There’s nothing quite like escaping the routine of everyday life and taking time out to relax on holiday. Whilst offering the perfect opportunity to rest, a holiday is also ideal for recharging your batteries and taking in the wonderful sights of the world that surrounds you.
Whilst there’s an array of amazing locations around the world, the UK also offers a number of pleasant, peaceful and iconic settings in which to spend time. So for those over the age of 50 who are looking for inspiration on where to go on holiday this summer, take a look at our top ten UK destinations.
Take yourself down memory lane, or experience something completely new by visiting the seaside town of Blackpool in Lancashire. Located in the North West of England, Blackpool offers a traditional English holiday setting, famous for its amusement park and resort Pleasure Beach, promenade, and of course the Blackpool Tower. Although tourism attracted to this part of the UK has declined since its heyday during the 40s and 50s, it’s still regarded as one of the best seaside resorts in the country.
Moving to the South West of England, you’ll find the popular bustling and thriving city of Bristol. Renowned for its famous sites, such as Queen Square, Clifton Suspension Bridge and of course the Cathedral, there’s something new and exciting to see each day. If you are really looking to relax, why not take a tour on the River Avon and get to observe the city from a different perspective?
3. The Lake District
The beautiful setting of the Lake District in the North West is perfect for those with a sense of adventure who enjoy the great outdoors. The National Park in Cumbria consists of over 800 square miles of countryside and offers the perfect backdrop for a calm and pleasant break in one the county’s most treasured and sacred settings.
A popular destination for weekend breaks, Belfast has a cosmopolitan edge and is suited for an energising and varied getaway experience. As the city has great transport connections, you won’t have any trouble in taking in the glorious surroundings and spending time in the award-winning restaurants, theatres and galleries. Head to Northern Ireland to experience something completely different to any other destination based in mainland UK.
22 miles south of Exeter on the South West coast, you’ll find the small seaside town of Torquay. Feel the calm and mild ocean breeze and relax on the sandy beaches with your favourite novel, explore the fascinating caves of Kents Cavern, or stroll along the harbour. During your stay, why not also visit Cockington Gardens and Torquay’s most visited tourist attraction Babbacombe Model Village? From garden scenery, to golden sands Torquay has plenty to offer this summer on your holiday in the UK.
One of the best city experiences in the UK, Liverpool is rich in history and was home to one of England’s most famous exports – The Beatles. If you were into the music from the 60s, then why not relive the hysteria through visiting Paul McCartney’s childhood home and the Cavern Club where the band first performed in 1961.
Liverpool doesn’t just offer the opportunity to walk down Beatles memory lane however. With plenty of shops, restaurants, listed attractions and buildings and the Albert Dock, there’s plenty to see and do all year round.
From iconic tourist attractions such as The Royal Pavilion, to unique boutiques and quirky shops, Brighton really is unique. The pebbled beach and pier is a must during the summer months as a number of people from outside the area head down to soak up the sun and enjoy the vibrant and colourful city life. The area tends to get pretty busy at this time of the year, so make sure you’re up early, ready to make the most of your holiday in this special and unique location.
Make the journey to Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow, for your holiday this year. This friendly and busy town has a heavy focus on music, art and culture. With more than 20 museums and art galleries, golf courses, amazing architecture, and even the opportunity to try something more traditional such as piping and haggis tasting, Glasgow’s got it all.
The list of top UK holiday destinations for the over 50s wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the capital of England. With so much on offer, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Some of the most notable sights include the London Eye, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, the Tate Modern, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. With so much to do, it won’t be difficult to work out how to spend your time during your holiday in one of the most famous locations in the world.
10. Isle of Wight
If you’ve never been to the Isle of Wight before, make sure you go during the summer. Travel over by ferry and take in the sights of the Solent before arriving. As one of the most southerly points in the UK, the Isle of Wight has a milder sub-climate than the majority of other UK destinations. This in itself is one of the reasons as to why it’s a popular holiday destination for many. Besides this, sights like Osborne House, Carisbrooke Castle, the Needles and Alum Bay should definitely not be missed.
So if you’re considering your next holiday adventure, spend a moment to observe the UK destinations in our list above, before putting your feet up and relaxing in good company.