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The Cornish attractions among the top five most searched for places in the UK

The Cornish attractions among the top five most searched for places in the UK

Published by Helen Down at 1:47pm 26th June 2020. (Updated at 6:05pm 27th June 2020)

Photos courtesy of Hallam Thrive Online/Shutterstock

Two out of the five most searched for places in the UK are right here in Cornwall.

Figures reveal Google searches for staycations are up by more than 200% in contrast to last year.

This follow the most recent announcement earlier this week on June 23 from Boris Johnson that pubs, restaurants, and hotels can re-open on July 4.

Now some of the most popular hotspots that we can travel to, that feel like being abroad have been highlighted.

Keep scrolling to find out which European locations the Minack Theatre and St Michael's Mount have been compared to.

Durdle Door, Dorset (or Algarve, Portugal?)

Average UK monthly searches: 83,000

Located on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, Durdle Door's natural limestone arch looks very much like the one you’d find on the popular Portuguese beach.

The arch’s origins date back millions of years, with the rocks initially formed 150 million years ago, before being contorted into the arch we know today, 40 million years ago.

Durdle Door Algarve

Portmeirion, Wales (or Varenna, Italy?)

Average UK monthly searches: 81,000

Over 200,000 people flock to this north Wales town every year, specifically because of its Italian feel. When you’re there, make sure to immerse yourself in the architectural heritage, and visit the sub-tropical gardens, and authentic Italian style gelateria.

There are also several hotels and self-catering cottages available if you’d prefer to spend the night.

Visit during the summer months, and you’ll feel like you’re holidaying in a tranquil Italian town, without having to fork out the cost of flights!

Porthmeiron or Varenna Italy

Minack Theatre, Cornwall (or is it a Greek theatre?)

Average UK monthly searches: 43,000

Admittedly, this open-air theatre is much more modern than its Greek equivalent (it was created in 1931 specifically to host Shakespeare’s The Tempest).

Perched on the cliffs, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, if you visit in the summer you can often watch one of the many musicals, operas or dramas that take place.

Minack theatre St Michel mount

St Michael's Mount, Cornwall (or France?)

Average UK monthly searches: 37,000

St. Michael’s Mount is set back in Mount Bay, and is home to the castle that the St. Aubyn family has called home, since the 17th century.

Only 30 people live in the village right now, but if you book onto a guided tour, you can hear all about the families who lived there previously; and explore the buildings as you learn about the important part they’ve played in the castle’s history.

St Michael's Mount or St Michel Mont

Northern Lights - Isle of Skye, Scotland (or is it Lapland?)

Average UK monthly searches (for Northern Lights Scotland): 6,700

Northern Scotland is on the same latitude as both Nunivak Island in Alaska, and Stavanger in Norway, which is why it’s the perfect place to view the Aurora Borealis.

In fact, there are multiple Scottish destinations where you can catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.

These include Aberdeenshire and the Moray Coast, Inverness, Shetland, Orkney, and even the coast of Fife.

Northern Lights Isle of Skye

"The benefits of a staycation in Britain are numerous - it’s more sustainable, much more accessible and there are some hidden gems that make up our beautifully diverse country. 

"The true benefit is visiting rural Britain and enjoying a quiet staycation away from the crowds. All we need to rely on is the “great” British weather." 

Megan Allen. Editor, The Rural Travel Guide

"'There are many psychological benefits that we can derive from a travel experience. 

"The most obvious ones is that it allows us to relax, boost our self-confidence, and shift our perspectives.

"However, despite these benefits, some people can also find travelling abroad to be stressful, with a lot of preparations to consider such as getting visas and other necessary documents, and what the weather will be like. 

"Holidaying in the UK is a great way to enjoy the benefits of travelling and experience what a new place can offer."

Dennis Relojo-Howell, founder of psychology website Psychreg



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