With the weak pound making jetting off for a holiday in the sun less affordable, many of us are opting to spend our summer holidays on home turf. If you are one of the 57% of Brits who are staying on UK soil this summer rather than jetting off abroad, then look no further. Here are our top 5 British staycation destinations that will provide you with the setting for a perfect family holiday.
Why look for staycation destinations when flights abroad are so cheap?
Taking a staycation means that there is no need to queue at the airport or stand for hours waiting for your suitcase to appear on the baggage carousel. You can just jump in your car or buy some train tickets and off you go.
And there is no need to worry about exchange rate fluctuations ruining your holiday or having to swot-up on another language.
Staying in the UK for your holidays is also a great opportunity to take some time to enjoy our unique countryside and stunning cities.
Plus, even if the weather is not at its best, at least we will be prepared.
But be careful where you go. Prices for hotels and holiday homes can be much more expensive than those elsewhere in Europe.
1) The Lake District
If you want to spend your time getting back to nature, then the Lake District should be near the top of your staycation destinations list.
Swap your trainers for some walking boots and enjoy breathtakingly beautiful views of still lakes and rugged mountains in England’s largest National Park.
Don’t forget to take the area’s famous Kendal Mint Cake as a little snack on your travels. We cannot promise that you will not become addicted.
2) The English Riviera
Sounds beautiful, doesn’t it?
Located in Devon, we think that the English Riviera is one of the best places in Britain to go for a holiday by the sea.
Whether you want to spend a day on the beach trying out some water sports or explore some of the area’s magical Stone Age caves, you will not be short of things to do to keep the whole family amused.
The area also hosts a number of events which attract visitors worldwide. Take a look at the website to see what is on when you are there.
It is impossible to compile a list of top British staycation destinations without mentioning Wales.
Pembrokeshire is one of the most beautiful places to holiday in Wales.
Located on Wales’ dramatic west coast, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to which beaches to visit.
For those who like to go out for the odd walk on their summer hols, Pembrokeshire also boasts just under 200 miles of stunning coastal path.
A wonderful seaside destination perched on the south coast of England. The Eastbourne tourist literature says that it will leave you feeling “re-energised, refreshed and invigorated”. We couldn’t agree more.
Plus, this lovely seaside town is excellent for those on a budget, as accommodation with a view is much cheaper than you may expect.
If you fancy a little entertainment after a stroll beside the sea, then look no further. The Royal Hippodrome hosts the ‘Summer Season Show’ every Tuesday and Wednesday from April to October. With dances, songs and even some comedy, it promises to have something for everyone.
The surrounding countryside of the South Downs National park is also just on your doorstep.
In August, the Eastbourne International Airshow takes place, which was voted the UK’s best free airshow.
5) Cairngorms National Park
If you really want to escape it all for a week or two, the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland is a wonderful place to go.
Fill your holiday with beautiful walks through forests or head to a loch to have a go at some water sports.
Or why not head to one of the area’s distilleries to taste the local tipple?
If you are feeling extra adventurous, you could even hire a camper van so you could wake up somewhere new every morning.
British staycation destinations on a budget
A British staycation is the perfect way to holiday on a budget and see more of our home country.
Just don’t forget to pack that umbrella!