30 under-the-radar places everyone should visit in the UK

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Rathlin, Northern Ireland Spumador/Shutterstock The island of Rathlin off the coast of Northern Ireland is crowd-free.

Everyone knows the big-name landmarks in the UK, but there's so much more to the country than Big Ben and Stonehenge.

Did you know that the UK is home to the world's longest hedge maze and a picturesque island where there's a ban on cars? Probably not.

We have compiled a list of lesser-known yet magnificent places and sites that are worth visiting in the country.

Here are our top 30:

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30. Go on a hike in the Peak District to see this Black Clough Beck, a small but beautiful waterfall.

30. Go on a hike in the Peak District to see this Black Clough Beck, a small but beautiful waterfall.

29. Walk amid the stunning ruins of Holyrood Abbey, which was built in 1128, in Edinburgh.

29. Walk amid the stunning ruins of Holyrood Abbey, which was built in 1128, in Edinburgh.

28. Pick up a bunch of flowers at the incredible Columbia Road flower market — open every Sunday — in the London borough of Tower Hamlets.

28. Pick up a bunch of flowers at the incredible Columbia Road flower market — open every Sunday — in the London borough of Tower Hamlets.

27. Take the perfect Instagram photo at Mussenden Temple, which was built to resemble Rome's Temple of Vesta, in Coleraine, Northern Ireland.

27. Take the perfect Instagram photo at Mussenden Temple, which was built to resemble Rome's Temple of Vesta, in Coleraine, Northern Ireland.

26. Swim beside waterfalls in beautifully clear water at the Fairy Pools in the village of Carbost on Scotland's Isle of Skye.

26. Swim beside waterfalls in beautifully clear water at the Fairy Pools in the village of Carbost on Scotland's Isle of Skye.

25. Stroll along Arlington Row, a scenic stretch of cottages that were built in 1380 in the village of Bibury in the Cotswolds.

25. Stroll along Arlington Row, a scenic stretch of cottages that were built in 1380 in the village of Bibury in the Cotswolds.

24. Admire the architecture of Smithfield Market in the City of London, which hosts the largest and oldest meat market in the country.

24. Admire the architecture of Smithfield Market in the City of London, which hosts the largest and oldest meat market in the country.

23. Climb to the top of Crown Point above the town of Burnley, Lancashire, to see (and hear) the Singing Ringing Tree — a musical instrument/sculpture made out of steel pipes that are played by the wind.

23. Climb to the top of Crown Point above the town of Burnley, Lancashire, to see (and hear) the Singing Ringing Tree — a musical instrument/sculpture made out of steel pipes that are played by the wind.

22. Take a walk through nature in Hatfield Forest, Essex.

22. Take a walk through nature in Hatfield Forest, Essex.

21. Have afternoon tea amid over 2,000 species of tropical plants and trees in the centre of London at the Barbican Conservatory. (Remember, you'll need to book afternoon tea in advance, and the conservatory is only open on Sundays.)

21. Have afternoon tea amid over 2,000 species of tropical plants and trees in the centre of London at the Barbican Conservatory. (Remember, you'll need to book afternoon tea in advance, and the conservatory is only open on Sundays.)

20. Explore Dolbadarn Castle — which dates back to the 13th century — in Llanberis in north Wales.

20. Explore Dolbadarn Castle — which dates back to the 13th century — in Llanberis in north Wales.

19. Visit the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir — a traditional Hindu temple in Neasden, northwest London. Each piece of the temple was hand-crafted in India before being transported and built here.

19. Visit the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir — a traditional Hindu temple in Neasden, northwest London. Each piece of the temple was hand-crafted in India before being transported and built here.

18. Look at ancient stone-made furniture at Skara Brae, the site of a Neolithic settlement on the Bay of Skaill in Scotland's Orkney Islands.

18. Look at ancient stone-made furniture at Skara Brae, the site of a Neolithic settlement on the Bay of Skaill in Scotland's Orkney Islands.

17. Watch your step at Giant's Causeway as you walk among stunning patterns of rock that have formed along the coast in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

17. Watch your step at Giant's Causeway as you walk among stunning patterns of rock that have formed along the coast in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

16. Visit St. Michael's Mount, a delightful island off the coast of Cornwall that's topped with a historic castle and church. There's also a cliffside garden that tumbles down to the coast.

16. Visit St. Michael's Mount, a delightful island off the coast of Cornwall that's topped with a historic castle and church. There's also a cliffside garden that tumbles down to the coast.

15. Admire the stunning octagon-shaped ceiling of Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire.

15. Admire the stunning octagon-shaped ceiling of Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire.

14. Get a 360-degree view of Bristol's famous Clifton Suspension Bridge from the Camera Obscura, which is based inside an old windmill.

14. Get a 360-degree view of Bristol's famous Clifton Suspension Bridge from the Camera Obscura, which is based inside an old windmill.

13. Take a row boat on the Thorpeness Meare in Suffolk. It's worth walking around the town of Thorpeness to see its quirky architecture as well.

13. Take a row boat on the Thorpeness Meare in Suffolk. It's worth walking around the town of Thorpeness to see its quirky architecture as well.

12. Ditch your car to visit the island of Herm — where cars aren't permitted — off the coast of Guernsey. The island has picturesque, serene beaches that are perfect for camping.

12. Ditch your car to visit the island of Herm — where cars aren't permitted — off the coast of Guernsey. The island has picturesque, serene beaches that are perfect for camping.

11. Lie on a secluded beach on the beautiful island of St. Agnes in the Isles of Scilly, UK.

11. Lie on a secluded beach on the beautiful island of St. Agnes in the Isles of Scilly, UK.

10. Escape the crowds and head to the remote, picturesque island of Colonsay in the Scottish Inner Hebrides.

10. Escape the crowds and head to the remote, picturesque island of Colonsay in the Scottish Inner Hebrides.

9. Swim in the Victoria Baths in Manchester, which date back to 1906, and were restored after being left vacant for years.

9. Swim in the Victoria Baths in Manchester, which date back to 1906, and were restored after being left vacant for years.

8. Forgo the crowds at Kew Gardens with a visit to the Cambridge University Botanic Garden, which is set across 40 acres with over 8,000 species of plants.

8. Forgo the crowds at Kew Gardens with a visit to the Cambridge University Botanic Garden, which is set across 40 acres with over 8,000 species of plants.

7. Watch the water of Lumsdale Falls pour over rocks into Bentley Brook in the woods near Matlock, Derbyshire.

7. Watch the water of Lumsdale Falls pour over rocks into Bentley Brook in the woods near Matlock, Derbyshire.

6. Weave through the world's longest hedge maze at Wiltshire's Longleat Maze, which measures nearly two miles.

6. Weave through the world's longest hedge maze at Wiltshire's Longleat Maze, which measures nearly two miles.

5. Walk along the sand dunes of Nairn Beach in the Scottish Highlands. You may even spot a dolphin or two while you're there.

5. Walk along the sand dunes of Nairn Beach in the Scottish Highlands. You may even spot a dolphin or two while you're there.

4. Take walks along the coastline on the island of Rathlin off the coast of Ballycastle in County Atrim, Northern Ireland, for gorgeous views.

4. Take walks along the coastline on the island of Rathlin off the coast of Ballycastle in County Atrim, Northern Ireland, for gorgeous views.

3. Avoid the crowds at Stonehenge to see Machrie Moor Stone Circle on the Isle of Arran, Scotland.

3. Avoid the crowds at Stonehenge to see Machrie Moor Stone Circle on the Isle of Arran, Scotland.

2. Walk along 17 miles of nature trails at Westonbirt Arboretum in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, which is home to 15,000 trees from all over the world. Visit in the autumn when the leaves change colour for the best foliage displays.

2. Walk along 17 miles of nature trails at Westonbirt Arboretum in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, which is home to 15,000 trees from all over the world. Visit in the autumn when the leaves change colour for the best foliage displays.

1. Hop on a boat to see the exquisite basalt columns of Fingal's Cave on the Scottish island of Staffa. The 270-foot-deep cave's rock formations give it an ethereal feel.

1. Hop on a boat to see the exquisite basalt columns of Fingal's Cave on the Scottish island of Staffa. The 270-foot-deep cave's rock formations give it an ethereal feel.
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