Staycation Destination

10 Favourite Staycation Destinations of UK (2020)

Overseas travel might seem like a distant dream this summer due to the ongoing pandemic, but if you’re looking for some fresh air once the lockdown is lifted, there are plenty of holiday destinations in the UK to visit.

On June 23rd, after Boris Johnson announced that people will be free to stay overnight in accommodation including hotels and B&Bs, Google saw a sharp increase in searches for UK staycations.

And why not, ey? It’s hard to beat the UK as a holiday destination. The country has been blessed with some of the world’s coolest coastlines, world-class cities and spectacular rural regions. And if the weather is pleasant, (and it does happen occasionally) it is the perfect time to start planning a staycation in ol’ Blighty.

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at 10 of Britain’s best staycation destinations.

1) Cornwall

Cornwall

Apart from the scintillating beaches, Cornwall has quite a heritage and a lively prolific side to explore. The incredible Eden Project or St. Ives are the most favourite destinations in Cornwall, followed by Padstow (boasts excellent restaurants), Newquay and the Isles of Scilly. A trip to Cornwall would not complete without a visit to the iconic Land’s End.

Where should you stay?

The coast is dotted with mesmerizing harbour villages like St. Ives and Padstow. These classic seaside villages are perfect for a reposing weekend by the sea.

2) Devon

Devon

Although primarily famous for its cream teas, there’s much more in Devon to explore. Besides some stunning beaches like Cornwall, the land is full of sweeping moors and remarkable coastal cliffs.

Torquay is the most commonly named destination in Devon, followed by Woolacombe, Plymouth, and Bantham – another stunning stretch of sand. If you love to trek or hike, Devon’s coastal areas are a dream for hikers, too.

Where should you stay?

Stretching from the Exmoor Coast in the north to the Jurassic Coast in the south, there’s no shortage of hideouts. Branscombe, Croydemaller and other coastal villages offer the perfect dose of city life. However, if you’re looking for typical seaside resorts, you’ll find the likes of Ilfracombe, Lyme Regis, Woolacombe, Salcombe, and more.

3) Cumbria

Cumbria - The Lake District

The Lake District is the most commonly named destination in Cumbria. The Lake District is famous for its high fells, gargantuan lakes and its endless greens that has inspired countless poets, from Wordsworth to Beatrix Potter, all have found solace in this place.

Sixteen gigantic water bodies make up the park’s lakes. Scafell Pike, Britain’s tallest mountain, which is the second peak in the Three Peaks Challenge endurance event is also located here. The location is also legendary for its magnificent trails, natural history and its picturesque lakeside communities such as Bowness-on-Windermere and Keswick.

Where should you stay?

The Lake District is England’s most popular national park and there’s a wide range of housing available in the Lakes. Bowness-on-Windermere and Windermere are good nests. The adjacent village of Buttermere that is close to the lake of the same name and Crummock Water are also nice places.

4) Dorset

Durdle Door in Dorset

Dorset is best known for the Jurassic Coast – a long stretch on the English Channel. The cliffs are ancient and hold numerous fossils. The unique rock formations unveil millions of years of geological transformation. If you’re visiting for the first time, make sure you visit Durdle Door, a 140 million-year-old limestone arch, and the layered cliffs at nearby Lulworth Cove.

Weymouth is the most commonly named destination in Dorset, followed by Bournemouth, Poole and Swanage for their sandy beaches.

Where should you stay?

There are a plethora of choices for accommodation in Dorset. There are cottages, resorts, log cabins, whatever you want. Isle of Portland, Swanage and Bournemouth are some of the places where can you get the stay of your choice.

5) Lancashire

Lancashire can be another beautiful location to spend the weekend. Blackpool is the most commonly named destination in Lancashire followed by Morecambe. Some of the most famous beaches in Lancashire are Ainsdale Beach, Formby Beach, Crosby, Moreton and Meols Beach. We all love basking in the sun by the sea during summer when the weather is nice. The beaches of Lancashire could be your perfect hideout – especially the Formby Beach.

If you’re thinking of visiting Blackpool, don’t forget to visit the Pleasure Beach, the Sandcastle Water Park, and the Tower.

Where should you stay?

There are plenty of budget hotels across the coastline to choose from in Blackpool, Bispham and Lytham St Annes.

6) Pembrokeshire

Abereiddi Blue Lagoon Pembrokeshire Wales

Pembrokeshire is a county in the southwest of Wales and it is widely known for its cliffs, beaches, islands and wildlife. The legendary crinkled coast around Pembrokeshire offers infinite opportunities to explore the outdoors. Tenby is the most commonly named destination in Pembrokeshire. It is a stunning medieval city, and often hailed as the “People’s Favorite Place” in Wales. Although a voguish tourist destination, Tenby is reasonably crowded, even during summer. Tenby overlooks two islands, the closest of which is St. Catherine’s. Surprisingly, you can reach this island by foot at low tide.

Where should you stay?

Tenby is quite renowned place to visit and stay. In 2020, the little market town in the east of Pembrokeshire has been crowned as the best place to live in Wales. There are plenty of holiday cottages across the shore for a weekend stay.

7) North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire is a non-metropolitan county and the largest ceremonial county in England by area. boasts some spectacular surroundings ranging from the lush landscape of the North Yorks Moors to the rugged and windswept North Yorkshire coastline. York is the most commonly named destination in North Yorkshire, followed by Scarborough and Whitby.

Some of the top destinations in North Yorkshire include Yorkshire Dales National Park, Robin Hood’s Bay, Harrogate, Whitby, Knaresborough.

Where should you stay?

In North Yorkshire, you’ll find many contemporary hotels apart from 17th and 14th-century castles converted to inns and lodges You’ll find them across the coastline and in towns like Scarborough, Whitby, Flamborough, etc.

8) City of London 

London Bridge

London – one of the oldest cities on the face of Earth – has something for everyone – no matter what your budget is.

Although touted as an expensive city, there’s no dearth of cheap and free things to do. You can get free entry to all the beautiful museums such as The Natural History Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Modern, The British Museum. If you’re looking to buy something, there are many cheap bargains available across the city.

London is quite huge and you can’t sum up everything in one trip. Hence, don’t forget to see the biggies such as Buckingham Palace, Parliament, the Tower of London if you have limited time.

Due to its cosmopolitan culture, the city is a dream destination for foodies, whereas, the nightlife is incredibly varied and exciting.

Where should you stay?

Try to stay in the suburbs if you’re on a budget. However, make sure that you pick a location that is well connected. Check Transport for London to see if the area you are looking at is on a tube line.

9) Northumberland

Hadrians Wall in Northumberland

Northumberland is a historic county in North East England. It also happens to be the northernmost county of England. Northumberland is widely accepted as one of England’s great counties. It’s scattered with historic castles, great battlefields, lovely coastlines and matchless scenic beauties – all come together to make Northumberland one of Britain’s best staycation destinations.

Craster kippers, Singin’ hinnies, Earl Grey tea are some of the famous foods of Northumberland. Newcastle is the most commonly named destination in Northumberland.

Where should you stay?

There are plenty of stay options down the south coast of Northumberland. Craster, Embleton, Warkworth, Denwick are some of the places where you can access some of the 17th century’s warm and upscale hotels to stay. Feel like a king or queen in cosy, refined and elegant Victorian-styled stone mansions for a few bucks.

10) East Sussex

East Sussex

East Sussex is a county in the south-east region. Apart from the most famed point of visits like Bodiam Castle (a 14th-century moated castle near Robertsbridge), Seven Sisters (a series of chalk cliffs by the English Channel), and Camber Sands (the only sand dune system in East Sussex), Beachy Head, which the highest chalk sea cliff in the UK – 531ft above sea level, is one of the most celebrated local attractions.

Apart from the physical landmarks, East Sussex has numerous landmarks of historical interest like Battle Abbey, Hastings Castle, Bateman’s, and more.

Where should you stay?

East Sussex has many country houses, lodges, and hotels across locations like Brighton, Eastbourne, Pevensey Bay, Seaford, Newhaven and more.

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