Considering the weather can be so lousy in the winter months, the UK manages to attract a huge number of tourists from all over the world when the summer comes around. In many ways, the country seems to come to life after its hibernation from early May onwards, and as soon as the temperatures start to rise there’s a noticeable feeling of regeneration in the air.
The main tourist-centric cities of London and Edinburgh still draw in the visitors in the winter, of course, but the rest of the country remains something of a forgotten destination when it’s cold and the days are short. The British summer is therefore nothing short of a delightful experience, and here are five reasons why it’s so popular.
The health benefits of a warmer and sunnier season cannot be underestimated, especially when viewed in contrast to the grey skies and freezing temperatures of the winter. A significant proportion of UK residents suffer to a greater or lesser extent from Seasonal Affected Disorder, and this is one of the main reasons why the month of May represents such an important time of the year.
Several of the world’s most prestigious – and most popular – sporting events take place in Britain during the warmer months. Football’s FA Cup Final in May is one of the highlights of the game’s annual calendar, as is the weekend in mid-August when a new season kicks off once again. The Wimbledon tennis championships span June and July, while the British open golf tournament is held in July.
In recent years, a number of British travelers, not to mention many thousands from overseas, have rediscovered the delights of holidaying in the UK. The traditional British seaside resort, with its beautiful beaches, fun attractions and the freshest fish and chips in the land, is experiencing a renaissance, and of course the stunning countryside is a magnet for campers, hikers and caravanners.
While most people who enjoy a UK city break will inevitably head to either London or Edinburgh, there are several more cities which deserve to be enjoyed. They include destinations which were built on industrial growth during the Victorian era such as Manchester, Glasgow and Sheffield, and places which owe their whole existence to Britain’s once mighty sea-faring tradition, like Liverpool, Bristol and Belfast.
The British countryside enjoys a reputation for stunning beauty, especially when it comes alive in the summer. Whether you’re enjoying the panoramic views of the spectacular Scottish highlands or gazing in wonder at the rugged Cornwall coastline, you will be amazed at the diversity and majesty. If you’re driving, cycling or walking anywhere in rural Britain, be sure to always have your camera with you.
David Showell lives in Britain and works for comparecarhire.co.uk.
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