In the age of bargain basement air travel, it can be tempting to jet off to somewhere hot whenever the opportunity arises. But there’s no need to bother with passports, travel delays and dealing with the unknown if you instead opt for a good old-fashioned stay-cation at home in the UK. Destinations across Britain have upped their game significantly in the past couple of decades. This means that there is something for everyone, from groups seeking family fun to couples who want to indulge in fine food, good beer and great company. Here are just some of the best options to try in 2016.
The Scottish capital is a great place to visit for a number of reasons, whether you want to explore the historic castle, climb Arthur’s Seat, eat seafood in Leith or enjoy some of the many cultural diversions that are on offer. Visiting during the world renowned Edinburgh Festival held each year in August is increasingly popular with fans of theatre, comedy and performing arts of all kinds, but be aware that the city gets crowded and accommodation costs skyrocket.
Cornwall’s southerly position, stunning coastline and long-established tourist industry make it a top pick for families year after year. And for beach-based fun, as well as hiking, water sports and other active pastimes, it is one of the best places in the UK to select for your next stay-cation. The picturesque town of Padstow is host to eateries owned by TV chef Rick Stein, ensuring that any gastronomists in the party will be thoroughly entertained.
West Wales Wonders
This up-and-coming area is quickly gaining attention from British holidaymakers looking for somewhere to visit, offering an excellent array of coastal paths and secret beaches to explore, with numerous pubs, hotels, camp sites and caravan parks to pick for the purposes of accommodation. From quaint towns such as Cardigan to livelier places including Aberystwyth, this part of Wales is a great place to visit if you want to really get away from it all and avoid the busier coastal regions in the south of England.
Whether you live in the Capital itself or elsewhere in the UK, London is still an excellent place to book a stay-cation if you are looking for a little bit of everything from your break. From world class museums, restaurants and theatres to historic attractions including the London Eye and Tower Bridge, there is no better place to explore all the things that make this country great.
Yorkshire Dales Delights
The Dales are one of the great natural treasures of the UK, typified by winding lanes, dry stone walls and rolling, expansive green hills that seem to go on forever and beg to be explored. Cottages and communities dotted across the Dales provide plenty of places to stay and there are lots of activities for families and couples to enjoy, with walking of course being one of the top things to do here.