With the global pandemic currently severely restricting overseas travel, in this article, we look at the very best places to holiday throughout Britain.
From the 21st of June, Great Britain is on target to be able to offer restriction-free holidaying and with overseas travel still likely to be either difficult or at worst impossible, if you want to enjoy a summer vacation you better start coming up with some ideas today,
The British weather gets a bit of a raw deal sometimes and in fact, you would be considered unlucky if you booked a holiday in Devon or Cornwall and didn’t enjoy a majority of sunny days in July and August.
Devon & Cornwall
The UK’s most popular holidaying region and for good reason. Huge beaches and award-winning cleanliness can offer easily equivalent conditions similar or in some cases better than the Mediterranean. Newquay offers nightlife for the younger, more adventurous young adults and could well be the 18-30 UK hotspot this year and with plenty of campsites and hotels, it will be more than able to cope with a large influx of partygoers over the summer months.
The UK has many beautiful islands which are often ignored by holidaymakers such as The Isle of Wight, Isles of Scilly, Isle of Man and many situated around the coast of Scotland. Scilly can offer balmy temperatures during the summer months and you could easily feel like you are on an island in the middle of the Atlantic, which is, of course, exactly where you are on the Isle of Scilly. If you like to trek and explore then why not try the rustic isles that surround mainland Scotland. You can find places where you feel totally alone in the world and more on an adventure rather than a holiday. Try hiring an old Fisherman’s cottage on the Isle of Skye and exploring the surrounding bush. See Seals and their pups, Eagles flying overhead looking for prey. Then spend the evening, in the local Island pub just admiring the amazing views across the bay as the sun sets in the West. What could be better?
It’s been well over a year since we have been able to indulge in one of our favourite pastimes, thrill-seeking, and the UK has more than its fair share of Adventure parks to explore for people of all ages. For the smaller children, they will love Peppa Pig world or Thomas the Tank Engine land. Even the larger retail outlets such as Bluewater in Kent, offer outdoor and indoor attractions to keep the little ones busy and with creches available you may even be able to enjoy some retail therapy too! For the older children, and indeed the adventurous adult, the UK has some of the best parks to explore in Europe and although not up to the level of some of the parks in the USA, they still can give you many exciting days out with hotels on-site to enhance your staycation. Try Alton Towers, Thorpe Park or Dayton Manor.
If you are after shorter day breaks, then the UK has so much for you to explore. Let’s just look at London for example. Consistently voted the world’s best city to visit but surprisingly under-visited by our natives. The list of attractions is huge. The world-famous Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace are all within 5 minutes walk of each other and present some amazing photo opportunities. Why not try Madame Tussauds for a full day out or even one of the many sporting events that happen all of the summer in the capital. Wimbledon for the tennis or Lords for the cricket, not to mention tours of many premier league football club grounds that are scattered throughout the London area. With thousands of restaurants to choose from, Harrods and Fortnum & Mason to shop in, iconic black cabs to ride in you will never be bored with a trip to London. The world-beating tube network keeps you connected with every place you need to visit and at under £9 per day per person for unlimited travel, it’s affordable too.
Britain has some of the most amazing scenic areas in Europe like the Peak District and the Great Lakes to the North. The Valleys of Wales to the Highlands of Scotland provide the most fabulous views and walking opportunities you can find anywhere in the world. Windermere in the great northern lakes of the UK is quite possibly one of the most stunning settings you could possibly imagine and it’s on our doorstep.
There are just some of the attractions to holidaying in the UK and one of the things that may come out of the pandemic is that we Britons decide to explore our own country before looking abroad. One thing is for sure, you will not be disappointed this year if you choose to stay within the UK for your holiday.