The UK might not first spring to mind when planning a trip to visit world famous landscapes or getting up close and personal with endangered animals. Don't get us wrong, Table Mountain, The Grand Canyon and the Masai Mara would sure be worth the trek, but our team have visited some spectacular local sites in the UK that we want to share with you. Plus, these hidden gems might be even closer to your doorstep than you think.
1) Barafundle Bay - Wales
It's possibly Britain's best beach and often compared to those of the Caribbean. If you're spending some time in Pembrokeshire in Wales, it's definitely a beach to wonder down to. Don't forget to check out the tide times so your play doesn't get cut short.
2) Port lympne Safari Park - Kent
Nestled in the deep Kent countryside, Port Lympne Safari is known for having the best breeding programme and collection of endangered species in the whole of the UK. Head down there to meet Barbary lions, beautiful giraffes and Ambam the gorilla who walks on two legs. You can even stay overnight in the park itself. Would you dare sleep amongst the big cats?
3) Stac Pollaidh - Scotland
Tucked off the beautiful coast of North West Scotland, this dramatic mountain is well worth the climb. Pronounced Stack Polly, it only takes a couple of hours to walk up but the views from its steep jagged summit are pretty spectacular. If you're taking a road trip to the Scottish highlands any time soon this is one not to miss.
4) Devils Bridge Falls - Wales
Devil's Bridge falls in the heart of the Welsh Cambrian mountains has attracted visitors since the 18th century. There are 2 walks where you can see this great natural feature. If you're feeling strong, choose the longer 45 min walk with approximately 675 stone steps. For those with less energy, don't worry, there's a 10 minute option too.
5) Jurassic Coast - Dorset, Devon
You certainly won't be disappointed by the Jurassic Coast if you're a true landscape lover. With such a rich history it'll feel like an adventure through time dating back to, surprise surprise, the Jurassic times. Be it pastoral tranquillity, rugged footpaths or wide sea views, there's definitely something new for you to see.
6) Cheddar Gorge - Somerset
Yes, it is where that pretty famous cheese originates from, but more importantly it's home to the UK's biggest gorge and an amazing international caving and climbing centre. Whether you're an experienced climber or just getting started, get your adrenaline pumping by scaling some of the largest rock faces for the best views in the South West.
7) The Eden Project - Cornwall
Situated in Cornwall, the Eden Project offers a journey into different biomes from all over the world. Upon entering the Mediterranean and Tropical biomes you'll experience immediate temperature changes, interesting smells and all plants weird and wonderful. The project is truly an architectural masterpiece.
8) Barnard Castle - Durham
This castle might not have been used in the filming of Harry Potter, but it's definitely worth a visit. Set on a high rock overlooking the River Tees with views of the Tees Gorge, this fortress is perfect for a day visit. It sits on the fringe of a market town known as 'Barney' with plenty to do.
So, next time you decide to go on an adventure, don't forget to include some of these epic recommendations into your plans.