The UK welcomes over 35 million tourists every year and is the 8th biggest tourist destination in the world. But while the numbers grow, so do the crowds in the UK largest cities, making more people to seek for less touristy, off-the-beaten-path places that are worth exploring. That’s excatly why we picked these 8 hidden gems and unusual things to do in Britain.
#1: Have a pint at the oldest pub in Britain
Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, located in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, is claiming to be Britan’s oldest pub. It’s one of the several other inns, together with Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem in Nottingham, that have proclaimed themselves as the first, but however there is no documentation to verify this, so the uncertainty remains. Anyway, Ye Olde Fighting Cocks is a good pub to have a pint and even if it’s not the first, it is surely among the oldest drinking establishments in England.
#2: May the force be with you in Puzzlewood
This mystical forest destination has been an inspiration for a lot of movies and a shooting location for many, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Located in the historic Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, Puzzlewood enchants with its unique atmosphere, maze of pathways, mysterious rock formations and hidden caves.
#3: Enjoy street art at Waterloo’s Hidden Graffiti Tunnel
The Leake Street Graffiti Tunnel in London, England is located just few minutes away from Waterloo station, but it is an amazing hidden art space. The 300-meters long tunnel is also known as “Bansky Tunnel” as it was first painted by the famous graffiti artist Banksy who wanted to turn it into an “oasis of beautiful art.”
#4 Discover the magic at the iconic tree tunnel
The Dark Hedges in Northern Ireland is a spectacular avenue of intertwined trees planted in the eighteenth century. It fascinates all visitors with its mythical character and fairytale atmosphere. The Dark Hedges is among the most-photographed locations in Northern Ireland and became popular after appearing in the Season 2 of Game Of Thrones.
#5 Dip into The Fairy Pools
Situated in one of the most picturesque locations on the Isle of Skye, The Fairy Pools in Glen Brittle are the perfect place to go for a walk if you’re visiting Skye. You can also go for a swim in the pools, but keep in mind that the water could be very cold depending on the weather.
#6 Visit a different kind of museum
Dog collars have their history just like everything else and if you’re curious how a 15th-century collar looks like, then head to at Leeds Castle in Kent. Among the other attractions, you’ll find the Dog Collar Museum which holds and exquisite collection of more than 130 rare and valuable collars. The collection includes the earliest dog collar on record that belonged to a Spanish iron herd mastiff.
#7 Jump off the cliffs at the blue lagoon
On the rocky coast of Pembrokeshire in Wales, you’ll find the lovely small Abereiddy beach and the amazing blue lagoon. You can go for a walk and explore the beautiful coast, or if you prefer more adventurous activities you can try diving and cliff jumping in the deep blue waters of the lagoon.
#8 Get lost at the Lost Gardens of Heligan
Lost Gardens of Heligan is one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the UK, but it’s not an ordinary one. The place is full of surprises and extraordinary elements, twists and hidden paths, so visiting it is a delightful walk.