Once lockdown ended in 2021 I was ready to get out of the house and have some UK adventures. I think we are so lucky here in England to have so many wonderful places to visit and good transport links whether it’s by car or rail.
At the beginning of the year, I had no plans as the world was so uncertain, I am so grateful I was able to get away and explore some new places in the UK as well as some favourites such as London where I went 3 times.
Here are my 5 UK adventures from last year, I would recommend adding them to your travel list for the future!
5 UK adventures from 2021
The first trip we booked whilst still in lockdown but by the time it arrived England had opened up. We booked an amazing Airbnb next to Lancaster Castle in the heart of the city. Lancaster is a city which is nice and compact, we found it easy to walk around. We did a tour of the castle which has an interesting history, went to Williamson Park and discovered Lancaster Brewery. We had some good food, great weather and a brilliant couple of nights.
Mine and Keil’s birthdays are only a few days apart and this year we decided to celebrate with a trip to Durham. Much like Lancaster, Durham is a compact city and it’s easy to walk around. We had some wonderful meals, a fantastic bottomless brunch at The Boat Club and stayed at the Hotel Indigo which was in a great location. I have been to Durham before for a few nights but it was Keil’s first time and we would love to go back again.
London is one of my favourite places to visit and due to the lack of tourists we got some amazing deals to stay in some central hotels which is why I went 3 times, twice with my mum and once with Keil. I can never get enough of spending time in the capital. On the first trip, we finally went back to the theatre and saw Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, plus I went to The Ritz for the first time. On the next visit, we went to see Hamilton and had some wonderful meals. On the final trip, we went to the Sky Garden for drinks and saw the NFL at Tottenham’s new stadium. Each trip was different and lots of fun.
Me and Keil had two nights in York to go to York Races, we went VIP to the races where we had a brilliant view, lots of food and plenty of wine, plus a few wins. Then the next day we were able to spend some time in the city. I love exploring York, it’s easy to get there from where I live and it’s a beautiful and historical city.
For me, 2021, was the year of walking (or at least the first half was). Firstly, I walked 2 out of the three Yorkshire Peaks which meant I still had one to complete the hattrick. We decided to make it into a weekend away and set off early to walk the final peak, Ingleborough. Then we had an overnight stay in the village at the bottom of the peak, Ingleton. It’s a picturesque Yorkshire village, we stayed in one of the local pubs and had an incredible tapas meal at La Cascada. The following day we walked the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail which was more challenging than I thought (probably because I was tired and sore from Ingleborough) but it was a chance to see all of the waterfalls around Ingleton.
These are just 5 of the great places you can visit in the UK, they are all highly recommended for different reasons, depending on what type of getaway you are looking for. Looking back on 2021 makes me excited for what unexpected adventures are to come for this year!