From beaches that could pass for the Caribbean to an enchanting Italian-style village, here are 8 holidays in the UK that will fool you into thinking you’re on foreign shores…
Isle of Scilly
The Isle of Scilly just off the coast of Cornwall is England’s very own tropical paradise. Nicknamed the ‘Cornish Caribbean’, the archipelago has five main inhabited islands that feel utterly exotic with miles of white sandy beaches and clear blue sea.
Little Venice, London
Amsterdam? No, it’s Little Venice in London. Nestled among the city’s historic canals, this pretty spot is home to quirky waterside cafes, charming pubs and narrowboat cruises that travel to the vibrant hub of Camden Lock.
The Royal Pavilion, Brighton
For Britain’s answer to the Taj Mahal, make a beeline for Brighton. Located in the centre of the bohemian seaside city, the Royal Pavilion bears striking resemblance to India’s most famous landmark with its ostentatious domes and minarets.
Tinside Lido, Plymouth
Sydney may have Bondi Icebergs but Plymouth has an equally outstanding outdoor pool, which you can enjoy without travelling halfway around the world. Tinside Lido overlooks the sea in Plymouth Harbour and has recently been restored to its former art deco glory.
Like the Amalfi Coast? Try Portmeirion in North Wales. Built in the style of a rustic Italian village by architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, its cobbled streets, pastel-coloured houses and lush manicured gardens make it look straight out of a fairytale.
Jurassic Coast, Dorset
With its secret beaches and crumbling limestone cliffs, Dorset could easily be mistaken for the Algarve. Head to West Bay, part of the Jurassic Coast, for one of the most dramatic stretches of coastline. Holidays in the UK don’t get much better than this.
Norfolk Lavender, Norfolk
Who needs a trip to France when you can have a taste of Provence’s famous lavender fields right on your doorstep. Visitors to Norfolk Lavender in Heacham can explore endless rows of purple blooms and watch lavender being turned into essential oils.
Torquay, often referred to as the ‘English Riviera’, is one of Britain’s most popular resorts. The seaside town is the closest thing you’ll get to the Mediterranean without needing a passport thanks to its sandy beaches, palm trees and harbour full of yachts.
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