Travel: 50 of our favourite gems for UK breaks

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In our recent #loveukbreaks Twitter party we asked you to share your UK gems that demonstrate loud and clear that the UK is a great place to holiday.

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Here are some of your tips on the best UK treasures:


The Cairngorms are fab — flat cycling for little ones, hill walking, and sea not so far and lochs and castles. @BabyRoutes

I can recommend tea at Dalhousie Castle in Edinburgh. Delicious sandwiches in an awesome setting! @suburban1mummy

Even though I live here, I love holidaying in Scotland. There are so many beautiful places. @susankmann

We went to Glasgow for a week. Scotland really is beautiful. @laurapixelhart

Love Bamburgh. In fact we do have some rather beautiful beaches in the UK. Too many to mention @peartsue61

Best places in the North West

We love the coast up in the Wirral, gorgeous beaches and not too far from land-locked Midlands. @mrsshilts

Lake District staying at Lake Windermere taking in sights of height of Scafell Pike with piece of Kendal Mint cake. @a_trzask

There’s no better way than getting away from the hustle and bustle than traveling 4mph on the Cheshire Ring Canal. @shorthose

Obviously Cumbria has a wealth of amazing places to visit – great for families and dogs.  Definitely worth a visit. @yellowcumbrian

Favourites in the North East

Love going to Berwick-upon-Tweed and Eyemouth  as lots of happy memories 🙂 @peartsue61

I loved Alnwick, amazing castle, gorgeous gardens and a lovely town.  @RedRoseMummy

LOVE Northumberland – a place filled with castles, gardens, coastline, market towns and so much more.  @AmandaBunnPR

Places we love in Yorkshire and Humberside

Whitby is my all-time favourite – stunning coastline, gorgeous town, fab history and stories of the area. @Eliza_Do_Lots

Our hidden gem is close to home. Grassington in the Yorkshire Dales has pretty much everything you need on a break.  @HelpfulMum

Discovering the Midlands

We love nature walks. Sherwood Forest is perfect for those.  @V82CHRIS

The Peak District. Cosy pubs, fab views and a vast array of accommodation choices. Just perfect! @my gorgeousboys

Gems in the East

You can’t beat the Norfolk broads, 200km of waterways with plenty of places to stop off for a drink.  @Bainsey

Southwold in Suffolk – go see what all the fuss is about. @shorthose

Cambridge for a city break – all the colleges, so much history and punting with strawberries.  @kateonthinice

Don’t forget the cities

Of course there is so much to do in London, lots of free activities and places to go with the family. @LilinhaAngel

Though a city break in London could be great too for older kids, all the art and museums. @LilinhaAngel

Then there are the city breaks.  Manchester and Birmingham have amazing shopping and are quite cosmopolitan.  @MyMillsBaby

We love the South East

For a short break nothing can beat a visit to Blenheim Park and Palace – the most spectacular setting. @makimka25

We headed to Haremere Hall in Sussex. Just like living a bit of Downton Abbey! @BabyRoutes

Also love Brighton for its sheer diversity, food, beach, pier, amusements 🙂 @VicWelton

Best spots in the South West

One of our favourite breaks in the UK was to Perranporth in Cornwall.  @goriami

We love exploring the Jurassic coast – Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door are spectacular! @ChelseaMamma

We love the Cotswolds – beautiful scenery, quaint villages with wonderful mountains. @Jacintaz3

Has anyone mentioned canals yet?  Had an amazing time narrow boating in Wiltshire/Somerset. Just need my daughter to be older. @Mummytravels

We love the New Forest, such variety of things to do, forest, beach, many kids’ activities. @karenattwinlife

We love to take our children to the places we visited as kids..Bude, Bridilington, Dawlish to name a few @Linz_TOYT

Where to go in Wales

For great beaches and beautiful surroundings, go to Trecco Bay in Porthcawl in Wales. @V82CHRIS

I’m biased but Anglesey is fantastic! I sat on Rhosneigr beach yesterday watching RAF jets practising overhead.  @JanBagnall

I love North Wales and the area around Barmouth especially. Great mix of wonderful beaches and dramatic mountains.  @ericahughes

We love St David’s in Pembrokeshire. Natural unspoilt beaches and rugged coastline and no Wi-Fi signal. A real break!  @PracPerfectMums

Beauty in Northern Ireland

Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland – amazing views and beautiful white sandy beaches. @FalkirkGirl

How about a road trip to Northern Ireland and see some of the Game of Thrones locations @MotorTorque

Visiting Isle of Wight

Our fave holiday gem is the Isle of Wight! Only we’ve yet to go as this is our 1st UK summer! It’s 1st on the list! @dgmommyblogger

I like the Isle of Wight because you feel like you have really on holiday due to the ferry ride.  Also like the diverse landscape.  @goriami

The Last Word

I’d like to do an American-style road trip all around the UK, a different place every few nights. @jhowze

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