According to Google, the coastal resorts of Devon, Cornwall and Brighton continue to top the bill as our favourite destination choices for UK holidays with the highest search volumes. For those seeking an alternate to sea and sand, the Peak District, Lake District and the Cotswolds are also popular choices. But if you want to avoid the crowds in tourist hot spots then maybe it’s time to try something new in 2021.
Love it or hate it, the word ‘staycation’ looks like it’s here to ‘stay’ and with uncertainty still surrounding the resumption of international travel, UK holidays at home have soared in popularity. However what’s not quite so attractive is the cost. According to an investigation conducted by Which? prices have risen by a third on average at beach destinations around the UK.
The Oxford Dictionaries definition of a holiday is ‘an extended period of leisure and recreation, especially one spent away from home or in travelling.’ As such although we subliminally associate the word holiday with sun, sea and sand, we don’t necessarily need to seek out a beach one in order to get the rest and relaxation we need.
With availability booking up fast, prices soaring and tourist numbers increasing, let’s think outside the box this year and set off on a UK voyage of discovery instead. You might even save a few pennies too as there are plenty of deals on offer for those destinations just off the tourist track!
Whatever your interests; culture, literature, history, nature, art, food or music, the UK has it all and it’s right on our doorstep with breathtaking locations, buzzing cities, hidden gems and the warmest of welcomes.
For lovers of literature, history and the great outdoors, Yorkshire is the ideal destination for that touch of escapism. Explore the heart of Bronte Country, immerse yourself in the wonder of Wuthering Heights, discover the Moors and Dales of Yorkshire and step into the world of James Herriot’s All Creatures & Small. If this isn’t already tempting enough, Yorkshire boasts an array of pretty market towns, cities steeped in heritage and the tranquility of the backbone of England, The Pennines.
Over the border in the heart of Scotland, Perthshire, aptly named as ‘The Fairest Portion of the northern kingdom’ by Sir Walter Scott, is home to verdant woodlands, rolling hills, peaceful glens, gushing waterfalls, spectacular scenery and wildlife.
If you fancy a quick hop across the Irish Sea then consider venturing further afield from Belfast to discover the picturesque cliff top walks, stunning coastlines, breathtaking sea views and charming castles which await you in the perfect snapshot of Northern Ireland that is County Antrim. In addition and beautifully scenic at any time of year, the Upper Lough and Lower Lough Erne in neighbouring County Fermanagh can be visited by cruiser.
If the great outdoors isn’t for you for a UK holiday, city breaks are well worth looking into this year and there’s so much choice! Maritime Bristol, Foodie Central Bath, University City Durham, Metropolitan Manchester, Cathedral City of Gloucester and of course the capital of England itself, London. In Wales, Swansea has been named in a top 12 list of places to visit by the editors of Conde Naste Traveller as a great place for the arts and culture and is a lovely alternate to the ‘Castle Capital’ of Cardiff. With holidaymakers flocking to coastal resorts, it’s the cities, which are crying out for our investment and support to rebuild tourism and consumer confidence.
To source the very best deals, consider booking direct, do your research thoroughly, compare prices and be flexible in terms of location, price, tour operator and choice of holiday type.
Whatever your preferences, the UK has all we have and more, just waiting to be discovered and enjoyed. Don’t just take my word for it though. Here are some other recommendations, which you might just like to check out!
The Weekend Candy website features incredible weekend breaks, along with short breaks in the UK, 24 and 48hr guides and some truly fabulous giveaways. Editor in Chief Claire Robinson describes Northumberland as one of the most beautiful locations in the UK to visit and the home of some of the best beaches. This is a view shared by Consumer Expert Scott Dixon who regards it as ‘England’s best kept secret.’ Scott also adds that Berwick-upon-Tweed is ideal for exploring Northumberland with its pretty coastal villages, unspoilt beaches, boat trips to see the dolphins, Holy Island, Alnwick Garden & so much more.
Other suggestions, which have popped into my inbox since appearing on GB News to chat about all the fabulousness the UK has to offer, include Agatha Christie’s Dartmouth recommended by Steven from Menomagic, Portreath in Cornwall and the Scottish Islands. What would you add to the list?