While the UK Government announced a select amount of countries on the ‘green list’ with I’m sure more to come, it’s still no surprise that there’s a huge increase in the booking of staycations. If you’ve found that your destination of choice is lacking in places to stay, why not find a new place to explore? Here are 5 more UK staycations that may peak your interest (make sure to check out my first post, ‘5 UK staycations for 2021‘ if you missed it!)
Brighton, Brighton and Hove
Now I know what you’re thinking, especially for all you Londoners out there: I’ve been here a million times before. My opinion? Old but gold. Brighton was actually my UK staycation destination for 2020! It was the first time I’d stayed overnight in Brighton, despite having been to Brighton beach many times before, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. You get a beautiful pebble beach (as seen in the picture above) paired with a lively city centre, all within walking distance! There are many hotels on the seafront or close by the sea, so hopefully you won’t be stuck for good accommodation options. I also created a ‘where to eat in Brighton’ review blog post last year, which I will link here.
Broadstairs, Botany Bay, and Whitstable, Kent
These three locations are a personal favourite of mine, and up there with one of my favourite UK trips. We stayed in Botany Bay, which I can imagine during the summer hear would be a great visit: the beach is beautiful and full of locals, with the ‘cliffs’ reminding me of Dover, in a way. We then visited the neighbouring town of Broadstairs, and I absolutely fell in love. Broadstairs is such a charming seaside town, littered with independent shops and rustic buildings. Broadstairs is also home to one of Charles Dickens’ favourite holiday spots, hence being the site of the Dickens House Museum. The town of Whitstable is also a must-visit, especially if you’re a oyster fan. I had my first experience trying an oyster here, and even those who had tried oysters before claimed these, by the harbour/market to be some of the best they’d ever tried. I would recommend Whitstable for any seafood lovers, and for a leisurely stroll.
Cotswolds, South-central and Southwest England
Raved about as one of England’s most beautiful and Instagrammable locations, The Cotswolds are known for its beautiful honey-coloured cottages, traditional villages, and quintessentially English market towns. It is also known for its award-winning pubs. The Cotswolds actually stretches over 5 counties: Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire. Perhaps the most famous of villages within the Cotswolds is Castle Combe, found in the Wiltshire county.
Hastings, East Sussex
While Hastings is on the coast, and does have a lovely beach, it is home to one of England’s most historic events: you guessed it, The Battle of Hastings. I visited Hastings quite a few years ago now, but I remember loving learning about all the history this town has, from visiting the ruins of Hastings Castle (ordered to be built by William the Conquerer), to taking a trip on the funicular railways to enjoy the views of the town. There’s so much to learn here, and I would definitely recommend visiting.
Peak District, Central England
The Peak District is one of England’s most visited national parks, and this picture gives you a good reason as to why. As well as there being hotels nearby, you can also decide to camp in one of the campsites, if that’s more your speed. As well as taking one of the numerous walking routes, there are many things you can do, such as paragliding; water sports; caving; and even Go Ape. You can also visit some well-known film locations, such as Haddon Hall (used in Harry Potter).
I hope this has given you even more inspiration for your next trip. I’d love to know if you have anything booked, and whether you would add anything to this list. Thanks for reading!
*If the original photo posters for the last three destinations want me to take down their posts, please let me know!*