Lulworth Cove on a summer's day, Dorset, UK

5 places for your weekend wish list that you’ll never believe are in the UK

Take a look at these photos below and see if you can guess their locations.

Go on, I’ll give you a minute.

No cheating and scrolling down! I’ll know if you cheat 😉

Lulworth Cove on a summer's day, Dorset, UK

Biddenden Vineyards Kent

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, usually referred to as Kew Gardens. A national landmark and visitor attraction in West London. Cherry blossom on the trees. A historic building, The Chinese pagoda in the distance.

The Heart of Yorkshire, Chromolithe light installation by Patrice Warrener. Projected onto West Front of York Minster as part of the 'Illuminating York' Festival. Photo Copyright Bailey Cooper Photography, York.


A misty Loch Lomond at sunrise.

If you’re anything like me, you’d probably guess that these photos were taken in far flung, exotic destinations. The kind of places you’d put on your bucket list and dream of visiting in the future. Just looking at these photos will have sparked a flash of wanderlust and you’ll want to visit them all!

Just looking at how beautiful and blue the sea is in that first photo makes me long for summer and lazy days on the beach. That colourful cathedral looks stunning and I could sit and watch the sun rise over that lake every morning for a month.

But where are these beautiful places?

Hampton by Hilton, Hilton’s global brand of nearly 2,200 mid-priced hotels conducted a fun photo challenge to see if people could guess the locations of the photos above. I was amazed to hear that they’re all in the UK! Yes, this is our very own beautiful country in all her colourful, tranquil and gorgeous glory.

This is Lulworth Cove in Dorset but 26% of people thought it was Greece. 21% thought it was Cyprus and 15% thought it was Malta. Only 15% of people knew it was the UK!


This photo was taken in Kew Gardens in Richmond but 59% of people thought it was Japan.







This is Biddenden Vineyard in Kent but you wouldn’t be alone if you thought it was France or California.







This is York Minister but 25% of people thought it was somewhere in Spain.







This is Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park in Scotland and many people thought this was either New Zealand or Canada.



I don’t know about you but I’m feeling pretty proud of the UK right now and really inspired to explore more of what’s right on our doorstep.

Here at The Travel Hack we love a good weekender. We’re firm believers that the beautiful British Isles have so much to offer, and most of us are missing out. We Brits travel far and wide and save our precious pennies to jet off to far flung destinations in exotic countries. We spend days on planes and thousands of pounds to get there but there are so many amazing places on our very own doorstep.

Travel trends are changing and more and more of us are opting for lots of weekend breaks rather than one big holiday per year. This is partly due to the cost and time it takes to travel abroad, but also because it’s more fun to have lots of little trips throughout the year. When you have lots of trips planned you always have something to look forward to and you won’t use all your annual leave on one big holiday.

Hampton by Hilton agree and they’re encouraging people to be ‘Seekenders’ and explore the UK. They currently have 18 hotels around the UK and they have 16 new hotels coming soon – all in Britain’s most spectacular locations so you can get out there and see these amazing places.

Hampton by Hilton hotels offer guests across the globe high quality accommodations and amenities, such as complimentary Wi-Fi, a hot breakfast included in their stay, and Hampton by Hilton’s 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. The brand also participates in Hilton’s award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®, enabling Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels access to benefits including an exclusive member discount.

According to the Hampton by Hilton survey, one in 10 people have had their best ever holiday somewhere in the UK. And I’ll agree, some of my favourite trips have been the weekenders where I’ve travelled less than an hour from my home! And it’s so nice to arrive at your destination at 7pm on a Friday evening feeling relaxed and excited, rather than traumatised and tired after a long flight!

So where are you adding to your weekend wish list for 2017? And how many of the photo locations did you get right?

I’m feeling a trip to Scotland with a weekender in Glasgow and a day trip to Loch Lomond. And I definitely wouldn’t say no to a weekend in Bournemouth with a day trip to the gorgeous Lulworth Cove…


This post was written in collaboration with Hampton by Hilton, an award-winning leader for mid-priced hotels that serve value-conscious and quality-driven travellers around the world. Take a look at all of their UK hotels here. Happy holiday planning 🙂

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Monica is the founder and editor of The Travel Hack. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a full time blogger and has travelled around the world in search of the best holidays. Monica lives in Wales with her growing family and now also blogs about travelling with young children!


  • January 11, 2017

    These are amazing! I wish I’d had the chance to see York Minster all lit up! Adding the rest to my list immediately.

    Kate |

  • Cottage full of stories
    January 12, 2017

    Oh my, I love these places! ? Can’t wait to visit them :3 !

  • January 12, 2017

    Our UK is so beautiful I proud to live in UK Here also so much places to see their Beauty and Spirituality

  • January 15, 2017

    I recognised York Minster, but only because I grew up in York! It’s so pretty when they do the illuminations!

  • January 16, 2017

    The only one I got right was Loch Lomond. I never knew these other places existed. Thanks for posting about them! |

  • February 15, 2017

    Lulworth Cove! Who would have ever thought you could get white sand and turquoise water in Devon! Thanks for the tip!


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