The UK's best attractions to visit in 2017

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?

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TripAdvisor spokesperson Hayley Coleman adds: "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,"


Compton acres, Poole, Dorset, England.

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.

Castle Howard, an 18th-century palace designed by Sir John Vanbrugh, is one of England's most beautiful historic houses.

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.

Mam Tor summit, Peak District

Ridge Walk, Mam Tour, Peak Distict, 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.

Wales, Cardiff, Cardiff Bay, Welsh Assembly Building (left)

Cardiff Bay, Wales

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 Wales' 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.

Tower Bridge in London on a beautiful sunny day

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 aTower Bridge and Tower of London walking tour on TripAdvisor from £79 per person.

Southend On Sea on a summer day

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.

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.

Tate Modern (the disused Bankside power station) London, England, UK, Europe in the late afternoon

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.

People in Chinatown, London

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 theLondon 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.

Dean Village in Edinburgh

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: Free.

The UK’s top 20 tourist attractions (according to TripAdvisor)
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The UK’s top 20 tourist attractions (according to TripAdvisor)
The National Gallery is one of London’s most famous sites, and can be found on the iconic Trafalgar Square. The gallery is home to a collection of paintings from the 13th to 19th centuries as well as spectacular one-off exhibitions. For more information on what you can expect to see at the acclaimed gallery, visit

The British Museum was founded in 1753 and was the first national public museum in the world. The museum is home to a host of interesting exhibits from countries all over the world, including the iconic Rosetta Stone and the Parthenon Sculptures among many others. For more information, visit  

Arthur's Seat is the highest point of Holyrood Park and rises high above the beautiful Scottish capital of Edinburgh. The hill is actually a dormant volcano and sits at 251m above sea level. Thanks to the wide range of nature, wildlife and geology, the area has been designated a site of Special Scientific Interest. Go to for more information. 
Britannia was first launched from a shipyard in Clydebank in April 1953 and served the Royal Family for over 44 years and travelled more than a million miles. Britannia also used to be the only ship whose Captain was traditionally an Admiral and she was recognised the world over. The yacht is now berthed at Leith, Edinburgh and open for visitors to enjoy. Visit for more information.
The V&A is home to over 2000 years of art and design and is one of the best known and most popular attractions in the capital. The museum can be found right in the heart of London and holds many varied collections, including architecture, fashion, sculpture, photograph and much more. Visit for more information. 
At the Bird of Prey Centre they have a passion for birds and a hands on ethos which allows visitors to get just as involved as those who work there. There are also two flying shows a day where guests have the chance to see these magical animals in motion. Visit for more information. 
Big Pit is an underground coal mine that has become one of Britain’s leading mining museums. You can enjoy a multi-media tour of a modern mine with a virtual miner as well as exhibitions in the Pithead Baths and the historic colliery building where you can see the machinery that would have been crucial to mining operations. Visit for more information. 
Brick Lane Music Hall can be found in what used to be St Mark's church in Silvertown, London Docklands. This unique venue offers entertainment in matinee and evening shows with afternoon tea and three-course dinners also available. This is the only permanent home for music hall and offers both traditional music hall bill as well as new productions. Visit for more information. 

Parliament is open to all visitors from the UK and oversees and everyone is welcome to attend the debates and watch the committee hearings that take place there. It's also possible for visitors to book tours of the Elizabeth Tower and the iconic Big Ben. Visit for more information about visiting the Houses of Parliament. 

Brunel's ss Great Britain is one of the world's most historic ships and when she was launched in 1843, she was called 'the greatest experiment since the creation'. The ship was designed by world-famous engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel and was initially designed for the trans-Atlantic passenger trade. The ship has now been returned to its original home at Great Western Dockyard. Visit for more information. 
Built around the only hot springs in Britain, the Romans built the most spectacular baths religious spa in northern Europe. The museum and Pump Room lie underneath the Abbey Church Yard in the centre of the picturesque city of Bath. Visit for more information on visiting the Baths. 
You'll never have to worry about poor conditions of lack of snow when visiting Snow Factor because the snow is perfect throughout the year and is the perfect place to learn to ski or snowboard. Or if you're feeling slightly more adventurous, why not have a go on the Ice Wall and relax at the end of the day in the Ice Bar. Visit for more information.
The National Railway Museum is home to over 300 years of history as well as hundreds of fascinating objects for guests to admire. While visiting the museum you'll have the chance to see some of the iconic locomotives that are housed there as well as the warehouse which is stocked full of interesting items that showcase the history of the railway. Visit for more information. 
This historic tower can be found on the northern bank of the River Thames and was founded in 1066, as part of the Norman Conquest. Although monarchs no longer live in the palace, the crown jewels are housed here and therefore the tower remains a significant part of London and the royal family. The tower remains one of the most popular and iconic tourist attractions in the capital. Visit for more information. 
Take up the opportunity to visit the original Cabinet War Rooms which were the wartime bunker that housed Winston Churchill and his government during the Second World War. Get an insight into what life was really like during the Blitz while taking a look around these historic rooms. Visit for more information. 
Rhossili Bay has been voted Britain's third best beach and also the 11th best beach in Europe by TripAdvisor and is home to 3 miles of stunning coastline, soft sand and blue waters. The bay encompasses Worms Head and can be accessed via the small steps that lead down from the village of Rhossili. If you're lucky you might even see some basking seals or dolphins while you're there! Visit for more information. 
Durham Cathedral is one of the most spectacular buildings in England can be found on a hill, next to the castle, overlooking the medieval city. The World Heritage site is instantly recognisable and has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in the north east of England. Visit for more information.
At almost 1000 years old, Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world as well as being the official residence of the Queen of England. The castle is full of history and fascinating facts about the royal family which visitors are welcome to enjoy throughout the year and during the winter months a further five rooms are open to the public. Visit for more information. 
This national museum can be found in a historic London townhouse and is home to 25 galleries which have stunning displays on show. Among others, the gallery has French oil paintings, furniture and porcelain as well as some stunning Old Masters on show. Visit for more information. 
Found on the site of a working naval base, the historic dockyard has a number of fantastic attractions on offer for visitors to enjoy including the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, a historic boat workshop and tours of the harbour. Visit for more information. 

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