Booking.com Reveals Most Welcoming Cities in the UK to Keep Inspiring Your Wanderlust
Even amidst a year of uncertainty and untold challenges for the entire travel industry, 2020 proved the world is still full of amazing hospitality and great hosts ready to provide people with incredible travel experiences. With a mission to make it easier for everyone to experience the world, whether it’s far away from home or just around the corner, Booking.com connects travellers with great travel providers and experiences across the globe.
Based on the share of properties receiving one of its Traveller Review Award in 2021, Booking.com reveals the most welcoming cities in the UK, as well as some suggestions for places to stay from among the 2021 award winners, so travellers can experience the best in hospitality and friendliness whenever it’s safe again to do so.*
Enniskillen, County Fermanagh
Located almost exactly in the centre of Northern Ireland, Enniskillen is rich in history and surrounded with picturesque scenery, watersides and natural beauty. 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 and special atmosphere everywhere you go.
Where to stay: After a long day of exploring, guests should check in to Lough Erne Resort to unwind and relax. This 5-star luxury resort boasts 2 championship golf courses, a Thai spa, an infinity pool, and all rooms include luxurious furnishings and offer lake views. What’s more? The surrounding 400 acres of grounds including walking and jogging trails, so guests can take full advantage of its stunning setting.
Fort Augustus, Highlands
Situated on the most southern tip of Loch Ness on the Great Glen Way, this historic and scenic hamlet offers jaw-dropping views and is a much visited destination. Seen as a paradise for avid walkers and cyclists, due to its many stunning routes and how it overlooks Loch Ness, Fort Augustus is not short on beauty or heritage. The wonderful countryside can be viewed in all its glory whilst cruising down Loch Ness (and trying to spot the famous monster of course!)
Where to stay: Overlooking the locks, the cosy Lock Chambers offers an ideal central location and even welcomes your four legged friends. With modern design and comfortable settings, this property is ideal for those that are keen to explore Fort Augustus by foot or bike, with vast storage facilities also available.
Set in the Orkney Islands off of Scotland’s north coast, Kirkwall is rich with ancient Norse history. The friendly locals will make travellers feel immediately at home, with their relaxed island lifestyle. Visitors can enjoy some of the most spectacular landscapes in the UK, embrace the fresh Orkney air and find comfort in never being short of things to do. 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 to offer.
Where to stay: On Kirkwall’s historic waterfront, enjoy a peaceful night’s stay at The Shore. Guests can experience traditional Orkney hospitality here, with this accommodation rated very highly for its helpful and welcoming staff. This property also works with local businesses to provide the most fresh ingredients for its restaurant as well as local ales and whiskies.
There’s no place like Frome in this charming Somerset market town. Frome’s thriving art and food scenes can be truly experienced on the first Sunday of every month when the entire town transforms into a giant market, celebrating Frome’s heritage. Travellers can take a stroll down the picturesque cobbled lanes, wander through the independent shops, visit a cosy cafe or even stop off for a much needed drink in one of its many quirky pubs.
Where to stay: Built all the way back in 1604, Rook Lane House’s guests have reviewed this property as a home away from home. This boutique stay boasts character through its warm, welcoming staff and comfortable rooms. Ideally located and just a short walk from the centre, Rook Lane also offers locally-sourced produce for its freshly cooked food to order.
Douglas, Isle of Man
The capital of the Isle of Man is not one to miss, located at the mouth of the River Douglas. The Isle of Man is known as the gem of the Irish Sea, particularly for its rolling hills, natural beauty and quirky attractions. Explore the views on a horse-drawn tram along the promenade on Douglas Bay, or visit the Great Union Camera Obscura which provides panoramic views through its clever use of mirrors.
Where to stay: Located on the Isle of Man, in Douglas’s Marina, Waterfront Apartments is only a stone’s throw away from the bay and hence highly rated for its location. Guests can kick back in this self-catered property and enjoy some peace and quiet whilst also having reassurance that they are only a short walk away from all the action!
*Methodology: The “Most Welcoming Cities in the UK’: Destinations had to have at least 50 eligible accommodations to be included in this list and were sorted by the highest share of winners per destination.ommodations to be included in this overview.