Falling in Love with the UK
Supporting our local communities – our farmers, bakers, brewers and craftsmen – is more important now than ever. Our renewed desire to cherish our heritage coincides with the uncertainties of leaving the EU, and becoming more aware of our personal global footprints.
So what better place is there for a holiday than the UK?
You’re in the centre of local communities, with opportunities to support independent shops and cafés. The majority of transfers to your chosen destination are arranged in small groups, and all your excursions are taken together in a coach, reducing emissions. And you’ll be able to take in the diverse natural beauty and fascinating history that form the country we can be so proud of calling home.
We’ve been finding out why the Titan team loves the UK.
London – Chantal, Tour Manager
“I've been to so many cities... but rarely do they compare to London. London tops culture, colour, energy and ceremony like no other country in the world.
The absolute highlight is a concert in the Royal Albert Hall, without a doubt; all our guests were spellbound. It was all to do with the scores played by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. One of the ladies said that the music had touched her heart like nothing ever before, and she would book again to see the same performance. She had tears in her eyes the entire two hours.”
Norfolk – Sharon, Area Sales Manager
“Norwich is my favourite UK city, and I go back as often as possible! There’s a glimpse into the past around every corner - old cobbled streets, ancient churches, crumbling city walls, the castle and both of its cathedrals are a huge contrast against the modern shopping malls and restaurants - a perfect blend of old meets new!
The hotel we stay in, Dunston Hall, is magnificent - a really beautiful old hotel, renowned in the area, within an easy 10 minute drive of the city centre.
I love the area and leave a little piece of my heart every time I leave. The people are just so friendly!”
If you’re ready to leave a little piece of your heart in Norfolk, why not join us on a 'Norfolk Short Break'; or enjoy a magical, all singing and dancing seasonal extravaganza under the twinkle of lights, by booking 'Norfolk Christmas'.
Lake District – Alastair, Senior Marketing Executive
“I’ve been to the Lakes a number of times since being introduced to them about ten years ago, and I find something new to enjoy every time. My favourite bits? The gasp-inducing mountain passes, the glorious views from the hill/fell/mountaintops (on a clear day anyway), and of course the all-important cosy, friendly pubs for those post-exploration refreshments.”
Why not discover 'Wainwright’s Lake District' for yourself in 2020? This tour includes a cruise on Windermere and a trip on Haverthwaite Railway, which played an integral part in the Industrial Revolution.
Yorkshire – Jayne, Product Manager
“I went to Yorkshire a few weeks ago and stayed in York at the Doubletree by Hilton York. The hotel location is perfect – it’s literally a couple of minutes’ walk to the Monkgate entrance to the old walled city. The city has so much to offer with its rich ancient Roman history, its 13th century Gothic cathedral, York Minster and quaint streets filled with shops, restaurants, cafés and pubs. What I loved most about York was the Shambles, with timber-framed buildings overhanging old cobbled streets and a market with a fabulous food court. It’s a perfect place to sit with a cold beer and enjoy some delicious street food…. You might even get some local musicians playing.
RHS Harlow Carr was a lovely place to spend a few hours strolling around. The beautiful gardens showcase a wide variety of landscapes – my favourite part was the bird viewing hut – we sat here for ages watching a huge display of different birds feasting along with the squirrels.
Yorkshire is just gorgeous – the people were so friendly – we will definitely be going back – might even retire there!”
Find your next holiday to 'Historic Yorkshire'.
Edinburgh – Natalie, Content Executive
“Reasons I love Edinburgh:
The atmosphere in Edinburgh is like travelling back to another time. I loved the architecture in the city’s old town – and walking along Victoria Street feels like you’re walking around Hogwarts. There are so many quirky, independent boutiques and coffee shops you can pop into along the way. Last time I went, I really enjoyed walking to the top of Arthur’s Seat. Although it’s a tough walk, the view from the top is absolutely worth it.”
Edinburgh is a firm favourite for city breaks, but it’s just one of many fantastic reasons to visit Scotland. To find out more about destinations like the Burns Museum, Loch Ness and Culloden, take a look at our 9-day 'Scottish Highlands and Lowlands' tour.
Northumberland – Jenny, Content Executive
“Every time I go to Northumberland, I see something new that really appeals to me. It’s a wild county, with acres of open moorland and rugged coasts. And there are castles and forts everywhere! It’s easy to imagine what it might’ve been like centuries ago, when armies from across Europe would appear over the hilltops. Keep heading north and you’ll stumble over the remains of Hadrian’s Wall. You might even find the ruins of one of the Roman forts that helped to fend off the ‘unruly Caledonians’ – I learnt a fair bit at Vindolanda.
I really like Hexham; it’s a small, beautiful market town with plenty to see, including England’s first purpose-built prison!
And then there’s Newcastle. There’s the tilting Millennium Bridge and the glass armadillo-shaped events centre; but there’s also so much old stuff to see – the beautiful Theatre Royal, the Castle Keep; and traditional old pubs that always offer a friendly welcome.”
Harrogate – Beckie, Product Executive
“Harrogate is a great city. The famous Bettys tearoom (opened in 1919 so 100 years old this year) is here, and it was full of people enjoying afternoon tea with stands full of sandwiches, scones and cake.”
In a town in the heart of the Yorkshire Ridings, the tree lined streets and elegantly decorated 17th- and 18th-century buildings look exquisite under the glow of traditional Christmas lights. Book 'Harrogate Christmas' and you’ll be celebrating in a landmark Victorian hotel, and taking a heritage train across the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.
North Wales – Anisa, Acting Head of Production
“The countryside is picturesque; it is my second home, though I would like it to be my first!
The drive to Snowden shows how windy and narrow the roads are. There are usually sheep on the road at some point and they aren’t always keen to move!
The weather at the bottom of Snowdon doesn’t determine the weather at the top, though the visitor centre at the top provides respite from both wind and rain on days when it is decidedly bitter.
Taking the train up Snowdon makes life a lot easier! Listen carefully to the guide on the train as there are lots of facts as well as tales from the mountain.”
If you fancy climbing Snowdon on the Mountain Railway, you might be interested to see what else you can do on a 'North Wales Short Break'. Castles and gardens both feature in this itinerary.
Bath – Alice, Product Executive
“If you’re looking for a magical Christmas, Bath and Longleat don’t disappoint. Visiting Bath is an absolute must – the incredible thermal spa, the angels climbing the West front of the abbey, the Royal Crescent that’s lovingly looked after by wealthy residents. And there’s soo many stories – Jane Austen and Mary Shelley are both linked to the Pump Room.
Bath’s atmosphere at Christmas is wonderful, but I challenge you think of a more magical place than Longleat. Each winter, they fill the grounds around the mansion with a huge Festival of Lights. Walking amongst the bright, colourful scenes makes me feel like a kid again. They choose a different theme every year, and this year it’ll be myths and legends. I can’t wait to see it again!”
Bathe in festive lights this year on our 'Bath Christmas' tour.
Isle of Wight – Sarah, Tour Manager
“I’ve been fortunate and have been to several places in Titan’s UK Short Breaks brochure; however the one I find myself going back to again and again is the Isle of Wight.
For me, the special enjoyment of this tour is the delightful hotel, charm of the island, the coast line, and the places visited, especially Osborne House which offers new discoveries on every visit. And as you are on an island, you really feel like you’re away from it all; you have the feeling that life has slowed down a notch; you feel relaxed!
I recommend the island to family and friends as there’s something for everyone to do, and an ice cream (even garlic flavoured!) for everyone’s taste!
One of my favourite things to do is walk from Ventnor, along the stunning coast path to the gem known as Steephill Cove, have a crab sandwich at The Beach Shack admiring the ever changing views and then head into the botanic gardens where you can enjoy over 30,000 rare and sub-tropical trees and plants!”
If you’re looking for a taste of the quieter life, and perhaps some garlic ice cream, look no further than an 'Isle of Wight Short Break'.
There are so many more places we’d love to take you to – the ‘rows’ of Chester, Shakespeare’s country, and the streets of Liverpool that appeared in The Beatles’ songs, to name a few. Visit our website or order a brochure to learn more.
Article published on: 12th September, 2019