The prettiest places to visit in the UK this spring

Days out, Easter, Romantic breaks, Seasonal

Posted by Hannah on 11th February 2020

Cotswolds in spring
The Cotswolds in spring

Make memories this spring by travelling to one of the prettiest places the UK has to offer; spend your holiday taking in blooming wildflowers in charming villages or exploring the magnificent gardens and houses across our unique island. 

The thought of spring instantly conjures images of colourful flowers, woodland blankets of vibrant bluebells and pure white snowdrops, banks of daffodils, hedges full of songbirds and fields full of lambs making it a wonderful time of year to get away.

We've sought out some of the prettiest places in the UK to visit in spring which will well and truly chase away those dark winter days and leave you feeling refreshed.

1. Bodnant Garden, Wales

After the dark winter months, we are craving vibrancy and life from the great outdoors which is why the renowned Bodnant Garden is certainly the place to go. The beautiful Laburnum arch is thrown into colour towards the end of spring - a golden yellow which under the spring sunshine glows around the whole garden. Be quick though, once the arch is in full colour it only lasts a couple of weeks.

Bodnant's famous laburnum

Aside from the archway, Bodnant Garden provides acres of open space for families to enjoy spring picnics and for kids to run around the well-kept lawns and explore the hidden corners and grand ponds.

Holiday cottages nearby: 

Conwy Valley Manor House, Conwy | sleeps 8 and 1 dog

The Tardis, Conwy | sleeps 5 and 2 dogs 

Damselfly Lodge, Conwy | sleeps 2 and 2 dogs

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2.  Bourton-on-the-Water, Cotswolds AONB

Bourton-on-the-Water

With its honey-coloured stone villages, the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is beautiful at any time of year and Bourton-on-the-Water is one of the loveliest villages you'll find with spring bringing a whole mix of new colours to the stunning surroundings. Daffodils, snowdrops and primroses line the hedgerows and baby lambs can be seen playing in the fields.

A simple afternoon stroll over the bridge, along the river and down peaceful country lanes and footpaths reveal all the signs that winter has been long-forgotten in Bourton-on-the-Water. Springtime is a great opportunity to explore some of the Cotswold Way where you're in the area - with 100 miles of footpaths running beside peaceful rivers, through pretty villages and across open countryside, the scenery is sure to take your breath away.

Holiday cottages nearby: 

Old Library Mews, Bourton-on-the-Water | sleeps 6

Pear Tree Cottage, Bourton-on-the-Water | sleeps 5 and 1 dog 

Tranquility, Bourton-on-the-Water | sleeps 4 and 1 dog 

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Blenheim Palace, Woodstock

Burford, Cotswolds

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, Tetbury 

After a long day walking through the countryside or discovering more Cotswolds' pretty villages, relax in one of our cosy Cotswold holiday cottages.

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3. Glencoe, Scotland

The best time of year for sun in Scotland is early spring and summer. It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors and breathe in the clean fresh air around Scotland’s lochs and mountains.

The sweeping valley of Glencoe offers some of Scotland’s most dazzling scenery where Loch Leven meets the Three Sisters mountain range. As the soft spring sun shines through the peaks it’s difficult to imagine anywhere being more beautiful than Glencoe on a gentle spring morning.

Holiday cottages nearby: 

Lochside House, Ballachulish | sleeps 6

Achara Lodge, Oban | sleeps 6 and 2 dogs

Croft Cottage - Onich, Onich | sleeps 3

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The Great Glen Way, Fort William to Inverness 

Falls Of Falloch, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs 

Tobermory, Isle of Mull

Complete your trip with a stay in one of our self-catering cottages in Scotland so you can soak up all of the amazing scenery the Highlands has to offer.

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4. Brownsea Island, Dorset

Located in Poole Harbour, Brownsea Island, a dramatic and beautiful National Trust island, crowned with a castle, is a haven for wildlife, but as winter ebbs away, it really comes to life.

Brownsea Castle

Spring is a popular time for red squirrels as they inhabit the treetops and roam the ground - you’ll be guaranteed to spot them bathing in the first twinkles of the spring sunshine. As a thriving nature reserve, this is a real haven for wildlife enthusiasts, home to all kinds of birds from kingfishers to oystercatchers.

Holiday cottages nearby: 

The Studio - Arne, Arne | sleeps 10 and 2 dogs 

Woodridings, Poole | sleeps 8 

Coast - Bournemouth, Bournemouth | sleeps 4 

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Hengistbury Head, Christchurch

There's no need to rush - plan a lovely spring break in one of our Dorset cottages and you’ll have plenty of time to admire the views.

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5. Blickling Estate, Norfolk

Those beautiful little bluebells are a real symbol of spring and with nearly 50% of the world’s bluebells found in the UK, it’s not difficult to see why we treasure the sight so much. Punctured only by magnificent oak trees, the ancient Great Wood at Blickling Estate in Norfolk is swathed in blue during spring and dappled with the first rays of spring sunshine making it truly magical.

Bluebells in the Great Wood

Blickling Estate is cared for by the National Trust and provides a day out that families will love. The astonishing red brick manor house is surrounded by flawless gardens which lead on towards the bluebells woods. With all sorts of children’s activities including exploring the secret garden, following the nature trail and running around the bluebell woods, it’s a real family day out waiting to be had.

Holiday cottages nearby: 

Home Farm House, Nr Aylsham | sleeps 10 and 2 dogs 

Otter Barn - Corpusty, Corpusty | sleeps 6 and 1 dog 

Moon Beam, Aylsham | sleeps 2

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6. Wallington Estate, Northumberland

Do you remember how exciting it was spotting frog spawn in the pond as a child? As spring arrives you’ll be able to spot frogs and their spawn in the stunning lakes at Wallington.

The secret garden

You can also wander through ancient woodlands and discover secret gardens – the perfect place to get a real sense of nature. Keep your eyes peeled for your first butterfly of spring too! For the kids, it’s a haven for a good old game of hide and seek.

Holiday cottages nearby: 

Clara View, Wylam | sleeps 6 and 1 dog 

Eastfield Lodge, Morpeth | sleeps 4 and 1 dog 

Archway Cottage, Ponteland | sleeps 2 

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7. Hawes, Yorkshire Dales National Park

A patchwork of lush green and vibrant yellow fields, it’s difficult not to stop and take a photo as you take a blissful drive through the Yorkshire Dales National Park and Hawes is a perfect snapshot of this beautiful region. Complete with waterfall and charming cottages lining the streets, Hawes is a scenic escape in the heart of the Dales. 

Hawes daffidils

Further afield, the 6-mile Upper Wharfedale wild walk is definitely one for a spring day, following traditional drystone walls, hillside streams and flower-rich meadows which sweep down into gentle rolling valleys. Another walk not to be missed is the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail, taking you past tumbling waterfalls and through ancient oak woodland on a real springtime adventure.

Holiday cottages nearby: 

Bramble Bottom, Muker | sleeps 10 and 2 dogs 

The Old Sorting Office, Askrigg | sleeps 6 and 2 dogs

Burtersett Cottage, Hawes | sleeps 4 and 2 dogs

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Aysgarth Falls, Aysgarth

Bolton Priory, Wharfedale

Settle, Yorkshire Dales 

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8. Edinburgh, Scotland

While the countryside is bursting with colour, spring makes for a really lovely city break too and at this time of the year, Edinburgh is truly beautiful.

Arthur's Seat in spring

Benefitting from pretty city centre parks which are alive with cherry blossom and well-maintained flower beds, it’s not difficult to see why it is such an attractive city at this time of year. Admire the bright yellow gorse covering Arthur’s Seat or take a scenic stroll along the Water of Leith Walkway – there’s several places where you can see spring in Edinburgh.

Holiday cottages nearby: 

Forth Bridges View, Edinburgh | sleeps 10 and 2 dogs

Castle Views Apartment, Edinburgh City Centre | sleeps 5

The Cooperage, Leith Shore | sleeps 2 and 1 dog

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St Andrews, Fife

Loch Leven, Kinross

Anstruther, Fife  

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9. Brogdale Collections, Kent

Home to the world’s largest collection of fruit trees and plants, not only is Brogdale alive with colour but with flavour too. The tasty orchards are swathed in everything from apples, pears and plums to cherries and strawberries.

Cherry blossoms at Brogdale - credit: Annabel Kaye (CC 2.0)

In spring the blossom-filled orchards are a beautiful backdrop for family days out and exciting events which are often held, including the Hanami Festival, a celebration of cherry blossoms and all things Japanese. It’s a great one for the Easter holidays with the kids.

Holiday cottages nearby: 

Saltway House, Whitstable | sleeps 7 and 1 dog 

Oyster Beds - Whitstable, Whitstable | sleeps 5 and 1 dog

Beach 221, Whitstable | sleeps 2

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Belmont House and Gardens, Faversham 

Mount Ephraim House and Gardens, Faversham 

Stay nearby in one of our comfortable Kent cottages and you can finish your holiday off with a trip to the coast.

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10. Exbury Gardens, New Forest 

A magnificent gardens complete with steam railway and cafe, Exbury Gardens is the perfect place to visit this spring. Take a trip here to see the flowers in full bloom and a whole range of non-flowering plants thriving under the bright sunlight and warm weather that has arrived. 

Exbury Gardens in spring

There's a river winding through the landscape, a Japanese bridge to wander across, plants such as magnolias and hybrid rhododendrons thriving in the woodland and beautiful wisteria that's draped over the Sundial Garden. Best of all, dogs are welcome to explore the gardens with you! 

Holiday cottages nearby: 

The Saddlery, Beaulieu | sleeps 6 and 1 dog

Beaulieu House Annexe, Beaulieu | sleeps 4 and 2 dogs

Danny's Cottage, Beaulieu Heath | sleeps 2

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Take a trip to the New Forest during springtime for wonderful walks and scenic landscapes and you'll enjoy a relaxing holiday to remember. 

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Escape this spring

With Easter falling in the midst of spring and as the next big holiday, these beautiful spots dotted around the UK make for the perfect family days out. Long walks, pretty photos and tasty picnics - start planning the perfect holiday this spring. 

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Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.