Best of Britain – The Nation’s Favourite Beauty Spots Revealed

Best of Britain – The Nation’s Favourite Beauty Spots Revealed

The UK’s best staycation and beauty spots announced: York, Glen Coe, The Jurassic Coast and St Michael’s Mount all rank amongst the nation’s most loved destinations.

A new survey into the most beautiful locations across the UK has revealed the South West as the nation’s favourite UK destination. Celebrated for its beautiful beaches, stand out landmarks and historic cities, South Western counties ranked as the top three in the UK, with Cornwall scooping the top spot for the most popular staycation destination the UK has to offer.

York Minster.
York Minster.

The research, which was conducted by photo printing specialist CEWE, found Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Northumberland were also within the top five destinations, with York being voted as the most beautiful city in the UK and Stonehenge topping the charts as the nation’s most loved landmark. Scotland was also celebrated as the most photogenic region across the UK.

The study also revealed a continuing trend into Brit’s opting to holiday at home, rather than travelling abroad, with 83% of Brit’s looking to staycate, with the majority (63%) revealing convenience and cost were key considerations when choosing to take their main summer holiday in the UK. The study also found peace, isolation, exploring somewhere new, and – most importantly – beautiful scenery were also major driving factors for those choosing to ditch the passport and holiday at home.

St Ives, Cornwall.
St Ives, Cornwall.

The top 10 staycation locations were voted as:

  • Cornwall
  • Devon
  • Dorset
  • Somerset
  • Northumberland
  • Norfolk
  • Yorkshire
  • Edinburgh
  • London
  • Lancashire

The top 20 UK cities to visit were voted as:

  • York
  • Edinburgh
  • Bath
  • London
  • Oxford
  • Cambridge
  • Chester
  • Canterbury
  • Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • Truro
  • Liverpool
  • Aberdeen
  • Bradford
  • Durham
  • Winchester
  • Belfast
  • Wells, Somerset
  • Brighton & Hove
  • Cardiff

The top 20 UK landmarks to visit were voted as:

  • Stonehenge, Wiltshire
  • Buckingham Palace, London
  • White cliffs of Dover
  • Tower of London
  • St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall
  • Tower Bridge
  • Lake Windermere, Cumbria
  • The Jurassic Coast, Dorset
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • York Minster
  • The Houses of Parliament
  • Windsor Castle, Berkshire
  • Loch Ness, Inverness-shire
  • St Paul’s Cathedral
  • The Needles, Isle of White
  • London Eye
  • Mount Snowdon, Gwynedd
  • Lindisfarne, Northumberland
  • Ben Nevis
  • Bath’s Roman Baths, Somerset

The top 20 most photogenic locations were voted as:

  • St Michael’s Mount
  • Isle of Skye
  • Glen Coe
  • Snowdonia
  • Loch Lomond
  • Bibury, The Cotswolds
  • Orkney
  • Loch Ness
  • Torquay
  • Bamburgh Beach
  • Scarborough
  • Fairy Glen, Conwy
  • Robin Hood’s Bay
  • Rannoch Moor/Queen’s View, Pitlochry
  • Bath
  • Cheddar Gorge
  • Dunnottar Castle
  • Lakes
  • North York Moors Beach
  • Gold Hill, Shaftesbury

Clare Moreton, Digital Marketing Director at CEWE, commented: “We already know from the amazing images we receive on a daily basis as part of our photo competition and the beautiful photobooks our customers make that the UK is bursting with amazing staycation locations, so it’s fantastic to see that the trend of holidaying at home seems to be here to stay.

“The UK is spoilt for choice when it comes to beauty spots, and this really comes across with our research, from the stunning York bars walls, to the Cornwall coast and further afield, there’s so much choice and beautiful scenery that the UK has to offer. The hard bit now is choosing where to visit first!”

The CEWE research forms part of a free photographic travel guide the company has compiled for those looking to take advantage of the diversity Britain has to offer. Those looking to holiday at home can access a range of travel guides on the CEWE website, complete with best spots to take stunning photos, the most delicious eateries the UK has to offer and hints and tips on what to do and where to stay.

To take a look at CEWE’s travel guides to the top locations in Britain, visit:

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