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Top 10 Hidden Gems in the UK

Updated: Jan 3

With the uncertainty of abroad holidays happening in 2022 due to rise of COVID-19 cases, especially the Omicron variant, it is more than likely the majority of us will be spending the summer in the UK.

However, that doesn't mean we have to stay at home and not enjoy the beauty which is hidden amongst the UK. There are many hidden gems scattered across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland which are just waiting for you to go and explore. Whether you're after secret waterfalls, caves or abandoned castles, you're sure to find a gem to visit.

We are lucky to know over 300 hidden gems across the whole of the UK, and we have picked our top 10 best ones which are begging for you to go and visit. And what's more; you don't even need to travel too far or spend a lot of money to enjoy them! Read on to find our number one!


10. Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland

The Glenfinnan Viaduct draws many heaps of site visitors from round the world to enjoy the lovely surroundings but especially the unique atmosphere. The well-known Glenfinnan viaduct consists of the railway to Glenfinnan Station throughout a 1,000 feet span, a hundred feet above the ground.

9. Prince Alberts Pyramid, Scotland

Everyone's heard of the pyramids of Egypt however might you ever assume there might be something like this in the Highlands of Scotland!? This pyramid is known as a ‘Cairn’, and is positioned at Balmoral within side the Cairngorms National Park - the biggest national park in the United Kingdom!

8. Ladybower Reservoir, England

The Ladybower Reservoir is a huge Y-formed reservoir, and is the lowest of three positioned in Upper Derwent Valley in Derbyshire, England. The River Ashop flows into the reservoir from the west; the River Derwent flows south, and then makes it way towards Howden Reservoir, then Derwent Reservoir, and in the end via Ladybower Reservoir.

7. Carrick-A-Rede, Northern Ireland

The stunning scenic view of the swaying land to island connection is one of the exceptional locations to go to in Northern Ireland. The tiny island connection is the path to Belfast to Carrick-a-Rede for travellers via rope bridge and discover the close by locations with beautiful views. Also, you can get the calm vibes across the area whilst on holiday to Ireland.

6. Caerlaverock Castle, Scotland

Caerlaverock Castle is an excellent and uncommon triangular formed fortress some miles South of Dumfries on the Solway coast. With its moat, two-towered gatehouse, and enforcing battlements, it's far a exceptional example of a medieval stronghold.

5. Porth Wen Brickworks, Wales

Porth Wen Brickworks become a Victorian brick production facility generating fire bricks crafted from quartzite. These unique bricks have been used to line steel furnaces all over. Built withinside the mid nineteenth century and generating bricks up till 1914, it opened once more in short from 1924 – 1949. The best choice is to park at Llanbadrig Church and on foot throughout the coastal path. This will take a lot longer than the grass verges in the direction of the brickworks.

4. Minack Theatre, England

The Minack Theatre is Cornwall's world well-known open-air theatre, carved into the granite cliff and set in wonderful gardens overlooking the astonishing landscape of Porthcurno Bay. A location like no other, the international-well-known Minack Theatre is a must-see for tourists to Cornwall. Perched on rugged cliffs over-looking the astonishing landscape of Porthcurno Bay, you would possibly suppose historical Greeks had carved it from the granite.

3. Kielder Forest, England

Kielder Forest is a massive forestry plantation in Northumberland, England, surrounding Kielder village and the Kielder Water reservoir. It is the biggest man-made woodland in England with three-quarters of its 250 rectangular miles blanketed by forest.

2. Rievaulx Abbey, England

If peace and tranquillity is what you are looking for from a family day trip in Yorkshire, then the remarkable ruins of Rievaulx Abbey are the ideal choice. The former Cistercian abbey, set in a valley withinside the North York Moors National Park close to Helmsley, is one of the most complete, and atmospheric, of England's abbey ruins.

1. Druids Temple, England

The Druid’s Temple is certainly considered one of Yorkshire’s most thrilling follies, in the woods, located close to Leighton Reservoir with the encompassing moorland and Yorkshire Dales landscape. Within the woodland there are a number of different standing stones, and this hidden gem is of unique attraction to walkers, households and bird watchers.


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