British Isles: Past and Present

Custom Search
British Isles Cities Facebook Page Genealogy History London Scotland Travel Updates Wales

The Most Beautiful Holiday Destinations in the British Isles

The British Isles are full to the brim with outstanding natural beauty at every corner, so it comes as no surprise that many tourists flock to this little slice of the world every year. There are countless destinations up and down Britain that are worth visiting for a wonderful summer holiday, so much so that you're truly spoilt for choice. So, if you're considering a getaway to the British Isles, allow this guide to help you settle on an area that you'll love.


Brighton is a vibrant, dynamic seaside town in the south of England. It's renowned for its colourful art scene and decorative streets, with bright houses and shopfronts drawing in visitors from all over the world. The iconic Brighton Palace Pier acts as a central hub of the town, where crowds gather in the summer to try their luck on the arcades inside. Brighton is an excellent place for all the family visit thanks to the many fun activities on offer. From crazy fairground rides to relaxed picnics by the bandstand, this varied town has lots to do. Then, once you've finished getting involved in the summer events, take yourself off for a stroll down the beautiful shingled beach.

Great Yarmouth

Much like Brighton, Great Yarmouth is a firm favourite with UK holidaymakers and tourists alike. This seaside town in Norfolk is the ideal holiday destination for those who like action-packed breaks. With fantastic attractions and events all year-round, Great Yarmouth is perfect for couples and families alike. Whether you want to sample a pint or two at the Beer & Cider Festival or sail your way down the river in the Broads, there's something for everyone in Great Yarmouth.

Isles of Scilly

For those looking for something extra special, head to the Isles of Scilly. Just off the coast of Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly are worlds apart from the UK. It's no Portugal with its luxury Algarve villas, nor Mauritius with its idyllic beach huts, but there's something about this place that offers the same ambience as these high-class, luxurious destinations. Plus, you can stay in the equally as fabulous glamping lodges. Life here is more slow-paced, relaxed and peaceful. And if you still want a little adventure, explore each island's best offerings, from St. Martin's beach to the Bronze Age burial sites of St. Agnes. It's best to island hop as part of a guided tour, which are available for most of the year.


If you're searching for a holiday location with charisma and a lot of charm, then Bath may just be the perfect place for you. Made famous for its namesake, the old Roman-era bathing spas, Bath has completely transformed into a popular destination with tourists from across the globe. This is a thriving city with lots to get involved in, from river tours for sightseers to breweries for beer lovers, youíll never be short of places to explore in Bath.

Colwyn Bay

Colwyn Bay is a delightful area in North Wales aiming to reinvent itself as Britainís best getaway destination. It's recently undergone £5m worth of development, creating a buzz around the main seafront and beach area. With its 3 miles of golden sand and staggering views of the countryside, Colwyn Bay is truly a unique part of the British Isles. Aside from the main beach, there's also plenty to do further inland, with national trust properties and Welsh Mountain Zoo close by. No matter rain or shine, you'll always find something to occupy the family in Colwyn Bay.


Why not switch a seafront destination for somewhere a little more countryside orientated like York? The North York Moors National Park is a sight to behold, with cycling and long walks along the rustic paths being a way of life here. Explore Rievaulx Abbey or get lost in Dalby The Great Yorkshire Forest. Additionally, although much of York is full of luscious, stunning countryside, thereís more to this area than just rolling green fields. In fact, York has more attractions per square mile than any other UK city! Marvel at masterpieces at York Art Gallery or cheer on your favourites at York Racecourse.


Devon is one of the counties that makes up the incredible West Country region of the UK. This unbelievable part of the British Isles is well loved by holidaymakers of the UK, who frequently swap a break in Spain for a beach holiday in Devon. Trek through its two National Parks or make your way to any of its hundreds of secluded coves to uncover a private area of Devon just for you. If you're looking for something a little more adrenaline-filled, then try outdoor climbing, horse riding or even white water rafting to get your heart racing.

Old Counties and Islands


Copyright © 2009-2024 Alan Price and contributors. All rights reserved. Island Guide makes minimal use of cookies, including some placed to facilitate features such as Google Search. By continuing to use the site you are agreeing to the use of cookies. Learn more here