With so many famous venues that attract millions of visitors each year, the UK remains one of the world’s favorite places to visit at least once in your lifetime. But if you find yourself wanting to get away from the throngs of tourists and madding crowds for a bit, then you might want to escape to some of theseis also a popular activity if you’re looking to add a bit of excitement and adventure to your stay!
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Cocoa Wonderland, Sheffield, South Yorkshire
If you’re a fan of all things chocolaty, then you’ve come to the right place! This miniature wonderland boasts its own handmade chocolate factory and rows upon rows of sparkling glass jars filled with every kind of sweet delight you could imagine. It’s every childhood fantasy come to life before your very eyes. Enjoy a cup of proper hot chocolate or some tea and cake while you indulge your sweet tooth like never before!
Bekonscot Model Village, Buckinghamshire
The world’s oldest model village, Bekonscot, presents a series of fascinating views of Britain, miniaturized and frozen in time that delight parents and children alike. Now open for over 80 years, the model village has become something of a historical art installation as well, and gardens, a children’s play area, and a ride-on railway have all been added in recent years. If you have little ones in tow or had a train set of your own as a child, then this is a must-see!
Cass Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood, West Sussex
Experience 26 acres of bluebell-carpeted, idyllic Sussex woodlands with a difference! The Cass Sculpture Foundation is home to an ever-changing variety of about 50 large-scale outdoor contemporary sculptures along with two indoor gallery spaces featuring some of the most prominent and groundbreaking artists working in sculpture today. Art galleries really don’t get much more exotic than this!
Aizle, Edinburgh – the restaurant with a difference
If you’re looking for a unique dining experience, then you must give this a try! Instead of choosing dishes from a menu, guests are instead presented with a list of ingredients. Your job is to cross off any you don’t like, and then the chefs create unique dishes for you based on your feedback!
Shell Grotto, Margate
If you’re up for a real archeological mystery, then you must visit this bizarre subterranean grotto. Almost every inch of the walls and roof are covered with an intricate mosaic of some 4.6 million shells – and nobody is quite sure how old it is or what it was built for!
Hidden gems in the UK
Whether you’re looking for a mystery, history, beautiful scenery, or yummy treats, one thing’s for sure – there’s a hidden gem waiting for you somewhere in the UK!