With travel corridors finally opening up for easier travel abroad, it would be very easy to forget the very beauty on your doorstep. Many of us have rediscovered the exquisite seaside resorts and cities that make up the UK during 2020 and 21, and it has to be hoped that this resurgence in national travel won’t suddenly come to a full stop as we once again spread our wings and fly away.
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If you are still unsure of where to go, here are a few of my favourite places in the UK.
A quintessential British Victorian seaside town, Barmouth combines the glorious beaches of Cardigan Bay, with bistro restaurants and independent shops. The beaches are truly lovely, golden sands with areas where dogs are also allowed. We use the beach area towards the harbour as the sea comes in close and forms natural pools perfect for paddling and children to play in.
Barmouth has everything you look for at the seaside,- donkey rides, arcades, candy floss and artisan ice cream and some pretty amazing seafood (would totally recommend The Lobster Pot for Moules and frites.)
Barmouth can be as classy, or as cheesy as you want it to be. Totally something for everyone.
Sticking with the ‘B’s’, Bournemouth is another place I discovered during lockdown that is now a firm favourite. One of the main reasons for this is that it has a cosmopolitan atmosphere, with lots of great eateries and a fantastic shopping area.
Bournemouth is pretty young in terms of buildings, and so it is full of stunning art deco and streamline moderne buildings, including some Poirot-esque hotels along the sea front. A lovely promenade pier, and the gorgeous gardens that provide a place to walk and picnic make Bournemouth a stunning place for either a weekend away or a longer holiday.
Staying in the Bournemouth area we have Boscombe, home to what has been described as the coolest pier in the UK, a stunning, streamline moderne structure that is settled in the middle of one of the most beautiful beaches around.
Boscombe sea front has cool American style diners, and a Harvester restaurant set in an art deco, 1930’s structure. Everything about Boscombe screams cool, a real hipster paradise.
The ultimate in English seaside, Blackpool is an all year round resort that is about far more than the Tower. This Winter you can enjoy Christmas activities at the Winter Gardens, as well as the lights that will be extended into the New Year. The Golden Mile is full of arcades, rock shops, fish and chips, and also attractions such as The Sea Life Centre and Madame Tussauds.
Blackpool will never be cool, but it will always be iconic. And as for the Tower, for a lady of 127 years, she’s looking mighty fine.
I thought I needed at least one place in my countdown that didn’t begin with a letter B, so I chose Aberystwyth, one of my favourite towns in Wales. As a university town, Aber is lovely and beautiful, with elements of Victorian architecture, a lovely sea front and a clifftop railway that has the most amazing views.
Aberystwyth is brilliant for lovers of charity shop and vintage bargains, with lots of quirky shops including a brilliant shop set into the railway station that sells all sorts of weird and wonderful items.
Caitlyn Moran loves Aberystwyth, and it is not difficult to see why.
Where do you recommend for a break in the UK?