Not only is the coast to die for in West Wales, with beaches that could be in the Caribbean with their golden sand, tranquil blue sea and dolphins swimming by, but there is also plenty to do on a rainy day. In Pembrokeshire, attractions such as Oakwood Theme Park and Folly Farm attract visitors in their droves, particularly when the weather isn’t quite right for heading to the beach.
Devon and Cornwall
Both of these beautiful counties attract hoards of holidaymakers both from the UK and abroad every year. From families with young children to hardened surfer dudes looking for big waves and big parties, Devon and Cornwall really do have something to offer to everyone. The iconic Eden Project is a great attraction for a rainy day, and there are plenty of wildlife sanctuaries, railways, walks and country parks to keep you entertained. Of course, the beaches are also stunning and in the sunshine, there really is no better place to be.
Ask any foreign tourist which part of the UK they are most looking forward to visiting and they will say London. This historic city is one of the most iconic places in the world, and yet many British people have never visited. It is full of museums, art galleries, famous buildings, fabulous restaurants and fascinating tourist attractions like the London Eye. You will never be bored in Britain’s capital, whether you are looking to party the night away, explore the landmarks such as Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace or simply soak up the atmosphere. It is worth timing your visit wisely, in the run-up to Christmas it is particularly busy, but it also offers the opportunity to enjoy a lovely festive market in Hyde Park. London Marathon day is another love it or hate it time to visit the capital, millions of people flock there to run or to support. The atmosphere is amazing but the traffic and public transport can be a nightmare, as can finding accommodation.
The Highlands and Islands of Scotland
If you long to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, opting to avoid the throngs of tourists heading to other parts of the UK during holiday time, the Highlands and Islands of Scotland may well be your best bet. These incredible, unspoilt areas offer visitors the opportunity to really relax and get away from it all. Some of the Hebridean Islands are pedestrian only, and can be reached only by boat. The pace of life is relaxed and in tune with nature. You can see incredibly rare wildlife such as sea eagles, sea otters and beavers, as well as more common but no less magnificent deer, dolphins and whales.