Sometimes we want to fall right through our phone screens and land in the beautiful scenes depicted, whether on swipey Instagram posts, Reels or TikToks. Wondering which spots are worth the visit? Holiday cottage company Wheelwrights has analysed TikTok data to reveal England’s most popular attractions, with a focus on National Parks. Here are the best spots to visit in England on your next adventure.
TikTok’s Favourite Spots To Visit In England
The UK is home to a plethora of National Parks, with a whopping 10 percent of England occupied by these pretty, verdant areas. From Northumberland all the way down to South Downs, you’re never too far from a protected natural landscape in England. So what sets one apart from another? The attractions within their boundaries, of course. With over 100 special spots to visit across England’s 10 national parks, here’s where to start.
1. Chatsworth House, Peak District
‘Taking the top spot for the most popular national park attraction in England is Chatworth house in the Peak District, raking in a whopping 22 million views for videos with the hashtag #chatworthhouse,’ says Wheelwrights. ‘Videos of the Grade I listed property and its 105-acre garden on TikTok show its grand beauty steeped with a long and royal history, including Mary Queen of Scots being held captive in the house. The house was also famously used as a set in Pride and Prejudice, with the bust of Mr Darcy still on display.’
@inaas_17 the beauty of chatsworth house is literally jaw dropping. it is absolutely STUNNING #prideandprejudice #prideandprejudice2005 #chatsworth #chatsworthhouse #mrdarcy #elizabethbennet #janeausten #austen #pemberley #aesthetic #prideandprejudicetok ♬ sonido original – emilia
2. Gaping Gill, Yorkshire Dales
‘One of the largest underground chambers in Britain, Gaping Gill in the Dales is an extensive collection of caves 100 metres below the Marshland,’ says Wheelwrights. ‘Usually only accessible to cavers, there are two weeks of the year when members of the public can be lowered into the caves to see the wonders below. Home to the tallest unbroken waterfall in England, the cave is quite the hit on TikTok, racking up 17.8 million views on videos with the hashtag #gapinggill.’
@thereluctantexplorers The Gaping Gill winch… one for the #yorkshiredales #bucketlist – Takes place May & August 2023. See more – thereluctantexplorers.com #gapinggill ♬ Sail – AWOLNATION
3. Ullswater, Lake District
‘Third place with 8 million TikTok views is Ullswater in the Lake District,’ says Wheelwrights. ‘The second largest lake in England at 7.5 miles long, this gorgeous body of water inspired William Wordsworth’s poem Daffodils and was also the location of the famous land speed record break in 1955. Today, the natural beauty and history of the lake attracts visitors from all over the world.’
@rachaelstephensonphoto Insta: @rachaelsmostlyoutside #ullswater #lakedistrict_uk #lakedistrict #sunrise #vanlifeuk #microcamper #vanviews #homeiswhereyouparkit #fyp #fy ♬ The Journey – Sol Rising
4. Pennywell Farm, Dartmoor
Over to Buckfastleigh, Devon, to experience Pennywell Farm, which is perched 600 feet above sea level with views over Dartmoor National Park. Home to over 150 animals – including Pennywell’s miniature pigs, which are the stars of the show – visitors can enjoy a range of activities, including animal encounters, tractor rides, pig racing, goat milking, pond dipping, and much more.
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5. Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland
The tragically felled Sycamore Gap tree recently made headlines, situated beside Hadrian’s Wall, a Roman defence wall that stretches across the north of England, from the Irish Sea to the North Sea. It was the north-west frontier of the Roman Empire for nearly 300 years, and remains a popular tourist attraction today as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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6. Helvellyn, Lake District
A stone’s throw from our number three spot, Ullswater, Helvellyn is a Lake District mountain perched between Thirlmere and Ullswater lakes. Known for its stunning vantage point, it is the third-highest point both in England and in the Lake District, with a height of 3,117 ft. While mountain hikes are popular and commonplace today, Helvellyn was one of the earliest fells to prove popular with walkers – including William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who both lived nearby.
@th3_drone_guy The views up Helvellyn are unreal!! 950m high you can see most of the lake district ⛰️ #dji #adventure #lakedistrict #helvellyn #stridingedge #stridingedgehelvellyn #drone #views #fyp #mountains #djiofficial #redtarn ♬ original sound – visuallife
7. Robin Hood’s Bay and Beach, North York Moors
This picturesque village is perched on the North Yorkshire Coast, and forms part of the North York Moors. The village’s upper section towers atop the cliffs, while the lower section is situated at the base. It is home to a maze of narrow streets, with a vast open beach and rugged coastline.
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8. Malham Cove, Yorkshire Dales
Nearby, this stunning natural limestone formation attracts a plethora of visitors every year. A large curved limestone cliff at the head of a valley – with a vertical face about 260 ft high – Malham Cove is the remnant of an ancient waterfall, which carved a path through the rock to carry meltwater from glaciers at the end of the last ice age, more than 12,000 years ago. Today, it’s extremely popular with hikers and bird watchers, who can catch a glimpse of the peregrine falcons that call Malham Cove their home.
@sarah_walking_ Malham Cove Loop via Janets Foss and Gordale Scar. Absolute must if you are in the Yorkshire Dales 🌳 #yorkshire #malhamcove #harrypotter #deathlyhallows #hiking #hiketok #walking #swim #wild #nature #adventure #bestfriend #fyp ♬ Au Revoir – Sweet After Tears
9. Ladybower Reservoir, Peak District
Visitors love walking and cycling around this y-shaped artificial reservoir located in the Upper Derwent Valley. There are lots of interesting landmarks around the reservoir, which was formed by flooding two villages: Derwent and Ashopton. Beautiful panoramic views are a given.
@petite.blondine A great all-year-round walk #peakdistrict #derbyshire #uk #uktravel #walking #ukwalks #england #childfriendly #walks #visitengland #fypシ #travel ♬ ADCT – MORGAN
10. Wistman’s Wood, Dartmoor
For a mystical spot, look no further than Dartmoor’s Wistman’s Wood, which is one of the highest oakwoods in Britain and a site of Special Scientific Interest. Moss and lichen-covered rocks flood the floor, with mysterious, gnarled trees all around, creating an eerie vibe. In fact, legend stretches back into history claiming Wistman’s Wood is home to ghosts, fairies and goblins.
@ernestdekat Fairytale forest, England 🇬🇧 #wistmanswood #england #nature #cornwall ♬ Idea 22 – Gibran Alcocer
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