Top 3 Uk Holiday Destinations
With the summer months fast approaching, it’s time to think about booking your summer holiday. Whether you’re saving your pennies, don’t have time for a long getaway or just want to make the most of what’s on your doorstep, a UK escape could be just what you’re looking for.
Birmingham Airport fly to plenty of places in the UK and we know the best things to do when you get there. So, we’ve picked out the best UK holiday destinations for you to enjoy this summer.
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Arguably one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Edinburgh is a popular holiday destination within the UK. A compact city, Scotland’s hilly capital boasts many attractions, most of which are within walking distance of each other. From the charming picturesque buildings along the Royal Mile, to the gardens and neoclassical architecture of the elegant Georgian New Town, and everything in between, the city surprises and delights with constantly changing landscapes. With historical sites, hidden gems and Scottish culture, Edinburgh has much to offer its visitors.
Top Things to do in Edinburgh
- The Royal Mile
The Royal Mile is the heart of Scotland’s historic capital, connecting two royal residences (Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyrood). Peppered with superb attractions, historical sites, shops and restaurants, you can spend a whole day exploring its nooks and crannies.
- Arthur’s Seat
For one of the best views of Edinburgh, head to Holyrood Park to climb to the top of Arthur’s Seat. It’s a short, slightly strenuous hike to the highest point, but the breath-taking view at the top is totally worth it! We recommend going in the morning when there are less crowds and you’re full of energy. Pack your layers – it can get windy up there!
- Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle is an iconic image of Scotland and part of the Old and New Town’s World Heritage Site. The castle has a complex building history and houses the Crown Jewels of Scotland, amongst other precious treasures. You must pay to enter and there are guided tours available.
- National Museum of Scotland
The Museum of Scotland houses collections celebrating the nation’s culture, history and people. From the primeval age right up to the modern era, you will learn all about Scotland. Go up to the roof garden for spectacular 360-degree views of Edinburgh.
- Whisky Tour
Scotch whisky and Edinburgh go hand in hand and, as you’d expect, there are plenty of places to sample a wee dram or two. The most famous is the Scotch Whisky Experience, taking you on a journey through a replica distillery. A truly immersive experience, you’ll learn all about the story of whisky and enjoy multiple options for tastings.
Just off the coast of France, Jersey boasts exquisite coastlines, shaded lanes and old-world charm. Although it’s the largest of the Channel Islands, Jersey is still only 9 miles by 5 miles, meaning it’s extremely easy to travel around and you’re never more than ten minutes from the sea! An island small in size but big on personality, Jersey has heritage sites, miles of beaches and bays, delicious fresh food and an active nightlife. Whether you’re looking for a romantic break, a family holiday or a solo trip, Jersey is a top summer holiday destination from the UK.
Top Things to do in Jersey
- St Brelade’s Bay
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches in Jersey but there’s one you have to visit. Jersey’s St Brelade’s Bay has been voted third best-rated beach in the UK in the TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards 2019....so a good place to start!
- St Helier
Take a walk around the marina at sunset after having had a bite to eat at the Central Market. Full of colourful fruit & veg and interesting architecture, the market is a lovely place to spend the afternoon. Visit Elizabeth Castle, the Jersey Opera House and the Museum and Art Gallery.
- Jersey National Park
Jersey’s unique character of land and sea, coast and countryside is united in the Jersey National Park, something that local people are passionate about. Explore by foot, enjoy a picnic or even rent a kayak.
- Jersey War Tunnels
Dug deep into the hillside within St Peter's Valley, the eerie tunnels of a German underground military hospital have been converted into Jersey's best and most poignant museum. Dedicated to the island's experience under Nazi occupation between 1940 and 1945, it’s truly gripping.
- La Mare Wine Estate
Vino fans will love a visit to La Mare Wine Estate. Standing empty for years following WWII, in the early 1970s this derelict farm was converted into a thriving estate that produced five types of wine from hybrid French and German grapes, as well as apple brandy, cider, high-quality chocolate and more.
One of the UK’s favourite holiday destinations, Newquay has something for everyone. A town perched on Cornwall’s Atlantic cliffs and bordered by 7 miles of glorious golden sandy beaches, this seaside town and its locals are super chilled. Previously renowned as a party town, Newquay has undergone a bit of a transformation and now the offers trendy bistros, cafés, bakeries and health-food shops. Whether you want to surf the waves, browse the shops or enjoy an ice cream on the beach, Newquay’s the perfect UK holiday destination.
Top things to do in Newquay
Whether you’re a seasoned pro or have never set foot on a surf board before, you must try surfing in Newquay. Known as the surf capital of England, you’ll find many surf schools, board hire locations and shops selling anything else you might need around the town.
With miles of golden sand and captivating coastlines, Newquay boasts some of the most beautiful beaches not only in Cornwall but in the whole of the UK. Wherever you stay, you are never too far from one of the twelve golden beaches, offering a different experience for each day of your stay.
- Newquay Harbour
The harbour is one of Newquay’s most picturesque locations and even has its own small beach to relax on, with plenty of pubs and restaurants nearby. From the harbour you can join fishing trips and excursions with Newquay’s fleet of brightly coloured fishing boats.
- Trenance Gardens
They call Trenance a park, but really, it’s a whole world of leisure, fun, thrills and spills. A short stroll from the centre of town will bring you to 26 acres of lush, sub-tropical colour interspersed with Cornwall's only zoo, a boating lake and a seemingly endless catalogue of activities for all ages and weathers.
- Blue Reef Aquarium
Situated on Towan Beach in the centre of Newquay, opposite the famous Towan Island, the Blue Reef Aquarium is a great attraction for the whole family. Be amazed by marine species ranging from those native to the Cornish coast to hundreds of tropical species. The gigantic ocean display is complete with an underwater tunnel – perfect for exploring.
Wherever you choose to holiday in the UK this summer, choose Birmingham Airport for a fantastic flying experience. With an extensive range of shops, restaurants and facilities, as well as great customer service, we’ll help you kick start your holiday in style. Not found what you’re looking for? Check out where we fly for more travel inspiration.