7 UK destinations that might as well be abroad
1. Transylvania (via Castell Coch, Wales)
Lost your passport? No big deal. Set off for Tongwynlais and you might as well be in Transylvania. The epic Gothic Revival castle, Castell Coch, is tucked away in a Welsh village near Cardiff. Built on the ruins of a medieval fortress, it looks like something Dracula would approve of. Just add an eerie monochrome filter and everyone’s fooled.
2. Australia (via Newquay, Cornwall)
Pour yourself into a wetsuit, pick out the best-looking surfboard and get someone to snap some photos of you riding the waves. With the blue seas and golden sands of Newquay’s Fistral Beach as a backdrop, you can pass off a visit to Bondi Beach and nobody will bat an eyelid.
3. France (via Bodmin, Cornwall)
Wine connoisseurs needn’t jet off to France to quaff the finest tipples. Head for Cornwall’s Camel Valley Vineyard instead, and you can wander through lush vineyards, go on a wine-tasting tour, and leave with plenty of bottles of plonk – without having to declare them at customs.
4. Shanghai (via Chinatown, Liverpool)
No, this isn’t Shanghai. It’s actually the entrance to Chinatown in Liverpool, and the huge arch was built to mark the twinning of the two cities. Walk through the largest Chinese arch outside of China itself and you’ll find enough shops, restaurants and takeaways to keep your friends thinking you’re on the other side of the world for weeks.
5. Italy (via Brixham, Devon)
With pastel-painted houses tumbling down the hillside and fishing boats bobbing lazily out at sea, you’d be forgiven for thinking this was a shot from Italy’s Cinque Terre or Amalfi Coast. In fact, it’s the beautiful seaside town of Brixham in Devon. But nobody else will know that.
6. Amsterdam (via Little Venice, London)
Take a selfie here and, while it may look like you’re posing canal-side in Amsterdam, you’re actually in Little Venice. This canal area in London is full of waterside cafés and pubs, so you can pull up a pew and enjoy the view, without a boarding pass in sight.
If all that talk of overseas adventures has whet your appetite, remember we now operate megabus services to Heathrow and Gatwick airports from various UK cities.