10 most beautiful places to photograph this spring

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Posted by Ed Roberts on 28th April 2021

Photo by Dominique Dinse

Spring is upon us and the promise of the hotter days ahead brings us out in droves. As flowers begin to bloom, the trees and fields become lush once more, and migratory birds begin to return from the south, it’s time to celebrate the great outdoors anew and discover some of Great Britain's prettiest places.

Photographers from all over the UK have been on adventures to capture England, Scotland, and Wales’ beauty as a part of our Spring Holiday Watch competition in conjunction with the RSPB. There’s still time to enter the competition if you have snapped something stunning this spring. We think that the British Isles is home to some of the world’s most fantastic spring holiday destinations; read on to discover the must-see places this season and where to enjoy a spring break.

Enter the competition

Stay at one of our self-catering holiday cottages this spring; we have properties throughout the British Isles. From the tip of Cape Wrath to Land’s End in Cornwall; the snowy peaks of Mount Snowdon and Ben Nevis to the High Weald of Kent, let us show you ten beautiful places in the UK to enjoy this spring.

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Aberfeldy, Perthshire

Aberfeldy, Perthshire

This spring head to the banks of Loch Tay and embark on an exciting trip to Aberfeldy, firmly planted in Robert Burns country. Aberfeldy attracts visitors every spring to take part in water sports on the loch, or to explore the mountain trails, particularly the Birks of Aberfeldy and the Falls of Moness. The loch is a beautiful spot to enjoy the Perthshire spring air; if it gets chilly, you can warm yourself up with a wee dram at the Dewar’s Aberfeldy whisky distillery. There’s so much natural beauty to soak in on a holiday to Scotland this spring.

Stay nearby: Farleyer Steading | Sleeps: 4 guests + 2 dogs 

Photo: @hayley6688 


Bath, Somerset

Bath, Somerset

A spring city break to the beautiful city of Bath could be just the tonic you need. As the sun begins to get comfortable in the sky once more, you can enjoy the city parks and outdoor spaces like the Royal Crescent and Circus. Located 97 miles west of London and 12 miles south-east of Bristol, the city’s origins can be traced back further than the Romans. The city is perhaps most famous for the Roman Baths and the 18th-century Georgian buildings.  Today, it’s one of England’s top tourist destinations, particularly in the spring (and summer). Full of places to go and things to photograph, it’s no wonder that Bath has made it into our top ten.

Stay nearby: 16 Loves Lane | Sleeps: 4 guests + 2 dogs 

Photo by: Helen 


Monmouth, South Wales

Monmouth, South Wales

Where better to see colourful spring displays of crocuses than in the stunning surroundings of Monmouth in Wales? This traditional Welsh town is close to some of the country’s most spectacular scenery. Situated on the river confluence of the Trothy, Wye and Monnow, Monmouth isn’t very far from the Welsh border with England. The historical town centre is home to a medieval stone-gated bridge, the last remaining of its kind in Britain. You can also reach lovely Symonds Yat and the winding Wye Valley, making Monmouth a great place for wayfarers and those that love canoes and kayaks this spring.

Stay nearby: Paddock Barn | Sleeps: 6 guests + 2 dogs 

Photo by: Rose Janes 


Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire

Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire

An early trip to the seaside should be a must-do for everybody. Saltburn-by-the-Sea may be lesser-known, however, it is one of the North of England’s most beautiful beaches. This spring, discover its clifftop views and long sandy beaches. Saltburn is a gorgeous coastal town characterised by its many Victorian-era houses and seaside parks, including Riftswood. The town is also home to Yorkshire’s last remaining pier and a water-balanced cliff tramway. If you fancy a spring holiday to a traditional English seaside resort, then choose quiet Saltburn, currently one of the north’s best-kept secrets.

Stay nearby: 1 The Mews | Sleeps: 2 guests + 1 dog 

Photo by: Kirsty Wilkins 


National Trust’s Ashridge Estate, Hertfordshire

National Trust’s Ashridge Estate, Hertfordshire

Each spring, photographers travel from all around the world to see the world-class displays of bluebells on the Ashridge Estate. Springtime is the best time to see woodland flowers in the understorey before the tree canopy closes over, diminishing their sunshine intake. Ashridge Estate is managed by the National Trust and there are hundreds of acres of forest woodland to explore. It’s a very photogenic place to spend a day out on your spring holiday to Hertfordshire.

Stay nearby: Marshwood House Annex | Sleeps: 4 guests 

Photo by: Tayla Courtice 


Tarn Hows, Lake District National Park

Tarn Hows, Lake District National Park

There is nowhere else on earth like Tarn Hows in the Lake District, and we would thoroughly recommend a spring holiday in one of England’s most unspoiled regions. Tarn Hows, close to Coniston Water, is where you will encounter a lovely circular walk around the lake; it’s a sealed path too with no stiles, so just about anybody can enjoy a stroll unchallenged. There are dozens of places to stop for a spring picnic, or to set up a hammock between two trees for a lazy afternoon snooze.

Stay nearby: Park Gate Cottage | Sleeps: 4 guests + 2 dogs 

Photo by: Kelly Davies 


Burrator, Dartmoor

Burrator, Dartmoor

A gorgeous spring walk around Burrator Reservoir is the perfect resolution to the winter blues. Located on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, the reservoir is the place to be for nature enthusiasts, historians, twitchers, and wayfarers alike. The pearl of Dartmoor, at Burrator you will encounter impressive tors, desolate yet striking moorland, historic settlements, and a nature reserve. Explore the remains of abandoned farms, the ruins of tin working, and the Princetown Railway. Around Burrator you will also be able to fall through the years to prehistoric times; you will see ancient cists, cairns, and evidence of early settlements on your spring holiday in Dartmoor.

Stay nearby: Poppy Suite On Dartmoor | Sleeps: 2 guests

Photo by: Liam Scorer 


Caerphilly Castle, Wales

Caerphilly Castle, Wales

Daffodils at Caerphilly Castle in the spring is a sight for sore eyes. The dancing yellow flowers in a Welsh spring breeze sound perfect don’t they? If you are in Wales, a visit to the second-largest castle in the UK (Windsor is the largest) makes for a wonderful day trip; you will be wowed by the scale of this picturesque ruin. Caerphilly Castle was first built in the 1200s by Gilbert de Clare to keep the fearsome Llywelyn ap Gruffudd at bay. Surrounded by a moat, today, it is a popular fishing spot (permits needed) featuring in many top ten lists for Welsh angling locations. Photo opportunities abound, as Caerphilly Castle has a leaning tower to rival that of world-famous Pisa in Italy. Nearby Caerphilly has lots of dining options for lunch too if you get peckish.

Stay nearby: Canalside Cottage | Sleeps: 4 guests + 1 dog 

Photo by: Paula Hunt 


Coppett Hill, Herefordshire

Coppett Hill, Herefordshire

For an unbeatable view this spring, walk to the summit of Coppet Hill near the border with Wales and trace the Welsh Bicknor circuit. A spring sojourn is the best way to see the views from the top of the hill before the trees return to full verdancy. Climb from Goodrich Castle to the top of Coppett Hill for unrivaled views, followed by a more leisurely walk along the banks of the River Wye. Reward your hill-climbing efforts with a cool drink at one of the two pubs close to the route: The Hostelrie Inn, and The Inn on the Wye.

Stay nearby: Trecilla Stables | Sleeps: 4 guests + 2 dogs

Photo by: Anna Wrigley 


The South Downs, East and West Sussex

The South Downs, East and West Sussex

The South Downs is the UK’s youngest national park, having been established in 2010. It is an amazing spring holiday destination with vast areas of protected chalk grasslands, where you could encounter rare flora and fauna. One of the most famous parts of the national park is the South Downs Way, a long-distance walking path that takes you to some of the best unspoiled countryside in the South East of England.

Stay nearby: Bay Tree Apartment | Sleeps: 2 guests 

Photo licensed from: Dominique Dinse


Map of the best places to visit in the UK during spring

Find all of these spring beauty spots on our handy map.


Stay at a holiday cottage this spring

For more spring inspiration, choose one of our self-catering holiday cottages for the season. Some of our properties are based in exciting locations all across the country, and close to some amazing rural beauty spots. Check out our collection of holiday accommodation for spring without delay.

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