The Lakes, Lake District

Underrated places to visit in the UK

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We love a day out at Haven. Whether you’re looking for natural beauty, thrill seeking or simply want to find something a little bit quirky, there is always something not too distant from our parks.

But the best places to visit aren’t always the most publicised or obvious. We’ve compiled a list of underrated places, hidden gems if you like. Some of these you may have heard of, others you may not of, but either we can guarantee you’ll love a day spent exploring these, whether you’re travelling solo, as a family, a group of friends or a couple.

The Royal Yacht Britannia, Scotland

The Royal Yacht Britannia, Scotland

This luxury ship once served as the official Royal Yacht of HM Queen Elizabeth II. You’ll get a big slice of royal history when you step on board, with this being the 83rd and final vessel of the royal family since King Charles II acceded to the throne all the way back in 1660. During its heyday, the yacht travelled more than an incredible million nautical miles around the world, visiting countries across the Commonwealth. Today, it gives visitors a snapshot of life on board. You’ll see the royal residence and glance below decks to find out about life at sea for the crew. This Scottish attraction is massively underrated.

Snowdonia National Park, North Wales

Snowdonia National Park, North Wales

Snowdonia National Park offers one of the greatest landscapes in the UK. Vast and expansive, this area is home to over 26,000 people, over half of which speak Welsh as a first language. This region really is a standout when it comes to natural beauty. You’ll be in the vicinity of the highest mountain in England or Wales, Wales’ largest natural lake and a whole host of picturesque villages. This writer has fond memories of Betws y Coed! The village is the perfect place to park up, refresh yourself and gaze at the beautiful surroundings. A quiet, but scenic area, you won’t forget this in a hurry. Remember to bring your camera.

Crealy Theme Park & Resort, Devon

Crealy Theme Park & Resort, Devon

This award-winning theme park is one of Devon’s greatest places to visit. Over 60 rides, attractions, and live shows combine to create a fun-filled day out for all the family. We have to pick out two of our favourite rides. The Jolly Roger Pirate ship gets you in a spin as you swing back and forth on its deck. We’re always left wanting another go. The Vortex Water Coaster is another great experience, taking you on an aqua ride as the world’s first triple tube water attraction. This park isn’t just for little ones, but there is a section dedicated to them! They’ll love the farm, and the zoo animals.

Hippodrome Circus, Norfolk

Hippodrome Circus, Norfolk

Britain’s only dedicated circus building is in Great Yarmouth, and it's easy to see why the Daily Telegraph called this venue one of the seven wonders of the British seaside. Built by the showman George Gilbert in 1903, world class shows are hosted all year round. Its two purpose-built floor gives it the edge over touring circuses, with the hard floor sinking into a pool, giving the audience a whole host of aqua experiences. Whether you’re on a summer stay in Norfolk, a half term holiday or even a midweek getaway, get across to the Hippodrome Circus and see a show. It's guaranteed to shock, entertain and thrill you.

Grizedale Forest, Lake District

Grizedale Forest, Lake District

The Lake District is consistently one of the most popular regions amongst our guests, and it’s because natural wonders like Grizedale Forest are just a short distance away. There are several walking trails for you to explore, with dedicated routes for cycling if you fancy bringing some bikes. You’ll be greeted by breathtaking views at every corner, with hilly terrain combining with forested peaks. The area is also steeped in history, with the visitor’s centre sitting on the site of the former Grizedale Hall, once used to house prisoners captured during the Second World War.