Saturday, January 7, 2012

Great British Summer Holiday Ideas

With flight prices increasing day by day, you might have to wave goodbye to the idea of a going on a foreign holiday every year. Instead of being upset though embrace the opportunity to do some local sightseeing. People have a bad habit of not exploring their own surroundings and heritage. Now is your chance to tour the UK and discover its beautiful natural scenery and cities.
Can't make up your mind about where to go? You don't have to base your decision on city VS countryside as in the UK it's easy to combine the two. You'll find sprawling fields and hilly terrains right outside many of the country's cities and towns. Here are just a few to give you a brief insight and inspire you to jump onto your preferred holiday booking site or visit your nearest travel agent.
Glasgow and Surroundings
Scotland's biggest city is thriving. With three universities Glasgow's home to a vibrant student community that gives it a healthy buzz, great shopping and excellent nightlife. Lots of money has been invested in regenerating the ex-industrial city that now boasts world class visitor attractions like the Riverside Museum and Centre for Contemporary Arts. Tourists also enjoy exploring the traditional sights of Glasgow Cathedral, the world renowned Burrell Collection, Kelvingrove Museum and the West End of the city.
A short drive away you'll find destinations like Loch Lomond and Stirling. The Loch is a stunning example of Scotland's natural wonders and features sprawling 360 degree views across the Trossach mountain range. Stirling is an ancient city steeped in history with its very own castle and the famous Wallace Monument. A day spent exploring its quaint old town is a day well spent.
Bath and Somerset
The historic spa town of Bath provides an excellent look back in time. Visitors can enjoy the sights on foot as the city centre is compact and boasts many attractions. A must-see for anyone touring the town is the old Roman spa complex where you can no longer bathe but you can still soak up the atmosphere and whet your whistle with a drop of fresh mineral water. For those looking to indulge in spa treatments, Thermae Spa offers the only natural thermal spa in the UK where you can bathe in real mineral water while overlooking the city.
Surrounding areas in Somerset are home to an array of seaside retreats and quaint villages. Among the attractions on offer are Sheppy's Cider Farm and Museum, the American Museum in Britain and Fleet Air Arm Museum where visitors can board a Concorde.
Leeds and Yorkshire
Leeds is an exciting place to be. It's one of the UK's most multicultural cities, a fact that it celebrates with the annual Planet Leeds festival. Day to day this means you can enjoy some of the best international cuisine in Britain and buy fresh goods from around the world.
Visitor attractions in the city include the Royal Armouries Museum and shopping at Victoria Quarter, a stunning old arcade.
Outside the city, the Yorkshire Moors sprawl for miles around. The local scenery inspired the Bronte sisters so do you even need another reason to go? You can visit the dedicated museum in Hawort in the West Yorkshire Pennines. Check yourself into a hotel in Leeds and explore the area by car. That way you get the best of both worlds.

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