We’ve all heard the phrase staycation but how many of us consider them?
The phrase was coined a few years back to describe a holiday taken right here, in the UK! Despite it growing as a hashtag and social media caption, there still seems to be a slight stigma around whether a break in the UK is in fact a holiday.
“It’s not a holiday if it’s taken in my home country”
“The weather is rubbish here”
“I’ve got the whole world to explore, why would I holiday where I live”
These are just a some of the things we hear about taking holidays in the UK– if you ask us, we think they are all weak excuses and we’re here to tell you why!
A holiday can be taken anywhere, as long as you are not carrying out the daily grind like work or school! The UK has amazing places to explore, there are loads of attractions and plenty of opportunities for some R&R! We even have some beaches that wouldn’t look out of place in the Med!
We have a temperate maritime climate. This means that our winters are not much lower than 0ºC and our summers are not much higher than 32ºC. In short, it’s never too cold or too hot, making it the perfect destination to enjoy all four seasons and a range of weather appropriate activities!
While we totally agree that there is a big world out there to explore, the UK is very much part of that with tons to do right on our doorstep. After all, there is a reason why millions of tourists’ flood in each year!
So now you know why the UK is a hot spot for holidays, we’re ready to back it up with some places to go!
A UK Town Or City Break
We love Brighton. The seaside town in Sussex, that is just 40 minutes from London, is full of style, culture and, a hugely diverse population.
The perfect mix of retro seaside town, modern marina and chic bars, historic cobbled streets and art studios – plus both high street and vintage shopping. Brighton is also full of food, art and music – it really has something for everyone. Oh, and it even has its own Indian palace!
We recommend staying at The Brighton Hotel! Perfectly located on the seafront, it offers iconic views of Brighton.
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How about the city of Liverpool? It’s often overshadowed by other cities, such as, London, Manchester or Glasgow, but we rate Liverpool for a UK break!
Full of culture and amazing for shopping, it’s a win-win situation (unless you hate shopping, or culture!) This historic city has the river Mersey at its heart, which gives it strong maritime routes. With its interestingly designed buildings, it was awarded the accolade of European Capital of Culture in 2008. And of course, it’s the home place of the Beetles so all good things clearly come from Liverpool!
We recommend staying at Bridgestreet Services Apartments! These 4-star Apartments are situated in the heart of Liverpool ONE’s shopping district and offer great views across Liverpool city.
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Make you way to Manchester! For a lease of energetic character and culture, this town won’t disappoint one bit. Rich in heritage, you can explore how this birthplace of industrial revolution has shaped science, sports, politics and even, music and art! Discover these through museums, galleries, football stadiums and, diverse restaurants, bars and shops. With its stunning green space and waterways, you can enjoy city life and the great outdoors!
We recommend staying at The Edwardian Manchester, A Radisson Collection Hotel! This hotel almost defines Manchester by merging luxury with classic monumental listed frontage. You can enjoy views of Manchester Central and Bridgewater Hall.
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We can’t talk about the UK and not mention the most famous and lively capital: London. London holds some of the UK’s most popular landmarks such as Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the London Eye and home of the queen, Buckingham Palace! These are all worth taking a trip to the big city for but don’t let that be the only thing you see in London. Being one of the words most cosmopolitan and culturally diverse cities, there is always something new to take part in and discover. Join in festivals, parades, exhibitions and, attractions that will keep your holiday jam packed with fun and excitement!
We recommend staying at Baglioni Hotel! For a touch of class and elegance, this hotel is up there with the best. Centrally located in London, you’ll be 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Natural History Museum!
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A Country Retreat
Elevate your staycation with a holiday to the Peak District in South Yorkshire! If you’re looking to appreciate some natural beauty, this is the spot for you. With stunning moorland, dales and rolling hills, you will be sure to get the perfect Instagram picture here. Not only is it designated as Britain’s first National Park, it has a rich history which can be found at places like Chatsworth House and Bolsover Castle where you can stretch back to medieval times! It’s not all about taking in the sights, you can take part in a variety of extreme sports and shop until you drop in quaint shops!
We recommend staying at Whitley Hall Hotel! Only an 18-minute drive from the Peak District, you’ll be in a great location to discover other gems in South Yorkshire!
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Travel to the coast with Cornwall! This is the perfect destination for a British seaside holiday with its stunning coastline and fishing harbours. Head north for some extreme sports and find yourself enjoying the ultimate country retreat in the south for beautiful rivers, moorlands and leafy estuaries. If this doesn’t sell Cornwall, then we know the Cornish pasties and cream tea will. With turquoise waters and white sand, you may start questioning why you never considered this as a holiday destination before.
We recommend staying at Polurrian Hotel! Located above a secluded sandy beach with stunning views across Mounts Bay, you’ll be able to enjoy peace with pretty sights.
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Head to the highlands with the Isle of Skye – kilts optional. Stretching to 50 miles long, you won’t be short of things to do here. Not only is this a stunning location to clear your head and embrace the wild outdoors, but you can also delve into the deep history. Dinosaur Fossils and Clan Warfare are just some of the topics you can fill your brains with. You don’t have to always get on a plane to sea amazing wildlife like whales and dolphins. These are all right here in the Isle of Skye, along with more expected animals like red deer and the White-Tailed Sea Eagle! With two castles, this holiday will have you feeling like a king or queen!
We recommend staying at Duisdale House Hotel! Grandeur with updated facilities will have you wanting to stay longer.
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So you see, we aren’t crazy when we suggest a short break in the UK, there are so many great places to go and things to see. Why not take a handful of UK trips throughout the year?