20 beautiful places in the UK to spend the May bank holiday

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When it comes to making the most of a bank holiday weekend, good intentions often come to naught. Grand ideas about how you’ll maximise your time off – maybe you’ll go on a European city break! You’ve always wanted to visit Lisbon! – dissolve with the realisation that, yet again, you’ve left it far too late to book anything. Cue: yet another weekend getting gently sloshed in the pub down the road.

And that’s all well and good. But if you’re desperate to get away from it all this bank holiday weekend, there are plenty of heart-stoppingly gorgeous places to visit in the UK.

Click below for 20 Instagram snaps guaranteed to inspire a home-grown adventure – no passport required.

  • Durdle Door, Dorset, England

    Photo: thenarratographer / Instagram

  • Loughgall, Armagh, Northern Ireland

    Photo: trevjsimpson / Instagram

  • Flamborough Head, Yorkshire, England

    Photo: oneyorkshire / Instagram

  • Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, Scotland

    Picture: aerdman12 / Instagram

  • Polperro, Cornwall, England

    Photo: places._and._thoughts / Instagram

  • Beddgelert, Snowdonia, Wales

    Picture: bluekatiecat / Instagram


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Moya Crockett

Moya is a freelance journalist and writer from London, and a former editor at Stylist.