Even if 2016 wasn’t your year (wait, was it anyone’s year? Serious question. Do get in touch) the one thing a new year always, absolutely brings, is the motivation to wipe the slate clean. Or at least, organise the slate a bit. Tidy it up slightly. You get the idea.
But we don’t want you to spend your time visiting any old place, which is why we’ve rustled up some rare, quirky, indefinably British places that’ll remind you why Britain is worth exploring. Read on for our Top UK Destinations for 2017!
Because Chester is most certainly on the rise. Mixing exceptional the historical vibes of sturdy Tudor architecture and a magnificent 16th century cathedral with the contemporary spin of superb shopping oppertunities along the high street and of course, an amazing zoo. The two tier shopping gallery in the city centre, known as the ‘Rows’ is a 700 year old creation built by traders on top of Roman walls. Fun Fact? Chester is also home to the 2nd most photographed clock in all of the UK!
A tinkering little toy-town in the small borough of the Wirral in Merseyside, Port Sunlight is just a 15 minutes drive from Liverpool via the Birkenhead tunnel and a 30 minute drive from Chester. A model village of human proportions, it was built in 1888 by ‘Soap King’ William Hesketh Lever and his brother and James Darcy Lever, aka the Lever brothers who eventually formed retail giant Unilever. Created especially as a safe haven for the workers of their Sunlight Soap factory, it is now home to a fascinating museum, 30 acres of beautiful parkland and gardens as well as 900 Grade II listed buildings!
Where to stay?
Tasteful Chester Cottage
A great cottage in the village of Farndon and just 9 miles from the historical city centre, the Tasteful Chester Cottage has a small outside seating area for a morning coffee and an open plan lounge, dining room and kitchen on the bottom floor. It’s beautiful modern and pretty darn cheap!
Frequently heralded and voted one of the best places to live in the UK, Gloucestershire is a quaint tumble of modern cities, cosy hamlets of chocolate-box cottages and sprawling natural landscapes. Explore Gloucestershire’s historical side at Gloucester Cathedral, take a hike with their annual walking festivals, chill out at their top-class spas and get back to nature at the infamous Forest of Dean. Fun fact? King William I came up with the idea for the Domesday Book whilst spending Christmas in Gloucestershire!
A seminal example of ‘village Englishness’ – Bourton-on-the-Water is the home of five low, arched bridges and the River Windrush, named for its coursing movement through the Cotswolds. Affectionately nicknamed ‘Little Venice’, it’s a great tourist spot for those seeking out Bourton’s infamous honey-hued cottages, for those after some traditional entertainment and those who want to dive head first into vintage British culture.
Where to stay?
Exquisite Bourton-on-the-Water Cottage
A wonderful cottage in Bourton-on-Water, this romantic bolthole welcomes couples and even their pets as a perfect base to explore Gloucestershire. The Exquisite Bourton-on-the-Water Cottage is a 17th century Grade II listed cottage and comes with an ornate log burning fire.
3. The Kent Coastline
With mighty castles, glorious shorelines and a MASSIVE shopping centre (we’re looking at you, Bluewater) – we think Kent has a bit of everything could want on an action packed, yet totally peaceful short break in 2017. Kent is the ultimate attraction county – from Dover Castle to Chislehurst Caves to Wingham Wildlife Park, there’s plenty to get involved with. And now to the coasts, those beautiful azure coastlines that not only offer up exceptional seafood, but massive tourist hot spots such as the famous white cliffs at Samphire Hoe.
Described by the Guardian back in 2005 as a place where ‘the wild west meets the post-apocalyptic’, Dungeness is a fascinating nature conservation site perched on the very edge of our lovely little island. From the iconic grey-sands to its famous amount of abandoned boats, rustic and isolated on the coast, Dungeness is a photographers-paradise – if you’re after a quirky shot. Swing by the Old Lighthouse and climb all 169 steps up to the amazing panoramic views at the top before heading to the epicenter of Dungeness – the Nuclear Power Station for an eye-opening tour of this eerie destination.
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Where to stay?
Gorgeous Broadstairs Cottage
A converted lighthouse in the unspoilt seaside town of Broadstairs (at the far eastern tip of Kent) our Gorgeous Broadstairs Cottage is a unique way to experience the UK’s coast. Perfect for a family of four, it has spacious interiors and it situated far enough way from the cliffs to avoid any danger!