From sand-dune beaches to scenic waterfalls, here is a list of some of the most beautiful places on Britain’s doorstep.
When the workload becomes heavy or the weather is miserable and cold, many of us often long for and think about places that are far-flung in other countries. However, you might not know that it is not always necessary to leave the UK to enjoy palm trees, golden sands, and azure waters.
Here is our list of the places that are just waiting to be discovered right here in the UK.
From turquoise waters to Bali-esque waterfalls, here are a few of the top-rated spots in the UK to enjoy some really exotic sceneries which are just a minibus and a driver hire away.
Langamull Beach in the Isle of Mull in Scotland
Said to be one of the best-kept secrets in Mull, Langamull Beach is also described as the Caribbean in Mull due to the pristine white sands. The walk to this beach happens to be secluded along with outstanding views that justify the 20-minute journey on foot. On clear days, you might catch a glimpse of the Skye along with some of the other smaller islands.
Tinside Lido, Plymouth, England
A part of the Art Deco hotel which originally opened in the year1935, Tinside Lido closed down in 1992, yet returned due to a local campaign that was successful and went onto attain a Grade II listed-status in the year 1998.
The poolside views happen to be similar to Sydney’s Bondi Beach, and the salt-water swimming pool offers a fantastic spot to sunbathe and swim during the months of summer.
Three Cliffs Bay, Swansea, Wales
A 30-minute drive from Swansea, Three Cliffs Bay offers an amazing shoreline consisting of salt marshes, sand dunes and the signature 3 limestone cliffs of the bay.
The Gower Coast Path offers an idyllic spot to enjoy picnics. This area is also popular for cottage retreats, glamping, and caravanning.
Portmeirion Village, Gwynedd, Wales
Built and designed to mimic an Italian village, between 1925 and 1975, by Sir Clough William-Ellis. Portmeirion is a highly unique village that you can find in Wales.
Even though it is situated in Gwynedd, North Wales, opposed to a spot in the Mediterranean, Portmeirion still manages to attract an abundance of visitors mainly due to the 5-star restaurants, boutique hotels, and scenic beauty.
At the same time, Festival N°6, which is a yearly art and music extravaganza, features in this town every year since the first event in 2012. Some of the performers have included Hot Chip, James Blake, and the Liverpool Philharmonic.
Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Close to the Stackpole village in Pembrokeshire, Barafundle Bay is tucked away between the cliffs, which resembles one of the secluded bays found on the Greek islands.
Previously owned by a Cawdor family of the Stackpole Court, today the beach is open for the public to enjoy and in previous years it featured on a list of the top 12 beaches across the globe. Good Holiday Guide also listed this location as “The Best Beach in Britain”.
With pine trees and sand dunes, you can access the beach on a half-mile walk from a local car park. This area provides a scenic and secluded retreat from the rat race of city life.
West Bay, Dorset, England
With stunning blue waters and orange cliffs that tower, West Bay in Dorset, can be compared to Algarve.
With a popular seaside location, this spot is perfect for coastal walks and family holidays, and the close-by Bridport market town has a popular reputation when it comes to food and culture.
Kynance Cove, Cornwall, England
Classified as a location in Cornwall that has been painted and photographed the most, with exquisite blue seas and white sands, Kynance Cove would fit in perfectly on a Sardinian postcard.
A dream for landscape painter’s contrasts between the green serpentine and dark red rock and the white sand on the beach is truly breath-taking.
At low-tide you can explore a variety of islands and sea caves, while the rock-towers once featured in BBC One’s Poldark.
Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales
There is definitely something very Balinese when it comes to Tenby, with its colourful buildings, golden sands, and palm trees.
For more than 2 centuries this has been a seaside-tourist town, which contributes to an area with a rich history surrounded by medieval walls.