More Brits Continue to Stay Local for Holidays as Domestic Trips Reach Record Levels
According to the latest results from the Great Britain Tourism Survey, 2015 saw strong growth in domestic tourism, with the highest number of trips since 2012.
Some of the figures include 103 million overnight trips recorded in England, with the biggest growth in Yorkshire, the West Midlands, London and the South West. Overall, 124 million trips were recorded across Great Britain, which is a 9% increase on 2014.
The figures prove that the travel industry, right here at home, is absolutely thriving! So, naturally, we think it’s the perfect time to check out some of the UK’s most popular domestic travel locations!
Ahh, London. History and fascinating architecture greets you at every turn, but it’s also a hub of everything hip and happening. You may have seen all the landmarks, such as Westminster Abby, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye and the Tower of London, but locals still flock to the capital city for the hottest galleries, the latest theatre productions, fine-dining and cutting-edge fashion. No matter how you choose to spend a London getaway, your options lay before you like a buffet set out for the royals.
Known as the ‘festival city’, especially during the summer, Scotland’s capital simply begs to be explored. The striking backdrop of seven hills enhances the dramatic history on display, from Edinburgh Castle to the Scott Monument and St John’s Episcopal Church. Join the throngs in vibrant Princes Street, for the glitz and glamour of shops, pubs and restaurants. Explore the narrow lanes of the Old Town and the quirky nooks and crannies of urban villages, before indulging in all-night parties with the locals.
Torquay lives up to its nickname – ‘the English Riviera’. The seaside resort town started life as a fishing village and now charms visitors and locals alike, with terraced hillsides, white villas, gorgeous gardens and Victorian buildings. Discover the vibrant harbour and international marina as you stroll along the waterfront promenade, laze on sandy beaches, explore secluded coves and enjoy shops, cafes and galleries in the town made famous by Agatha Christie.
When you’re looking for family-friendly attractions, Blackpool has something for everyone. Arguably Britain’s favourite resort, the seaside town literally explodes with adventurous attractions. Pleasure Beach offers thrill-seeking rides, Sandcastle Waterpark is all about splashy, summer fun, the Blackpool Tower Eye has a 4D cinema and Skywalk and teens will love the Blackpool Tower Dungeon, with performances of grisly history.
A region blessed with beautiful landscapes, including the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales, Yorkshire offers a holiday in nature to delight the intrepid holiday-maker. Visit unspoilt fishing villages, like Robin Hood’s Bay, explore York’s Gothic cathedral and narrow medieval streets, relax in the spa town of Harrogate, delight in Whitby Abbey and view the West Yorkshire Pennines, which served as inspiration for the Bronte sisters. When it’s time for some urban nightlife, trendy Leeds offers a buzzing night scene.
With all this and more to discover, a ‘staycation’ in the UK has never looked better!
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