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  There is much to recommend a UK holiday from the range of scenery and wildlife to the variety of towns, cities and villages, each with their own characteristics. The UK is home to a number of World Heritage Sites and World Industrial Heritage Sites. Whilst these may be the most well-known UK destinations there is much to recommend exploring beyond the tourist hotspots.

  Whether travelling by car, on foot or by cycle at your own pace or as part of an organised coach tour the travelling can be as much interest as the destinations themselves. Public transport by train or bus removes the hassle of parking if travelling any distance but the car offers greater freedom to stop and explore.

  Serviced accommodation may be Hotels, Guest Houses or Bed and Breakfast establishments. Self catering options include Youth Hostels, caravans and chalets, cottages and a range of other options.

  A self-catering holiday offers greater freedom in many ways. Those with young children will find it easier to continue in a routine whilst those requiring a quiet retreat can enjoy this at their own pace. With careful planning the catering part of the holiday can become part of the relaxation whether you choose to eat out or simply stick to menus requiring little preparation.

  Self catering is no longer confined to caravans and camping, chalets and villas. The Forestry Commission has purpose built lodges in several of its forests countrywide. Living at close quarters to nature you never know what you may encounter. The Youth Hostel Association now offers family accommodation and many of its buildings have fascinating histories such as St Briavels, a Norman moated castle in the Forest of Dean. Staying here at the end of October, occupying the room containing the oubliette was an unforgettable experience. Several of the universities and colleges let out their student accommodation out of term time. Holidays afloat are available on both rivers and canals using either traditional style narrowboats adapted for modern living or more modern streamlined river craft.

  Cottages and a whole range of other properties are available for hire including many historic buildings from apartments in former warehouses to converted farm buildings such as barns, pig sties and stables. Details for many of these appear in brochures produced by the regional tourist boards or those of companies dedicated to hiring properties either regionally or countrywide. Others may be privately advertised in newspapers and other publications.

  A number of organisations involved with historic buildings and their preservation have holiday accommodation available. These include the National Trust, English Heritage and the Landmark Trust.


Related Links

  View Wiltshire & View Hampshire Regional magazine
  The Landmark Trust The Landmark Trust is a building preservation charity that rescues historic buildings at risk and gives them a new life as places to stay in and experience.

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