The pride of Britain lies within its countryside and there are fewer places in the UK to get a truly authentic experience of British life than in its villages. This is exactly why I wanted to share some of the best places to go in the UK that aren’t just the obvious spots.

Yes, we’ve got the likes of London, Bath, Cardiff and Edinburgh to explore but there is so much more to the UK than just the big cities.

Now, for me, some of the best places to go in the UK have come from finding the little communities that are so historic and picture-perfect, too.

Also, what these little places lack in size (there are sometimes just hundreds of people living in these villages), they more than make for in charm and their honestly idyllic to visit.

So, it’s safe to say some people won’t have heard of a lot of these places (kudos to you if you have) but I really hope I can share a few special places that you haven’t previously thought of visiting.

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Next time you’re visiting the UK and looking to explore more places outside of your norm, set some time aside to explore these best places to go in the UK.

1.) Bibury, England

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Bibury is a gorgeous little place that’s nestled within the stunning Cotswolds and easily one of the best places to go in the UK to explore.

The whole area is incredible to explore. Just make sure to stop off at Arlington Row, too. It’s so picturesque.

Read more: Best things to do in the Cotswolds

2.) Eton, England

Eton is a stunning place to visit, not too far from London.

Make sure to wander around this historic place, take a tour of some of the older buildings and make a stop at nearby Windsor Castle.

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The castle is totally huge and home to the Royal Family.

Just make sure you book your tickets online so you don’t need to queue up on your visit. It really is one of the best places to go in the UK to explore our history.

Read more: How to visit Windsor Castle

3.) Crail, Scotland

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The Kingdom of Fife is a great place to visit in south-east Scotland, with Crail being a little gem to see.

Head to this older historic fishing town and make sure to grab a good fish and chips lunch.

You’ll find loads of delicious Scottish foods you should try, too. Honestly, this alone makes it one of the best places to go in the UK as part of a wider trip in Scotland. 

Read more: Best places to see in Fife

4.) Castle Combe, England

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Castle Combe is a stunning village to visit in Wiltshire and a place that’s filled with charming buildings and it’s one best places to go in the UK for a leafy and historic village. 

Take a wander through the pretty streets and stop off at some of the local tea rooms for warm scones with clotted cream and jams.

They’re delicious.

Read more: Visiting Castle Combe

5.) Bourton-on-the-Water, England

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Another gem in the Cotswolds is Bourton-on-the-Water. This is easily one of the best places to go in the UK to visit when exploring the Cotswolds and can easily be reached from the likes of Bath, too.

Make sure to rent a (or take your own) car and discover this pretty place. It’s perfect on a lovely sunny day.

Read more on visiting Bourton-on-the-Water

6.) Cerne Abbas, England

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Cene Abbas is a historic little place that even dates back to beyond the Pagan era.

Make sure to visit the Pagan fertility hill statue that was created thousands of years ago and still exists today.

It really is a special place.

Read more: How to go fossil hunting in Dorset

7.) Yalding, England

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Not too far from London is the stunning spot of Yalding.

Nestled in the countryside, it’s a great little spot to visit. Especially if you’re wanting some time away from the big city.

8.) Polperro, England

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Pop over to Cornwall and visit Polperro.

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Gorge on all the Cornish Pasties (they’re so amazing) and enjoy some of that well-known Cornish charm. It really is one of the best places to go in the UK. 

 

Read more: Best places in Cornwall to explore

9.) Lacock, England

Lacock is one of those best places to go in the UK when you’re on a road trip. You see, you might not spend longer than a few hours here but it’s totally gorgeous.

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This is especially true if you like crooked cottages and straw roofs; it has a charm of its own.

Read more: Best day trips in England

 

10.) Plockton, Scotland

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Plockton is one of those places where you’ll really enjoy some Scottish hospitality.

Make sure to head out onto Calum’s Seal Trips to see some of those cute locals.

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It really is a special place and one of the villages that you should visit when exploring the Highlands of Scotland

 

Read more on what to do in Plockton

11.) Beddgelert, Wales

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Wales is a gorgeous country to visit, especially in Snowdonia.

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Pop over to Beddgelert and enjoy some tasty Welsh Cakes and Bara Brith with lashings of butter. They’re amazing.

Read more: The best places to see in Wales

12.) Crovie, Scotland

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There’s so much to see in Scotland, especially as it has loads of the best places to go in the UK dotted all around. It really is beautiful and I’ve no doubt you’ll love Crovie.

Take a wander around the streets, pop into the local pub and see if you can spot some of the sea life from the shore.

Read more: 1-week itinerary for the Scottish Highlands

13.) St Davids, Wales 

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The biggest thing in St Davids is the Cathedral and a place you should definitely see.

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This grand and historic place is so beautiful and steeped in history. Wales is a gorgeous country and this is no exception. 

Read more: Best places to see in Wales

14.) Kettlewell, England

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Yorkshire is amazing, there’s no denying it. And you know what, Kettlewell is a perfect example of where you should visit.

It’s so charming and easily one of the best places to go in the UK.

Read more: Best places in the north of England

15.) Tobermory, Scotland

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Tobermory is an old fishing town that’s great to explore.

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The whole region is stunning and a place you should definitely spend some time when in Scotland.

 

Read more: 1-week itinerary for the Scottish Highlands

16.) Cushendun, Northern Ireland

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There are loads to do in Northern Ireland, especially in places like Belfast.

But, make sure you don’t forget the smaller places like Cushendum with its epic coastline. It really is a natural beauty and easily one of the villages that you should visit.

Read more: Best places to see across Ireland

17.) Portmeirion, Wales

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Wales is steeped in history but there are also examples of lovely places that are completely different and unique.

Portmeirion is that place! This easily makes it one of the best places to go in the UK when you’re exploring Wales.

Make sure to take some time to explore Snowdonia National Park, too. It’s a stunner. 

Read more: The best places to see in Wales

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