Lesser Known Places to Stay in the UK

Somewhere Unique to Stay on Your Travels?

That title question isn’t rhetorical – are you currently looking for some lesser known places to stay in the UK as you make your way around the United Kingdom, but perhaps a little fed up with staying in your everyday, average hotel? Do you fancy something a little different from the rather predictable norm?

If you answered yes to our questions, then you have definitely come to the right place, friend! We’ve been looking out for the more unusual places to stay for some time now, ever since we got a bit tired of staying in the same old places every time we went for a weekend away.

We feel that the place you stay should be every bit as interesting as the city or town you’ve gone to visit, so we decided to start collating some of the better locations. Now we’re sharing those lesser known places to stay in the UK with you, you lucky, lucky guys. Enjoy!

Lesser Known Places to Stay in the UK

Places to Stay in the UK

Castle Snug in Edinburgh

The Castle Snug in Edinburgh

Only about 200 metres away from the more famous of Edinburgh’s castles (known as er… Edinburgh Castle), the Castle Snug is a rather more subdued affair.

It was formerly the home of a James Boswell, and has been stayed in by a number of esteemed individuals, including Dr Samuel Johnson (the dictionary guy).

It’s set inside James’ Court, which dates back around 400 years, and proudly shows off the original, exposed stone walls and a beautiful cedarwood ceiling. Edinburgh It’s a great place for a nice romantic getaway, relaxing in the leather seats as dinner simmers away on the cast iron stove.

Portmeirion Village

The Cottages of Portmeirion Village

Portmeirion is a lovely little village, almost like a slice of the Italian riviera was plonked down in Wales one summer’s day, and was the brainchild of the wonderful architect, Mr Clough Williams-Ellis.

With bounteous beautiful beaches, colorful homes and gorgeous sights galore, it’s a fantastic place to spend a long weekend, which makes it fortunate that there are plenty of cottages to stay in! Cliff House offers up some pretty spectacular views, the Chantry overlooks the entire village, and White Horses sits on the waterfront – you’re spoiled for choice!

Chocolate Boutique Hotel in Bournemouth

The Chocolate Boutique Hotel in Bournemouth

Man oh man is this the absolute dream location for any chocoholic! Located nicely within Bournemouth’s most fashionable Soho Quarter, the Chocolate Boutique Hotel is a Grade II listed building housing just thirteen bedrooms. This is no bad thing – it gives the place a charming, homely and intimate feel, and quality is always superior to quantity is what we say!

Each and every bedroom shares a similar theme, and that theme is (yep, you guessed it) chocolate! They all house some fantastic furnishings and décor, with super comfy beds just waiting for you to jump right in. Voted one of the six best novelty hotels on the planet by the Sunday Times Travel mag, it is the only chocolate-themed hotel in the world, and they sure take their passion seriously – just book yourself into one of their truffle-making workshops to see for yourself!

We hope you enjoy these lesser known places to stay in the UK. Also, we encourage you to check out this awesome infographic on the Denbighshire area.

5 Quirky Places in the UK

Some of my favorite places and attractions I remember from my travels are not the most famous ones that are high on every “must-visit” list online, but the small and quirky places that most guides don’t even bother to mention.

While many travelers only pay attention to the most famous attractions, there are many quirky attractions that give value for money in the UK August holidays which most people don’t even know about. Here are five awesome quirky places to visit in the UK this summer …

Mother Shipton’s Cave

5 Quirky Places in the UK

5 Quirky Places in the UK

This cave contains a well (named the Petrifying Well) with such high mineral content in the water that it turns everything in its path into stone.

It leaves behind mineral deposits that build up over time and form a crust of new rock: you can see shoes, teddy bears, a hat belonging to John Wayne and Agatha Christie’s handbag hanging from the rock face, all with a thick rock crust around them.

Where: Prophecy Lodge, Harrogate Rd, High Bridge, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire
When: Daily in April – October between 10am and 5.30pm. Only on weekends in February and March.

Phone Box Museum

Definitely one of the smallest museums in the world, the phone box museum in Wales, is exactly what it sounds like: a small museum inside a red phone box on the side of the road. The phone box is a tiny gallery dedicated to a local photographer Tom Matthias who lived very close to the phone box.

Where: It’s located just outside of Cilgerran at the junction of Garnon’s Mill Road.
When: 24/7

The Kinema in the Woods

If you’re a sucker for all things retro and nostalgic, you will fall head over heels for this little cinema. The Kinema is a traditional 20’s cinema showing all the latest flicks, complete with intermissions, old-fashioned paper cinema tickets, a lovely sweets counter and a Compton organ that plays during the intervals (coming up out of the stage floor).

Where: Coronation Road, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire
When: It’s open whenever there is a movie showing (check their movies and book online here). The box office opens approximately 15 minutes before the showings.

Blackpool Model Village

A favorite among kids, this miniature village transports you back to bygone days where imaginary stories unfold before your eyes in each of the 40+ village scenes. It’s a great choice of entertainment in the August bank holiday and you also get a quiz to fill in while walking around which gives hints and clues to things in the villages you otherwise would have missed.

Where: East Park Drive Stanley Park, Blackpool, Lancashire
When: March to October, daily from 10am. Price for an adult is £6.95.

Smallest House in Great Britain

From one small attraction to another, a tiny red house in Conwy, Wales, is famous for being the country’s smallest house (once a whole family lived there!). The last resident who lived there was a fisherman called Robert Jones, who at 6”3 understandably struggled to live in the tiny house which surprisingly had two stories.

He was forced to move out in 1900 when the local council declared the house unfit for human dwelling. For 75p you can enter the house and look around.

Where: The Quay Conwy LL32 8BB
When: April – Oct: Mon-Sat 10am to 5.30pm. Sun 11am to 4pm

One Response to Lesser Known Places to Stay in the UK

  1. Catherine January 30, 2014 at 11:51 am #

    Woah, a chocolate hotel, that sounds amazing! Going to have to look into this…