The Best UK Staycations
With current pressures on UK families to save their pennies, it’s no wonder that more of us are choosing to spend our holidays at home instead of abroad.
But why not? The UK has some amazing staycations for your annual holiday that are perfect for couples, singles and families.
Isle of Skye
This exceptionally beautiful island offers its own world of adventures for visitors. As well as hiking, cycling, sailing and wildlife watching, Skye has a varied programme of events, festivals and tours that you won’t find on the mainland.
People don’t go to Skye to lie on a beach all day, they visit the island to experience a world apart from everyday life. You can see a great range of wildlife in and around the island, including sea eagles, basking sharks, puffins and even orca!
Walk through the locations where Harry Potter and Stardust were filmed before partaking in the local food and drink at a rustic local inn. For holiday makers who are looking to escape the rat race, you won’t do any better than the Isle of Skye.
Many people think Lincolnshire is flat and there’s not much to do, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Lincolnshire has a rich heritage, amazing local foods, beautiful beaches and spectacular countryside and is should be high on your list when you’re checking out the best UK staycations.
If your aim is to get out and about in the fresh air on your holiday, then you’ve come to the right place. The Blue Flag awarded coast is a great place to spend a day on the beach or ambling round one of the local market towns, or head into the heart of the county and visit historic Lincoln, home of the Magna Carta.
The stunning gardens are obviously top of most visitor’s lists, with spectacular displays and marvellous landscapes. Depending on what time of year you visit, there will be hundreds of stunning flowers and plants to see.
Kew Gardens is also host to a number of activities and events throughout the year, including food and craft festivals, literary talks, live music and cinema experiences. You can also visit a real piece of history – an 18th century thatched cottage that was once the home of Queen Charlotte, wife of George III.
The grounds used to boast an amazing menagerie of animals owned by the Royal family and has one of the most spectacular bluebell meadows in the country.
The Midlands might not be your first choice for a UK holiday but it offers so much to do in one place. To the south you have Birmingham, England’s second city and heart of the shopping district for the area.
Here you will find every kind of shop and stall imaginable, as well as a thriving nightlife. If you on the lookout for quieter outings, Lichfield itself offers a fascinating history, including the magnificent Cathedral and local museums.
You could also head out to the National Memorial Arboretum and have a fantastic day out admiring the beautiful flora and fauna before enjoying one of the many evening events. Nearby to the city you will also find Cannock Chase Forest, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a great place for a picnic, bike ride or a spot of nature watching.
But there’s more here than just a restful walk amongst the trees – you can also GoApe with a day on the amazing zip wires, Tarzan strings and rope ladders.
If you visit York for your UK holiday, you’ll not only get to tour this amazing historic city but you can also visit some incredible local sights.
One of the highlights of visiting York has to be The Forbidden Corner, one of the most unusual and entertaining attractions in the country. Originally a private folly, the area was opened to the public and quickly became the must-go place for families looking to spend a great holiday together.
The city of York itself is one of the most popular places in the country for tea rooms and boutiques, most of which are found in an area known as The Shambles. There is also plenty of sight-seeing, with a number of historic buildings to visit, including York Castle, the Shrine of Margaret Clitherow and the Richard III Museum.
Venture over to the west coast of the UK and you can visit Pembrokeshire Coast National Park – an incredible area that includes beaches, heritage sites and woodland. Voted the world’s second best coastal destination by National Geographic in 2011, this is a destination that needs to be seen to be believed.
For avid walkers and ramblers, there is the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, a 186 mile route that winds its way along the coastline. Because of its popularity with walkers, the path has designated shuttle services and shorter routes for beginners and families with small children to enjoy.