Although I do love London, I sometimes can't help but wish I was surrounded by more greenery, or breathing in a cool sea breeze rather than the smog floating across the chimney tops of my city skyline. The sunshine has started breaking through those dark clouds recently, so I thought it would be nice to remind myself of some of the most beautiful places I've visited in the UK, whilst recommending them to you lovely lot. Here are 5 of my favourite places that you should definitely visit this summer!
My family have been visiting Blenheim for years and years, as I grew up fairly nearby. Not only is the palace itself beautiful, (especially when decorated around Christmas time!) but the grounds are stunning, with vast expanses of green and new little discoveries every time you visit.
The lovely cafe looks out onto the fountains so you can enjoy your cheeky coffee and cake with a stunning view. Blenheim Palace can also be used as a wedding venue, one that is definitely on my secret list of possible venues for my, as of yet, non existent wedding!
We discovered Highcliffe castle and beach when on a search for another beach to visit along the south coast. It was only after many days out that we discovered my boyfriend's ancestors lived here. I haven't had the chance to go inside but the exterior is lovely enough and yes, there is a cafe here too - vital for any day out I think. This one is also used for weddings which would be incredible with the addition of photo opportunities on the beach below.
Following the steps down the cliff will lead you to an expanse of sand and sea, beautiful on a sunny day with a blanket and a book!
Simply hearing the name of this little seaside town brings back so many happy memories of family holidays with my grandparents. We would always stay at the same lovely hotel near the beach front.
What more is there to say? It's a beautiful beach with lots of lovely little seaside shops and ice cream parlours.
There are also some lovely secluded gardens which open out onto an incredible view of the coastline.
Who doesn't love a little walk around a National Trust garden now and again? This one has loads of lovely green spaces with little temples dotted around and a large lake in the centre.
Even on a cloudy day, you can still enjoy a stroll around the grounds, followed by a visit to the cafe.
Cardiff Bay & Barry Island
This may seem like a weird one to some of you, especially if you only know the area from the TV show Gavin and Stacey, but when the sun is shining this is one of the most lovely places to visit.
Whitmore Bay Beach stretches around to a grassy peak, which you can walk all the way along. When you reach the end it feels as if you are standing in the middle of the sea, surrounded by the water and a brilliant view.
Have you been to any of the places on this list? Do you have any suggestions of other lovely places to visit this summer? Comment down below. Let me know if this inspires you to head out to one of these locations too.