Most welcoming towns and cities in the UK – top ‘picturesque’ spot has ‘unique character’

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Travel booking site, Booking.com has discovered the most welcoming towns and cities in the UK for staycations. It used more than 232 million reviews to find the best spot.

The most welcoming spot in the UK was the picturesque town of Enniskillen in Northern Ireland.

Booking.com said: “Rich in history and surrounded with picturesque scenery, watersides and natural beauty, Enniskillen is one of the largest towns in County Fermanagh, located almost exactly in the centre of Northern Ireland.

“Serving as the ideal base to explore the wonderful charm of County Fermanagh, guests will not be disappointed by the range of places to visit and experience.

“From the many impressive castles and museums to tasteful galleries and cosy cafes, you will be able to sense Enniskillen’s unique character everywhere you go.”

County Fermanagh is famous for its 17th century castle ruins which tourists can visit on a trip to Enniskillen.

In 2019, the Northern Irish town was described as one of the best places to live in the UK.

The second most welcoming spot on Booking.com’s list was the enchanting town of Kirkwall in Orkney.

Booking.com said: “Experience over 10,000 years of history with a visit to Kirkwall, Orkney.

“Set in the Orkney Islands off of Scotland’s north coast, Kirkwall is a busy town full of character and rich with ancient Norse and Viking history.

“Visitors can enjoy some of the most spectacular landscapes in the UK, embracing the fresh Orkney air and find comfort in never being short of things to do, with the friendly locals helping travellers feel immediately at home.

“So, whether it’s a cultural escape in Viking heritage or an adventure out in the wilderness experiencing local wildlife and fantastic walks, this beautiful town has an abundance on offer.”

The Scottish town’s name comes from the Norse word ‘Kirkjuvagr’ which means ‘Church on the bay’.

The third most welcoming spot in the UK was the exciting town of Ballycastle in County Antrim.

Booking.com said: “The well-loved and charming town of Ballycastle is situated in County Antrim, surrounded by outstanding natural beauty including multiple forests, lakes, glens and ancient rocks.

“The quaint town is the perfect place for a relaxing break, within reach of sandy beaches, Dunluce Castle, the Giant’s Causeway and whiskey distilleries to explore.

“Ballycastle is rich in history, with over 50 listed buildings, and famous for the 17th century old Ould Lammas Fair, which celebrates harvest.”

The town has also become popular with Game of Thrones fans due to its proximity to several film sites.

The fourth most welcoming spot was Frome in Somerset which Booking.com said was “a town full of charm”.

Frome is known for its thriving art and food scene and is leading the way with an anti-loneliness scheme with share shops and co-working spaces.

Most welcoming spots in the UK (Booking.com)

  1. Enniskillen
  2. Kirkwall
  3. Ballycastle
  4. Frome
  5. Lerwick
  6. Wick
  7. Bushmills
  8. Newcastle
  9. Glastonbury
  10. Kelso

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