Going on holiday in the UK is a trend that is only becoming more popular. The fall in the value of the pound following Brexit has meant that the average family holiday abroad costs £245 more, according to Travel Supermarket. It makes financial sense to stay in the UK and appreciate what is on the doorstep.
It’s making a big impact on hotels and attractions in the UK, with a Tourism Alliance saying that £2.4 billion extra was spent as a result of staycations in 2016. With Travel marketing group Sojern saying there is a 23.8 per cent rise in British holidaymakers planning UK stays for summer 2017, this is a trend that is only set to increase.
Why would anyone want to look abroad when such beautiful places can be found in Britain? From beaches in Wales to hidden forests in Yorkshire, there are so many amazing places to go on holiday in the UK. Here is our pick of the best.
1. Gower, Swansea
A short drive from the city of Swansea, this peninsula was named the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
“Visit the Gower Peninsula for a rich and varied environment which is breath-taking, from wild moors and limestone cliffs to golden, sandy beaches,” says Visit Swansea Bay. “Gower is a geological goldmine with inspiring landscapes. Sandy Llangennith beach has been popular amongst surfers for decades. Rhossili Bay has also been enjoying some limelight on the world stage too. It has been voted in the top four beaches in Britain for the last four years.”
Wake up to views of Rhosilli beach and sounds of the sea at Glebe Farm. This family home is one of the closest to the incredible bay, making it the perfect base for beach days. Click here to find out more.
2. Polperro, Cornwall
Polperro is a seaside village with winding streets, cute cottages, and a picturesque harbour. It used to be a smuggling port, so look out for signs of its colourful past.
“The village lies a few spectacular miles along the coast from Looe. Sheltered from the ravages of time and tide in its cliff ravine, it's an enchanting jumble of cottages, each one unmistakably the work of a Cornish fisherman,” says Cornwall Online.
3. Bowness-on-Windermere, Lake District
There is lots to do in this lakeside town.
“Bowness-on-Windermere is a sprawling town on the shore of Windermere, about halfway along the 12-mile length of the lake. Now Cumbria’s most popular destination, the town is busy for much of the year. People come to enjoy the lake for sailing and water sports, or just to relax and enjoy the atmosphere of the area and the town’s delightful setting. The town is now one of the main centres of Outdoor Activities in the UK.”
This incredible property has unparalleled views over the lake, including its own pier. It’s the perfect place to escape from everything and relax while watching the boats on the water.
4. Tenby, Pembrokeshire
This seaside retreat is known for its bright multicoloured houses, lining the hill that overlooks the beach.
“Tenby is a delightful little harbour town and seaside resort, and it would be difficult to find a setting more picturesque,” says Tenby Visitor Guide.
The summer calendar is packed with events, from the Long Course Triathlon weekend to the Tenby Summer Spectacular, which includes a firework display.
This five-bedroom home would make the perfect holiday home, with room for the whole family. The terrace enjoys beautiful views down to Tenby beach. Click here to find out more.
5. Bibury, Gloucestershire
This traditional Cotswolds village is regularly named the most beautiful village in England. Arlington Row is a street of weaver’s cottages beside the steam, all built in Cotswolds stone. The River Coln makes a picturesque scene as it runs through the village.
The historic Catherine Wheel Pub is a popular eatery, alongside the Swan Brasserie, which has an outdoor terrace.
6. Canterbury, Kent
This relaxed cathedral city has great links to London, with the coast not too far away.
“Canterbury was one of medieval Europe's great places of pilgrimages and knowledge. Today - with its international visitors and four universities - it still has a distinctly cosmopolitan feel,” says Canterbury.co.uk.
“People come from across the globe for world-class heritage, for culture and festivals, to visit and to study, eat and socialise. The extraordinary cathedral dominates the medieval streets within the city walls.”
7. Whitby, Yorkshire
This fishing port is famous for delicious fish and chips. With water sports, independent shops and museums, this is a great place for a holiday home.
“Whitby town is an ancient and beautiful sea port, surrounded by the magnificent countryside of the North York Moors National Park. Explore the Heritage Coast, to discover quaint fishing villages such as Staithes and Robin Hood's Bay clinging to the steep cliffs to the north and south of Whitby,” says Visit Whitby.
8. Burnham Market, Norfolk
Burnham Market offers a slice of country life. It has a unique atmosphere, with lots of trendy boutiques and eateries. Plus, it’s only a short drive from some of the county’s most beautiful stretches of coastline.
“Burnham Market is the perfect place to shop, dine or simply stay awhile and revel in being part of the traditional village atmosphere,” said Burnham Market.co.uk.
“In Burnham Market we not only have a traditional post office, butcher, hardware shop, fish shop and chemist for all the necessities of everyday life, but we also have over 30 highly original independent and specialist shops.”
9. Grassington, Yorkshire Dales
Grassington has stunning views, friendly pubs, unique shops and beautiful stone buildings. It is a small market town in the southern part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
“With its stone cottages, rather grand town hall (the former Mechanics Institute) and busy cobbled square, this former lead mining village is a focal point for local and visitor activity,” says Yorkshire Dales.
“The village hosts a splendid music and arts event, the Grassington Festival, each June, and the celebrated Dickensian Festival each December. A new addition to the calendar is a 1940s weekend in September, which goes from strength to strength.”
10. Brockenhurst, New Forest
This village in the heart of the New Forest National Park has been named Britain’s most beautiful place to live. It is surprisingly accessible, with regular direct trains to London, making it a perfect weekend escape for city workers.
Wild ponies wander around much of the village, so keep an eye out when crossing over the cattle grids. There are lots of traditional pubs and tea rooms, as well as a popular spa.
Brockenhurst provides a great base from which to explore the rest of the New Forest.