7 Great British breaks to beat the January blues

29 November 2016

Wondering how to use up the last of your holiday allowance? Throw your woollies into a backpack and head off on a Great British winter adventure!

These seven British holiday destinations are perfect for a laid-back escape after a hectic Christmas and New Year's Eve. And, there's really nothing like a walk along the beach on a bright winter's day to blow away the cobwebs.

Whether you have a spare few days before the children go back to school or a whole week of holiday days to use up, head off on a Great British break.

Holkham Beach, Norfolk

Holkham Beach in Norfolk

Golden sands? Colourful beach huts? Nature reserve? It’s all at Holkham beach! With aromatic pine trees edging the sand dunes, Holkham is a perfect location for a stroll - though it might be too cold for a dip in the sea! When you’ve built enough sandcastles, head to the sweeping grounds of elegant Holkham Hall, and don’t miss stopping off for seafood snacks in Wells-next-the-Sea.


Steep Hill in Lincoln

Steeped in history, 2,000-year-old Lincoln is a charming city to explore. Walk up cobbled Steep Hill from the city centre and catch your breath at one of the quaint cafes on the way up (we like Pimento Tearooms). Explore majestic Lincoln Cathedral, a superb piece of gothic architecture, and don’t miss the imposing castle just a short walk away. Built in 1068, Lincoln Castle is home to one of only four surviving copies of the Magna Carta.

Durdle Door, Dorset

Durdle Door in Dorset

The gigantic rock formation known as Durdle Door looks spectacular at all times of the day but we think that sunset makes for some fantastic photos! Situated on the 95-mile long Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site, Durdle Door is just one of the places to visit on this picturesque coastline. While you’re there, scour the wide, sandy beaches for fossils, hike the sweeping grassy clifftops, and visit beautiful Lulworth Cove.

Portmeirion, Wales

Portmeirion in Wales

Pastel-hued, Riviera-inspired houses in Wales? Welcome to Portmeirion! Designed by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis and opened in 1926, stepping into this exquisite village feels as though you’ve set foot in Italy. Wander the central piazza, gaze over the water at the Quayside and marvel at the beautiful architecture. While you’re there, don’t miss a trip aboard a steam train on the Ffestiniog Railway!

Lake District National Park, Cumbria

Lake District National Park

Glorious rolling countryside for miles, England’s highest mountain (Scafell Pike) and largest lake (Lake Windermere), and charming, grey stone villages make up the magical area that is the Lake District National Park. Lace up your hiking boots, don't forget waterproofs, and throw sandwiches and a flask of hot tea into your backpack to explore this breathtaking area of natural beauty.

Whitstable, Kent

Whitstable in Kent

Pebble beaches, quaint shops and galleries, and those infamous Whitstable oysters make this delightful fishing town a lovely destination for a UK break. Wander the harbour and watch the fishing boats unload their catch. Stroll through the picturesque, narrow streets and stop to try oysters. Walk along the beach to nearby Seasalter and eat lunch at the famed gastro pub The Sportsman. Yes, the sea will be icy cold, but what's a trip to the seaside without a paddle? 

Petit Port Beach, Guernsey

Petit Port Beach in Guernsey

Nestled in the English Channel, Guernsey is a short 45-minute plane hop from London. This little island is home to picture-perfect beaches, the delightful harbour town of St Peter Port, and a spectacular coastline made for walkers.

Ready to explore the British Isles this year? Get in touch with your Travel Counsellor today for more inspiration on travelling around Great Britain!


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