The UK’s prettiest staycation destination has ‘beautiful beaches’

Where’s the prettiest place in the UK? According to a new survey from the team at Which? Travel, there’s two destinations tied in first place.

The consumer group asked nearly 5,000 Which? members to rate their experience in Areas of Outstanding Beauty in Egland, Wales and Northern Ireland and National Scenic Areas in Scotland.

Tourists rated the areas based on peace and quiet, opportunities for wildlife spotting, facilities, food and drink, scenery, accommodation and attractions.

So where are the UK’s most beautiful staycation destinations?

According to the visitor ratings, the Isles of Scilly and the Northumberland Coast are tied in top position for the most beautiful area in the UK.

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The Isles of Scilly, an archipelago off the Cornish coast, are the smallest Area of Outstanding Beauty in the UK. Visitors praised the islands’ “spectacular scenery” and “beautiful beaches”.

The picturesque islands are also a royal favourite and the Prince and Princess of Wales have frequently holidayed there. Each of the islands has a distinct character from flower fields on St Martin’s to tropical gardens on Tresco.

Northumberland’s coast scored five stars for scenery, walks and attractions. The area is also home to the UK’s best rated seaside town.

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One survey respondent described Northumberland as “rugged coastline, castles, villages and wildlife”.

Rory Boland, editor of Which? Travel said: “The UK is blessed with a fantastic choice of unspoilt natural landscapes, and this year’s survey shines a light on some of the most beautiful locations these isles have to offer.

“Whether you want to explore historical sites, spot wildlife in their natural habitats or get active in nature, there’s bound to be a unique scenic area on your doorstep just waiting to be explored.”

Prettiest areas of the UK

  1. Isles of Scilly/Northumberland Coast
  2. Antrim Coast and Glens/Causeway Coast/Gower
  3. Cornwall/Dorset/Nidderdale/Strangford Lough
  4. North Pennines/South Devon/Suffolk Coast and Heaths
  5. Mourne/Norfolk Coast/Shropshire Hills

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