Where’s your happy place?

Although it’s always exciting to get on a plane and visit a different country, to explore new surroundings and immerse yourself in a different culture, many of us still enjoy spending time in the UK. There are a lot of ‘hidden gems’ and popular tourist spots that us Brits keep returning to year after year. Personally, I have a couple of places that I love to visit and they’ll probably always be my happy places.

The first location that I love is the Isle of Wight. I’ve been visiting the island ever since I was a baby – my first trip over the Solent was when I was just nine months old and I’ve been going once or twice a year ever since. I actually haven’t been there since 2014 but I’m hoping to go over for a day trip or a couple of nights next summer as I won’t be living too far away from Southampton.  My favourite place on the island is Shanklin, which is a gorgeous little town split up into two parts – one being the old village which is beautiful. There’s plenty of things to do on the island but I love sitting on the beach when the weather is warm and listening to the waves or sitting in Rylstone Gardens in Shanklin with a picnic.

I’ve also got a soft spot for Edinburgh, although I’ve never spent a night there, I have spent several days exploring the Scottish capital and I’m hoping that I can get a weekend break back up there at some point next year. I really love the rich Scottish history and hopefully next time I visit I’ll be able to go to the zoo and go inside the castle too.

Other places I love that are a bit closer to home include Oxford (which is so easy to get to with the Oxford Tube), London and The Cotswolds. A recent survey has shown that a lot of Brummies are very fond of The Cotswolds and especially enjoy having a pub lunch there. Here’s the list of the top 10 ultimate ‘happy places’ for Brummies which has been put together by SACO, a company which offers serviced apartments in Birmingham:

  1. Pub lunch in the Cotswolds

  2. Eating ice cream on Brighton Beach

  3. Walking / hiking in the Lake District

  4. Eating fish and chips in Padstow

  5. Walking in the Peak District

  6. Enjoying a pasty in St Ives

  7. Admiring the white sandy beaches of the Hebrides

  8. Enjoying a cream tea in the Isles of Scilly

  9. Visiting the Roman baths at Bath

  10. Eating candy floss on Blackpool Pleasure Beach

I’m disappointed to say that I haven’t done many of these myself. I really must explore more of the UK next summer, especially the south coast!

Where’s your favourite place in the UK? Do you have a happy place?



  1. September 12, 2017 / 10:43 pm

    Wow, I think the only one I’ve done from that list is eat ice cream in Brighton, I need to get on it! Mich x

  2. September 13, 2017 / 8:10 am

    My favourite place in the UK is the Lake District! Such beautiful mountains and scenery. Plus loads of wonderful cozy pubs for lunch!

  3. September 21, 2017 / 9:29 pm

    I have a few happy places! San Francisco and Nashville are both places that always put a smile on my face, but closer to home, I love Islington – I lived and worked there when I first moved to London so there are some wonderful memories there!

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