Ten places you need to visit in the UK this year

TripAdvisor has just announced its list of the country's trending destinations

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Dean Village in Edinburgh

TripAdvisor has announced the top 10 trending destinations for 2017 based on the results of its Attractions Trend Index.

So if you're looking for a bit of inspiration to help entertain the kids, or plan a mini grown-up getaway, why not head down to Cardiff Bay's picturesque wharf or lose yourself in the lush greenery of Dean Village?

TripAdvisor spokesperson, Hayley Coleman says: "The Attractions Trend Index reveals those places that have seen the biggest increase in interest for UK travellers year over year and should provide plenty of inspiration for parents looking for things to book over the holidays,"

Check out the full list of top destinations to visit in Britain during 2017 below.

1. Compton Acres, Dorset

Compton Acres consists of 10 acres of ornamental gardens. There are five main themed gardens to explore: Italian, Wooded Valley, Rock and Water, Heather and Japanese.

The garden was started in 1920 when Thomas Simpson purchased the site including the mansion and set about creating a series of themed gardens to reflect his overseas travels, with the help of Mr Middleton, the Head Gardener.

Cost: Adult tickets are priced at £8.45 each.

2. Castle Howard, York

Castle Howard is a stately home located 15 miles north of York. The residence has been the home of the Carlisle branch of the Howard family for more than 300 years. Castle Howard has recently starred as Kensington Palace in ITV's new drama, Victoria.

Visitors to Castle Howard can explore its collections, architecture, learn about the family history and roam around its acres of gardens and woodland.

Cost: Travellers can book a full-day tour of Castle Howard, Rievaulx Abbey and the North York Moors on TripAdvisor from £45 per person.

3. Ridge Walk Mam Tor to Losehill, Derbyshire

Located in the Peak District, Mam Tor and Losehill are arguably the area's most famous hills. Visitors to the site should head over Mam Tor then follow the crest of the Great Ridge until its end at Losehill.

This walk offers vast panoramic views into the heart of the Peak District, stretching north over the Edale Valley to Kinder Scout and the Derwent Moors.

Cost: Travellers can book an Outdoor Rock Climbing Taster Day in the Peak District from £79 per person.

4. Cardiff Bay, Cardiff

Cardiff Bay is a picturesque wharf lined with shops, boutiques and cafes in Cardiff. Visitors can tour the bay by bus, boat or on foot.

The waterfront of Wale's capital city is full of bars, restaurants and cultural attractions including the Millennium Centre, Norwegian Church and Doctor Who Experience, as well as stunning views.

Cost: visiting the Bay is completely free but activities such as the boat tour will cost £3.

5. Tower Bridge, London

One of the most famous bridges in the world, Tower Bridge was built 120 years ago. It's one of many must-see landmarks in London with an iconic structure, spectacular views and glass floor, modern exhibitions and magnificent Victorian Engine Rooms!

Cost: Travellers can book a Tower Bridge and Tower of London walking tour on TripAdvisor from £79 per person.

6. Southend Pier, Essex

Southend Pier is the longest pleasure pier in the world at 1.341 miles long. Visitors to Southend Pier can enjoy fantastic 360 degree views and check out some of the events that take place all year-round from live music to puppetry.

Cost: Admission prices for adults are £2.00 if walking or £4.00 for a return train. Children get in free if walking or £2.00 for the train.

7. Heaton Park, Manchester

Heaton Park covers 600 acres and is the largest municipal park in the whole of Europe.

Visitors can enjoy its boating lakes, see beekeeping demonstrations, see a variety of animals in the animal centre and take a ride on a tram. The park grounds also include a Grade I listed, neoclassical 18th century country house, Heaton Hall.

Cost: It's free to visit the park.

8. Tate Modern, London

The Tate Modern is Britain's national gallery of international modern and contemporary art, containing the main collections of art from the 16th century.

The gallery has also recently undergone a new extension - a pyramid-style tower that allows even more room for the extensive art collection.

Cost: From £77 per person on TripAdvisor, travellers can book a private walking tour of the Tate Modern and Tate Britain with a professional art historian guide.

9. Chinatown, London

Chinatown is an area within Soho in London that has a large concentration of Chinese people and businesses.

There's an array of different things to see there, such as authentic Chinese food from both restaurants and street food markets, as well as live performances and famously also animals being cured in shop windows, which make for an intriguing trip.

Cost: Travellers can book the London Soho Walking Tour for £12 per person where over the course of two hours they will explore the area, including Chinatown, with a local guide.

10. Dean Village, Edinburgh

Dean Village dates back to the early 1100s and was once known as the Water of Leith Village.

The village was a successful water milling area for 800 years and is now a tranquil village, full of lush greenery and nature just minutes away from popular Princes street.

Edinburgh itself is renowned for its beauty, nooks and crannies, cosy pubs, parks and cobbled streets and makes for an excellent weekend away.

Cost: Completely free

England's best places for tourists in 2017 (VisitEngland)

England's best places for tourists in 2017 (VisitEngland)


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