Sometimes it’s hard to remember to go to places in the UK. When train travel is so expensive but hoping on a cheap SkyScanner found flight is not, it’s kinda easy to pick a quick city break in Europe over somewhere in the UK. I think it’s a bit of a shame that I never seem to make time to go somewhere in the UK – especially as I’m on the last year of having a young person’s railcard and I should make the most of it. I’m definitely going to make a determined effort to see more of this island (and the one next door…). So here are a few places that make the top of my list.
Somewhere ridiculously chocolate-box.
I know that’s a bit vague but I really want to go the kind of place that tourists think of when they think of England. Y’know, thatched roof stone cottages and tiny winding streets. One place that springs to mind is Bibury in the Cotswolds, the village famous for being an image in passports and for fighting over a bright yellow car. But there must be hundreds of these villages in England, and some a little closer to my home than the Cotswolds. If you know of any, please do let me know!
Obviously, this is an exception to the whole “using my railcard more” intention and SkyScanner might have to get involved, but Northern Ireland is one part of the UK I’ve never been to so I’d like to get it crossed off the list. If nothing else, the little gap on my world scratch map annoys the crap out of me. One of my main reasons for wanting to go to Belfast is to visit the Titanic museum – but there’s clearly a lot more to the city than that.
I don’t know if this is because I follow some wonderful bloggers who call Leeds their home (Beverley and Rhianna are just some of the many) which means that my social media feeds are full of pretty pictures and recommendations about Leeds so it gets more and more tempting by the day. There seems to be an incredible abundance of cool bars to visit and wonderful places to eat – who could want much more from a trip?
I haven’t been to Cornwall since I was about four, which basically means I might as well have never been. I’ve been visiting so many cool seaside towns near London recently, my recent trip to Whitstable is a good example, but the vibe of these London escape towns and Cornwall is obviously going to be massively different. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who has been to Cornwall and hated it. Quite the opposite in fact. I also want to cross something else off the list when I do finally get off my bum to visit, which is to travel using a sleeper train. It wasn’t until recently that I found out they still existed in the UK and they look like serious fun to me.
The last time I went to Edinburgh, I was in my first year of University. It feels like forever ago. It was a University law social, we spent most of our time drunk, sleeping in an absolutely horrific hostel and it was bloody freezing. We basically saw none of the touristy sites that anyone goes to Edinburgh for. To top it all off, we had to travel from Cardiff to Edinburgh by coach. It’s safe to say I hated pretty much every minute of the entire trip. I’d love to go back and give Edinburgh a second chance. I’d like to actually see all the sites, be sober and stay in a nice private hotel room. I’d also like to go back when the temperature wasn’t at least minus 1.
The Lake District is a part of the UK I’ve never ventured to before – I’ve not even really come close. Maybe it’s that I’m after an excuse to eat Kendal Mint Cake, or maybe it’s that I’m after the chance to see some awesome landscapes away from the hustle and bustle that is London. I figure that a place with so many literary connections must be worth seeing, especially after all the time I spent studying Wordsworth at A-Level. It must be quite inspiring still, right?