11 Of The Best UK Staycations
Posted on July 26 2019
11 of the Best UK Staycations
Yes it's true that long-haul holidays hold their appeal, but there is something so satisfying about getting in your car or boarding the train on a Friday after work for a weekend away in the UK. From the cracking coastline of Cornwall to the breathtaking views the Scottish Highlands have to offer, we rounded up our top 11 places you can visit for the best British staycation.
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Of course the UK's capital has to be featured on this list! No matter your budget, you'll be sure to find something for every member of your group/family in London. Whilst many begrudge London for its top prices, there is also an abundance of free things to do. Choose between a birds eye view of the city atop the London Eye, spending some time with the stars (allbeit waxwork versions) at Madam Tussauds, or, weather permitting, a picnic in Hyde Park is always a winner.
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Most known for it's pasties, Cornwall (or Kernow as you may hear the locals call it) is also home to some of England's most stunning beaches. When looking for somewhere to stay, the pretty harbour villages of Padstow and St Ives make for a relaxing weekend. Alternatively, for a bit more hustle and bustle, Newquay and Falmouth are larger towns, still connected to beaches, making them very popular with families.
3. Scottish Highlands
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Home to Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain; Loch Ness, one of Britain''s most famous lakes; and Cairngorms, Britains largest national park, the Scottish Highlands may take up a few lines on your bucket list. If you're a fan of walking and/or whisky, you're sure to find some breathtaking scenery and some of the world's best malts too.
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If you're after the classic British seaside holiday, then Blackpool is the place for you! Ditch your preconceptions, because the home of the Pleasure Beach, Sandcastle Water Park and the Tower, never fails to offer tremendous value for money! There's also an abundance of restaurants to suit every budget, Houndshill shopping centre if you fancy a bit of retail therapy and a surprisingly good nightlife.
5. Norfolk Broads
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Spanning an incredible 125 miles, Norfolk's famous Broads, is the place to be if you're looking to coast along calm waters in your own vessel. Whilst it's true the best way to experience the Broads is by boat, if you've not got your sea legs then there are plenty of charming market towns, such as Aylsham, Acle and Wroxham, that would be a fine base for your Norfolk Broads adventure.
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Known for its cream teas, dramatic coastal cliffs and beautiful beaches, Devon is regularly considered one of Britain's best staycation spots. If you're into hiking, this may be the place for you as you can walk both of Devon's coastlines in their entirety. If you're after something more adrenaline-filled, why not try your hand at some water-sports on one of the many beaches? You'll find any and everything from sailing to surfing and white water rafting to secret swimming spots.
7. Lake District
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Writers from Beatrix Potter to Wordsworth have fallen in love with the Lake District, and it isn't difficult to see why. There are 16 bodies of water making up the Lakes, Britain's tallest mountain (Scafell Pike), gorgeous walking routes and quaint lakeside communities. Because of it's popularity, there is a wide range of accommodation available including Windermere, Ullswater and Keswick.
8. North Wales
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Often singled out as one of Lonely Planet's top 10 destinations, holidaying in North Wales is home to a range of activities for any and everyone. Whether you're after a family holiday, in which case coastal towns like Llandudno and Colwyn Bay are great options, or you're a thrill seeker looking to climb Snowdon or shoot down the largest zip wire in Europe, North Wales is an undoubtable contender when deciding where to holiday in the UK.
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If history and culture is your thing, then Scotland's capital is a great choice for a UK staycation. You could stay a few days, a week or a month and still find umpteen things to do. The most obvious nod to the past is Edinburgh Castle situated in the city centre, whilst the Fringe Festival (held annually in August) is one of the most iconic and progressive theatre festivals in the world. It is definitely one of those cities you swear to return to so you can do all of the things you missed out on the first time!
10. Isle of Wight
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With over 50 miles of coast to play with, the Isle of Wight makes a beautiful place for a beach holiday. Some of the best beaches you can find are Sandown, Ventnor and Shanklin, and there are plenty of walking routes you can follow. Oh, and don't forget the huge annual festival, which hosted Noel Gallagher, Biffy Clyro and George Ezra, amongst others, earlier this summer.
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If you're looking for an old-school beach break then Brighton is for you. Don't miss out on a stroll along the infamous pier or a shopping trip in the Lanes. And, most importantly, be sure to try some of the best fish & chips in the UK - Bardsley's has a famous recipe that has been in the family since the early 20th century.
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