Travellers visiting the UK for the first time normally follow a set route; a few days in London, a quick visit to the colleges in Oxford or Cambridge, a detour to Bath to see the Roman Bath’s and Stonehenge. Then it’s a straight journey north via York to Edinburgh. And although all of these cities are great places to hang out for a few days, there are cities that will provide you with a much more British experience; allowing you to escape the stereotypical tourist route and see Britain through the eyes of a local.

Brighton (South East)– It’s probably the coolest place to hangout for fashionista’s after Brick Lane in London. Spend your morning wandering through Brighton’s maze of streets (known as The Lanes) shopping for vintage gems and kitch souvenirs. Grab lunch in one of Brighton’s many cool local café’s before heading to the famous and unusual Royal Pavilion for a photo opportunity. Finish your afternoon by the pebbly beach, eating candy floss and riding the big wheel before heading out for a memorable night on the town.

The Lake District (Mid West) – Having spent my family holidays here as a child, maybe I’m a little biased but I honestly think the Lake District is one of the most beautiful places on earth. If you like mountain climbing, biking or water based activities it’s one of the best places to hang out and increase you’re adrenalin levels. But if extreme sports aren’t your thing, you can’t deny you wouldn’t enjoy sitting in one of many tradition café’s on the lake front enjoying the view to take high tea (scones, cream and jam accompanied by a good cup of tea) indulging in classic British literature written by William Wordsworth or Beatrix Potter, both locals to the region.

Whitby (North East)– Okay so we’re not famous for our great summer weather but Whitby is a traditional British holiday destination with one of the most traditional British atmosphere’s I’ve ever experienced. Eat freshly cooked fish and chips in their newspaper wrapping from the famous Magpie restaurant/takeaway, walk up the 199 steps to St Mary’s church and take in the costal view too see what inspired Bram Stoker to write Dracula. Cruise the coast on one of many boat trips before spending the rest of your time on the beach, just don’t forget a donkey ride and you’re bucket and spade!

Liverpool (North West) – It’s a well known fact that you just can’t beat northern hospitality! A night out in Liverpool is certainly an eye opening experience but the party scene is second to none and has something to please everyone. Get involved in a slice of Beatlemania by visiting the memorabilia-filled dockside museum before popping into the Tate, the famous art gallery, for a final afternoon of refined British culture.

So now I’ve shared my favourite home destinations, where are the best places to hang out where you’re from?