Staycations may sound less exciting than a round-the-world- trip, but just because there isn’t a sense of the exotic doesn’t mean a holiday in the UK can’t be wonderful.
They are a hell of a lot cheaper too, and they help cultivate a love of your home country. Take a look at our top five picks of the best UK destinations for your staycation.
With an impressive, ice-age gorge, the strawberry line train, Glastonbury just around the corner, and not to mention all the cheese, Cheddar is a quaint little English village surrounded by some exciting things to see and do.
A delightful village to visit, you can see cheddar cheese being made by the Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company, sweets being made at the Sweet Kitchen and you can drive through the gorge itself free of charge. An area of outstanding natural beauty, you can get yourself a sweet little cottage to stay in from Tor Farm and enjoy the rolling English countryside.
If you’d prefer a typical seaside jaunt, then Torquay is the place for you. One of the towns that make up the English Riviera, it has lots to offer.
From Baddacombe’s Model Village (you may scoff but it is rated one of the top things to do on TripAdvisor) to Torre Abbey’s house and gardens, Torquay has something for everyone. When the weather is fine, a day at the beach will please everyone.
For a city break that’s not as intense as London, Dublin has the perfect combination of a laidback attitude, stunning buildings and lots to see and do. With Trinity College Library offering history and quiet solitude, the Leprechaun museum’s folklore and storytellers and a lively nightlife, you’ll fall in love with this city and never want to leave.
Whitby has that quintessential seaside town feel, but with a darker twist – it is the home of Dracula. The gothic Whitby Abbey that sits high above the town is as beautiful as it is creepy.
Head there while one of the two Whitby Goth weekends are on and you’ll find yourself surrounded with the best vampires and creatures of the night that the UK has to offer. Whitby also boats some great fish and chip shops, too, so make sure that you don’t miss out on a taste of the sea either.
Scotland’s capital combines history and modernity in one fell swoop. Visit the Castle to see the Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny and ancient dungeons, but watch out for the 1pm gun salute that has happened every day (except Sunday) since 1861.
Head to Arthur’s Seat for stunning views of the city and landscape below.
Featured image via CC Flickr by Giuseppe Milo
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