10 hidden gems every UK student should visit


Earlier this month, we ran a photography competition on Instagram to find out where the UK’s best gems are hidden. Three weeks and countless snaps later, we’re celebrating English Tourism Week by sharing our top entries from across the UK. These ten treasures are worth ticking off your bucket list...

1. Shetland Isles, Scotland

Posted by tvealevisuals

“The rarely visited isle of Shetland is a quiet and secluded place full of amazing scenery. Shetland is perfect to chill out and undertake hobbies such as fishing, and at the right time of year, even killer whale watching! A visit to the isle is sure to leave you relaxed as well as stunned at the surrounding natural beauty.”

2. Lake District, Cumbria

Lake District

Posted by fantongtong

“On mountainous greens and spots of brown
Of fallen snow in cobbles and cracks
Where only a few will dare to tread
This is my favourite place off the beaten track
It is so easy to get caught up in the bustle of the city but nature holds so much treasure just waiting for us to discover. Everyone should take some time off to feed their soul with the mountains and the hills that this hiking trail has to offer.”

3. Formby Beach, Merseyside

Formby Beach

Posted by aimeeandtea

“Not far from Formby train station is the UK's longest stretch of sand dunes surrounded by pine forest and squirrels. Best place in the country for BBQs.”

4. St Dunstan-in-the-East, London

St Dunstan

Posted by xinnnerz

“Gothic church ruin hidden in the skyscraper-studded City of London.” 

5. Marchwood Wrecks, New Forest

Marchwood Wrecks

Posted by protrainedidiot

“Part of the incredible Mulberry Harbour, these wrecks have a major place in history. Since they were a crucial part of the D-Day landings, without this temporary concrete harbour, history may have turned out differently. The concrete floating harbour - and a few wood and steel wrecks that assisted them - sit on the Marchwood shore. Today, the wrecks sit abandoned and isolated across the water from one of the busiest UK ports, Southampton. When you read up about the Harbour and its importance, it makes you staggered to see it reduced to rust, rotting wood and crumbling concrete.”

6. The Minack Theatre, Cornwall


Posted by poempoet

“Can’t wait to be back at Minack Theatre later this year. Beautiful walk along the South West Coastal Path only a couple of hours of headlands and hills from Land’s End. Just enough time to catch the sun and clear your head in the fresh air.”

7. Dartmoor National Park, Devon


Posted by megan__wall

“Dartmoor National Park, most beautiful scenery and wildlife.”

8. Loch Shiel, Scotland

Loch Shiel

Posted by sophiee_webster:

“View over Loch Shiel which stretches 17.5 miles and is 120m deep. It is also the view point for the Glenfinnan Monument, a tribute to those who fought in the Jacobite Rising, as well as the location of the Glenfinnan Viaduct, where the Hogwarts Express was filmed for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.”

9. Piece Hall, Halifax

Piece Hall

Posted by beki_hughes:

“Definitely a hidden gem! Lived near Halifax all my life and took me 26 years to know about it, such a beautiful sight a night with a lovely Gin Bar.”

10. South Bank, London

South Bank

Posted by meggrace1993

“The cultural scene at the London South Bank is amazing, and the street art is simply fantastic. There’s a real buzz watching the skateboarders do their thing, but the vibrant colours are an absolute must see.”

Missed the competition deadline but got some snaps to share?

You can still post your English Tourism Week images on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using the official English Tourism Week hashtags #ETW18 and #BigTweetend. We’d love to see more of your pictures, so don’t forget to tag Liberty Living!