Short on cash this summer? Or just looking for something to do? Why not explore this great island on which we live! And luckily for you, we've got a little list of some of the best spots to visit in the UK...
Is there anything better than Great British summertime? Of course not. Yes, the weather might be unreliable and you won’t know whether to pack a raincoat or sun cream (pack both!) but the UK really has a lot to offer. From coastal locations to woodland retreats there’s something for everyone, and after a tough final semester at uni, we all deserve a break! So, put away your passport and take a look at our top suggestions on places to visit in the UK this summer.
This beautiful part of the country is a must see for everyone and there’s no better place to combine beaches, surfing and partying than Newquay. It’s a lively town on the North coast of Cornwall which is accessible by car or train and is the perfect place for students to let their hair down. You can visit Fistral Beach, one of the most famous surfing beaches in the country, as well as the zoo and the boating lake, or just take a stroll around the harbour. In the evening, the numerous pubs, bars and clubs will also keep you occupied until the early hours of the morning. If you’re after saving the pennies then Cornwall is very popular for camping during the summer or there are a number of hostels which offer cheap accommodation. So, pack your flip flops and surfboard and embrace the beach bum lifestyle!
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Well known for its cultural vibrancy and pebbled beaches, Brighton screams student staycation. During the day, visit the grade II listed pier, the Royal Pavilion and the British Airways observation tower which gives you a bird’s eye view of the whole coastal town. Brighton is also famous for its nightlife so there are plenty of bars and clubs to drink the night away in true student style. You can travel to Brighton by road or by train and when you arrive, stay in one of the trendy Airbnb apartments from as little as £16 a night. And most importantly, remember your 2p coins so you can try your luck in the arcades!
The Lake District
This destination is famous for its mountains, forests and lakes, and is perfect especially for English students as it’s the home of William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter, and also offered inspiration to Alfred Tennyson. Whether you’re into climbing mountains, doing water sports or just strolling around pretty villages, the Lake District is the perfect rural retreat for stressed out students. Camping is the cheapest and most popular way to enjoy the Lakes but if that’s not for you then book into one of the local YHA hostels for perhaps a warmer and dryer experience!
If a city break is what you’re after then Edinburgh should definitely be at the top of your list. The Scottish capital is famous for its culture, kilts and castle and you can get there by car or by train. Make sure to visit the castle and walk along the Royal Mile, as well as taking a trip to the zoo or a hike up Arthur’s Seat. Stay in a cheap Airbnb in the centre of the city and all the attractions will be within walking distance or a cheap bus ride away, so no need to spend your pennies on taxis. As it’s a capital, the nightlife is also good in Edinburgh so there are plenty of places to try out some famous Scotch whisky too (or maybe just a cocktail or three!)
Barry Island, South Wales
If cheap and cheerful is your thing and you’re well up for a laugh then get yourself down to the home of Gavin and Stacey for the perfect student summer holiday. Enjoy fish and chips on the sea front and spend your money in the arcades or simply hire a beach hut and spend the day relaxing on a deck chair- nothing says British seaside holiday quite like it. And if you want something a little quieter, hop on the train to Penarth where you can walk along the pier and enjoy the sunset. Perfect!