VisitBritain Presents Sustainable Experiences, Accommodations, and Food in Britain Take in the Nature
Whether you’re in the city or out exploring the country-side, there are plenty of ways to take in the natural beauty of Britain. Visit one of our lovely Urban Greenspaces, or get lost in the stars at one of our International Dark Sky reserves.
Urban Green Spaces
- Castlefield Viaduct Manchester, England – Reconnect with nature at Manchester’s natural urban haven, a former industrial railway bridge turned public park, prompting NYC’s The Highline comparisons.
- Camden Market Buck Street London, England – Explore the UK’s first dedicated market for the conscious consumer, featuring an array of sustainable food brands, as well as a wide variety of ethical fashion and retail traders.
Stargazing at International Dark Sky Reserves
- Exmoor Dark Skies FestivalSomerset, England (13-29 October) – Join in a celebration of conservation and natural beauty during the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival. The park puts on 50 events including owl experiences, wildlife Land Rover dusk safaris, talks with astronomers, and star-filled night hikes.
- Elan Valley International Dark Sky ParkPowys, Wales – Explore 45,000 acres of lush Welsh landscape with a dazzling display of stars after dark, made possible by light pollution prevention measures.
- Galloway Forest ParkCreebridge, Scotland – Delight year-round in shimmering Scottish skies and lush forested glens at Galloway Forest Park, named a Gold Tier park for its breathtaking and rare stargazing conditions.
Eating out shouldn’t cost the earth. Whether your restaurant sources its food locally or boasts a Michelin Green Star, we take you on a tour of British restaurants that exceed high sustainability standards.
- Native at BrownsLondon, England – Explore a menu full of ethical and sustainable delights, featuring foraged ingredients and touting zero-waste practices.
- WilsonsBristol, England – Sourcing ingredients from its two-acre smallholding, as well as from growers and traders using ethical and low-impact methods, enjoy highly-seasonal cuisine at Wilsons.
- ChaptersHay-on-Wye, Wales – The set menu changes every six weeks at this cosy Welsh restaurant. Locally sourced, hyper-seasonal and attractively presented dishes deliver original flavors.
- HaarSt Andrews, Scotland – Discover an ethical fine dining experience that brings sustainability to the table, from their ingredients to their eco-friendly interior construction materials.
From lavish spas with clifftop hot tubs to sumptuous country house hotels, when it comes to being eco-friendly there’s no need to scrimp on comfort. Check out, then check-in for some of Britain’s green and pleasant places to stay.
- Treehouse Hotel London, England – This playful hotel in a vibrant London neighborhood features a strict composting and recycling scheme. Single-use plastics are limited and second life products such as glassware made from old wine bottles are showcased all around the property. A biophilic wall on the top floor benefits the environment by improving air quality.
- Heckfield Place Hampshire, England – Traverse 400-acres of secluded countryside featuring eco-technology such as motion sensor lighting, rainwater harvesting and bio-dynamic agriculture techniques. Its kitchen gardens and orchards provide estate-grown ingredients for their on-site restaurants.
- Crashpad Lodges Yr Helfa, Wales – This petite farmhouse is big on escape, located at the foothills of Mount Snowdon and powered by its own off-grid renewable energy source.
- Eagle Brae Inverness, Scotland – Located in the verdant Scottish Highlands and committed to sustainability, Eagle Brae has its own micro-hydro scheme that provides electricity and hot water to all cabins, while biomass burners provide heating throughout. Water is sourced from an underground supply and treated on-site. Guests are invited to plant a tree on the property to offset the carbon output of their journey to Eagle Brae.