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29 UK Holiday Spots That Prove You Don't Need To Go Abroad This Summer

The best places may not be so far away.

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We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the most underrated holiday spots in the UK. Here are the places you shouldn't miss.


3. Swanage, Dorset

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There's a very Victorian vibe about the place: There is a steam train in the summer months which takes you to Corfe Castle, and the beach has one of the last Punch and Judy shows in the country. Brownsea Island is also nearby, you can get the ferry there, and it has some of the best fish and chips!

— Victoria Rowlands, Facebook

4. Whitby, Scarborough

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Beaches, the moors, the best fish and chips in the UK, steam trains, goth watching, whales and dolphins in the sea, pubs with the most amazing views, and bountiful pots of Yorkshire Tea.

— Lauryn Culnane, Facebook


11. Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk

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It's a slice of paradise and completely underrated. A beautiful, expansive beach, much of which is dog friendly, and a little K-9 bathing station along with some of the best Mr Whippys in the country. Cute little beach huts and brilliant for four-pawed friends, what’s not to love?!


14. The Broads, Norfolk

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There's a ton of really cute little places to go that can seem like they're in the middle of nowhere but you're never too far away from something to do. There's a lot of wildlife and walking/biking opportunities and it's really pretty. It's a pretty good all-round break, with something to do for all ages, and plenty of types places to stay.

— Kat Marchant, Facebook


15. Brighton, East Sussex

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Spend the days with a fruit cider on the beach or strolling through the glorious lanes looking in all the tiny, unique shops, then follow it by one of the best nights out you will have at one of the many bars/clubs, then top it off at the all night café. A full English beats a kebab at 3am in my book!



20. Isle of Canna, Inner Hebrides

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It has a great café, wonderfully hills, puffins, dolphins, perigrins, kittiwakes, gulimots, squeas, amazing beaches, Viking archeological sites, and a wonderful sense of community.


21. Yorkshire

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The Dales and Moors are both wonderful spots for walking and biking and are beautiful in summer. The coastal towns like Whitby, Scarborough and Bridlington are also worth a visit. Whitby in particular is the setting for a lot of Dracula and has the Whitby Goth Weekend, and there’s gorgeous coastal scenery and Whitby Abbey. It has lots of history: Norman castles, medieval abbeys, Viking and Roman relics etc. There’s also York, Leeds and Sheffield if you’d rather be in a city.


22. Portsmouth, Hampshire

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It’s got a cute seaside with a lovely pier with the Solent eye. It has great history behind it, with the dockyards easy to access and authors such as Charles Dickens being born there. It has good shopping with some great independent stores down the Albert Road and more mainstream stores in Gunwharf Quays and Commercial Road. And it has an amazing night life and café culture is a big thing with cute cafés like The Tenth Hole. They host events like the Americas cup, have food festivals, cinema screenings, and bands playing at the bandstand. It may be busy and loud but it’s such a happy place to be!



23. Northumberland

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It’s got the best castles, a stunning coastline (including sandy beaches), Roman remains, good beer, friendly people with awesome accents and one of the biggest second hand bookshops in the UK. It’s even got Quidditch. I think it’s probably prettier than Cornwall, but it’s cheaper and emptier!


24. Abersoch, North Wales

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It’s got great beaches, amazing cafés, and a beautiful blue sea. Plus it has the cutest little Jack Wills and is close to a lot of other beaches and has some great campsites and everyone is extremely friendly.


25. Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

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Puzzle Wood is where they filmed Merlin and some Doctor Who episodes. Clearwell Caves is also worth a visit. Then of course there is the whole forest to explore. The sculpture trail is fun. There are also some great country pubs where dogs and muddy boots are welcome. The best, in my opinion, is the New Inn at Shortstanding. Loads of campsites and and some more upmarket cabins.


26. Iona and the Ross of Mull, Scotland

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Beautiful beaches and hotels, holiday houses and campsites right by the sea. It has the best sunsets too. We have been going there on family holidays almost every summer since me and my sisters were little and it’s still great.



29. The Isle of Wight, Channel Islands

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I’ve been going there since I was a baby and I never get tired of it! It’s brilliant because it has great scenery, beaches and food, but it always feels kind of hidden away — there’s something about having to go on the ferry to get there that makes it feel like a secret. It’s always relaxed and quiet if you know where to go. I love it!


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