5 ways to escape the everyday in Britain

There’s nowhere quite like Britain, and if you dream of escaping the everyday, you’ve come to the right place. Home to awe-inspiring views and eclectic cuisine, it’s a hotbed of culture with history at every turn. From stepping back in time to delving head first into our heritage, getting a taste for our traditional delicacies or basking in the beauty of our spectacular landscapes, Britain will leave you with endless stories to share.

Escape to… views you’ve missed

Vintage car driving past red telephone box near Seven Sisters, East Sussex, England.

For mesmerising vistas and magical moments, Britain has you covered. Gaze out over London from the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral, admire the view from the London Eye, or marvel at Georgian architecture from the rooftop pool at the Bath Thermae Spa. Capture the spirit of the Scottish capital from the commanding ramparts of Edinburgh Castle, or uncover millions of years of history on a fossil hunting adventure on the chalk cliffs of the south coast. Look out for new-born wildlife from the comfort of a heritage railway carriage as nature springs into life, or take in the rugged beauty of Snowdonia from a different perspective, as you whistle over the landscape on the world’s fastest zip line, Velocity 2. Whether it’s Britain’s glorious coastlines, soaring skylines or rolling hills that take your fancy, there’s ample opportunity to escape to the views you’ve missed…

Escape to… places you’ve dreamt of

View over Glenfinnan valley with steam train on viaduct and Loch Shiel in the background, Highlands, Scotland.

From the wild expanses of our National Parks to the wonders of our World Heritage Sites, Britain is packed with dream-worthy destinations to enthral and excite. Dive into the mysteries of Stonehenge, walk in the footsteps of royalty at Buckingham Palace or pose for a selfie in the shadow of the proud lions at Trafalgar Square. Immerse yourself in museums dedicated to innovators in the worlds of design, history and science. Get lost in landscapes immortalised in film, from crossing the Glenfinnan Viaduct aboard the ‘Hogwarts Express’ to wandering the corridors of Highclere, the real-life Downton Abbey. Or explore sprawling forests and coastal hikes on the way to discovering the gems of the South West Coast Path. From the shimmering waters of the Lake District to the cool hush of the National Portrait Gallery, escape to the places you’ve dreamt of in Britain…

Escape to… history you can touch

Caernarfon castle overlooking the Menai straits, Wales.

Whether wandering ancient city walls, exploring Medieval palaces or getting lost in the gardens of stately homes, Britain’s heritage is at your fingertips. Discover the past though a new lens as history is reimagined in our castles, take a seat at the Round Table to uncover the legend of King Arthur at Tintagel, or marvel at the architectural splendour of York Minster. Learn about tales of treachery and betrayal, bask in the beauty of decadently dressed State Rooms or piece together the past amid stone ruins and battle-scarred walls. Meet those who keep the Crown Jewels under lock and key, see why superstition surrounds the Tower of London’s ravens or unravel two million years of history as you connect the dots between continents and culture at the British Museum. From interactive exhibitions to guided tours and immersive displays, escape to history you can touch...

Escape to… stories you’ll share

Beatles sculpture and Three Graces, Liverpool, Merseyside, England.

From walking in the footsteps of musical legends in maritime Liverpool and experiencing a dose of modern day Beatlemania, to uncovering the depths of Manchester’s sporting rivalries and revelling in Brighton’s vibrant LGBTQI+ scene, every trip to Britain is filled with stories to share. Write your own tales with the help of literary figures past and present, be immersed in the worlds of Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth, or see Shakespeare’s works brought to life in London’s West End. Hear turbulent tales from Yeoman Warders, browse Banksy’s world-renowned works amid Bristol’s colourful streets or unearth remnants of Britain’s industrial past, forging memories for years to come. Get behind the wheel to explore chocolate-box villages and picture-perfect market towns, or find a quiet spot in the country to experience the magic of our Dark Skies. Wherever you end up in Britain, you can escape to stories you’ll share…

Escape to… traditions you’ll savour

Close up of person pouring cup of tea at Tisanes Tea Rooms, Broadway High Street, Broadway, Cotswolds, Worcestershire, England, UK.

From traditional dishes in historic pubs to new and exciting gourmet flavours, Britain abounds with mouth-watering meals to get your teeth into. Enjoy classic fish and chips as the catch of the day is brought ashore in Margate, savour a quirky twist on afternoon tea in Devon, or sample one of our many regional delicacies in Yorkshire, Wales and the Lake District. From farmers’ markets to foodie festivals selling all manner of fresh and sustainable produce, you can discover Cornish pasties first made for miners and hearty pies jam-packed with flavour. Tour Scotland’s distilleries for unique aromas or join a whisky experience like no other in Edinburgh. Savour the processes behind craft beer brewing, wander the wineries in Kent or discover Britain’s love for global cuisine, from Michelin-starred dining and street food in London to Manchester’s renowned Curry Mile. In every corner of Britain, you can escape to traditions you’ll savour.

 

 

09 Sep 2021(last updated)

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