Staycations are the new vacations and with the summer time in the UK giving us a taste of tropical weather, that paired up with some jaw-droppingly good locations is enough to feel like you’re abroad.
Whether you’re interested in relaxing by the seaside for a week, keen to learn about UK history or would like to get your adrenalin pumping for a weekend staycation, here are the best UK holiday hotspots to visit for your summer holiday.
The Jurassic Coast is an underrated and stunning landscape in southern England. Stretching from the Orcombe Point in Exmouth Devon across 95 miles to the Old Harry Rocks in Dorset, it’s a destination everyone needs to visit at least once in their lifetime. The coastline spans over four districts including East Devon, West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland, and Purbeck.
The long span of areas offers plenty of things to see and do, and whether you’re looking to only explore one area or do a road trip over the course of a week or two, the coastline is a place that will leave you in awe. Each area has its own hotspots and memorable points from gorgeous towns, villages to landscapes. The Jurassic Coast is England’s only natural World Heritage Site and renowned for its universal value of rocks, fossils and landforms – and makes for an adventure like no other.
Wales as a country has bucket loads of gorgeous locations to sink your teeth into and Tenby is one of the top seaside towns, located in southwest area of the country.
The colourful houses of the harbour are something from a postcard and has the pretty sanded beaches nestled against it. Days spent at the beach from making sandcastles can be finished roaming around the harbour edge, visit the local restaurants, bars and cafes. Sandcastles and ice cream may be the main attraction to Tenby but it’s also a key location for fishing, has plenty of churches to see, museums, Tudor houses and memorable walks with unforgettable scenery.
If waterfalls and subtropical climates are how you envision a holiday, the High Force Falls in Country Durham may be up your street. Although, the weather won’t exactly replicate a tropical jungle, the falls itself are a beautiful sight for your eyes. Located in Country Durham, this is one of the most gorgeous waterfalls in all of England, and has a 21 metre drop to it.
Below the falls is a clear plunge pool, making for a prime location to soak up the sun and have a swim around after your hike. Your trip doesn’t have to stop at the falls as nearby, there are lots of activities to get up to including the town of Teesdale, Brough Castle, museums and forests to explore.
Renowned as an Area of Outstanding Beauty and spanning over the course of 30 miles, the Northumberland Coast is guaranteed to make for a unique seaside escape.
The Northumberland Coast is more than its gorgeous scope of beaches and offers a variety of activities and sights to see. The area has more castles than any other county in England, it’s close by to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, a prime location for all adrenalin-packed sports such as wind surfing and home to many nature reserves, including Farne Islands. Medieval towns, ancient battlegrounds and museums also feature This Coastal trail is a hub for partners, gal pals or families alike who’d love a bit of everything for a dreamy trip away.
Located off the Cornish coast, Isle of Scilly is paradise; an unspoilt, uncrowded collection of islands, perfect for a quiet getaway, and apart from England in every way possible.
Life on the islands is at a slower pace, with a sense of freedom wherever you roam, the holiday freedom we all crave. The enchanting archipelago has an endless list of things to get up to on the islands. From simple island walks, exploring the wildlife and marine life, to booking an island tour, visiting the world famous Tresco Abbey, discovering secret coves and heading on a day trip to St. Mary’s. There really is a vast selection of ways to experience paradise.
It wouldn’t be a UK hotspots list without mentioning the beautiful and dreamy area of Cornwall, and the most popular staycation spot for many Brits.
West Cornwall is renowned for its surfing scene, boat trips, cliff top walks and iconic attractions from St Michael’s Mount, the Lost Gardens of Heligan to the Eden Project. Located on the Land End side, nowhere else in Britain is only a short distance from both the north and south coasts, and has a wild air to it. It’s a dream destination for beach goers, coastal strollers and surfer enthusiasts, as you’re able to find hidden coves to relax but also the perfect wave to head out onto the ocean.
Calling all climbers or hiking enthusiasts, the Peak District is the place for your next UK holiday. Pack your hiking boots and grab your backpack, to prepare you for an adrenalin-packed adventure. The rugged national park is a prime destination for hikers, climbers and cyclists and offers some incredible views.
The Peak District isn’t all about hiking, there are areas of quaintness including the villages of Bakewell and Edale. It’s a mixed bag of a destination, giving you the option to experience the highs of thrills in the day and the relaxation at night, roaming around the quieter villages for a bite to eat.
Scotland is one of the most underrated countries across the whole of the UK with unique destinations that showcase the true beauty of nature – and this is where Perth and Kinross come into play for a paradise-esque style staycation.
Whether you’re visiting for a long weekend with your friends or looking for a quiet and romantic spot with your partner, this destination has it all. Home to the extensive Munros, and a range of phenomenal villages and towns to explore, the level of peace and serenity here is dreamy worthy. From nature walks to wildlife centres, art galleries, to enjoying a drink in the local distillery or testing yourself to some white-water rafting, there’s a lot to get up to. The area also offers a unique natural landscape and enough castles to keep you busy that by the end of the day, snuggled by the fire, your heart will be full of content.
Kent may be famous as ‘The Garden of England’ and renowned for its gorgeous natural landscapes, but it also offers a stunning coastline that stretches across the east of the county.
From the pebbled beaches of Whitstable and Deal to the sandy shores across the Isle of Thanet, the selection of beaches offers something for everyone. Whether you’d prefer a quiet seaside escape or one bustling with adventure and excitement, Kent’s Coast is a picture of entertainment, unforgettable views and the best fish and chips around.
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