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Most Nostalgic UK Holiday Destinations

We decided to compile a list of the top places in the UK where we have fond recollections. So, where would you go on a nostalgic walk down memory lane if you had the opportunity? The UK has many fascinating cities, breathtaking national parks, and a plethora of lovely tiny islands to explore. Not only that, but the UK also has an abundance of historic towns to explore, which are strewn around the Isles.

According to a new study, nearly one-third of Britons choose their childhood holiday spot as their best British getaways. But where is the most popular spot for awakening happy memories?


Visiting Blackpool's Pleasure Beach, spending afternoons in the arcades, and taking a scenic stroll along the promenade, followed by some exquisite fish and chips on the beach, all while breathing in the salty sea air, sets this northern coastal town apart from the rest. The city's other notable attractions and monuments include Blackpool Tower, the Illuminations, Blackpool Zoo, and the UK's remaining first-generation tramway. With so much to see and do, Blackpool remains an excellent choice for a family seaside vacation.


Whitby is a historic town on England's northeast coast and one of the historic towns to see in England when traveling up north. You can spend a few days touring the town and the adjacent Robin Hoods Bay, known for its spectacular fish and chips and the dramatic Whitby Abbey.


Portmeirion is a picturesque town that seems like it belongs in a magic novel. Even on a gloomy and rainy day, there's enough to do. If you're feeling very daring, head to the Llechwedd Slate Caverns in Snowdonia to venture deeper below or even go off-roading in a lorry through a quarry.


Scarborough has been rated one of the favorite childhood holiday locations on the North Sea coast, thanks to its gorgeous sandy beaches. Guests can tour the Medieval ruins of Scarborough Castle, which sits on a peninsula overlooking the sea and separates the town's beautiful North and South Bay beaches. Enjoy a classic fish and chip dinner while strolling down the harbor beside South Bay Beach and taking in views of the boats bobbing in the water, as well as the gorgeous lighthouse. The ancient North Bay Heritage Railway offers scenic trips between the fantastic, Japanese-inspired Peasholm Park and Scalby Mills, while Alpamare UK, Luna Park, and SEA LIFE Centre Scarborough offer family-friendly days out.


Arundel is an entirely historic town around a two-hour journey from the heart of London. Once you've arrived, take some time to see Arundel Castle, which has stood for hundreds of years. After that, take a stroll down the charming little streets and browse the independent shops that line the streets. We had a great time here, and it's a great place to visit while exploring the South Downs National Park. Oh, and if you're searching for a castle to stay in, Amberley Castle, which is fit for royalty, is the place to go.


If you've never gone, Whitstable is a small seaside town on the Kent coast with shingle beaches, delicious seafood, and lovely boutique shops to lose yourself in for hours. First, stop for ice cream at Sundae Sundae. Then, if you're able, rent some bikes or bring your own and pedal to Canterbury on a bright day — you won't be disappointed.


Newquay is a lovely resort on Cornwall's north coast that enjoys rolling Atlantic waves and is known for being the birthplace of UK surfing. Newquay is a popular tourist destination in the United Kingdom because of its three beautiful beaches, each having soft sand, safe swimming, and a variety of watersports. While family-friendly sites such as the Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay Zoo, and Pirate's Quest provide hours of fun, you can enjoy walks along the lovely harbor or join the South West Coast Path in either direction, taking in incredible coastal views along the way.


Bamburgh, located in 'castle country' (Northumberland), is a stunning spot to visit whether traveling north or south along the east coast. The entire region is breathtaking and deserving of your time. After you arrive, take a wander around Bamburgh Castle, relax on the sandy beach, and explore the adjacent Farne Islands, where you might see puffins.