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Wednesday, 14 October 2015


Ever since starting my new job and spending my days writing about all the funky things going on around the UK or flicking through the magazine, reading all the reviews of cities, reader club trips and more, I'm falling more and more in love with the UK.

I've always been a firm believer that you don't need to go abroad to have a holiday - England offers many quaint places to quench your thirst, whether you're into hiking (The Lake District), seaside towns (Brighton) or just kicking back and relaxing at a good spa (Whittlebury), no matter what, you'll find it within a few hours on the train.

So I've decided to put together a wish list of all these places within the UK I'd love to go within the next year - if even if it's just a little list to look back on myself. It also turns out a few places I've already been to landed a place on this list but when you have such good memories of somewhere, you'd do anything to go back.
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Bath is an entirely new place for me, somewhere that has definitely been on my radar for a good few years now but I've never gotten around to visiting which is odd considering how it's not too far away. I've always been intrigued by the roman baths and the natural thermal rooftop pool...I also really love the fact that the whole city is oldly wordly enough to rival York (another beautiful place). Reading about Bath's stunning Christmas market all week has made me want to book a trip pronto and I think I may just have to go all that way JUST to see the market.

Canterbury. Oh my god Canterbury. I have not written one single word about this place like, ever, but lately I saw just one photograph of it and fell in love all over again. A few years ago I practically studied this place via Pinterest pictures, oogling at the many rivers and cobbled streets. I didn't even know what was there in terms of things to do. I STILL DON'T. I just want to go and get a little mini gondola down the rivers and fill my Instagram with nothing but pictures of it all from a waters view. I mean there are pubs practically next to the water. There is even a photo floating about of a sign hanging from a pub or a restaurant but on the water side so, y'know, you can see it as you sail by. AMAZING. Take me there now.

Well, while I'm on the subject of oldy worldy towns, I might as well throw York in there too. Yes, it's an obvious choice and yes, technically I've been before, but that just means I can vouch for the fact that it is damn amazing. First and foremost it's pretty. Like, really pretty. One of my favourite memories of the one time I went was walking through the shambles, arm in arm with the poor sucker I was dating at the time, eating chips as it began to spit gently and a random street band played somewhere a few feet away. It was a perfect moment and beyond romantic. My not so favourite memory was being forced to walk along the walls of York. Beautiful sights, yes. But not so fun for a lazy arse like me. My point being is that you don't have to do anything to enjoy York - just a slow stroll around is riveting enough. If that doesn't take your fancy, there's lots on offer. Madame Tussauds. The York Dungeons. The York Ghost Bus Tour and the sight seeing Bus tour. Hell, even the sight seeing BOAT tour. A huge indoor museum that has a whole Victorian Village inside. A train museum (sounds boring but is actually kinda interesting). Haunted houses. Ghost walks. Tea rooms. A Christmas shop that's open ALL YEAR ROUND. Need I say more? No? Good. Just go there and take my word for it.

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Edinburgh is one place I've wanted to go to since I was little and since spending perhaps less than 24 hours in the beautiful city a few years ago, I've always wanted to return. My friends and I actually crammed a lot into our brief time there - we visited pubs, clubs (one club is still one of my favourite clubs until this day), we saw some of our favourite bands live (and went on to party with them), took a stroll around some of the city's green spaces and even had time to kill a few lazy hours in one of Edinburgh's most popular attractions. I like to think we submerged ourselves in some of the best parts of Edinburgh's culture and managed to do a bit of everything, but it turns out there's still so much more to do. I'd love to visit again at Christmas one day and most definitely have a traditional Mahogany NYE in Edinburgh, but mostly I'd love to just go for a long weekend and have the time to do little else but stroll slowly around it's streets and explore in my own time. Edinburgh is one of those traditional places that you can just do nothing in and still fall in love because it's beyond beautiful.

Finally, the Cotsworlds. I mean sure, the idea of the Cotsworlds kind of makes me think of somewhere I'll one day go to retire - to me it seems like a proper old woman type of place - but damn it's beautiful. Half of it looks like it's been taken straight out of the pages of a fairy tale and it makes me dream of how beautiful it'll all look when the festive season rolls around. I'm not even sure there's much there - apart from the Christmas markets once a year - but that doesn't really matter. Just drive me there in the morning, let me have a mooch around to take some pretty photos, and then pick me up when it begins to get cold and/or dark. That's all I ask.

Off course there are tons of other places I'm sneakily adding to my UK based travel bucket list - most of which are actually bonkers attractions or really quirky museums - but for the prettiest towns in the UK right now (in my opinion anyway), these five top my list every time.

What places are on your UK travel wish list? Let me know with a comment below!

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  1. York and Edinburgh are two of my favourite places! Such pretty places! I really want to visit Bath too xo

    1. They are gorgeous, I'd live in York if I could. I really want to go back to Edinburgh for NYE! xx

  2. I love all those places too. We always holiday in the UK especially as our children are young, the UK rocks!

    1. Definitely agree with you there, it's great for families and offers a lot more variety in terms of attractions, places to see etc xx

  3. I've pretty much been to all of these places (and I study in York), but I've never ventured to Edinburgh. I'd love to visit at some point.

    1. You should! It's so pretty and really easy to get to as well. Even though it's quite far, it's the perfect place for a long weekend away xx


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