British holiday destinations that are better than going abroad

England, Isle of Wight, View towards the cliffs from The Needles

Looking to stay in the UK this year but still want to enjoy a fabulous holiday?

Well look no further because there are a whole host of British destinations which are just as good as going abroad!

With the help of Harbour Hotels we've put together a list of some of the best British holiday destinations.

So, whether you enjoy lounging by the beach, charging around a historic city or taking your chances on a surfboard, there's something for everyone.

British holidays that are better than going abroad Salcombe

Salcombe, Devon

Forget the French Riviera because everything it offers can be found in Devon on England's south coast. Soak up the sun while surrounded by areas of outstanding natural beauty in the picturesque village of Salcombe. Fresh, local seafood is the order of the day, every day, and sailing, surfing and yachting are some of the best ways to spend your free time. The Salcombe Estuary is one of the most idyllic areas of open water in the UK and celebrity inhabitants include Sir Clive Woodward, Kate Bush and Sir Michael Parkinson.

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British holiday destinations that are better than going abroad

Liverpool, Merseyside
Known as the 'city of pop', Liverpool was the birthplace of the Beatles and their legend lives on in the northern city. Spend time walking in their footsteps or head to iconic locations like Penny Lane, Strawberry Field or the Cavern Club where the Beatles played more than 300 times. Live music is still played daily so it's perfect for those with a love of good music.

British holidays that are better than going abroad Margate

Margate, Kent
Relive your childhood at the recently re-imagined Dreamland on the Kent coast in Margate. There's no need to trek to Disneyland Paris this summer when Britain's oldest amusement park is still up and running and more fun than ever. With the original rides having been restored and a collection of retro-style additions, what more could you want from a British holiday?

British holidays that are better than going abroad Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight
Swap Ibiza's white sand beaches and dance music culture for the golden sands of the Isle of Wight. Not only will you find coastal beauty to rival the Spanish island but the Isle of Wight also plays host to two of the biggest events in the music calendar with Bestival and the Isle of Wight Festival both taking place during the summer months.

British holidays that are better than going abroad St. Ives

St. Ives, Cornwall
St. Ives is another coastal sun spot that boasts spectacular views, clear blue waters and perfect surfing conditions. There's no point heading 'Down Under' to catch a wave on Bondi Beach when you can dash down to Cornwall for your surfing fix. Not only does the town have the best year-round surfing conditions in the country, it's also known for its artistic culture and coastal activities.

British holidays that are better than going abroad York

York is one of Britain's most historic cities and it has a culture that rivals the ancient city of Rome. York was founded in 71 AD by the Romans themselves and it's not hard to fall in love with the city when you take a stroll through the cobbled streets on your way to gaze at the stained glass glory of York Minster.

British holidays that are better than going abroad Isle of Man

Isle of Man
Would you like the opportunity to see the Northern Lights? Well the good news is you won't have to head to Norway or further afield to catch a glimpse of this incredible spectacle because it's visible from our very own shores. The lack of light pollution on the Isle of Man means you have a chance to spot the dancing lights in the winter months.

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As one of Northumberland's most iconic buildings, Bamburgh Castle sits proudly on a natural throne high above the coastline. If the tide is low you can admire the imposing castle from the beach below and even enjoy flying a kite. Trek up the hill to the dramatic site, which is one of the largest inhabited castles in the country and explore its rich history, discover the different areas like the Medieval Kitchen, the Keep and the King's Hall, and stop for tasty Northumberland treats in the Clock Tower Tea Rooms. 

If you're looking for a fun seaside attraction for the whole family to enjoy, it's Blackpool Tower. Here you can ascend the 518-foot structure modelled on Paris's Eiffel Tower, step onto the SkyWalk across metres of glass at the top of the tower and hit the dancefloor at The Blackpool Tower Ballroom. Once you've experienced the panoramic views of Blackpool from a height, hit the miles of golden sand to see the iconic landmark in all its glory. 

This beautiful residential road with 30 houses laid out in a crescent in the city of Bath was designed by architect John Wood the Younger and built between 1767 and 1774. The Royal Crescent is one of the country's finest examples of Georgian architecture and is Grade I listed with a hotel, museum, houses and offices located in the buildings. The Royal Victoria Park nearby is a location for the launch of hot air balloons - ideal if you're looking for a good photo opportunity or to see the road from the sky. 

It's hard to beat the romantic grandeur of the World Heritage Site Hadrian's Wall. The famous stretch built by the Roman Emperor Hadrian in AD122 took soldiers six years to complete and was 73 miles long on what is today the border of England and Scotland. Housesteads Fort, one of the best preserved Roman forts is a popular historical site along the Wall. Walk the magnificent 73-mile Hadrian's Wall Path and discover the brilliant views over the open countryside. Looking for somewhere to sleep? 

London's giant Ferris wheel is the ultimate spot to see the capital at its best. Get a good view of Big Ben, St Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge and beyond. On a clear day you can see around 25 miles from the top of the London Eye - that's as far as Windsor Castle! The wheel moves 26cm per second and each rotation takes around 30 minutes. It's one of the tallest structures in London at 135m and one of the city's most popular attractions. Hop on board one of the 32 capsules and see the views for yourself!

The chalk cliffs that make up The Seven Sisters by the English Channel are part of the South Downs in East Sussex. They're gradually being eroded by the sea and the peaks and dips are individually named Haven Brow, Short Brow, Rough Brow, Brass Point, Flagstaff Brow, Bailey's Hill and Went Hill. The natural beauty of The Seven Sisters has been recognised by filmmakers with the stunning cliffs featuring in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Atonement. Want somewhere to stay? 

As one of the most famous megalithic monuments in the world, Stonehenge is an icon of prehistoric Britain dating back an astonishing 5,000 years. Stonehenge took a whopping 1,600 years to build - but the purpose of the attraction remains a mystery. You can get a good look from outside the main enclosure or pay to get really close to the stones. If you want a view that will make you feel fear, excitement and awe all in one go, Stonehenge is the place to visit! 

With a variety of breathtaking landscapes, large old limestone field barns and plenty of white sheep, Swaledale, part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park shows rural England at its best. Wild flowers grow in the fields, sparkling moorland streams cascade down the valley sides and there are old-fashioned country pubs in the villages. Enjoy the best views by walking or cycling. Every year the two-week Swaledale Festival takes place with music and guided walks.

Life in Newcastle Gateshead revolves around the River Tyne and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge is an essential part of the city's culture linking Newcastle Quayside and Gateshead Quays. As the world's first tilting bridge, the pedestrian and cyclist crossing is one of England's most stunning structures turning on pivots on both sides of the river to form a gateway arch, which resembles the opening and closing of a giant eyelid. 

Poets, painters and writers have all fallen in love with this truly beautiful lake in the Lake District, Cumbria. Wastwater is the deepest of all the lakes in the national park and in England. The three-mile long waters are surrounded by mountains and some of England's highest peaks including Scafell Pike, Great Gable and Lingmell. Its remoteness adds to its appeal with the only road in the area is off the main coastal A595. 


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