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Get us in your inbox Sign up to our newsletter for the latest and greatest from your city and beyond. When it comes to coastal holidays and getaways, very few places in the UK can match the breathtaking scenery and beaches of Cornwall. The South West Coastal path is a gem for hiking lovers, and many of the bays on the North coast provide some of the best surfing spots in the UK.
Every town, no matter how big or small, will have its own hidden pubs, walks and beaches. There is also a lot of history in Cornwall too. Go and explore Tingagel and the coastal ruins of the birthplace of King Arthur. Hostels in Cornwall. Cambridge recommended by Kash from The Budget Traveller.
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Johns and many other colleges also have crisp-voiced choirs. The Backs itself is beautiful — sticking my head out punting on the River Cam definitely has to be one of my most romantic travel experiences in England and Europe — Venice, eat your heart out! Go punting in the mornings when it is less crowded — I recommend going with local operators Scudamores who offer an excellent 45 minute guided tour of The Backs. YHA Cambridge offers great value meals in their onsite Scholars bar and restaurant.
Hostels in Cambridge. I am endlessly fascinated by how much there is on my own doorstep, and all so nearby. Although I love a good city break, and in the UK we have plenty of scope for that, my heart yearns for the sea! Whitstable is a super cute little seaside town, with oodles of classic charm. A quick one hour train ride from London St Pancras offers a high-speed service , you can spend a week, weekend or even just a day here.
Make sure you get some pictures of the pretty beach huts too. Hostels in Kent. Located a mere two hour drive from London it is perfect destination for anyone traveling the UK. The New Forest consists of many small villages and towns which are worth a visit, namely: Burley, Lyndhurst, Lymington and Beaulieu.
Talking of pubs, they would be my biggest recommendation for food and drink, just about every town and village has one. The New Forest Water Park is also one of the best activities for summer. Alternatively, if you come in the colder months, bring your layers and wellies for a walk then head to a pub to warm up by an open fire.
Hostels in nearby Southampton. I also crave the feeling of being somewhere a touch more exotic than the good old UK. This is prime camping country, perfect for a road trip and nights in coastal campsites or free-camping in hidden spots on the moor. Hostels in Devon. There is a thriving and quirky creative scene and the epic skies inspired the painter Turner, while the modern day Margate gave us Tracey Emin.
I love browsing around flea markets which are packed with retro gems and descending hard hat included into secret wartime tunnels. Gorgeous countryside and quiet quaint villages combine with amazing fresh seafood and long stretches of beaches, which make it the perfect place for a staycation. There are some lovely walks depending on whether you want a stroll or a full on hike, such as around the beautiful Dunstanburgh Castle, a few miles from Alnwick, or just park up alongside a stretch of beach and wander for a few hours.
After an afternoon of reading and maybe a bit of walking! Hostels in nearby Newcastle. Recommended by Jaz Lewis. The Northern Quarter is home to some of the coolest street art and is definitely worth just wandering around. To sample a delicious brunch with several veggie options head to the central Federal Cafe, or Allotment, which will help nurse the inevitable hangover. For a cheaper option you can also head to Altrincham Market — I love the avocado toast basic but yum! Science nerds should head to Jodrell Bank Observatory, the home of the third largest telescope in the world.
Hostels in Manchester. Recommended by Minka Guides. The creative city of Sheffield is underrated in my opinion — there is so much to see and do here. For more challenging hikes, the Peak District is on your doorstep a 20 minute bus ride away , with miles of beautiful rolling hills. I like The Great Gatsby, where you can literally go from eating street food in the day to partying until 3am, with delicious cocktails on offer.
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One of the best things to do in Sheffield is to literally just walk the streets and find yourself a cosy pub — the city is FULL of them! Hostels in Sheffield. Recommended by Annabel Usher. And lastly, you cannot miss a visit to The Cafe 68 Gillygate for a delicious traditional brunch — they do an excellent veggie breakfast.
Hostels in York. Recommended by Laura Carniel. You definitely have to check out the pier for some good old fashioned eccentric amusements, quirky beach shops, and beach cafes. Head to The Clockhouse for some gorgeous coffee and cake overlooking the sea — being by the beach always makes me feel totally relaxed.
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To explore a bit further afield hop on a foot ferry to Walberswick, a beautiful secluded little village. Hostels in nearby Cambridge. Recommended by Ross Brooks. If you fancy something a bit more exciting but still super relaxing , go for a punt.
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A discussion of the pros and cons of Travelcard and Oyster Card. It's very complicated but this page should allow you to explore which of London's travel passes is correct for your personal needs. Combined sightseeing passport ticket that comes with an option to bundle a Travelcard public transport within the ticket. The London pass is also flexible in the duration of the pass.
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