The Best National Parks in the UK ~ A Great Outdoor Guide

No matter where you are in the UK, you won’t be too far away from some spectacular scenery. It is home to 15 national parks, each one packed with picturesque views you have to see for yourself. But where do you start?

From the rugged Welsh coastline to the Dales up north, this is your guide to the most beautiful national parks in the UK.

Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

Home of the Yorkshire Three Peaks, historic villages, and breathtaking waterfalls. Discover some of the best places Northern England has to offer. You’ll have to make several trips to see it all.

South Downs National Park, England

Here you can see rugged coastlines against chalk hills. You’ll be treated to some of the best views the southeast of England has to offer. It’s easy to get there, as it’s only a short train ride if you’re travelling from Chichester  

Snowdonia National Park, Wales

You can climb Mount Snowdown, the tallest mountain in Wales, and take in some truly breathtaking sights. You’ll feel like you’ve travelled out of northwest Wales and straight into Middle Earth.

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Wales

You can find your happy place. Whether you want to stroll to watch the sunset or dive into wild waves – there is something for everyone. It’s easy to discover the magic of the west Welsh coastline. 

Peak District National Park, England

When you visit the Peak District you can find some of the most quintessentially British countryside. Allow yourself to take in all the nature by camping out here. 

North York Moors National Park, England

It isn’t surprising that the North York Moors inspired so much literature. There is so much history to these legendary landscapes. You’ll have to come and discover them for yourself.

Northumberland National Park, England

Discover the wild side of Northern England in Northumberland National Park. It’s one of the least populated on this list so keep your eyes peeled to spot some of the local creatures.

New Forest National Park, England

New Forest National Park

If you’re looking for one of the more family-friendly parks, New Forest is the one. From Peppa Pig World to wildlife walks and a zoo – there is something for the whole family to enjoy.

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Parks, Scotland

This is a special part of Scotland. You won’t find a bigger lake in the whole of Britain. Whether you want to brave the rugged countryside yourself or take in all it from the comfort of a cruise – you’ll be taken aback by this majestic park.

Lake District National Park, England

This a beloved treasure of Northern England. With its charming villages, magnificent mountains and – of course – the lovely lakes, you’ll find yourself smitten within minutes. 

Exmoor National Park, England

This is one of the best walking locations in Europe. People from all walks of life love it here: from wandering in wildlife to enjoying a spot of cream tea. No matter your pace, discover your perfect place.

Dartmoor National Park, England

Here you can enjoy the heart of Devon. Whether you glamp or cosy up in a cottage, you’ll find yourself feeling right at home in time. There’ll be so many iconic landscapes waiting for you.

Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

Whether you want a challenging walk or gentle ramble, you’ll find the right route in this incredible part of Scotland. No matter which way you go, you’ll be amazed by the seriously impressive mountain landscapes. 

The Broads National Park, England

The best way to discover the Broads is by boat. This charming part of the southern England countryside lets you sit back, relax, and revel in nature. 

Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales

No matter the weather, you’re always guaranteed a fantastic time in the Brecon Beacons. From underground adventures to stargazing, prepare yourself to enjoy some Welsh wonderment.

Definitely stay here when you go to the Brecon Beacons!


There is so much to explore in the UK. Which would you name as the best national park in Britain?

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