Including staycation ideas for couples and kids
There’s no need to get on a plane this year to experience an amazing holiday. Your holiday may look a little different this year but the UK has some of the most beautiful places to visit. Our staycation ideas mean that you can still enjoy a break from the old routine while staying in the UK.
We all want different things when we go on holiday from outdoor activities to walking holidays and natural beauty. Did you know that the UK has it all?
Staycation ideas for families
These are the best staycation destinations for families. We’ve picked the best places to go with kids that mean you have loads to do with plenty to see.
Scottish Highlands, Scotland
If you’re looking for beautiful scenery, plenty of walking opportunities, and maybe the occasional dram of whiskey, Scotland is for you. Specifically the Scottish Highlands. The Highlands itself is actually bigger than you might think, about the size of Belgium. This means there are plenty of places to stay but also lots of areas you can easily enjoy all by yourself. There are too many highlights of the Highlands to list but enjoy the Cairngorms, the Lochs, and the Isle of Skye. You could even enjoy a Scottish road trip!
More than just pasties (although they are flippin’ good!), Cornwall offers so much from beaches and surfing to a cultural and historical side. Visit the Eden Project, head to Lands End, or cross the waters to Saint Michael’s Mount. There are incredible restaurants to check out, fantastic harbor towns to explore, and countryside with views for days.
North Wales, Wales
There is so much beauty in Wales, but North Wales is something exceptional. Incredible landscape and chocolate-box villages. Snowdonia lets you explore and adventure, whilst taking in stunning views. Check out Anglesey for some amazing sights and Llandudno and Colwyn Bay for traditional family holidays. North Wales could be one of the best staycation ideas you’ve ever tried!
All the fun of the classic British seaside holiday. Enjoy days on the beach, paddling in the sea, munching away on candyfloss and fish and chips. Take in the sunsets over the water, enjoy the ups and downs of the roller-coasters, and walks along the promenade. Take yourself up the Blackpool Tower, pop into the various attractions like the SEALIFE and Madame Tussauds, and enjoy the entertainment on the piers. Blackpool has it all!
Isle of Wright, England
Sat on the South coast, the Isle of Wright is the perfect place for a family holiday. It’s packed full of things to do for families of all ages and has some of the best beaches in the UK. If your family prefers action, then make sure you visit Black Gang Chine or the Needles for a day out right by the Jurassic coast.
Staycation ideas for couples
There’s nothing like a romantic trip away just the two of you. Enjoy a relaxing week by the coast or a spa day in a historic city that has loads to do.
The Lake District, England
Mountains, lakes & lots of inspiration. It worked wonders for Wordsworth to Beatrix Potter. The Lake District can transform you and you can find your own little slice of tranquility in the national park. There are campsites, caravan parks, and guesthouses all over the place, perfect for you to enjoy some time away from home. The perfect destination for photographers too!
Head to the capital city of England and explore the wonders of London in style. Enjoy a range of fantastic world-inspired food, wonderful hotels, and amazing walks along the river. When they’re open, most of the museums all offer free entry and you can connect the landmarks by the tube. London is a very romantic city at night and offers loads to do whatever your interests. You’ll never to far away from anything!
Norfolk Broads, England
How about a boating holiday on the famous Broads? Exploring on your own vessel is the perfect way to take in the landscape. The 125 miles of waterways even reach Norwich and Great Yarmouth so you can enjoy some shopping or some time off the water. There are plenty of beds and breakfasts if the way of the water isn’t for you. A must-do on the list of staycation ideas.
Bath is a great city break for couples who are looking for things to do while on a staycation. You could visit their famous Roman baths for a spa day or walk around this historic town and explore the streets and buildings that stand proud among the now new structures. Bath is also a great place to go shopping and offers many sightseeing tours.
This stunning area is home to many picturesque views you won’t know where to pint your camera next. Pembrokeshire is a great place to go walking while offering other things to do. Explore Pembrokeshire Castle, the National Park, and other outside activities that will keep you both amused whatever you like to do.
Staycation ideas for solo travellers
These are the best staycation ideas for those of us that love to travel solo. Enjoy a city break taking in the history or a walking holiday that really explores the local area.
West Voe, Shetlands, Scotland
This quiet getaway is the perfect place if you need some space from everyone else. The beach is like nothing you’ve ever seen and the small town is a great place to get lost in. There’s not loads to do but if you like to hike then there are loads of trails that you can explore.
There’s loads to explore in this historic city. Make sure you visit all the grand cathedrals while exploring the cities roots which date back almost one thousand years. Yorkminister has loads to offer the solo traveller from great restaurants to museums and boutique shops and galleries like no other.
A city break is sometimes just what you need to blow the cobwebs away. Cardiff is a great city to explore and can offer you as much adventure as you want. Visit the bustling Cardiff Bay to get a feel of the city. Cardiff Castle offers you a historic day out like no other and the National Museum Cardiff offers you the largest collection of Impressionist art in the country.
Derry, Northern Ireland
There’s loads to do in Northern Ireland and Derry is the place to go to really explore the history of Northern Ireland. Walk the old Derry Walls, explore Rathlin Island just off County Antrim and visit Dunluce Castle, a now-ruined medieval castle that was built in the 13th century. There are loads of places to stay in Derry and the restaurants and cafes are a perfect place to put your feet up and relax after a long day exploring.
Isle Of Harris, Outer Hebrides, Scotland
This little island off the coast of Scotland offers everything you need if you want to get away from it all. Make sure you visit one of their amazing beaches that offers you views like you’ve never seen in the UK before. This peaceful island offers you full tranquillity as a traveller.
Which of our staycation ideas will you add to your list of must visit places? Save yourself money on a flight and head to somewhere right here in the UK!
If you enjoyed this post and would like some more UK destination ideas then have a look at our section here for our full guide to staycations. You could also pop over to our Pinterest boards for lots more travel ideas on where to go travelling throughout the UK, what to pack and beginner travel guides.
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