Our beloved homeland! Despite enjoying travelling abroad to experience different cultures and a bit of guaranteed sunshine we also love to explore the UK. Every corner of the UK offers up a raft of great places to stay and explore.
Historic cities such as Bath, York, Edinburgh and Oxford take you back centuries with their wonderful architecture. There are National Parks scattered across the country - our favourites are the South Downs, the Lake District, Peak District and Snowdonia - all are natural beauties with stunning walking and trekking available. Many towns and cities offer fab shopping and fine dining usually with a load of other sights and activities thrown in.
As you would expect of an Island there is miles and mile of coastline to explore with some fabulous beaches along the way. Our favourites include Barafundle bay, Camber Sands, the Northumberland coast, Holkham, Croyde, Littlehampton and the pristine beaches of NW Scotland.
Our hometown London is great fun. We love the Southbank for a day out with so much to see and do - always something unexpected pops up along the way! We also love Greenwich with the Cutty Sark, Royal Observatory, National Maritime Museum and Park. We frequently enjoy the many museums and galleries across London, many of which are free. The Natural History Museum, Tate and Science Museum are firm favourites but there are hundred of smaller ones to explore such as the Clink Prison museum, the cartoon museum, Horniman museum, the postal museum and Dulwich picture gallery.
Travelling in the UK
Flying between cities is possible and may save time for longer distances however for many destinations once you allow time to get to the airport, check-in and travel from your destination airport into the town or city it is often easier and quicker to travel by train. The train network is good and if you book in advance fares can be really reasonable. For information about train times, routes, costs and to book tickets go to the National Rail Enquiries website.
There is also a good, cheap coach network details of which can be found here and driving is pretty straightforward too with an extensive motorway system.
To travel to and from Northern Island or to the Scottish Islands by boat check out the following links:
For information about travelling around London check out the TFL website for details of tubes, train, buses and more
Most popular airports:
There are over 50 airports in the UK. To see them all listed go here. Our How to Book a Flight guide will give you lots of flight booking tips and tools.
There is great accommodation to choose from all over the UK. It's possible to stay in all kinds of historic buildings from castles to traditional stone cottages or if you want something a little more 21st century there are some amazing hotels or glamping options. There is also a wonderful tradition of Bed and Breakfasts (B&Bs) which are friendly and welcoming. For a bargain break there is also an amazing network of Youth Hostels and campsites across the country.
A few recommendations:
Devonport House - A great London option is to stay in Greenwich which has lots to see and do and then you can get a boat up the Thames to see more central London sites.
Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa - luxurious hotel in a beautiful woodland setting with peacocks roaming around and traditional afternoon tea served on the terrace. A wonderful place to stay or just to visit for the spa or restaurant.
Hotel Indigo - beautifully appointed rooms, exceptionally friendly and helpful staff and a cocktail bar with signature chocolate cocktails and local craft beers. All this and more right in the heart of York.
Pembroke cottages - Nothing beats a traditional, cosy stone cottage check out these from the National Trust.
Bluestone - set in the stunning Pembrokeshire countryside near the coast these lodges and cottages are perfect for a family break. There's lots to do, great food and comfortable rooms.
Bushmills, Northern Ireland
Causeway Hotel - just a 5 minute stroll from the Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre where guests receive free entry. This historic hotel is full of character and has clean comfortable rooms and a fab restaurant.
We love camping in the UK are here are a few of out favourite sites:
Ocean Pitch - Croyde, North Devon
Mortonhall Caravan and Camping Park - Edinburgh
Nethergong Camping - Canterbury, Kent
Wowo Campsite - Sussex
Sands caravan and Camping - Ross-shire
Hollows Farm B & B and campsite - Grange near Keswick, The Lake District
Hadrian's Wall Campsite - Northumberland