Most Popular UK Destinations for a Staycation
It’s fair to say most of our overseas travel plans have been disrupted this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a well-earned break. In fact, with the languorous days of July and August well and truly behind us, the changing season is perhaps the perfect time to enjoy some of the UK’s most popular destinations. Whether you prefer weekend retreats in a countryside manor, fresh seafood with sea views on the coast, or galleries and museums in a bustling city are more to your liking, the UK really does have something for everyone.
If you love the hustle and bustle that cities offer, then there’s no shortage of places for you to consider for your next staycation.
Bath ¬ With over 21 million visitors estimated to visit the historic city every year, there’s no shortage of things to see and do. Famed for its iconic UNESCO Roman Baths in the heart of the city, literary fans will be entranced by the annual Jane Austen festival.
Edinburgh – The second most popular destination after Bath is the Scottish capital. Autumn is perhaps one of the best times to visit the hauntingly beautiful – and haunted – city. As the nights draw in, enjoy hunkering down in any of the cities cosy taverns and underground bars. There’s an air of faded grandeur about the city that captures everyone who visits.
London – Once seen as the capital of the world, London the perfect mix of ancient and modern. And whilst central London is renowned for its hordes of tourists, it’s worth exploring the equally enthralling surrounding boroughs. Often overlooked, Croydon has plenty to offer those looking for a weekend getaway. Travelling to Purley can be really simple, and you’ll be greeted by all manner of attractions, not to mention impressive vistas of the city of London.
This little island has miles of coastline to explore. From rocky and rugged to azure seas, all you have to do is choose where to go.
Brighton – Unsurprisingly, Brighton is the third most popular getaway for Brits. Perfect for those seeking a break from the capital, Brighton has long been a home for the arty and literary crowd, as well as being well-loved by royals. Promenade along the pier, or marvel at the Royal Pavilion, before popping in to one of the indie art galleries.
St Ives – Whilst the whole of Cornwall is home to some of the most beautiful seaside towns and villages, St Ives is perhaps the most well-loved. Known as the dazzling jewel in Cornwall’s crown, the picturesque harbour town welcomes visitors year-round. Stroll along the narrow-cobbled streets, and browse the plethora of independent boutiques, before enjoying a fresh fish supper by the sea.
From rolling green countryside, to snow-capped mountains, heather filled glens, to howling dales. The rural idylls of the UK offer visitors clear night skies and awe-inspiring views.
The Cotswolds – You can head to any Cotswold village and you’ll be greeted by pretty golden cottages awash with flowers, quaint pubs, and medieval churches, all with unspoilt views of rolling hills. The perfect destination for relaxing, a visit to the Cotswolds is like stepping back in time, to simpler times.
The Highlands – If you prefer your rural idylls to be on a scale that’s out of this world, then the Highlands won’t disappoint. Spend the days out on the lochs or up in the mountains, and enjoy evenings huddled around a fire drinking whiskey.