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We love the UK. We think you will too. You can start exploring right now with our guides to the best of Britain.

Take the time to explore Britain’s towns and cities, finest museums and restaurants, live shows and sporting events – because they’re all on your doorstep in the UK.

Eat, drink, sleep, play and be merry…beautiful Britain is your perfect holiday playground...

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10 Amazing Walks for Winter

With stunning scenery, great pubs and warm welcomes, there are few more enjoyable times to get out and about in the UK than in the winter. Here are 10 of our favourite winter walks – from high times in the Highlands to cosy walks along the Cornish coast.

7 Accessible Adventure Breaks in the UK

We’ve been hard at work on our Accessible Cottages collection, teaming up with leading experts and organisations to make holiday cottages available to everyone.

Geocaching

Geocaching (pron: jee-o-cashing) is a form of orienteering, but instead of using maps and a compass a hand-held GPS receiver, or smartphone app, is used to locate secret hiding places or ‘caches’ where prizes can be found.

How to Stargaze in 7 Simple Steps

From romantic shooting stars, to fiery comets and starfields, the night sky has always fascinated us. But with hectic lifestyles it’s easy to ignore the wonders up above.

The Best British Microadventures for Autumn

Same breakfast. Same commute. Same old TV. The day to day can get dreary. But you don’t have to wait for your annual holiday to shake things up when you can have a microadventure right now!

The Perfect Serve – 9 Best Gins from the ‘Gintern’

Gin is the word on the street and it doesn’t seem to be going away… From small batch to artisan gins, distillers are popping up across the country. The best bit…some distilleries are open to the public too!

So we’ve asked our good friend Johdi, who just happens to have landed one of the best jobs as the gintern at ILoveGin to give us her top 9 gin serves!

Pumpkin Carving 101

Simple spooky designs, intricate carvings or maybe a pumpkin eating another pumpkin… Try carving a pumpkin.

Follow our step by step guide to carving your very own pumpkin. Download our templates to help you get started. Why not share your creation with #CottagescomPumpkin

Nature in the UK

Some of the most beautiful animals and plants can be found in and around the shores of the UK. Click an image on the Nature Map to help you know what to look for, where to go and when to see our amazing rich and diverse wildlife in their natural habitats

Literary Location Finder

From Castle Dracula to Hogwarts, the UK is filled with iconic literary treasures, and you can find them all with our Literary Location Finder. Just click on a title to write your own tailored literary tour.

A Sense of Adventure – Top 10 Adrenaline Activities

If it’s excitement, adventure and a heap of fun you’re after – look no further. From rally driving in Scotland to a survival course in Dartmoor, the UK has some of the best destinations for thrill-seekers of all ages!

Here’s our selection of the top 10 adrenaline-packed locations from across the UK to inspire your next trip. Remember, some activities may need to be booked in advance.

Grape Days Out - Top 10 Wineries

Taking a trip across the channel is usually the first port of call for a taste of fine wines, but have you ever thought of staying closer to home?

We don’t just distil well-loved spirits, the UK is home to some of the very best vineyards, many of which are taking the wine world by storm and winning awards-aplenty. We challenge your taste buds not to love these top 10 vineyards…

Round the UK on Two Wheels – Top 10 Cycling Routes

The United Kingdom is blessed with picturesque coast lines, winding valleys, ancient rivers, spectacular hills and historic castles. So, what better way to explore such a beautiful varied landscape than to jump on two wheels?

Whether you’re a strong, experienced cyclist or a family looking for an active holiday, there’s bound to be something for everyone.

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The bi-annual Lumiere Festival which takes place at various locations around the centre of Durham. Artists from around the world illuminate the city with eye catching art and light installations creating a magical experience for visitors.

Annabelle Baker, Area Manager - County Durham & Northumberland

Explore the beautiful coastline of Cardigan Bay – 60 miles of coastal path and wonderful beaches. If you’re bringing your dog on holiday, many of the beaches are pet friendly all year round!

Beverley Harrison, Area Manager - Wales

A visit to Canterbury Cathedral is an absolute must. Take a stroll along the city walls and explore the cobbled streets.

Elliot Bilsland, Area Manager - London & South East UK

I would highly recommend choosing a stay in Clitheroe and the Ribble Valley, as a quieter alternative to the more popular villages in North Yorkshire, but with similar stunning scenery, walks and places to visit.

Julie Winder, Area Manager - North

Paignton Zoo – an award winning Zoo - With over 2,000 animals across 80 acres – you’re in for a really wild time at Paignton Zoo.

Sherilee Jordon, Area Manager - Devon

Sandyhills beach, it is a long, beautiful sandy beach with fascinating caves to explore which were once used by smugglers. I always enjoy checking in the rock pools for signs of life too.

Sophie Thornton, Area Manager - Western Scotland

A trip to Land’s End, with its rugged wave battered cliffs, it is the most westerly point in mainland England and the most visited outdoor tourist attraction in Cornwall.

Stephen Boucher, Area Manager - Cornwall

Southwold is an absolute gem in Suffolk. With quirky independent shops, great food (especially seafood!) and a promenade lined with brightly coloured beach huts, it’s a great day out for all the family - even in the winter!

Victoria Schofield, Area Manager - East of England

Haverthwaite steam railway is a must see then a boat ride out on Lake Windermere to take in the views.

Mark Whitehouse, Cumbria, Isle of Man

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