Britain has a huge number of top attractions for you to explore wherever you headed. The cities of London, Edinburgh, Birmingham or Leeds offer thriving metropolises to explore, with diversity in cuisines, culture and shopping. Meanwhile, the United Kingdom also has some stunning scenery, with the Cornish coast, the Scottish Highlands and the Lake District all famed places to explore. However, there are also a number of attractions which are highly underrated. And if you’re looking for some places which will inspire and attract you but are often missed off of the tourist map, here are five top spots.
Not many people would think of Sheffield as a desirable tourist hotspot but the city rivals any of Britain’s other metropolises such as Birmingham or Manchester. Over the past few years the city has attracted many top hotels so that you can find luxurious accommodation whilst exploring this University City. Kelham Island Museum is the perfect place to discover Sheffield’s industrial and social past, whilst Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet is an 18th century industrial works. Nature enthusiasts will also love Sheffield which has more trees than people, and the Botanical Gardens, Peace Gardens and Winter Garden are beautiful.
Set in Kirby Misperton in North Yorkshire, Flamingo Land is a 375 acre holiday village, zoo and theme park ideal for families. Some of the first creatures to call the attraction a home were flamingos, leading to the park’s name. Today, over 1,000 animals live here alongside more than 100 rides including child friendly rides, roller coasters and water thrillers. These include Kumali, a 1,000m track rollercoaster with twists and loops, and Splash Battle, a child friendly water ride. With a bird show and sea lion show and lots of other entertainment, it’s the perfect place for a family holiday.
London is packed with museums, from family favourites including the Science Museum and Natural History Museum to historical attractions including the V&A and the British Museum. However, in South London is the Horniman Museum; an attraction filled with interesting artefacts and wonders. Here you’ll discover bird’s eggs, Egyptian bone clappers styled as hands, and beautiful Asian puppets. There’s also a stuffed and wrinkle free walrus, and the museum is well worth a trip.
Located off Poole Harbour in Dorset is Brownsea Island, a beautiful wildlife retreat which is host to various animals and summer theatre. Deer, peacocks and red squirrels call the island home, and a day trip here with the family is ideal. There are various woodlands, heaths and wetlands to discover, and in summer the open air theatre is host to many productions including Shakespeare.
Derbyshire’s Calke Abbey is a beautiful stately home to visit which is often missed by many. It hosts a secret garden, tunnels and invisible corridors, making this attraction mysterious and exciting for adults and children alike. The eccentric Harpur family lived for more than 350 years and the home itself is filled with bizarre valuables such as boar’s tusks and a crocodile head. And with a 1,000 year old oak tree in its grounds, Calke Abbey should not be missed.