Top places to Visit in the UK and Ireland

Posted on 10 Jan 2014 Posted in  Travel
Top Places to Visit in the UK and Ireland

Holidays abroad are fantastic, if you’re looking for something different or just on the hunt for some consistent sunshine then holidays abroad are great. However, that doesn’t mean you should rule out the UK and Ireland altogether, there is a suprising amount of beauty that would take your breath away without the hassle of organising a lot of transportation.

We’ve come up with 5 places we’d like to visit in the UK, complete with fantastic views, food and culture. How many have you been to so far?


It’s a classic destination for holiday goers in the UK and might have been the location of some of you childhood holidays. It’s far easier to get to than say Cornwall and Norfolk, which if you have little ones on board is a real plus point.

As well as the classic seaside towns there’s also some fantastic sites and destinations for you to visit, regardless of whether you’re travelling with a family or going away as a couple, there’s plenty to see.

Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle

The UK is home to some great castles and Corfe Castle is definitely one of them. Built by William the Conquerer in the 11th Century, this is worth a visit for the fantastic views of the surrounding Purbeck and Corfe not to mention the impressive castle itself.

Durdle Door

Durdle Door

It sounds like something from Lord of the Rings and looks like it should be in Never Never Land, Durdle Door is an iconic site on the Jurassic Coast of Dorset. Go for a walk along the beach or maybe even dip your toe if the weather is nice enough.

The Beaches

Dorset is home to some fantastic beaches, why go all the way down to Cornwall when you can save an hour or two’s journey and get some stunning beaches. Our recommendations would be Poole and Studland beach or even Weymouth if you love classic seaside towns.


York City Centre

If you’re looking for a city with some real character, beautiful architecture and history, not many European cities can come close to York. With its intricate cobbled streets and snickleways you’re in for a treat with York. Known as Eboracum by the Roman’s and Jorvik by the Vikings, York has been one of the UK’s most important cities for centuries. 

Jorvik & The York Dungeons

Learn more about the history of York then there are some fantastic places go, that will keep you and your kids entertained.

Jorvik, is the Viking museum of York, however this is not the standard museum with a few artefacts and descriptions. Complete with authentic Viking smells, actors and even a train ride you’ll be immersed into Viking York.

If you’re a fan of the theatre then you should make a trip to the York dungeons. The dungeons present the history of York like nothing else, in a gruesome but humorous twist on the past major events of the city.

The City

One of the main draws to York is the old streets and buildings, giving the city its charm. The first thing to notice is the walls and “Bars” that surround the city. Some elements dating as far back as Roman times, these very much set the scene for what’s in store with your visit to York.

Over the walls you will see the York Minster; the great gothic cathedral is one of the key attractions of York.  Next you’ll want to visit the shambles, an old cobbled Tudor street of York, which really makes you think you’ve stepped back in time.

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The Lake District

Lake District

If you’re an outdoorsy person or just looking to escape the big smoke then we would thoroughly recommend Cumbria and the Lake District. Epitomising the Great British Countryside, it really has everything you need for a fantastic view. It’s not surprising that some of the UK’s biggest literary figures have come from the area, the scenery is truly inspiring.

Derwent Water

Just south of the town Keswick is one of the principal lakes in Cumbria, Derwent water. You can take a ride in one of the ferry’s that stop off around the lake or go for a walk up the surrounding fells. While there make sure you don’t miss Lodore Falls, not far from the Lake this is a famous beauty spot.

Lake Windemere

Stretching over 10 miles, Lake Windermere is officially the largest lake in England, it’s huge and has views equally impressive. Enjoy cruises, hikes and water sports all around the magnificently scenic lake!

Once you’ve seen the lake pop into Bowness-on-Windermere for a bite to eat and then onto The World of Beatrix Potter, where you can find out more about the famous writer, who originally came from the area.

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Dublin is the perfect size for a city to be, with plenty to explore but all within a walkable distance, which if you’re on a short weekend city break is absolutely ideal.

Guiness factory

One of Dublin’s main attractions is its atmosphere and a key contributor to this is its fantastic pubs. People say that Guinness tastes better in Ireland and there’s nowhere better to drink it than in a pub in Dublin.

If you have a real passion for brewing or just want to know more about Ireland’s heritage then make sure you go to the Guinness Factory, which is a lot more than just a factory. With a fantastic tour which takes you through the whole process, you’ll be an expert by the time you come out.

St Patrick’s Festival

If you really want to see Dublin at its best then you really want to see the parade that goes right through the centre of Dublin. The whole city gets involved, whether it be taking part in one of the impressive floats or watching, you won’t find many people at home.

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