There’s no denying that the staycation is continuing to ever-increase in popularity. Whether you’re trying to save a bit of money, you’re a nervous flyer, you just want to see more of what the UK has to offer or you’re a dog owner who likes to be able to take your furry friend away with you; there are many reasons to holiday at home. If you’re looking for some inspiration for your next doorstep getaway, here are five areas to consider for your upcoming staycation.
Easily one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK, you’d be forgiven for feeling like you’re actually abroad when you visit the south west’s stunning Cornish coast, with its award-winning beaches and quaint fishing villages. Try your hand at surfing Newquay’s famous waves on the north coast, explore the beautiful town of Fowey and the nearby Eden Project along the south, learn of the legend of King Arthur at Tintagel Castle and discover the world-renowned Lost Gardens of Heligan.
If you’re looking for a bit more of a city break as opposed to a beach holiday, then Manchester is a great place to spend a few days. Explore the city’s miles of canals and its iconic industrial architecture, take a wander around the cultural Salford Keys or visit historic attractions such as the Manchester Museum or the John Rylands Library. You’ll find plenty of hotels in Manchester city centre to make the most of your stay.
3) The Lake District
A breathtakingly beautiful area in the north west of England, the Lake District is a picture-perfect landscape of rugged mountains, lush forests and glistening lakes. Home to both the largest lake in England and the tallest peak in England, it’s the ideal staycation destination for the adventurous ones among you. Kayak across the glass-like waters of stunning Lake Windermere or Ullswater, or don your hiking boots and set off on a challenging hike up Scafell Pike, rewarding yourself with spectacular views from the top.
4) The Cotswolds
Quintessentially English in every way, the charming Cotswolds cover an 800 square mile area of five counties; Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Worcestershire, Wiltshire and Warwickshire. Signified by golden stone and endlessly rolling hills, you can choose visit bustling towns such as Cheltenham or Tewkesbury or explore smaller, unique towns and villages such as Stow on the Wold, Moreton in Marsh or the beautiful Bourton on the Water. Take a day out to explore the UNESCO protected city of Bath while you’re there.
5) North Wales
There’s no end to see and do on a holiday to North Wales, from stand-up paddleboarding in Portmeirion to underground adventures in the caves of Snowdonia. Head to Zip World where you can experience the world’s fastest zip line before heading underground for some cave trampolining at Bounce Below. Climb (or take the train) up Mount Snowdon; the tallest mountain in Wales and second tallest in the UK, or visit the popular seaside towns of Llandudno and Anglesey. Boasting history, beauty and adventure, North Wales is a sure-fire crowd pleaser.
A holiday doesn’t always have to mean going abroad. So where will your next staycation be in Britain?