The beauty within our borders often goes unnoticed as we seek far-flung holiday destinations. However, the UK is brimming with wonderful locales that make for perfect staycations. Here are our top five recommendations for your next local break.
1. The Lake District, Cumbria
Known as the largest National Park in England, the Lake District is a haven for nature lovers. With its stunning lakes, verdant valleys, and mountains offering breath-taking views, it's ideal for both relaxation and adventure. You could enjoy a peaceful lakeside picnic, take a scenic boat ride on Lake Windermere, or hike up Scafell Pike - England's highest mountain.
Cornwall boasts some of the most picturesque coastlines in the UK. From beautiful sandy beaches perfect for sunbathing and surfing to quaint fishing villages like St Ives and Fowey, there's plenty to explore. Visit the famous Eden Project or immerse yourself in history at Tintagel Castle, believed to be King Arthur's birthplace.
If you're a fan of history and architecture, Bath is a must-visit city with its stunning Georgian architecture and Roman-built baths. Wander around the Royal Crescent, visit Bath Abbey or relax at Thermae Bath Spa which features naturally warm mineral-rich waters. Don't forget to visit The Jane Austen Centre if you're a literary enthusiast!
4. The Scottish Highlands
For an unforgettable staycation filled with rugged landscapes and rich history, head north to the Scottish Highlands. Enjoy stunning views on a drive along the North Coast 500 route or take a boat trip on Loch Ness – who knows, you might even spot Nessie! Visit Urquhart Castle or simply immerse yourself in nature with a hike through Glencoe valley.
An ideal destination for family-friendly holidays, Norfolk offers beautiful beaches, charming market towns and an array of attractions like Be WIL Derwood – an award-winning outdoor adventure park – and The Broads National Park for boating adventures.
These are just some of the many incredible staycation destinations we're fortunate to have right here in the UK. Each place has its own unique charm and attractions that cater to different interests - from nature escapades and beach breaks to city tours steeped in history.
So why not explore the beauty that lies on our doorstep? After all, sometimes the best adventures are found closer home than you think!