There are an abundance of hidden gems in the UK just waiting to be discovered. Many of these places can’t be found by simply searching on Google, which is the beauty of them. They are lesser-known, unique and most definitely worth exploring.
LOST GARDENS OF HELIGAN – CORNWALL
Meandering pathways, colourful flowers and plenty of history make this hidden gem the perfect destination to explore whilst visiting Cornwall. The botanical Lost Gardens of Heligan are situated near the harbourside village of Mevagissey in Cornwall. With 200 acres of beautiful pathways, vibrant flowers and a rope bridge, there is plenty to explore in this stunning part of Cornwall. The Lost Gardens of Heligan is Europe’s largest garden restoration project, the gardens spent a large amount of time unknown and unseen since the outbreak of WW1. Today, the flourishing gardens attract plenty of visitors throughout the year seeking to explore the tranquil paradise which is home to an abundance of plant species and wildlife.
ISLE OF IONA – INNER HEBRIDES
Off the southwest coast of Mull
Maldives eat your heart out! This one has me speechless! Who knew we had such beautiful white sandy beaches in the UK? The Isle of Iona is reached by ferry from Mull and is just 1.5 miles wide and 3 miles long, with a population of around 130 residents. The island is the perfect escape for a truly relaxing getaway away from the hustle and bustle of city life. There is a slower pace of life on the island which provides a relaxing and eye opening experience.
LUNDY ISLAND – BRISTOL CHANNEL
12 Miles off the coast of Devon
Lundy Island is the largest island in the Bristol Channel, peaceful and unspoilt the island offers breath taking views and is perfect for walking and outdoor activities. What better city escape is there than a remote island? Guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience, and the perfect opportunity to unwind. MS Oldenburg passenger journeys run from March – October departing from Bideford and Ilfracombe and taking just under 2 hours to reach the island.
Lundy island even has its own resident population of around 200 Atlantic grey seals, need I continue? SOLD.
CRACKPOT HALL – NORTH YORKSHIRE
Not the most enticing of names… but these beautiful ruins situated in Swaledale are sure to leave you absolutely mesmerised. Located amongst a patchwork or fields and barns this destination makes for a perfect countryside walk with plenty to see along the way. Nestled high on the edge of a remote hillside little is known about the history of the structure which was abandoned in 1953 due to lead mining nearby.
As if that hasn’t left you intrigued enough…
In the 1930’s a story emerged from the valley that there had been several sightings of a feral girl named ‘Alice’ who had been reportedly sighted roaming wild and barefoot nearby and amongst the grounds. Mysterious eh? Who wants to go exploring here?
NEAL’S YARD – COVENT GARDEN, LONDON
Because it wouldn’t be the UK with London! If you love a great Instagram-able spot, you’ll love this one! Tucked away down a tiny side street in Seven Dials is the bright and beautiful Neal’s Yard where you’ll find a selection of independent restaurant, cafes and shops. This colour creation is the work of entrepreneur Nicholas Saunders who created this buzzing Instagram sensation from what was before a dingy alleyway… and I’m extremely grateful that he did!
WISTMAN’S WOODS – DEVON
This dark and mystic woodland is situated in the Dartmoor National Park, it’s twisted branches and moss covered rocks give the woodland it’s eerie atmosphere and haunted myths. The woodland has been left untouched by humans for centuries and has inspired many artists, poets and photographers. It certainly reminds me of something out of a Disney film!
Do you know any beautiful hidden gems in the UK? Please leave a comment below.