With a range of beautiful locations right on your doorstep, who says you have to go abroad to enjoy a summer holiday? Staycations are on the rise in 2019, with many of us choosing to forget about the long flights and cost of travel in favour of a UK stay. From idyllic country escapes to exciting city breaks, there’s something for everyone right here in Great Britain. Below we’ve chosen some of our favourite spots to travel to this summer, ranging from luxury hotels to great glamping experiences:
Whitby, North Yorkshire
Whether you want to relax on the beach or take in the rich British heritage of this traditional seaside town, Whitby in Yorkshire is a great place for all the family. Whitby is famous for its Blue Flag beaches, the world-famous steam train and its delicious fish and chips, but it also has a wealth of historical buildings to explore such as the castle and Whitby Abbey, which inspired Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’. Whitby is full of character and there’s plenty to see and do here, as well as a range of places to stay including luxury hotels and campsites. For a taste of luxury, we recommend the Raithwaite Estate Hotel.
Keswick, Lake District
If you’re looking to visit the Lake District, Keswick is a great place to stay and explore. Surrounded by impressive mountains and beautiful lakes, Keswick is a picture-perfect place to visit and offers all the attractive features of the district. Stay at friendly B&Bs or take on the full Lake District experience and camp at one of the many beautiful campsites. Sleep beneath the stars and next to the mountains at Fornside Farm, only a 5 minute drive from the town centre.
Image Source: The White House, Newquay
A great southern coastal option for your next getaway is Newquay. Nestled on the north coast of Cornwall, this pretty seaside town is known for its beautiful sandy beaches and ideal surfing conditions, so if you’re looking for some adventure this summer, look no further. Try out new skills or just relax by the sea this summer, enjoying the sunshine and beach breeze. Stay at a family-friendly resort with something for the kids, or look to stylish coastal hotels for a more luxury option. Try The White House Boutique Hotel for a quirky but sophisticated stay.
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Catch a ferry or a quick plane and hop over to Northern Ireland for a staycation over the sea. Belfast, Northern Ireland’s capital, is a great location for the whole family. This exciting city is famously the birthplace of the RMS Titatnic and is full of attractions such as the Titanic Quarter, Belfast Castle and the Botanic Gardens. Just a short drive away is the world famous Giant’s Causeway, where you can explore the hexagonal rock formations by the sea or try out the famous Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge. Stay in one of the many hotels dotted across the city – we love the Titanic Hotel for a unique stay.
Portmeirion, North Wales
Image Source: Portmeirion
Add some colour into your summer staycation… literally! Built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975 in the style of an Italian village, Portmeirion is famous for its brightly coloured buildings and has been the setting for a number of films and TV programmes, the most well-known being the 1960s show The Prisoner. This beautiful coastal town has nearby hotels and cottages to rent within the village itself, or you can even go all out and stay in a castle! The Castell Deudraeth is perfect if you’re wanting a romantic getaway.
For the perfect UK city break, escape to Edinburgh. The Scottish capital is known for its castle, beautiful gardens and great historical architecture, with a blend of medieval and Georgian buildings across the Old Town and New Town areas. If you’re a film fan, you will appreciate key locations seen on screens everywhere. Stay at a stunning luxury hotel, or opt for the affordable and flexible option of a self catering apartment. The Edinburgh Drawing Room is a great choice with its stylish interior, and it is within walking distance from all your favourite attractions.
Kent is full of beautiful scenic views and a range of attractions, making this destination perfect for whatever type of holiday you have planned. Visit the iconic White Cliffs of Dover and take in the striking scenery, or discover one the many castles dotted throughout the region for a taste of the region’s history. Why not try out glamping for your trip to Kent for a quiet, chilled-out holiday? The coastal market town of Hythe is home to the Daleacres Experience Freedom Glamping, perfect for a peaceful getaway this summer.