Isle of Anglesey – Wales
Who can resist a stunning stretch of pristine coastline? Anglesey is that and more, where holiday makers can escape into a different world altogether. Aberlleiniog Castle is a hidden gem, with many secrets waiting to be discovered. It combines fascinating history with natural beauty, without any of the crowds, costs or hassle you find elsewhere. This island is known for its lush gardens, especially the 10 private spaces open to the public and maintained by the National Garden Scheme as well as the fairytale-like Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens. Anglesey’s countryside has more than 220 square miles of unspoilt coast and landscapes that have been declared an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Cors Erddreiniog is the largest of Anglesey’s fens, with a variety of habitats including extensive reed beds, woodland, heathland and small lakes, as well as specialised plants, such as the fly orchid and the carnivorous sundew. It hosts a rich assemblage of insects, especially butterflies, moths, damselflies and dragonflies.
Belfast – Northern Ireland
You may know that Boney M crooned about the city many moons ago, and that Game of Thrones set is in Belfast, but did you know the Titanic was built here? Recall the maritime legend in the Titanic Quarter, or lose yourself in the mystical, marvellous GoT Territory – whatever you do, it’s going to be a surreal experience. The city is an ideal family getaway, with the Ulster Museum and days spent in the wilderness or on farms, adventure activities and lots of play parks to keep teens and kids enthralled. The First World War-era warship, HMS Caroline, is a must-see floating museum with an amazing story to tell. Do not miss the imposing Belfast City Hall, Belfast Castle, the Grand Opera House and the Botanic Gardens. Cobbled alleyways come to life in the evenings with pubs, clubs, live music venues and bars inviting you to party the Belfast way.
Bath – England
In days gone by, the British elite would come to Bath for the supposed healing properties of the Roman Baths dotting the city. Visitors here can still experience the preserved baths, as well a wealth of small museums housed in restored traditional buildings. The Georgian atmosphere is straight out of a Jane Austen novel, the author being one of the city’s most famous residents. The metropolis is rapidly gaining fame as a place with some serious fine dining that will delight visiting foodies. Do sink your teeth in to the famous Bath buns – sweet, currant-dotted dough balls sprinkled with sugar. Tourist attractions include the iconic Royal Crescent, the majestic Circus – a street of townhouses – and the Bath Aqua Theatre of Glass amongst many others. There’s plenty to see beyond the city, too, with stunning Somerset countryside to explore, as well as attractions like Stonehenge, Avebury and Longleat Safari Park a short drive away.