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Top 5 hidden gems to visit this year in the UK

March. A time where the majority of New Year resolutions have officially been abandoned. However, if one of yours was to get out and travel more, we’ve picked 5 destinations taking you across the country to inspire you. Oh, and they’re all budget-friendly… naturally.

In Bristol: A small quirky space with a surprisingly big selection of drinks

If you’re a fan of live music and roasts (and who isn’t), The Old Bookshop on 65 North St is worth a visit. The cafe-bar hybrid, decorated in antique musical instruments, hosts free gigs showcasing Bristol’s acoustic and folk talent. In a former second-hand bookshop, this spot has kept its vintage charm.

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In Cardiff: The unique features of Cardiff Castle

Instead of exploring the inside of Cardiff Castle, grab yourself a hot drink and take a stroll alongside the outer walls to take a look at the Animal Wall. Designed in 1866, you’ll stumble upon a range of animal sculptures from apes to hyenas. But wait, are they actually looking at you? Some of them have very realistic eyes…. See for yourself when you visit this historic hidden gem that’s hiding in plain sight.

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In Sheffield: A world away from Sheffield (even though you’re still in Sheffield) 

After a day of shopping, head into the calm Winter Gardens, home to over 2,000 plants from across the world. It’s one of the largest temperature glasshouses in the UK so wander  round, de-stress and enjoy yourself. Continue your exploring by popping to the arty Millennium Gallery next door, which in the past has displayed drawings by Leonardo da Vinci. Plus, it’s free to get in – lovely.

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In Devon: Step into the shoes of a literary legend

Once the private holiday home to Agatha Christie and her family, Greenway is a massive must-see house on the River Dart. The queen of the murder mystery would stay here to get inspiration for her stories. Go and recreate those amazing plots… just don’t stay in a library on your own while wearing a mustard-coloured outfit – know what we mean? 

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In Edinburgh: Catch the sunset from a roof terrace 

Wander through the tyrannosaurus exhibit in the National Museum of Scotlandand discover the darker side of Scottish history – like the mystery of the miniature coffins. Then head to the roof terrace to enjoy some of the best panoramic views of Edinburgh and grab a bite while you’re at it. A hidden spot that will make you feel like a local, this is the perfect place to take your holiday selfie.

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