When a lot of people think about taking any kind of holiday, they tend to focus on international travel. People often think that, in order to discover new places and unusual sights, they need to hop on a plane and cross the ocean. However, the reality is that the UK is full to the brim with incredible sights that most people, even those who have lived here for decades, don’t even know about! With that in mind, here are just a few of the UK’s best kept secrets.
Now, the name might sound a little bit ridiculous, but Mumbles is the perfect place if you’re looking for somewhere to get away from the stress of daily life and enjoy somewhere cozy and simple. Not only does it offer some absolutely gorgeous coastal landscapes but there are plenty of things to do in Mumbles as well. If you find yourself there, then you should make sure to check out the bay’s famous ice cream.
Do you ever wish you could step into a fairy tale? Well, this amazing wood located in the Forest of Dean is the perfect place to do just that. Author J.R.R. Tolkien actually based many of the fantastical forests in his landmark fantasy trilogy Lord of The Rings on Puzzlewood and it’s really not hard to see why. Wooden bridges that let you cross steep gullies and tall, twisted trees make the whole place look just like something out of a story book.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
While they might not be quite as “lost” as they once were, the Lost Gardens of Heligan are still a sight to behold. Located in Cornwall, the vast majority of the gardens are beautifully maintained, 19th Century styled areas that vary from section to section. However, the really amazing part of the lost gardens are the sculptures that you’ll see as you walk around. From a moss covered woman sleeping on her side to the large hand protruding up from the ground, many of these sculptures are truly breathtaking and well worth seeing.
There’s a good reason why Parys Mountain has been used as a location in various science fiction films like Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. It’s because the mountain itself looks incredibly strange and alien to anyone who witnesses it. This is because of the fact that it was used as a mine for copper ore for a very long time. This caused a great deal of acidity in the water that flows through it, causing the water to not only take on a very strange color but also to cause strange phenomena like oddly shaped rock formations and bizarre looking snottites that thrive in many of the passages that were, until recently, entirely submerged.
Hopefully, this list will have shown you that there are always places that you might not have heard of, even if they’re right on your doorstep. Why not get out into your local area and see if you can find some hidden gems that you’d never even noticed before?