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Best UK destinations for your bank holiday weekend

This time of year is a beautiful blessing of constant bank holidays for us British folk. It seems like nearly every working week is four days long and we are 100% here for it!

But of course, all this extra time off leaves us craving one thing and one thing only – a good ole’ British holiday! So with that in mind, here are some of our favourite places to visit this May…

1) St Ives, Cornwall

The British version of the Gold Coast, Cornwall is England’s saving grace in the summertime. St Ives tends to be one of the more touristy destinations in Cornwall but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth the trip! It’s popular for many reasons, including the fact that it’s usually home to the best weather England has to offer plus the best beaches and the best watersport facilities – a triple threat!

2) North Tyneside, Newcastle

It won’t be the warmest of trips during May but it’s a British holiday so what do you really expect? If you can get past the cold wind then the coast of Newcastle sure has a lot of epic scenery and unforgettable adventures to offer. From the beautiful Whitley Bay to the historic glory of Tynemouth, there’s a little something for everyone.

3) Antrim, Northern Ireland

Use that extra day wisely and pay a visit to the lovely county of Antrim in Northern Ireland. Here you can find the marvellous natural wonder of Giant’s Causeway, with its one-of-a-kind hexagonal stones. There’s also the appeal of the jaw-dropping Irish countryside and if that doesn’t sell it to you then maybe a weekend of drinking authentic Irish whiskey might?

4) Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

Great Yarmouth is one of the major British seaside destinations and rightly so. Its got beaches, its got amusement parks, its got history, its got an aquarium and it has even got a model village! You’ll make some unforgettable memories at this resort town during your bank holiday weekend that’s for sure!

5) Lake District, Cumbria

The landscape at Lake District proves once and for all that we don’t need to leave the country to find some heavenly views. Lake District incorporates all the best parts of the UK into one place – mountains, valleys, forests, villages, towns, and of course the lake itself. Get away from the screens this bank holiday and go explore the vast and impressive outdoors of the Lake District.

6) Llandudno, Wales

It’s basically a fact that Welsh seaside towns always make for the perfect weekend escape. Llandudno is one of the best because it has a little more adventure to offer since it is located quite close to Snowdonia National Park. Get active this bank holiday with a hike up the famous mountain and take in those godly panoramic views of Wales. Or if you don’t fancy hiking on your holiday then just cheat and take the railway cart to the top.

7) Buxton, Derbyshire

Buxton is one of the most quintessential British towns with a rich history and impressive architecture that even features a Roman thermal spa. Nestled inside the incredible Peak District, Buxton offers the perfect long weekend break with plenty of exciting indoor and outdoor activities to enjoy alongside vibrant culture, music and theatre!

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8) York, Yorkshire

Another place for the history buffs among us, York is a walled Roman city that stands proud and mighty even today! It’s home to some beautiful historical remains from the Roman and Viking eras, including the very majestic York Castle. But perhaps most impressive of all is York Minster, which is actually the largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe.

9) Isle of Wight

Head South and escape to your own little island for the weekend. Isle of Wight truly does offer visitors a chance to explore a little slice of paradise. It’s home to surreal coastal views, gorgeous beaches and many adrenaline-inducing activities, including, cliff-jumping, caving, kayaking, surfing, trail biking and so much more!

10) Isle of Skye, Scotland

Often cited as ‘the crown jewel of Scotland’ Skye should definitely be on your travel bucket list as a must-see destination. Skye is the epitome of nature’s beauty with moors, mountains, peaks, lochs and epic seaside cliffs for miles and miles. It’ll make you feel like you’ve found heaven on Earth. Amongst the other-worldly scenery, you can also find plenty of beautiful wildlife including golden eagles and red deer – Eden, eat your heart out!

So what are you waiting for? Your UK adventure is calling you this bank holiday weekend. Are you ready for it?

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