Secret holiday destinations within the UK


With so many places to choose from, it can be hard to plan your holiday in Britain. If you fancy going somewhere a little different this year, here are some suggestions of some of the more unusual places to visit…

Leeds-city-scene, Flybe
Fly to Leeds with Flybe for great access to the attractions of West Yorkshire

Why not discover the UK as you’ve never seen it before with Flybe and visit these unusual, but nonetheless outstanding British destinations?

Argyll, in Scotland, has many tourist attractions that are guaranteed to keep you and your family entertained during your holiday. The whale and dolphin boat trips are extremely popular around the Isle of Mull and offer a great wildlife adventure that lasts for a total of six hours. There are also lots of whisky distillery tours to choose from where you can sample the different malts.

Chester Zoo is a great place to visit, especially if you have children. It covers 110 acres and homes over 500 species, including giraffes and elephants, so there is plenty to see.

The city is also home to the Dewa Roman Experience – a fantastic learning opportunity. Founded in AD, this site once housed over 6,000 men and now provides pottery classes and demonstrations of Roman armoury. Nearby Chester Cathedral is a beautiful example of Romanesque architecture and is one of the most popular locations in Chester, which is easily accessible by train. Founded between 1093 and the early 16th century, (although the site may have been used as a church since Roman times) it is still a place of worship and houses a fantastic cafe.

West Yorkshire
The National Coal Mining Museum for England is incredibly popular with tourists in the West Yorkshire area. This is a great day out and offers a rare opportunity to explore 140 metres of underground mines. Here, you will gain good insight into the hard working life of one of the UK’s oldest mines. West Yorkshire is also home to the National Media Museum, which houses many photographs and television technology from the early 1900s – you can even witness some of the very first media equipment ever used.

Fly with Flybe to Britain’s second largest city, Birmingham

With its busy city culture Birmingham may not seem like the obvious choice for a holiday but there are plenty of places to visit that the whole family can enjoy. Cadbury World is an affordable day out and a firm favourite with visitors. You’ll learn about the history of the famous company, and you’ll get to sample some of its produce too.

Elsewhere in Britain’s second largest city, the Thinktank science museum also attracts thousands of visitors each year due to its IMAX cinema and real steam engines. A great day out for all the family;  there is also a wildlife gallery that is definitely worth a visit.

Somerset is home to the beautiful and educational Cheddar Gorge and Caves; a great place to take your family. It was here that Cheddar Man, a skeleton dating back to the Mesolithic period of around 7150BC, was found. Although the skeleton no longer resides in its original resting place, a realistic replica can be viewed at the Cheddar Man and the Cannibals museum in Cheddar village. While here make sure you enter some of the caves in Britain’s biggest gorge and learn the true history of them.

The West Somerset Railway is another family favourite and its 20-mile scenic journey takes you through the beautiful Somerset countryside, which should not be missed.

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