Best UK Tourist Board WebsitesPosted: 2009-06-15
I don't always have complimentary things to say about official tourist board websites in the UK. All too frequently unofficial travel and tourism websites, not encumbered by bureaucracy or committee management, do a better job of presenting useful information about an area. However, I must give credit where credit is due; some official tourist boards do a good job. Here are ten of my favourite official tourism websites.
Sites are listed alphabetically by county or region name.
Argyll, the Isles, Loch Lomond, and Stirling - Visit Scottish Heartlands. Perhaps not the most intuitive grouping of regions under one umbrella, yet the Scottish Heartlands website does a nice job detailing what to see in the very large area it covers. Nice details of all the major towns and villages throughout the region.
Cumbria / Lake District - Go Lakes. A bit heavy on the accommodation side of things, but still a useful website. One nice feature is that users can create and print out their own personalised brochure.
Highlands - Visit Highlands. Covers a very large area, with lots of useful info. One nice touch is a sidebar of Useful Publications which lists OS maps covering the area that each page talks about.
Kent - Visit Kent. One of the really interesting features at Visit Kent is Kent TV, a virtual television channel about the county.
Lincolnshire - Visit Lincolnshire. One of my favourites, Visit Lincolnshire features a nice set of photo galleries including historic images, and a nifty Trip Planner feature that lets you create itineraries.
North Wales - Attractions North Wales. Just lots of useful information on places to go and attractions to see in Snowdonia, Anglesey, and the rest of North Wales.
Shropshire - Shropshire Tourism. The more I dig through this website, the more I find. There's a nice 'Shropshire Anniversaries' feature of people and places celebrating historic anniversaries during this year.
Skye and Lochalsh - Skye.co.uk. Covering the Isle of Skye and Lochalsh on the mainland, this site is full of useful info and photos that will make you sigh wistfully (or is that just me?)
Somerset - Visit Somerset. Very good attractions features, suggested itineraries, and a really cool Heritage Touring Map that is like a London Underground map with different themed, colour-coded routes.
Yorkshire - Yorkshire.com. A nice feature is a visitor review centre where you can read reviews of travel experiences that other visitors to Yorkshire have created.
Now, hopefully, you can find a lot of useful information right here on the Britain Express website, but obviously no one website can hope to do justice to every wonderful corner of the UK, or provide the exact information that you need in every circumstance. So if you find yourself at a loss, perhaps one of the websites above will prove useful. In an upcoming post I'll look at some of my favourite unofficial tourism guides.