You admired Buckingham Palace, strolled through Hyde Park, explored Oxford, and perhaps even visited Edinburgh Castle. It’s time to expand your horizons in the UK (and Ireland) and try the adventure off the beaten path.
Here are our 10 hidden gems in the UK and Ireland – from a wild swim in Wales to secret cocktails in Manchester …
1. Deer and a picnic at London’s Richmond Park
Bring a camera and a picnic and take a friend to spend a surreal day surrounded by more than 600 deer and fallow deers just a few blocks from central London. This beautiful 1,000-acre royal park has everything you need for an ideal day out of the hustle and bustle of the city.
2. Secret cocktails at The Washhouse in Manchester
Manchester has plenty of places to go for a drink, but if you want to go out to a stylish bar that even most locals do not know, then go to The Washhouse . Seen from the outside, the room looks like any laundry in any city in England, but its imposing dryer conceals a secret of size … A stylish cocktail bar from the 1920s, where serves some of the best cocktails in town.
3. Scuba diving at Keem Bay on Achill Island, Ireland
No trip to Ireland can be complete without discovering the endless wild beauty that this country has to offer. Off the west coast of Ireland is Achill Island, on which Keem Bay is nestled. With crystal-clear waters, it’s the perfect spot for anyone who enjoys scuba diving or snorkeling.
4. The decryptors at Bletchley Park, between Oxford and Cambridge
Immerse yourself in a piece of modern British history in this “top secret” mansion, the Mecca of the decoding of the Second World War. Made famous by the 2014 film, Imitation Game, this mansion will open its doors to you – so you can visit the premises and discover the mainly female staff who changed the course of the Second World War.
5. Bonfire Night Fireworks, Lewes, between Brighton and Eastbourne
The medieval town of Lewes, with its castles and cobbled streets, is a special place to visit, all year long. But when comes November 5th, this picturesque little town is completely transformed. November 5, Guy Fawkes Day, is also known as the Bonfire Night (in commemoration of a 1605 conspiracy to overthrow Parliament); the streets of Lewes are filled with people from all over the country – even from around the world – parading in period costume and waving torches at the sound of swinging drums. The atmosphere is amazing and the fireworks spectacular.