hidden gems in the uk

There are hidden gems located all across the UK, attractions that are found off the beaten track and often overlooked. The fact that they are not well known is often one of the biggest draws to these magical places, as their untouched beauty leaves them unspoilt. We’ve decided to share with you just a handful of our favourite hidden gems in the UK that you can explore whilst on your glamping holidays 2017:

the smallest house in Britain located in wales

The Smallest House In Great Britain, Wales

Hidden gems in Wales

The Smallest House in Great Britain

Hidden on a small street in Conwy, is the smallest house in Great Britain! This can be found very close to Conwy Castle, and the grand, towering buildings that surround it elevate its minute scale. Measuring just 3.05m X 1.8m X 3.1m, this quaint house certainly packs a lot of character into a tiny amount of space. The house was actually inhabited up until 1900 when the council, unfortunately, deemed it unfit for human purpose.

Marloes Sands, Pembrokeshire

The views from Marloes Sands are incomparable to anywhere else in the UK. This is largely because on a clear day you can see the stunning views of Skokholm Island and Gateholm Island. This pretty, quaint beach can only be reached on foot, following a walk through the countryside, and along a clifftop, but is certainly worth the effort when you reach the secluded setting. Bring along a picnic and watch the sunset for a truly relaxing and romantic experience.

Independent bookshops in Hay on Wye

The small town in Wales, Hay on Wye, is not commonly known of, even though it is a historic hidden gem that is just waiting to be explored! One of the most memorable factors of the tiny town is its array of serene second-hand bookshops. If you are looking for an unknown area that offers an authentic experience with independent eateries and unique shops, a visit to Hay on Wye should certainly be on the cards.

Otterton Mill in Budleigh Salterton

Otterton Mill, Devon

Hidden gems in Devon

Otterton Mill

This historic watermill is the perfect place to stop of for a light refreshment on a wonderful walk in the local area of Budleigh Salterton. Fill up on warming homemade soups, classic Devon cream teas and many other fresh-baked delights that are all made in-house in the historic building that has been milling for over 1000 years! The view on offer includes a running river and the beauty of the wild countryside for long stretches of miles, and Budleigh Beach is nearby if you fancy a stroll along the pebbles.

Hollow Brook Waterfalls

Exmoor is an incredible place that is certainly worth a visit on your trip to Devon; there are many things to see and do, from the infamous Exmoor ponies to the panoramic views from the hilltops. However, one of the most jaw-dropping sights has to be Hollow Brook at Martinhoe. This magnificent waterfall drops a staggering 200m over a horizontal distance of around 400m! This is a photographers dream and will prove to be a sight that you will never forget!


Saltram is a spectacle at all times of the year, however, how that spring has sprung, the secret gardens have really come to life. This is a National Trust area, but is surprisingly unknown! At Saltram you will have the opportunity to head through the gates into the beautifully manicured gardens, to explore the house of historic treasures and enjoy the array of experiences on offer. This can be found just minutes from the busy Plymouth City Centre.

views in the Peak District national park

Peak District

Hidden gems in the Peak District


Eyam is a small town located in the Peak District and is, unfortunately, most commonly known for a breakout of ‘black death’ in 1665. This meant that the village stood still in time and now offers a wonderful experience for visitors to get a real feel for what life would have once been like. Lying above the Eyam Moors (which is a fantastic place to take a wander), the village has buildings dating as far back as the 9th century and the local tea room is a perfect place to hear of many magical stories. Rumour has it that Robin Hood’s sidekick, Little John, is buried in the local churchyard too!


Those who have visited this village have often noted that it is one of the most beautiful villages in the White Peak, with the views into the Mam Tor to match! Locals refer to this area as the ‘Shivering Mountain’, and there are many legends that are tied to this unusual name. Whilst visiting Castleton, one simply must visit Peveril Castle, climbing the steep stone steps to view the mighty Normal ruins that will again transport you back in time.

Bath Gardens, Bakewell

Bakewell is more commonly known for being the originating town of the Bakewell tart, however, what is less commonly known are the beautiful gardens that can be found in the area. These gardens offer a real treat at all times of year with flowers blooming in every season to ensure a colourful display. There is even a bath house that can be enjoyed with views over the vibrant gardens.

These are just a few of the hidden gems available in these versatile and exciting areas. Have you discovered any others on your glamping travels? Let us know on our social channels!

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