The ‘staycation’ is becoming more and more popular among holidaymakers in the UK. There are so many secluded beauty spots to explore, glorious countryside that spans for miles, coastlines to venture along and even mountains to climb, so it’s easy to see why it’s worth driving across country rather than jumping on a plane (although, these days you can jump on a plane to various places in the UK too – perfect if you’re someone who doesn’t feel like they’re on holiday until they head into an airport!). We’ve had a look into some of the fantastic areas you can discover on your doorstep…
Wales has so much to offer a holidaymaker! Known for its rugged coastline, mountainous National Parks, a rich heritage and culture – from seaside towns to medieval cities, and more castles per square mile than anywhere else in the world - it has everything you need for the perfect staycation.
Head to North Wales for Llandudno, the queen of the welsh resorts, for traditional seaside fun, an elegant promenade and stunning authentic seafront architecture, golden sands and a 19th century pier. Llandudno is framed by two headlands – the Great Orme being Llandudno’s own mini mountain, rising 207m up from the sea. Take a walk to the top if you’re feeling energetic, or jump on board the historic Great Orme Tramway – or even brave Britain’s longest cable car if you can handle heights! For something a little quieter head to Little Orme, for a coastal walk among floral delights and amazing views across Penrhyn Bay.
In the distance is the impressive outline of Snowdonia National Park. Home to the highest mountain in Wales and England at 3,560ft and stands out as one of Wales’ most iconic and recognisable landmarks. If you fancy tackling this mountain there are 6 different routes you can take, ranging in distance, terrain and difficulty! If climbing a mountain isn’t for you, you can board the Snowdown Mountain Railway for a memorable journey to the summit.
Journey south along the west coast and you will find yourself in the beautiful county of Pembrokeshire. Explore Britain’s only coastal National Park, world famous for its gorgeous beaches, weather-worn cliffs, secret coves and islands and wonderful wildlife, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is a beauty spot like no other. Visit the tranquil coastal town of Fishguard, home to the historical Last Invasion Tapestry – visitors from all over the world come to view the tapestry which commemorates the last invasion of mainland Britain in 1797, a beautiful 100ft long piece of artwork that took 4 years to complete!
One of the most popular destinations in South-West Wales is Tenby. This delightful resort is steeped in ancient history and surrounded by an imposing medieval stone wall. Tenby is regularly voted as being amongst some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, offering stunning scenery and golden sands. The ruins of Tenby Castle stand upon a headland overlooking the harbour, and the links to Pembrokeshire Coast National Park offer some wonderful walks around the coastline.
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