Why the UK is the Perfect Holiday Destination this Summer
The British weather can be unpredictable. That’s why, each summer, many of us opt to chase the sun and travel to Spain or Greece for our family holidays. Early-morning fights for a lounger by the pool might be your thing, but when the skies are clear and the warm sun beats down over Britain, our very own towns and landscapes are so undeniably attractive that you’re better off holidaying here.
Few places come close to the beauty of the British Isles: from visiting classic country houses made famous in period dramas, to weekends spent away from all distractions in one of our fifteen gorgeous national parks.
Here are a few ideas to suit all tastes, age-groups and budgets, that demonstrate that the UK ‒ not a foreign beach resort ‒ is the perfect summer destination.
There’s so much variety
You can go on any type of holiday you want in Britain.
Experience the great outdoors or visit Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top House in the Lake District. Get a taste of quintessential British countryside with a week exploring honeypot villages in the Cotswolds. If you’re after a faster pace, head to bustling London, where there’s certainly no shortage of fun to be had in the West End and trendy areas such as Bethnal Green.
Enjoy cultural days out at art galleries and museums in Edinburgh. Take to the hiking trails in the wilderness of Snowdonia National Park, or spend a few days staying on the unspoilt Dorset coastline that stretches from Bournemouth to Lyme Regis and includes the impressive Durdle Door.
You might want to experience the thrill of The Big One rollercoaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Or go on an active break surfing or cycling in the Cornish Peninsula. The more laid-back amongst us might fancy a lazier affair ambling gently around the hamlets of Norfolk’s flatlands.
You get the idea.
Once you get a taste for it, you’ll want to spend every summer taking the family to new and exciting places across the British Isles.
It’s perfect for TV and film lovers
Thanks to the National Trust, plenty of historic country houses and gardens, industrial monuments and mills are completely open to the general public.
Many stately homes across Britain have become famous by featuring in costume dramas. TV and film lovers can visit the beautiful Highclere Castle in Berkshire to experience ‘Downton Abbey’ for themselves. If you’re in North West England, spend the day at the Lyme Park Estate in Cheshire, which was the filming location for the BBC’s 1995 series ‘Pride and Prejudice’.
Britain has a long and rich history that stretches back hundreds of years. Witness it for yourself with a trip to Warwick Castle (the filming location for the Dragon Tower in the BBC’s ‘Merlin’), or if you’re in the capital, head to places not renowned for big-screen appearances but which need no introduction – such as the home of Henry VIII, Hampton Court Palace, or the Tower of London on the River Thames.
If you’ve got children or teenagers, they will love a trip to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in Leavesden. They can see the magical wizarding world of Harry Potter for themselves and relive the stories that took place at Hogwarts, Hogsmeade and the Ministry of Magic.
The choice of whether you stay in a hotel, bed-and-breakfast, rented cottage, or decide to camp, will naturally have a huge influence on the type of holiday you have. The choice is yours, but do your research properly.
Younger kids nearly always love the freedom of camping, where they can play in the open fields and make new friends. They’ll never have a better night’s sleep than after a day spent having fun in the fresh air!
If camping’s not your thing, you might be more suited to glamping or caravanning. Failing that, a seaside hotel by the promenade will do the trick.
Be open-minded and try something completely new in an area you’ve never visited before. Get the map out and do some googling. If there’s a certain attraction you want to visit, it won’t take long to find out much about the area and book a place to stay that caters for your needs.
It’s not that expensive
Staying in Britain ‒ whether you drive an hour down the road or your journey takes you to Cornwall along the never-ending A30 ‒ can be much cheaper than paying for flights and accommodation for a holiday abroad.
Finally, choose your accommodation carefully and look out for special offers. It’s also worth noting that there could be a vacancy at an Airbnb residency in the area of the country you want to go to. Airbnb is relatively new to the scene ‒ essentially it’s an accommodation provider that offers unique places to stay, usually at better prices than traditional hotels.
Your money will go a lot further if you plan your trip with care. There’s plenty of free attractions across the country to entertain the kids. Remember: being outside costs nothing!
Andrew Williams writes on behalf of Visit Blackpool, the UK’s number one beach resort for families. With plenty of attractions, events and activities for children of all ages, Blackpool is the perfect holiday destination for your family all year round.
Featured image credit: Porthchapel Beach, Cornwall