On a cottage holiday visitors will find Scarborough is well served with some good museums and historic musical venues. The distinctive Rotunda Museum is dedicated to the geological importance of the area and displays fossils and exhibits from London’s Natural History Museum, together with a contemporary section filled with multi media and interactive displays on the Dinosaur Coast and the importance of the many geological sites on Yorkshire’s coastline. Once the delights of the museum have been exhausted, step outside and follow the interpretive trails to uncover the delights of the historic Valley Gardens.
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Two wide sandy bays, dominated by a cliff top castle, harbour and rugged coastline have kept cottage holidaymakers coming back to Scarborough over the years. One of the Yorkshire Coast’s premier resorts, it has plenty to offer the visitor, from seaside activity, shopping, historic houses and castles and contemporary visitor attractions, such as the Sealife Centre and the Rotunda Museum.
A Scottish cottage holiday in the vicinity of Grantown on Spey offers amenities and attractions as well as proximity to the vast, natural playground of the stunning Cairngorm National Park, one of only two National Parks in Scotland. A pleasant town on the banks of the river Spey, some fourteen miles south of Aviemore, winter visitors flock here for skiing when the snow is good, whilst in summer the region is a superb base for walkers, wildlife lovers, cyclists and any one looking to experience the peace, beauty and wide open spaces of the Scottish Highlands. One of Strathspey’s principal visitor attractions is the Scottish Whisky Trail, taking in a variety of specialist producers from household names like Glenfiddich to smaller, specialist distilleries. Visit in spring or autumn and you’ll be treated to the town’s whisky festivals, with a host of fun, family attractions, local traditions and tasting opportunities.
On a cottage holiday, a visit to Minehead is essential. Minehead is one of Somerset’s premier coastal resorts, and a popular seaside town, with a wide, sandy, family-friendly beach. Butlin’s Somerwest World on the seafront offers a host of rides and family entertainment, whilst in town Aquasplash will keep children occupied on the days when the sun isn’t shining. Once the mainstay of the town’s economy, many of the fishing boats which dot the shoreline are now employed offering recreational boat trips to visitors. Another mode of transport to be enjoyed is a trip on the West Somerset Railway, a must for visitors keen to experience the nostalgia of a ride on an authentic stream train, whilst gaining a glimpse of some of the county’s most beautiful countryside at the same time, with Exmoor, the Quantock hills and the coastal towns and resorts along the Bristol Channel.
Whilst staying in a holiday cottage, a visit to Pateley Bridge is essential. Pateley Bridge is the principal town in Lower Nidderdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Much visited by tourists, the town is a picturesque example of rural life, set amid spectacular scenery. The town grew up around the mining and textile industries but today provides an excellent starting point for discovering the delights of the Nidderdale and wider Dales area. Many specialist shops entice visitors, you’ll find delicatessens, antique dealers, galleries, workshops and craft shops, where hand-produced pieces can be browsed, bought and commissioned, as well as the quaint, olde worlde sweet shop.