The best places for a staycation in the UK
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I’ve loved exploring more of the UK over the last few years. There is so much to do and see on our doorstep without needed to hop on a flight or spend a whole day of travelling. At the moment, travelling abroad is quite restricted but don’t worry there are plenty of places where you can still have a great holiday this summer.
If you’re looking for somewhere to holiday in the UK, you can find lots of good deals on staycations. Here are some of the best places for a staycation in the UK.
Ok, so this is very broad but the beautiful county of Cornwall is one of the best places to holiday in the UK. It’s home to lots of beautiful beaches, lovely towns and there are so many things to discover and explore.
The lovely little fishing town of Padstow is home to Rick Stein so it’s a must visit for foodies. Catch the boat over to Rock or just while away an afternoon pottering in the shops. It’s also near to some beautiful beaches including Constantine Bay and Treyarnon Bay (my fave!) and on a sunny day you could be abroad.
I’m obsessed with the laidback vibe of the surf town of Newquay. Pop on your wetsuit for surfing or coasteering here before chilling out with a beer and a pizza in one of the beach-side bars – or just relax on the lovely Fistral Beach.
Falmouth is a harbour town with a really creative feel since it’s home to a specialist university for the creative industries. It’s got a great beach, lots of nice shops to wander round and plenty to do including Pendennis Castle and the Maritime Museum. It’s also home to delicious seafood restaurants – yum!
Did you know that Fowey is pronounced foy? Me neither until we visited a couple of years ago! This pretty little harbour town has narrow streets and an estuary – perfect for wandering. You can also take a boat over to Polruan on the other side. Near to Fowey there are lots of other lovely little places like Charlestown and Mevagissey.
There are lots of places in Cornwall that I’ve yet to visit but which are on my UK bucket list including the Lizard and Kynance Cove, Land’s End and Perranporth.
The Lake District
Another holiday favourite, the Lake District is one of my favourite places in the UK. If you love the great outdoors there’s so much to do here – hiking, water sports, swimming, fell running – it’s the ideal location for an adventure. The weather here isn’t always great but we spent an amazing rainy week on a road trip so don’t let the weather rain on your parade.
Also – the scenery. On a bright day the scenery looks more like New Zealand than the north west of England and some bits look like they’re from a film – they can’t be real!
Keswick is one of my favourite towns. It’s situated on the banks of the River Greta and is surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery. Derwentwater lake is nearby and there’s a great walk round this that you can do and head up the hill to see Castlerigg Stone Circle.
If hiking is your thing head to the West Lakes which feels more remote than the more touristy places. If you want to challenge yourself, a walk up Scafell Pike, England’s highest peak, makes for a great day out.
Of course, no UK staycation list would be complete without a trip to the capital. London is my very favourite city in the whole world, I just love the busy vibe and diversity of it. There’s so much to do there including the traditional sights like Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and Big Ben, plus lots of great restaurants and bars.
It’s great to visit at any time of the year but I especially love going in December so I can take a trip to Winter Wonderland, marvel at the Christmas lights on Oxford Street and do my Christmas shopping in Harrods.
Liverpool made it into second place on my favourite cities list after we took a trip there for my boyf’s birthday last year. I love The Beatles so it was great to visit The Beatles Story, do the Magical Mystery Tour and visit The Cavern. I love the docks and the bars and museums there too.
Another perfect place for lovers of the great outdoors, Snowdonia is just as stunning as the Lakes. Spend a weekend here that’s packed full of fresh air, hiking and paddle-boarding on Snowdonia’s beautiful lakes before toasting marshmallows on a fire outside. Ideal!
My favourite thing about this national park is waking up to some amazing mountain views and enjoying a coffee whilst taking them in, especially if the sun is shining.
North Yorkshire’s premier seaside town, Whitby is great for a dog-friendly break. Lots of the bars and restaurants welcome dogs and there’s lots to explore including a couple of beaches, the harbour, the pier and the ruined abbey on top of the hill – you just need to climb the 199 steps to get there!
The Peak District
The Peak District is my home so I don’t often go away so close to where I live but it is a really great place to visit. There are lots of towns and villages to explore like Bakewell, Matlock Bath and Hathersage and there are lots of amazing walks to do.
Finish the day off in one of the Peak District’s cosy pubs with a cold glass of wine and a pud dinner to refuel.
My staycations wishlist
I’m going to write a longer post on all the places that I want to go but thought I’d include a couple here too! Top of my wishlist is the North Coast 500 road trip in Scotland – I’ve wanted to do this for ages so definitely need to find the time soon. Other places I’d love to visit soon include Devon (I haven’t been for years!), Norfolk (I’ve NEVER been!) and Bath.