As the ice and snow slowly thaws and the sky remains ever grey, it’s easy to wish yourself by sunnier shores. Though, if like me you’ve been a little flash with your festive cash, jetting off for warmer climes – now, or even a little later in the year – may not be an option (sniff!).
Though, that shouldn’t mean that you’ll need to stay at home for the year to come. 2011 is the perfect time to blow off those past-year cobwebs and take a trip to one (or all!) of Blighty’s best spots.
Before aeroplanes happily buzzed overhead, some of Britain’s best coastal and metropolitan cities were the countries’ much-loved holiday hubs of choice. And they all have so much more on offer today than ever before!
So whether you’re holidaying at home this year, looking to travel for less or are brightening a rather grey and drab January with a city break, don’t forget to check my best of Blighty picks.
Whether you’re looking to shop for tartan or cashmere knits among Edinburgh’s historic cobbled streets, visit the city’s iconic hill-top castle or take in August’s Military Tattoo or vibrant Fringe Festival, the Scottish capital – a popular New Year’s street party spot! – proves a best-of-Blighty pick well past the New Year’s chimes.
Fellow capital London is also sure to keep everyone entertained all year round too. With west-end theatre, the colourful Camden market, cosmopolitan shopping and nightlife and historic sights – London town is sure to help blow those cobwebs off!
While some would argue that you can’t beat London for a trendy city break, there’s plenty further north to keep you entertained throughout the year. Dispel your winter blues further north, whether you’re looking to discover Glasgow‘s architectural gems and UNESCO-rated live music scene, Manchester‘s electric nightlife and footballing spectacles, Liverpool‘s historic Dockland art and entertainment complex, Leeds‘s up-market Victoria quarter or Birmingham‘s NEC.
Top Coastal Spots:
From the White Cliffs of Dover to Blackpool’s twinkling illuminations or Brighton’s elegant Victorian piers, Britain’s iconic coastal regions have proved enduringly popular with British holidaymakers.
So whether you’re looking for a bracing sea-front walk in early spring, to dip your toe in warming coastal waters or to indulge in a pier-front ice cream in the summer, you’ll soon find that you do like to be beside the seaside when visiting Blackpool, Bournemouth or Brighton.
And those who’d rather take a break from sandy shores or pebble-strewn beaches will find plenty of interest by Blighty’s best coastal spots – with amusements a-plenty lining Blackpool’s famed Pleasure Beach, antique shopping and bistro dining in sophisticated Bournemouth and regency and Victorian architectural and artistic delights to be found in garden and pavilion-strewn Brighton.