Staycation was one of the hot words of 2016 holidays, as so many people shun expensive international holidays in favour of holidaying in the United Kingdom. With the £ declining sharply against most currencies in 2016 and no sign of a real recovery in 2017, I expect people feeling the pinch to continue with Staycation’s. With so many places to enjoy in the UK here are 5 of the best spots to enjoy:
Arguably the best city outside of London there’s so much to do in Edinburgh it’s great if you’re looking for culture and exploration (and a great New Year’s Eve party if you’re there on 31st December). With a split of the Medieval Old Town and Georgian New Town there’s so many hotspots to explore including the Castle, the Royal Mile, the Zoo, the Royal Britannia Yacht and loads of great shopping jaunts. Feel like you’re leaving the city and hike up to the top of an inactive volcano and view out over Arthur’s’ Seat a high point (literally) of the city.
The Lake District
If you’d rather head away from buzz of people swap a city break for a trip to the Lake District with over 900 square miles of lakes, mountains and forests and some of the most stunning views England has to offer. In a world where we’re glued to technology and rely too much on our cars swap for a pair of walking boots or a bike and explore the great outdoors.
The Cornish Riviera nestled in the south west of the country is full of picture perfect harbours, sandy beaches and magical coves and is the perfect location for a lazy holiday. If you don’t want to spend all your days enjoying the views you can head out onto the waves and learn how to surf or enjoy the botanical delights of the Eden Project. Plus remember Cornwall is the only place you can technically have authentic Cornish Ice Cream or a Cornish Pasty.
Complete with a UNESCO World Heritage Site Bath is known for it’s natural hot spring baths and beautiful Georgian architecture. Take a tour of the original Roman Baths or get your own taste at the Thermae Bath Spa where you can bathe in thermal water which comes directly from the natural hot springs underneath the city. If you happen to be there at the end of the year the Bath Christmas Market is one of the country’s hottest destinations.
There is something for everyone in Northumberland from beautiful stretching beaches to Bamburgh Castle positioned next to the sea. You can tack a boat to the Farne Islands or drive yourself over to Holy Island for a change of scenery for the day, and if you’re a Harry Potter fan many scenes were filmed at Alnwick Castle in the area. You can experience the buzz of the world but still be a stones through from a traditional seaside town and with plenty of cute holiday cottages around it’s a stunning place to enjoy your staycation in.
Have you got any UK Staycation Suggestions that you can recommend? I’d love some suggestions as I am keen on trying several this year including a short-trip to Glasgow to visit the University!