Britain is the home of amazing moments. Once you've taken a selfie with Big Ben, seen Stonehenge and dipped a toe in Loch Ness, here's a fresh batch of #OMGB sightseeing inspiration along Britain's roads less travelled.
Accommodation With Character
Why not shake it up a little and choose accommodation somewhere out of the ordinary? Landmark Trust has a choice of unusual places to stay that ranges from remote cottages to converted castles. The Pineapple in Dunmore, Scotland is an elaborate twostorey summerhouse with a pineapple-shaped dome. Eccentric, endearing and nestled in the heart of National Trust-protected gardens, the experience of staying in such a marvel beats a mere visit hands down.
Fans of novel The Railway Children will be tickled to pieces by Alton Station, a once fully functional train station not far from the rollercoasters of Alton Towers in southern England. The waiting rooms and ticket offices have been transformed into comfortable lodgings that accommodate eight guests.
Edinburgh is known as the festival city for good reason; in addition to the world-famous Edinburgh International Festival, the city hosts a variety of international events throughout the year. From jazz and blues jams to science fairs, there’s something intriguing happening in the ‘Athens of the North’ almost every month.
Bookworms will love the Book Festival, which offers everything from lively author debates to workshops with world-renowned writers. If film is more your thing, then Edinburgh’s International Film Festival will be right up your alley, with its movie and documentary premieres and focus on cinematic experimentation.
Northumberland’s Alnwick Castle is a must for Harry Potter fans, although the stately 18th-century residence boasts enough fluttering pennants and towering turrets to charm the romantic in everyone. As well as starring in the first two Harry Potter movies, Alnwick also features in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Downton Abbey and the movie, Elizabeth. Alnwick’s infamous Poison Garden is nearby, an enclosed courtyard filled with the world’s most sinister plants.
Surfing, Zip-lining and Jumping
If you’re after a little action, northern Wales can dish it up in buckets. Surf Snowdonia is the world’s first inland surfing lagoon, where surfers of all ability levels can ride the swell of the 300-metre wave pool, paddle on SUPs, or strike out on a canyoning trip to nearby Afon Ddu. It’s not too far to Zip World Bethesda, the fastest zip-line in the world. Travel up to 160 kilometres per hour as you soar down a mountain and then straight over a cliff, enjoying spectacular views – you might even glimpse Ireland if you’re lucky.
There’s another Zip World zip-line at nearby Bounce Below, a wonderland of giant trampolines, walkways, slides and tunnels made of netting suspended from underground caverns.
Visit the Most Haunted House in Britain
The Ancient Ram Inn in Gloucestershire is commonly known as the most haunted site in Great Britain. The inn was built in 1145 and has a tumultuous past, including a witch who was burned at the stake and evidence of Satanic worship. It’s a must for anyone who gets a thrill from the chill of a good ghost story.