Are you eager to tick more locations off your list this winter? You might be surprised to find out what’s waiting for you on your doorstep.

If you’re tempted to get away this season, we’ve compiled a list of the most highly rated landmarks in the UK for some inspiration. Using findings taken from genuine visitor rankings and reviews, here’s the most unmissable destinations in the country now.

The heart of Yorkshire

Nestled just east of the Yorkshire Dales, Fountains Abbey is waiting to capture your imagination. Perfect for enthusiasts of history and nature, the proof is in the pudding: 80% of all TripAdvisor reviews for the Abbey come in at ‘excellent,’ the highest possible score.

Why not lose yourself strolling around acres of landscaped gardens in the valley of the River Skell? Historic cathedral city Ripon sits just four miles away and could be a great base from which to explore this exceptional part of the country.

Southern delights

If you’re wanting to head down south, Dartmoor National Park offers a wealth of opportunities for serious hiking, wild camping, and catching a glimpse of resident wild ponies roaming free over the moors. 

If you’d rather sit back and let the experts handle the logistics, why not consider booking a tour through leading UK provider Jules Verne to guarantee the adventure of a lifetime?

Devon and Cornwall offer dramatic terrain and a real escape from urban life. If you decide to spend your holiday in the great outdoors, be a responsible tourist by respecting the countryside in Dartmoor and following their Ranger Code.

Across the shore

You might not think to include Northern Ireland on your holiday hotlist – but you don’t want to miss out on this remarkable opportunity to experience an iconic World Heritage Site at Giant’s Causeway.

Enjoy the rugged, photogenic coastline trails with walks of varying levels of difficulty available, and warm up afterwards with a hot drink and a bite to eat at the comforting café. 

Further north

Are you determined to catch your own sighting of the legendary Nessie? 

Head to Scotland and immerse yourself in dramatic scenery with a visit to Inverness and the nearby Loch Ness. With 49,500 monthly searches on Google, the intriguing folklore of this beauty spots keeps visitors hooked.

Lined with thick deciduous foliage, the highlands come alive in an explosion of autumnal colours. If you’re lucky enough and choose your spot wisely, thanks to Scotland’s high latitude you could witness nature’s most impressive nocturnal spectacle: the Northern Lights.

Wherever you’re based at home, you won’t have to travel too far to get a taste of English heritage and natural beauty.

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