When on a student budget it’s not always easy to visit stunning places such as the Himalayas or the pyramids of Giza. However, there are some beautiful little gems tucked away in Britain. Many of these locations are quite easily accessible and won’t cost you an arm and a leg in air fare. Thinking of visiting somewhere truly enchanting this summer, but want to watch those pennies? Why not try one of these…
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Located in the stunning countryside of Cornwall, the spellbinding Lost Gardens of Heligan were nearly lost to history after a hurricane in 1990. However, a group of hardworking folk brought the extraordinary gardens back to flourishing life and opened it to the public. This amazing location is split into a variety of sections featuring subtropical jungle plantations, Victorian influenced flower beds and even some foliage which sways slightly more to the wild side. You may even stumble across a man-eating Venus flytrap (disclaimer: potentially just fantastical speculation). Previously voted the nation’s favourite garden and home to some of the UK’s most spectacular wildlife, The Lost Gardens of Heligan are definitely worth a visit this summer.
The Forbidden Corner
Feel like escaping into a fantasy world? Then take a trip to North Yorkshire where you can find the mystical Forbidden Corner. Somewhere between an art exhibition and a magical labyrinth, The Forbidden Corner is a beautifully imagined garden playground for the young and old alike. There you can find statue giants, roman temples and stepping stones leading to secret underground mazes. However, be careful where you tread, brave adventurer; there are impish tricks, puzzles and illusions at every turn!
This rock crevice set within the Black Forest, Staffordshire is heaped in a mysterious past. According to folklore it was a hiding place for Robin Hood and Friar Tuck! A certain amount of medieval romance clings to this place, it is truly a remarkable location of natural beauty and well worth a visit.
Although most will know Glastonbury for the music festival which it regularly hosts, there is much more to this town than wellies, tents and expensive cider. Known as the landscape of Avalon and frequently mentioned in Arthurian legend, Glastonbury is one of the most enchanting places to visit in Somerset. One of the more magical attractions to visit is the Tor, a 158 metre high mound topped by the roofless St Michael’s Tower. According to myths, fairy folk used to live in an underground labyrinth within the hill. The Chalice Well Trust & Gardens based at the foot of Glastonbury Tor is also one not to miss. It is a peaceful sanctuary where you can go to relax and enjoy the sounds of birds singing and fountains trickling in the background. The gardens also have late night openings; truly spellbinding candlelit evenings with music…