Latest figures from Visit Britain, the former UK Tourist Board, show that last year was a record year for receipts from overseas visitors to the UK and they expect that 2013 will be better still with arrivals attracted by the afterglow of the Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympics. Not only that, but there are a number of important anniversaries in 2013 including the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation and the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice.
So why is it that whilst the rest of the world flocks to the UK for their holiday, we can’t wait to leave its shores? The obvious answer is the weather but you’d hope against hope that 2013 must break the spell of the last two years and have a modicum of what could be described as summer.
So, if you’re prepared to take the risk, what should you do?
Many of the UK’s city attractions are accessible by the rail network but with ticket prices increasing dramatically over the last few years, it gets very costly taking for example, a family of four by train, even with Family Railcard discounts. If you’re not sure your car will make it to your destination, or if you fancy a little more comfort on your travels, UK car hire is a relatively inexpensive option. Once thought the preserve of business travellers, insurance claims and foreign visitors, it’s becoming more acceptable to the locals and with cheap car hire available in almost every town in the UK, it’s easily accessible.
So now you’ve got your transport organised, where are you going?
If you like history…
Skip London and try the Midlands, birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. Ironbridge in Shropshire is a beautiful town, named after its famous iron bridge built by the grandson of Abraham Darby who perfected the iron smelting process using coke that was so important to the construction of the Industrial Revolution. The railway was an important aspect of the Industrial Revolution too and to combine history with scenic beauty, take a trip on the North York Moors Railway.
If you like literature…
This year is the 200th anniversary of the publication of one of the world’s greatest love stories; Pride and Prejudice, and you can visit the museum dedicated to the author, Jane Austen, in Bath or see her Hampshire home in Chawton.
Shakespeare is an eternal draw and a visit to Stratford upon Avon will immerse you into the world of the bard with a visit to his wife; Anne Hathaway’s cottage as well as the chance to see one of his plays performed at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s theatre in the town.
If you like the seaside…
Visit Britain are promoting the UK’s lesser known beaches this summer for their quiet beauty so avoid the crowds in Blackpool, Torquay and Bournemouth and head instead for the beaches of North Devon, Norfolk, West Wales and Western Scotland. When the weather’s nice, you’ll struggle to find more attractive beaches anywhere in the world.
For more details check out visitbritain.com, choose your UK destination then check out Rhino’s low prices on car hire in the UK and see for yourself why 12m overseas visitors came to Britain last year.