Sea and Clacton-on-Sea, with their fairground rides,

    • When people picture Essex they often see a scene of fake tans, tight clothes and lively nightclubs, but away from the modern cities, Essex has some wonderful countryside and beautiful historic towns and villages. The small, pretty town of Saffron

  • The Peak District, Stratford-upon-Avon and the Midlands

    • The Peak District - The White Peak

      The Peak District became Britain’s first National Park in 1951 and has been one of the most popular ever since. Despite its popularity, however, it is usually easy to get away from the crowds.

      The name is misleading as this is not a land of

    • Separating the limestone hills and deep valleys of the White Peak from the gritstone moorlands and edges of the Dark Peak is the beautiful Hope Valley.

      At the head of the valley sits the popular village of Castleton. The village itself is a pretty

    • The Peak District - The Dark Peak

      The rugged Dark Peak area covers the northern section of the Peak District and is made up of moorland and gritstone edges, popular with rock climbers.

      The area has a wild feel and fewer towns and villages than the White Peak, and is popular with

    • Stratford-upon-Avon is famous for one thing: Shakespeare. Any trip to Stratford is undoubtedly going to focus on Britain’s most famous playwright and the town has several impressive attractions to educate the visitor about his life.

      There is no

    • The Marches and around

      An imprecise term for the area that runs along the English border with Wales, ‘The Marches’ are an area of beautiful, hilly countryside littered with the ruins of the many border castles and several wonderfully preserved historic towns and villages.

    • Suddenly popping out of the surrounding landscape, the ridge of the Malvern Hills is criss-crossed with footpaths and is popular walking country. Despite the hills' modest height (the highest point is 419 metres), they provide wonderful views over

    • The East Midlands

      A rural area of farm land, historic towns, pretty villages and church towers standing out across the flat landscape, the East Midlands is a peaceful, sparsely populated region.

      However, its fertile soil clearly appealed to the well-heeled of

  • Manchester, Liverpool and around

    • Manchester

      Manchester is the epitome of a modern English city – buzzing with a lively atmosphere, its main attractions are football, music, shopping and nightlife. Throw in several excellent museums and galleries and some top quality restaurants and if you like

    • Liverpool’s most famous export, The Beatles, are still one of the city’s biggest draws. Many visitors follow a ‘Beatles Trail’ to take in key sights associated with the quartet – the Cavern club, the homes of Paul McCartney and John Lennon (booking

    • The primary attraction in rural Cheshire is the beautiful, historic city of Chester. The city centre is surrounded by the only complete city wall in the country, which date in parts from both Roman and Medieval times.

      Inside the walls, broad streets

    • Outside of the major cities, Lancashire offers lively seaside resorts, historic towns and beautiful countryside.

      Blackpool, Britain’s most iconic seaside resort, is the sort of place you will love or hate. Unashamedly brash, Blackpool’s seafront

    • Slap bang in the middle of the Irish Sea, the Isle of Man maintains a quasi-independent status from the UK and is a place that very much maintains its own character. Shunning commercialism to a great extent, the island has wonderful, hilly scenery

    • Lancashire’s far north borders both North Yorkshire and Cumbria and is an excellent place for some off-the-beaten-track walking and cycling, while most visitors are bypassing the area to get to the mountains of the Lake District or the rolling

  • Yorkshire

    • York

      York's fascinating history, impressive Minster and wide array of well-preserved buildings from across the centuries make it a justifiably popular stop.

      York Minster, with its stunning gothic architecture, is the largest medieval cathedral in

    • The Yorkshire Dales National Park is an enticing mixture of green valleys, open moorland, sparkling rivers and streams, dry stone walls and traditional villages.

      The southern section covers some of the most popular and well-known areas. The romantic

    • The Yorkshire Dales – North

      The northern dales include popular Wensleydale, with its famous cheese factory, lovely villages and several interesting castle ruins and quieter Swaledale, scattered with traditional stone barns and excellent walks.

      The northern section of the park

    • Compared with the rolling, green Yorkshire Dales, the North York Moors' wide expanses of heather moorland can seem wild and desolate, but that is part of their charm.

      As well as providing dramatic walking country, the area is ringed by traditional

    • The Yorkshire Coast

      The Yorkshire Coast is a mixture of pretty, historic coastal villages and lively 'seaside resorts', some little changed since their hey-day of the 1950s and 60s.

      The interesting town of Whitby offers a bit of everything. A large stretch of beach,

    • Yorkshire's biggest city, Leeds, is the heart of West Yorkshire. It is a good place for shopping, eating and drinking, and is home to the interesting Royal Armouries, which covers 3000 years of British fighting history.

      Just out of town, you can

    • Off the beaten track

      The small area of the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty lies north of York. As well as being beautiful, quiet walking country it is home to one world class sight – Castle Howard. Actually a stately home, rather than a castle, it is

  • The Lake District and Cumbria

    • England’s largest lake, Windermere is an icon of the Lake District. It stretches from busy Ambleside, with its many outdoor shops, cafes and restaurants, at the northern tip, down to quiet Newby Bridge, 10.5 miles away to the south. In between, the

    • The villages of the Central Lakes

      The villages of the central Lake District are the most popular spots on the tourist circuit.

      Grasmere’s combination of traditional slate buildings, a 13th century church, beautiful lakeside setting and many literary connections, most famously as the

    • Home to some of the most popular walks in the Lake District, the stunning Langdale Valley is a great place to stretch your legs. For a bit of a challenge, head for the summits of the famous Langdale Pikes or the dramatic Crinkle Crags. At the other

    • Keswick, Borrowdale and Buttermere

      The town of Keswick, sits on the shore of Derwent Water, one of the most picturesque Lakes in the area. While not a stunner itself, Keswick has a lot of amenities and is the starting point for several popular walks, including those to the summits of

    • Surrounded by towering mountains, the setting of England’s second largest lake, Ullswater, is dramatic.

      There are many hiking options in stunning scenery available for all abilities here, including the ascent of Helvellyn, England’s third highest

    • Wastwater and the Western Lakes

      Wilder and more remote than much of the rest of the Lake District, the western lakes and valleys are surrounded by dramatic fells and are considered to contain some of the most beautiful scenery in the area, but attract far fewer visitors than the

    • Cartmel and the ‘Lake District Peninsulas’

      Sitting just south of the Lake District National Park, the ‘peninsulas’, sticking out into Morecambe Bay, have their own beautiful, if less dramatic, scenery than further north and fewer crowds.

      The self-styled ‘home of sticky toffee pudding’, the

    • On the eastern edge of the County of Cumbria, outside the national park boundaries, lies the rolling Eden Valley, which borders both the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. If you want hiking in

  • Hadrian’s Wall Country and the North East

    • Hadrian’s Wall and around

      Built in the early second century as a barrier between Roman England and the uncontrollable ‘barbarians’ to the north, Hadrian’s Wall crosses the neck of Britain from east coast to west coast and is undoubtedly Britain’s most impressive Roman site.

    • Considered to be ‘England’s last wilderness’, stretching south from the Scottish border, Northumberland National Park is the least populated area of England. Its vast swathes of heather moorland, the rolling Cheviot Hills and expansive Kielder Water,

    • The Northumberland Coast

      The Northumberland coast is truly stunning. Miles and miles of windswept beaches stretch into the distance, interspersed with dramatic, atmospheric castles looking out to sea.

      The most impressive of the coastal castles is Bamburgh, perched on a crag

    • Durham

      The small city of Durham has a gorgeous centre, dominated by its large Norman cathedral, considered one of the most beautiful in Britain.

      Durham Castle is another impressive site. Originally built in the eleventh century, it was continually expanded

    • The largest city in the north east, Newcastle is famed for its rowdy nightlife and love of football. Having undergone substantial redevelopment in recent years, Newcastle is shaking off its out-dated reputation as run-down and industrial and has

    • Much of the countryside of the north-east could to considered ‘off the beaten track’ when compared to more heavily populated and visited areas further south. Wide expanses of open country stretch on for miles, with even small villages few and far

  • Southern Scotland

    • The Scottish Borders make excellent walking and cycling country and there are several long distance paths that cross the area, sections of which can easily be made into manageable day walks or rides.

      One of the key draws of the region are the

    • Ayrshire and the Isle of Arran

      Ayrshire is a popular place for fans of two things: golf and Robert Burns. Ayrshire was the host of the first Open Championship in 1860 and the area is now littered with many quality courses. Scotland’s most famous poet was born in the village of

    • Dumfries and Galloway offers some of southern Scotland’s most appealing towns and villages, some interesting and picturesque ruins and is a good area for enjoying the great outdoors.

      Galloway Forest Park in the west of the region is a wonderful

    • Many visitors rush through South Lanarkshire on their way to Glasgow or northern Scotland, but the area offers some beautiful countryside as well as the designated UNESCO world heritage site of New Lanark, popular with domestic tourists.

      Set in a

  • Edinburgh, Glasgow and around

    • Enchanting Edinburgh is a city of two halves, but both sides of the city are equally appealing. The medieval Old Town is an inviting network of winding, narrow lanes that run up and down hills, ending at stunning Edinburgh Castle, which watches

    • The Lothians

      An easy day trip from Edinburgh, the counties of East, Mid- and West Lothian are a great escape to the country for those looking for a break from city life.

      East Lothian runs along the coast east of Edinburgh and offers some good stretches of wide,

    • While not having Edinburgh’s historic appeal or obvious beauty, Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, is a lively, friendly city with plenty of attractions.

      Glasgow has a fascinating mixture of architecture – the stunning gothic arches of the fifteenth

    • It is easy to escape from the city to get some country air around Glasgow. While many people head further afield to Loch Lomand and the Trossachs or south into Lanarkshire, there is some good walking country right on Glasgow’s doorstep in the rolling

  • North East Scotland

    • Angus

      Dundee, Angus’ only major city, is set in a great location on the northern side of the Firth of Tay. As well as a pleasant atmosphere, friendly locals and some decent coastline, Dundee’s key highlights are Discovery Point, where The Discovery, the

    • Stretching from the Cairngorm and Grampian Mountains in the west to the coast at Aberdeen, the valley of Deeside gained the ‘Royal’ prefix due to its long association with the Royal Family: Balmoral, the Royal Family’s summer residence, is here.

      The

    • Scotland’s third largest city, wealthy Aberdeen reaps the benefit of its proximity to North Sea oil and as a result is one of the most expensive places in Scotland. Fortunately, whilst it is unlikely to win any awards for beauty, that wealth has also

    • Speyside

      Take the scenic mountain road from Deeside to reach Speyside. This area is famous for one thing: Whisky. There are many distilleries in the area, all offering tours and tastings. The 70 mile ‘malt whisky trail’ takes in eight distilleries and can be

    • Scotland’s quiet north-east coast is a place to get away from it all. Unspoilt, traditional fishing villages and miles and miles of deserted beach line the coast. Try the local classic ‘Cullen Skink’, a creamy soup of smoked haddock and potato, in

  • The Scottish Highlands and Islands

    • The Southern Highlands

      The Southern Highlands is an inviting landscape of rugged hills, sparkling lochs and pretty villages, running down to the wildlife rich coastline of the south west.

      Splendid, island-strewn Loch Lomond and its surrounds is the busiest area in the

    • The Central Highlands

      The Central Highlands contain some of the Highland’s most well-known places: world-famous Loch Ness with its mythical monster and loch-side Urquhart Castle; bustling Fort William, the self-proclaimed ‘Outdoor capital of the UK’; Ben Nevis, Britain’s

    • The west coast of the northern highlands offers perhaps the most spectacular scenery in Britain and makes for a wonderful road trip.

      From the Kyle of Lochalsh, a gateway to the Isle of Skye and home to picture perfect Eileen Donan Castle, the

    • The Inner Hebrides

      The Isle of Skye, the most well-known and biggest of the Inner Hebrides, is easily accessible either by boat or road-bridge from the mainland. The incredible scenery, especially the spectacular Cullin Hills, is the main draw here, making the island

    • The Outer Hebrides

      A collection of over 200 islands, many uninhabited, the Outer Hebrides is a remote, peaceful area, where Gaelic remains the first language of the majority of the population and things rarely happen quickly.

      Stornaway on Lewis is the only settlement

    • Sitting just off the northern tip of the Scottish mainland, the Orkney archipelago is a mainly flat land, most famous for its wealth of prehistoric sites.

      The largest island, known as ‘Mainland’, contains most of the standout sights, which generally

    • Accessible only by boat or on foot, the Knoydart Peninsula is often referred to as ‘Britain’s last wilderness’. If you travel to the far north of Scotland, you may consider this something of an exaggeration but it is certainly exhilarating to explore

  • Wales

    • Wales’ lively capital, Cardiff is a modern city with some excellent facilities, including the world class Millennium Stadium, which hosts a variety of sporting events, and some fantastic museums – the excellent National Museum and the open-air St

    • Pembrokeshire is famed for its stunning coastline, which can be explored by taking to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. The path tracks the cliff edge and offers views of sweeping bays, hidden coves, tiny islands and a variety of marine life, including

    • The Brecon Beacons

      A striking, hilly landscape made up of the Black Mountains in the east, the Central Beacons and (confusingly) the Black Mountain in the west, the Brecon Beacons National Park is very popular with walkers.

      The hills are separated by deep river

    • Wales’ most famous region, Snowdonia is a beautiful highland area of mountains, valleys, rivers, lakes and waterfalls. Wales’ highest mountain, Snowdon, sits at its centre.

      While the railway up the side transporting day trippers to the café at the

    • The North Coast and Anglesey

      Wales’ north coast is a collection of long sandy beaches, seaside resorts, windswept headlands and historic towns.

      Backed by the hills of Great and Little Orme and retaining much of its Victorian charm from its heyday in the eighteenth century,

    • Much of rural central Wales is well off the standard tourist route. There are some attractive small towns in the area, including pretty, alternative Llanidloes, castle-topped Montgomery and historic Welshpool, near the English border. Around the

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