OK, so the weather in the UK is unpredictable, but when the sun does come out, it’s one of the prettiest places in the world. From the intimidating architecture of the cities to the rolling countryside and beautiful beaches, why on earth would you go anywhere else?
The staycation remains popular, not least because if you holiday in the UK there’s no need to faff around with currency or learn key phrases in the local language – you can just hop on a train or jump in your car and you’ll be there in a few hours.
We’ve picked our favourite places in the UK that are jam-packed with the best of everything that the UK has to offer.
Known as the Land of Summer, Somerset is one of the jewels of South West England, as it has countryside, beaches and England’s smallest city – Wells. Explore the caves of Cheddar Gorge (and indulge in some good old British cheese) and get close to the animals of Longleat Safari Park with its new Deadly Adventure.
Stay at Brean Sands Holiday Park which has beautiful award-winning beaches and plenty of activities for adults and children. You can also visit Bath with its fabulous architecture, including the Pulteney Bridge, Roman Baths and the Circus.
Described by Prince Charles as one of the world’s most beautiful cities, Edinburgh is full of culture and tourist attractions. Jump on the tourist bus and see the city’s main sights, including Edinburgh Castle and Arthur’s Seat, from just £33 for a family ticket. In August, Scotland’s capital is taken over by the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, celebrating the best comedy and shows for adults and children.
Rosslyn Chapel (famously mentioned by Dan Brown in The Da Vinci Code) is less than 7 miles from the centre and well worth a visit. Best Western have several hotels in the capital within easy walking distance to the main attractions or stay with Sykes Cottages.
The Lake District
With mountains, lakes and trees, The Lake District is the perfect destination for a summer holiday. Find all your favourite characters at the World of Beatrix Potter, brave the water sports on one of the lakes or just wander aimlessly in the blissful Lakeland countryside.
You can also take in the stunning views along Hadrian’s Wall, climb Scafell Pike or go underwater to the Lakes Aquarium where all sorts of sea creatures dwell… Make the most of the countryside and stay with Coast and Country Hotels or find your perfect cottage with Hoseasons.
Encompassing the South Downs and the South East coast of England, Sussex is a county full of culture and history that includes the infamous Battle of Hastings in 1066. This summer you can lose yourself in the Amazing Maize Maze – three miles of cleverly shaped paths at Tulleys Farm near Crawley.
Then of course you’ve got Brighton with its pebbled beach, end of pier funfair and the twisting lanes with their eclectic mix of unusual shops. Why not take the kids and stay at one of the five Park Holidays sites in Suffolk?
With some of the most beautiful coastline scenery, Pembrokeshire in South Wales was described by Russell Crowe as fantastic. If this isn’t testament enough, the golden sands and blue waters speak for themselves and there are plenty of opportunities for kayaking, horse riding and even paragliding.
There’s also culture – visit Pembroke Castle, the birthplace of Henry VII and Manor House Wildlife Park with one of Europe’s largest lemur walk throughs. Stay with Break Free Holidays and walk to your heart’s content in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
Wherever you go for your holiday, if you book your travel or accommodation through us, you’ll get epoints to spend on treats for your family.