A destination shrouded in history, breathtaking scenery, unique attractions and a culture as cool as The Rolling Stones, the hidden gems of Great Britain are worth discovering.
From the breathtaking countryside and medieval history in Scotland to the vast natural wonders and outdoor activities in Wales and the hustle and bustle of England, there are endless discoveries awaiting you in Great Britain.
While it’s quite easy to be drawn to the iconic capital cities such as London, Edinburgh, and Cardiff, it is well worth venturing afar to discover some of the lesser known hidden gems.
There’s something to satisfy every travel whim – culture buffs can discover crumbling castles and soaring cathedrals, outdoor adventure lovers can spend hours hiking around moors and Lochs and avid foodies can enjoy any manner of delicious gastronomic offerings.
To help you in your quest of discovering all the greatness on offer in Great Britain, Excite Holidays have put together a handy 9-page guide including everything you could need from essential experiences to hotel recommendations. The guide is conveniently broken down by region and covers the main cities as well as offering some other great spots to venture a little further afar.
If you’d like to tour the region’s unexplored riches, here are our 12 favourite hidden gems to experience a greater Britain.
1. Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
While the history and fairytale castles will entice you to visit Aberdeen, it’ll be the whiskey that compels you to stay. The 200-year old GlenDronach Distillery has a fab tour, or book a private appointment at Knockdhu.
2. Alnwick, Northumberland
You don’t have to be a book-lover to visit Alnwick, but it doesn’t hurt. Get lost at Barter Books or visit Alnwick Castle, famed Harry Potter movie location. Alternatively, hop on a boat to Farne Island to see puffins and seals.
3. Bath, Avon
While not entirely off the beaten path, Bath’s ancient monuments and Georgian buildings are well worth your time. Rise early to experience the times of yore at the therapeutic waters of the Roman Baths.
4. Bristol City, Bristol
This West-England city attracts with its vibrant waterfront, unique stores, and lashings of creativity. Also, let off some steam at Bristol’s burgeoning club scene.
5. Criccieth, Snowdonia
Snowdonia National Park has Wales’ highest peak but did you know it has castles too? We love to pose like royalty atop the imposing Criccieth Castle with its sweeping sea views. The fabulous Ty Newydd writing retreat centre is also nearby.
6. Glamorgan Heritage Coast
Get swept away by the beauty of the Welsh Glamorgan coastline. Stretching 14 miles, tour the area’s country lanes, small villages, wooded valleys, and secluded coves.
7. Glasgow, Scotland
Glasgow is one of Europe’s most vibrant cities. Leafy green spaces, a thriving art scene, and a ton of free attractions make Scotland’s largest city a must-do. Shopaholics beware when visiting Glasgow’s Style Mile!
8. Heacham, Norfolk
For an utterly Instagrammable trip, head to Norfolk’s 100 acres of lavender fields. While your camera may capture the beauty of the purple fields, the delicate fragrance is for your nose only.
9. Maidencombe, Devon
Never get into a debate with a Brit about scone etiquette – instead, try it for yourself in a traditional Devonshire cream tea. Maidencombe’s Orestone Manor offers afternoon tea with stunning sea views.
10. Luskentyre Beach, Scotland
Scotland’s Outer Hebrides delivers a landscape you don’t usually associate with Great Britain. Snagging a ‘Best Beach’ award, Luskentyre’s craggy coastline, white sands, and turquoise water are the perfect place to press pause.
11. Margate, Kent
British seaside towns usually appeal with their beaches and amusement parks but Shell Grotto sets Margate apart from the rest. This elaborate 1835 underground tunnel of unknown origins wows with its 4.6 million shells ornately placed inside.
12. Whitstable, Kent
Whitstable’s pebbled beach and quaint high street are quintessentially by-the-seaside British. Eat cockles at the Crab and Winkle, paddle in the chilly English Channel or browse the charity shops for a vintage gem.
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