Many travelers only think of London or England when thinking of the UK. However, the United Kingdom has so much more to offer and many unique places to explore. Here are our top 10 hidden gems in the UK.
St. Nectans Glen, Cornwall, England
About 1,5 hours away from Exeter, you will find a magical riverland. Aside from a beautiful Woodland Walk, you can discover unique, lush waterfalls and a small, cozy café. The waterfalls were sacred to the Celtic druids, and once you see them, you will understand the magic of this hidden gem.
What does it cost? Admission fees to the waterfall are about £8, and £3 for parking.
Wast Water, Lake District, England
Wast Water is a beautiful lake in the Eastern Lake District. The lake has some typical British spooky attractions, such as the Lady in the lake and the body of a woman thrown in the lake. The body was conserved due to the lack of oxygen in the water. Besides the spooky stories, the view is breathtaking and worth visiting.
Chapmans Pool, Jurassic Coast, England
A steep hike down the cliff will take you to a beautiful tranquil beach. For the perfect pictures, spend some time on the ridge and enjoy the beach after. You’ll find this beautiful hidden gem on the peninsula south of Poole.
Travel Tip: Check out the beautiful sights in the area, such as the Winspit Quarry and Seacombe Cliff.
Witches Cauldron, Wales
The Witches Cauldron (Pwll Y Wrach) is a collapsed sea cave on the coast of Pembrokeshire in Wales. Walk along the windy cliffs and be careful not to be swept off your feet by the wild Welsh winds. For extra moody pictures, head out on a foggy autumn day and enjoy the wilderness of the Pembrokeshire Coast.
Falls of Falloch, Scotland
We found this hidden gem during our road trip through the Scottish highlands. When driving south from Fort William, take the A82 and find an unspectacular parking spot on the side of the road. The view of the falls is beautiful, especially after a few days of rain. Don’t miss out on this hidden gem traveling through Scotland, UK.
Thor’s Cave, England
Thor’s Cave is one of the UK’s most charismatic and magical hidden gems. You can find it in the Peak District Nationalpark in Staffordshire. Head to the small village of Wetton, and you’ll find this magical Cave just outside. The surrounding landscape can be admired when taking the Manifold Way, starting from the town. Discover the six prettiest villages in England while on the road with this blog!
St. Audries Bay, England
This unique beach with rugged cliffs and a waterfall streaming directly into the ocean should make it on your travel bucket list. Drive about an hour south along the Somerset coast if you’re coming from Bristol, and enjoy the little villages along the way for some beautiful views.
Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland
Every Harry Potter fan will now know the Glenfinnan Viaduct in Western Scotland, and seeing the red Jacobite train crossing the Viaduct feels unreal. When the train crosses the Viaduct, it can get crowded with Harry Potter fans. But those photos and videos are worth visiting this hidden gem in the UK.
Minack Theatre, Cornwall, England
Even though the Theatre looks like it’s from Roman times, it was built in 1930 and is still actively used as a theatre. The dramatic backdrop on these rugged cliffs gives plays and concerts a unique vibe. You can visit the Theatre and its garden daily, but you must book your spot ahead of your visit. Ticket prices for shows and plays depend on your seat; usually, they start at £10 and should also be booked online. Check out what’s on at this hidden gem in the UK here!
Tintagel Castle, Cornwall, England
Tintagel Castles sits upon the cliffs of Cornwall and watches over the sea. While the castle is quite pretty, the actual hidden gem here is the stairs leading down from the castle to a secluded beach. To enter the castle (and the beach), an adult must pay £16. Opening times may vary between high season and off-season.
So now, off you go! Discover these beautiful hidden gems in the UK on your next trip! And don’t skip time in Scotland; it’s one of the most beautiful, rugged places on earth and worth several visits.