London has topped various polls of the top 20 places to visit in the UK and with good reason. Not only is the historic capital the home of royalty, Big Ben and the London Eye, but there is also such a choice of things to do in London that you will be spoilt for choice.
As it is spring you must visit Kew Gardens, which boasts the biggest display of seasonal flowers within Britain. Enter through the grand Victoria Gate and you will be greeted by two million blue, white and mauve crocuses. A little later, in spring thousands of deep blue, starry Glory of the Snow flowers carpet the White Peaks.
The Isabella Plantation is also wonderful at this time of year. Richmond Park’s stunningly beautiful woodland garden houses one of the country’s finest collection of azaleas and rhododendrons. Each year in late spring, the ground is carpeted with bluebells and you may even spot a woodpecker or two!
In competition with London is the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh. The city is full of life, but also surrounded by beautiful countryside which is at its best during the spring months.
Why not pick one of Edinburgh’s famous festivals to visit? There is a festival for everyone; choose from the popular Fringe Festival, the Jazz Festival or the Edinburgh Tattoo.
Not one to be left out, this spring Edinburgh will also be playing host to the Olympics and the Paralympics which will add to the city’s already buzzing atmosphere.
Gloucestershire splits into three areas; the Cotswolds, the Royal Forest of Dean and the Severn Vale, all offering beautiful scenery during the spring months.
The Cotswolds is made up of pretty villages and towns made up of cottages, mansions, and churches. Here, you will be surrounded by numerous streams which wind through the valleys and alongside main streets.
Situated between the Wye Valley, the Vale of Leadon and the Severn Valley, the Royal Forest of Dean is one of England’s few remaining ancient forests. It covers 27,000 acres of woodland and was designated as a National Forest Park in 1938. This ‘Queen of Forests’ boasts a spectacular range of natural beauty which really flourishes during spring and summer.
If you fancy somewhere a little warmer then head down to the South West of England to Devon. The county is full of amazing stretches of beach and coastline, complimented by warm weather. Even though Devon is popular as a spring and summer holiday hot spot, there is plenty to do all year round. If you are sporty then try out the surfing at some of the best beaches in the UK, or instead check out the Country Show for a little local culture.
Devon is known for its chocolate box villages with breathtaking views. Why not rent out one of the many beautiful holiday cottages UK available and live like a local to really refresh yourself before you head home?
Also along the south cost is the colourful and vibrant city of Brighton. Often referred London-by-the-sea, Brighton offers fashion, food, culture and an amazing night life as well as one of the most famous beaches and piers in the UK which is buzzing throughout the spring and summer months.
Brighton hosts a variety of festivals during this period, from the Brighton fringe to the Science festival, offering something for everyone. It is also home to celebrity DJ Fatboy Slim, who is known to play gigs on the beach, which have proven to be a huge success.
There is an endless choice of accommodation within Brighton. Choose from a luxurious hotel along the seafront, a charming bed and breakfast within the Kemp Town area, or instead a cosy cottage in one of the surrounding villages.