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8 surreal UK locations you just have to visit

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From breathtaking beaches stretching for miles and miles to world-famous heritage sites, fairytale-like castles and awe-inspiring views, the UK is filled with spectacular places just waiting to be discovered.

If like us, you’ve vowed to make this your year of adventure, then take it from us, these are the surreal UK locations you need to tick off your list. Plus, they’re all here in good ol’ Blighty – so prepare to be surprised!

Woolacombe Beach, Devon

With so many incredible beaches in the UK, why only wait until summer to visit them? Whatever the time of year, a trip to Woolacombe Beach in Devon is an absolute must!

With a three-mile long blanket of sand, magnificent scenery and dramatic coastline, it’s the perfect place to unwind and take in the revitalizing sea air. Or if you’ve always fancied trying your hand at a spot of surfing, the unbroken waves will have you a pro in no time.

Pretty easy to see why this Devonshire beach has been crowned the UK’s best beach, isn’t it?

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Stonehenge, Wiltshire

Forget going abroad for your history fix, one of the world’s most famous historic sites and surreal locations is sat right on your doorstep in Wilshire.

Whether you simply want to see the 5,000 year old Stonehenge monument and find out more about your ancestors at the visitor centre, or wander around the Neolithic houses, there’s plenty to do and even more to learn.

And, if you finish early – don’t stop there! Stonehenge is just three hours from London, so if you fancy a spot of sight-seeing or post-Neolithic night out (can we make this a thing?!), hop on the coach and we’ll get you there.

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Mount Snowdon

What’s a new year without setting yourself a new challenge? If you want to get fit and healthy without munching on kale or crossfitting until you think your legs are going to fall off (believe us, we’ve been there), a walk up Mount Snowdon in Wales might just do the trick.

It’s a surreal UK location and not for the faint hearted, but with plenty of routes for the seasoned mountain climber and novice alike, you’ll soon find yourself at the summit and ticking it off your bucket list.

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Dunnottar Castle, Scotland

Although you’d be forgiven for thinking this was a scene from the Narnia films, it is actually Dunnottar Castle in Scotland.

Translated from Gaelic as ‘the fort on the shelving stoop,’ the dramatic cliff top fortress overlooks the spectacular North Sea outside the nearby town of Stonehaven. The castle holds many secrets of Scotland’s past, so if you’re looking for an adventure, you’re guaranteed to get one here.

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York Minster

Forget the hustle and bustle you’d expect at most major cities, York combines awe-inspiring attractions with cobbled streets, gorgeous architecture and, of course, its world famous castle walls to bring you a city brimming with charming character and treasures waiting to be uncovered.

We’d highly recommend paying a visit to the breathtaking York Minster, a gothic beauty and the largest medieval cathedral in Northern Europe.

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Whitby, Yorkshire

Isn’t Whitby lovely? Encircled by the wild North York Moors and stunning coastline, as well as the highest cliffs in England, this Yorkshire seaside town is much loved by locals and visitors alike.

We were delighted that one of our customers won our Boa Vista Double Decker social media competition after sending in this stunning picture of the town. Simply soak up the atmosphere and relax, or explore the quaint town and enjoy delicious local delicacies.

We’ve heard the fish and chips are fab (… because who needs diets anyway?)!

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Cheddar Gorge

Because who couldn’t love a sight named after cheese? Located in the Mendip Hills, Cheddar Gorge was created by ice age melt-waters over millions of years and is Britain’s largest gorge.

Inside its secret caves lies Britain’s oldest human skeleton, Cheddar Man, discovered in 1903 and estimated to be over 9,000 years old!

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Lake District

Sitting at the head of the Cocker Valley in amongst a peaceful area of fells, farms and woodland, Lake Buttermere offers one of the most atmospheric and best round-the-lake walks in the Lake District.

With a footpath around the perimeter of the lake, you can walk to the summits of Haystacks and Red Pike or hire a boat at the neighbouring lake, Crummock Water, and get exploring.

It's the perfect getaway for active people, as there’s plenty to keep you busy at the Lake District including forest segways, archery, paddle bordering and even ghyll scrambling!

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The only question left – where will you be going first? Let us know on Twitter @nationalexpress and whatever you choose, remember we can get you there on the coach!

Please note that this blog was written prior to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Because of this, the information above may no longer be entirely accurate. We apologise for any inconvenience.

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