With the uncertainty of what we will be allowed to do and not do this summer, it can be a difficult decision whether to book or not book your annual holiday abroad. Whether your usual haunt is Portugal, Turkey, or The Maldives, it could end up being a holiday disaster that ends up in trying to get a refund from a travel agency. Therefore, here at Carelink24 we have compiled a list of the best British holiday destinations for your staycation this summer.
While the restrictions are encouraging to take a local getaway this should not be the only year you choose local. There are many reasons to holiday in your own country. One is that when you take a holiday in your own country you stimulate the economy. By taking money earned in your own country and then spending it in your own country, this means it never leaves our economical orbit. Another is to explore places you've never seen or maybe even heard of before and all of them a simple train journey away. If you think you're missing out on the blue sea of the Caribbean or the Great Pyramids of Giza, try the coast of Cornwall or Stonehenge in Salisbury. We all know what British weather can be like, but a simple google tells us that the hottest week of the year is almost always mid-July. The perfect time for your Great British holiday.
Carbis Bay, Cornwall
Carbis Bay in St Ives, Cornwall is known for its sparkling clear blue sea. The ocean at Carbis bay is said to rival that of Bora Bora. Alongside its soft white sand and cliffs, Carbis Bay is ideal for any nature enthusiast or anyone looking to kick back and relax to the sound of gently crashing waves.
Alongside its stunning beaches, St Ives is known for its fantastic restaurants, specialising in seafood, and its classic British pubs. It also has a significant amount of culture, including art galleries and museums.
Before holidays abroad were a common thing, Cornwall was the 'it' place for holidaymakers in the UK.
Eryri in Wales is home to the famous Snowdonia National Park. Snowdonia attracts many thrill-seekers and mountain climbers every year to scour its peaks.
If you're not able to climb the mountain yourself, the Snowdown Mountain Railway can take you up there itself. However, if mountain climbing is not for you, Eryri also hosts many several castles, opening to the public to visit.
Of course, the rolling welsh hills also call to many a holidaymaker. The serene green view goes on for many miles and is ideal for rambling, hikes, and picnics!
If you are looking for a scenic over 50s holiday then the Lake District – with 800 square miles of countryside – is the destination for you. It is full of towns and villages for you to visit and stay in, so the attractions on offer will vary depending on your location.
Each town is full of historic buildings, with traditional pubs and souvenir shops. Of course what you must ensure you do is make use of all the lakes and go on boat tours. Lake Windermere, Derwent Water and Crummock Water are just some examples of the lakes you must see.
All that countryside means that there are plenty of walks for you to go on as well. One suggestion would be the Catbells Lakeland Walk. You will see spectacular views along the way and there are plenty of rest points and pubs for you to take a lunch break.
Other activity suggestions include the Lakeland Motor Museum for car enthusiasts, The Theatre by the Lake for fans of performing arts, and finally the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway for train enthusiasts.
Notting Hill, London
Not only a charming film with Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts, but Notting Hill is a vibrant area in London, perfect for a city getaway.
Primarily known for its antique and vintage market on Portabello Road, Notting Hill also host an array of cosy cafes, trendy shops, and its Electric Cinema.
You might even catch the notorious Notting Hill Carnival if you're visiting in late August.
Ever wanted to visit a castle? Look no further than the Inverness Castle. Originally made to be a prison, the castle is now open to the public to explore.
However, Inverness is not only for castle enthusiasts. Known as 'The Capital of the Highlands,' it is a historical town with rivers, parks, and cobbled streets. Inverness also hosts, museums, art galleries, and an amazing botanical garden.
There you have it, the best holiday destinations for your staycation this summer. We hope we have sold you everything Britain has to offer!
Note: we updated this blog on 16/08/2021 to include the latest information. Originally published 26/04/2021.