Tourist trap: it’s a term that conjures images of long queues, high prices and most importantly, lots of people. Unfortunately, in a world where holidays are becoming more accessible, crowded and overvisited places are proving difficult to avoid.
If you’re not one for queues, crowds and above-average prices, you’ve come to the right place.
Like foreign countries, the UK has popular resorts which draw more people than others, particularly at peak times. Whether by word of mouth, tradition, or proximity, it’s these destinations that have become the dreaded tourist traps of Britain.
And that’s a shame, because the places I’m talking about are all wonderful destinations in their own right. But, if you’re someone who doesn’t like crowds, they can be a real drag when it comes to high season. But all is not lost. With our handy guide to alternate UK destinations, avoiding the hordes can be a breeze. So without further ado, here’s our guide to the UK’s top alternate destinations and where you can find them.
Newquay OR Polzeath
Newquay may be the mecca of UK surfing, but come the summer months, its beaches can be chocka. Although we can’t blame anyone for wanting to spend their summer holiday in Newquay – its beaches really are fantastic – there is an alternative. Head east and you’ll find Polzeath, a small resort which shares the same Atlantic swells as its busier big bro, yet with more room to spread your beach towel. The water off Polzeath is reliably squally, making for great surfing, while its sand is soft enough for little toes. There’s plenty of bars, cafés and eateries too, not to mention curious independent shops; why not give it a go?
Windermere OR Buttermere
Ever since Wordsworth penned his Lyrical Ballads in the 18th century, tourists have flocked to the Lake District in their droves, transforming this otherwise unspoilt land into one of the UK’s biggest tourist traps. In recent times, Windermere has took the brunt of the Lake District’s tourist surge, with over 12 million gracing its shores each year. For a more peaceful Lake District experience, head to Buttermere, a ‘lake’ equal in prettiness to Windermere, with much fewer tourists. The adjacent village is pleasantly quiet too, so it’s the perfect base for a holiday in the Lakes.
Bridlington OR Filey
Sure it’s not as big as Bridlington, but Filey’s stunning beach, lighthouse and sea-cliffs more than make up for it. Having grown up mere miles from Bridlington, I’ve paid witness to its summer mobbing, and although the crowds may appeal to those who prefer their seaside bustling, for others, this may be daunting. If so, head up the coast to Filey, a beautiful coastal village offering a nostalgic seaside experience. Filey’s crescent shaped beach is flanked by a string of evocative chalk cliffs, at the end of which perches an 18th century lighthouse. The beach is dog friendly too, so you can enjoy a bracing walk in the North Sea breeze with your beloved pooch by your side.
Tenby OR Newport
“Newport?!” I hear you ask. Not that one. Wales is actually home to another Newport, and one that’s quite a lot prettier than its counterpart. Situated in the northern reaches of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, this peaceful fishing village gives the popular coastal town of Tenby a run for its money thanks to its magnificent beach and charming architecture. Though I’m a huge advocate for Tenby, and doubt that baby-Newport could out-do it, this coastal village may pip its rival at the post when it comes to peace and quiet. Honestly though, go to Pembrokeshire; it’s a beautiful part of the world that’s full of beautiful places to visit.
Great Yarmouth OR Holkham
Like Bridlington, Great Yarmouth is a brilliant destination for good clean family fun. If penny arcades, donkey rides and rock shops aren’t your scene however, drive up the coast and visit Holkham instead. Located in the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this serene village is home to one of the UK’s most beautiful beaches, as well as charming village complete with attractive manor house; the aptly named Holkham Hall. Dogs on leads are welcome at Holkham beach, as too are nudists, so bear this in mind if you’re travelling with youngsters.
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