View overlooking sandy Porthminster Beach in St Ives, Cornwall
22 October, 20202 minute read

There's no place like home - exploring the wonders of the UK

It’s fair to say that 2020 may be most remembered as a year of uncertainty and worry. Yet it’s also true that many of us have been given the chance to really appreciate how much beauty exists right on our own doorstep. You don’t have to go far in the UK to find some real places of wonder and if travelling abroad is a daunting thought right now, then why not explore closer to home?

From top to toe - the Shetland Islands to the Isles of Scilly - UK tours and cruises offer a delightful collection of destinations without the need to step outside the UK. Imagine rugged islands of prehistoric peoples, chocolate-box villages, quaint towns, majestic cities, grand mansions and castles, chugging railways, peaceful canals, beautiful gardens, swathes of ancient beach, and all things in between.

So many ways to discover the UK

Choose a UK Short Break with Titan (to England or Wales) and you’ll be based at one hotel, spending your days on included excursions to some of the area’s highlights. There’ll be free time to explore at leisure too.

Or opt for an escorted tour of Scotland, where you’ll stay in five different locations - ensuring you’re best placed for each day’s visits.

If you prefer to unpack only once and still see a range of destinations, then a cruise around our fascinating country could be just the ticket. From the comfort of your cabin, you can choose how you’ll explore your next port of call. Wander at your leisure, or book one of the additional excursions - it’s up to you!

A diverse collection of places to be and see

Indulge in a coastal break in one of the UK’s beautiful seaside towns in Devon, Cornwall or the Isle of Wight. Or maybe you’d prefer Bournemouth in Dorset, close to the ancient Jurassic Coast.

Ventnor's town and sandy beach, visited on Titan's Isle of Wight short break

Immerse yourself in some of the UK’s magnificent countryside in the Lake District, Derbyshire’s Peak District, Yorkshire’s wild moors, and the wild moorland of Exmoor.

Step back in time - to the age of the Romans at Hadrian’s Wall; to the industrial revolution in Manchester; to the codebreakers of WWII at Bletchley Park, or to the more recent 1960s at The Beatles Story in their home town of Liverpool. Or put yourself in the shoes of the world’s greatest playwright, on guided tours of Shakespeare’s England

View of Hadrian's Wall meandering over green hills, as visited on a UK short break with Titan

Rattle along, aboard one of the UK’s historic railways through lovely scenery and stretching landscapes, including the North Norfolk Railway - the ‘Poppy Line’ and Derbyshire’s Peak Railway. If you’re heading to Wales, you’re spoilt for choice with Snowdon Mountain Railway, Llangollen Steam Railway, and the Brecon Mountain Railway.

The North Norfolkman, standard class engine at Weybourne Railway Station, part of the North Norfolk Railway visited on Titan's Norfolk short break

For Wales tours, you’ll have to make the tough choice between north and south - but you’ll win on both occasions. Visiting the north of Wales, you’ll take in the unique Italianate village of Portmeirion and spectacular Bodnant Gardens. If you opt to head south you’ll visit the astounding Brecon Beacons and the grand capital of Cardiff.

If cruising is more your style, then there’s an opportunity to squeeze no less than eight destinations into one voyage, including Guernsey, the Isles of Scilly, the Isle of Man, Ireland, and the Orkney Islands. Or cruise solely to Scotland - more than worthy of its own itinerary - to learn of age-old legends linked to ancient lochs.

Have we inspired some wanderlust for our very own lands? Find out more about our UK Short Breaks, or request a copy of our latest UK Short Breaks brochure.

Image of blog author Nicola James

Nicola considers herself very lucky to have had the opportunity to visit a number of places around the world and these experiences usually involve searching for as many kinds of wildlife as possible. Recent highlights include penguins in Antarctica, bears and whales in Canada and Alaska and sea otters in California - but there are always more animals to search for.

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