Accommodation

Responsible travel

Like many European countries, Britain is striving to go green by making a concerted effort to reduce emissions and waste, and many holiday properties across the UK are following in these footsteps and encouraging Green tourism. 

Visit Green Tourism for information on sustainable options available to visitors. From small B&Bs to luxury five-star hotels, as well as approximately 500 vistor attractions, the Green Tourism Business Scheme pinpoints over 2000 Green places to stay and things to do across the nation. Assessed on more than 145 criteria, ranging from energy and waste control to use of transport and local produce, this national scheme provides the UK's most sustainable travel choices available to you. 

Another green accommodation solution is the great outdoors. Campsites are located across Britain, and pitches are available from around £20 per night. Note, however, that sites are often fairly far from the main towns and may not be served by public transport. Find out more in the Caravanning, Camping and Motor Homes section.

Organic and fair-trade products can be bought at most supermarkets. Many towns and cities hold weekly food markets, and farmers' markets are also on the increase. These stock locally sourced produce, and shopping here is a great way to give back to the local economy. When in rural areas, look out for farm shops that stock fresh products from local farms. "Slow Food" fairs are also held occasionally across the country. These tend to last several days and are a great opportunity for small vendors to set up stalls and for visitors to sample food from sustainable sources.

 

Content provided by DK Eyewitness Travel Guides (www.traveldk.com)