Wanderlust: UK Edition. AD

When telling people you are going on holiday and when they ask where and you reply a location in England they always seem a little disappointed for you. Giving you the pitying look of, could you not afford to go abroad this year? But what most people don't look for is those hidden gems and what you can do in the places you visit. Despite the lack of good weather, the UK has some pretty cool places to visit. As someone with anxiety, I do have a fear of the unknown a lot of the time, and it is hard enough to get me to explore somewhere new in the UK, let alone another country. I did say 2018 would be my year of travel, yet somehow I've only visited Manchester and that was three months ago. However, with Will and I's anniversary coming up we've decided to take a trip somewhere, but are still clueless where to visit, so I took to Twitter to ask for some opinions on where to go, as well as doing some research and I decided to share my top 3 destinations of where I want to visit and hopefully make them all a reality by the end of the year! 

I have previously visited Liverpool I have explored the shopping scene as Liverpool ONE has to be one of the best shopping experiences in the UK. After reading the extensive guide of things to do in Liverpool created by Liverpool ONE (https://www.liverpool-one.com/visit-liverpool/) I knew where I wanted to eat and drink, as well as some of the shops and nightlife I needed to check out whilst in Liverpool. There is so much more I wanted to explore in previous trips and didn't have the time to do so. When looking into hotels and things to do in Liverpool I read about the hop-on-hop-off tours and found them at a discounted rate through Groupon (£15 for 2 people) and as someone who has not been in years, I think it will be the best way to locate key attractions. With Liverpool having one of the most impressive selections of museums in Europe I was drawn to wanting to visit the following museums: 

*British Music Experience
*The Museum of Liverpool
*The Beatles Story

When tweeting about where to visit in the UK for cute cafes and things to do a lot of you (most of you) told me to go visit Nottingham, due to it not being too far to where we live, we decided to take a look into it. I was keen to find out more about the nightlife of Nottingham as this seems to be where it is going off. I found some cool bars such as the BoilerMaker after my experience in the Manchester Washhouse, I'd love to visit another secret bar as well as 400 rabbits (where the decor looks amazing!) and Happy Dough Lucky, sounds totally up my street as a huge pizza fiend. 

As my uncle lives in Brighton I have visited several times and I am hoping to again this year after not visiting for a few years. Brighton has some of the cutest cafes around and the laines are so pretty and interesting to explore and I think I gained a stone just from looking into their bakeries. Brighton also has a lovely peer where you can grab a fish and chips or go in the arcades (my fave thing to do by the seaside!!) In Brighton, you can find anything from quirky cafes and shops like Choccywoccydoodah who doesn't want to see cool things made out of chocolate. My favourite store in Brighton is this is not a butchers shop and I will be gutted if this is no longer there. As this is full of the quirky stuff that you deffo do not need in your life, but it still needs to be in your life. I also explored a variety of other shops and fell into many adorable stores such as Sass and Belle

I am a huge fan of all three of these destinations and just whilst googling the best things to do in these places it has made my wanderlust for the UK grow even bigger. There are so many more places I'd love to visit and I will definitely be creating a part two of this post. 

Where in the UK do you want to visit most? 

*Collaborative Post 

Olivia Jade


  1. I love Nottingham I have family there and visit a lot. When we were booking our UK summer break this year we decided to go to Skegness as my mum used to go there on holiday as a child. I'm actually more excited about it than Corfu!

  2. I love UK holidays. We recently went to Stratford Upon Avon and had a ball. Our next holiday is to Falmouth in Cornwall. I'd also suggest Bristol though - loads to see and do.

  3. We live very close to Nottingham and it's a lovely vibrant city with lots to see and do. We love Devon and Cornwall but haven't decided on a summer holiday destination yet.

  4. I absolutely LOVE UK holidays! I haven't been abroad in a long time! But I do love seaside towns the most. I'd love to visit Nottingham though!

  5. I am not too far from Brighton but hardly ever go to explore - I really should though as it is totally new to me, being from the north x

  6. I've never been to any of these places, but Brighton is definitely on our bucket list for next year. We were going to go this summer, but I ended up getting pregnant so that just won't work haha!

  7. Liverpool and Nottingham are not places I have explored yet in the UK but Brighton has been an incredible one for sure.

  8. I'd go back to Nottingham in a heartbeat. I did some Open Uni residential schools there and explored a little bit of the area, but I'd love to see more. Staycations can be amazing!

  9. I live in Nottingham and it is truly a fantastic city to explore, there are so many niche places from the kitty cafe as well as great cocktail places like cosmo!

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  11. I’ve been to lots of cities in the UK but I’d still like to visit North Wales as I’ve heard it’s really beautiful. Have you been to Kent?


  12. I live in Brighton and love it! I can't wait for my brothers to visit soon so I can show them all the best spots. I'd love to visit Liverpool and return to Edinburgh.

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  13. I love this. I'm from Northern Ireland and I'm totally obsessed with England, particularly London and Manchester - like you say, there are a lot of hidden gems x

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