I’ve been meaning to write this post for some time and introduce travel into my blog; I eventually settled on a name and now its time! Domestic travel within your own country will be vital to the economy after this situation has improved! I’ve lived in the UK most of my life yet feel I’ve yet to explore it properly! Now I’ve seen many beautiful places in the UK during my travels such as Glasgow, Chester, London and more – but the UK has so much to offer! Once we are able to travel again I have made the decision that my first couple of trips will be in the UK! If you are from the UK too, or are planning a UK trip when possible, here are 4 places to visit in the UK after lockdown;
1. Buxton, Derbyshire
This little spa town is nestled in the centre of the beautiful Peak District, the UKs oldest national park! Buxton is famous for a variety of things such as Buxton Water, its wonderful architecture and beautiful Opera House to name a few. It is also said that Buxton is the centre of our wonderful country. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Peak District, why? Because it has something for everyone!
If you love nature then you have the opportunity to visit old Pooles Caverns or the Pavilion Gardens. You also have the chance to explore its beauty by walking a number of different beautiful trials! For those seeking relaxation and incredible spas then Buxton has something for you too, having served thousands, if not millions, of people over the years! It has become known as a place to relax, rest and recuperate – something we will all need after this year! If like me you love live music then Buxton has a wealth of bars, pubs and clubs – typically you will find some form of live music most nights!
For those of you looking to travel there; the drive time is around an hour away from places such as Manchester, Sheffield and Derby; but you can also take trains and coaches! If you are interested in planning a trip or learning more then please head over to Visit Buxton.
2. Newquay, Cornwall
Newquay is a seaside resort situated on the north coast of Cornwall in the South East of England. Home to beautiful sandy beaches; its no surprise it has been recognised as ‘one of the nations favourite’ coastal resorts! Newquay is most famous for the surfing due to its perfect location on the North Coast of the Atlantic Ocean; most beaches have their own surf schools! Every year at Fistral Beach they host the Boardmasters surfing championships which welcomes surfers from all around the world! However, surfing is not the only water related activity available with other options such as Coasteering, Jet Skis and more! I for one can not wait to go just so I can see some of these beaches (and activities) in person!
If you would prefer to stay on dry land then read on because there is more to Newquay then watersports! If you want to soak up the sun and read a good book you have a selection of beaches to choose from such as Watergate Bay Beach (pictured below) or Lusty Glaze Beach. If you spend enough time on the beach relaxing you may even be lucky enough to see some Dolphins! If wildlife is something that interests you and you do not wish to sit on the beach all day you have Newquay Zoo and the Blue Reef Aquarium! If you are looking for entertainment then Newquay is also home to theatres, night clubs, restaurants and so much more!
Drive time from Manchester is around 5 and a half hours; there is however the option to fly or take a train too! It may be further then Buxton but just look at pictures from across Newquay, it looks absolutely perfect! To find out more or plan a visit to Newquay then head over to Visit Newquay!
3. Whitby, Yorkshire
You’ll like realize in my posts that I love the ocean or a lake so its no surprise that there is yet another seaside town on my list! Whitby is located in Yorkshire, a place I actually spent a lot of time in during university; yet I have never been to Whitby! Its said that Whitby is home to some of the best fish and chips in the UK, as well as a number of blue flag beaches! Whitby is filled with stories to tell and places that hold a lot of history in one way or another. If you are somebody who loves books and has read Dracula by Bram Stoker then you may have heard of Whitby too! There is so much to see, do and explore when visiting Whitby so be sure to have enough time when you do visit!
Its a photographers dream with unique narrow streets, gothic ruins and a stunning harbour! I think its safe to say that Whitby could have some of the most beautiful spots in the whole of England! You have little fishing villages like Robin Hoods Bay, incredible sandy beaches such as Runswick Bay, stunning clifftop views in Ravenscar and many other areas to explore. If you love history then you can visit Whitby Abbey, Captain Cook Memorial Museum and Whitby Museum & Pannett Art Gallery to name just a few! If you are only planning on taking a short trip then be sure to take in the views on the open bus tour they operate 7 days a week!
Journey time from Manchester and surrounding areas is around is around two and a half hours; there is the option to take a train too! If you are travelling from Sheffield and other areas in Yorkshire your travel time will be shorter! To plan your trip or find out more about this wonderful place then head to Visit Whitby!
4. Bristol, Gloucestershire
Let me start this by saying that Bristol is home to a number of great musicians that have been mentioned in previous blog posts. It is also home to Scarlet River Management, an artist management company who specialise in country music! To keep it simple, one of the things Bristol is known for is its incredible music scene and us music lovers NEED to visit! In addition to its music scene Bristol has become known for its symbolic suspension bridge and thriving street art culture! Its a wonderful and vibrant city that has a very unique story to tell through its history, culture, nature and so much more.
Home to over 400 parks and gardens, one of the oldest zoos in the world and five michelin star restaurants; its no surprise that Bristol is one of the best UK cities! If you love culture, especially creative arts, then you may know that Bristol was home to artist Banksy! There are a number of spots to visit to see his arts and you can also join in on a free walking tour! It goes without saying that you will not want to miss the Clifton Suspension Bridge and Bristols number one attraction; Brunel’s SS Great Britain! If your drawn to music, history, culture or just want the chance to relax then Bristol is waiting for you – find out more at Visit Bristol!
Travel time is between 3-4 hours from Manchester and surrounding areas; you also have the option to take a train, coach or fly! Bristol has been on my list for a little over a year now so I’ve looked into it a lot plus have some friends there! If you have any questions about it then feel free to ask or head to the site above!
Tell me below if you have visited any of these cities and any tips you have – if you have not visited them then please share with me where you plan on going after lockdown!?
Come back soon for your fix of travel and music.