MY FAVOURITE UK STAYCATIONS
Since I was little, I’ve enjoyed holidaying in the UK. There’s something so special about UK travel but because it’s right under our noses, we sometimes take it for granted. Being from East Yorkshire, we usually have to travel further into the country to go to many abroad destinations anyway so getting around the UK seems like a doddle!
I’ve already got 5 staycations booked for the rest of this year: a couple of days in Chester, a gig in Sheffield, a family holiday to Cornwall and two events in London (I’m finally seeing Hamilton AND then Jeremy Jordan later in the year!). I also love that you don’t have to travel that far away from home sometimes to find a beautiful location. It takes us around 45 minutes to get to York, which will always be one of my favourite locations in the country. Even living in the countryside means there are scenic walks and I have a beautiful Elizabethan mansion to visit around the corner from my house.
I have no real desire as of right now to travel the world as I’m still finding my way around what this country has to offer. To celebrate, I thought I’d share with you a few of my favourite UK destinations and why I love them so much. As long as the food is good, usually I’m sold. Long live the staycation!
My main reason for visiting Birmingham is usually for a concert but secondary to that, it’s my favourite place to shop. The Bullring Centre is so much better than anything close by to me and I try to go once or twice a year for a huge haul. AND they’re getting the country’s biggest Primark in a matter of days? I need to revisit soon and see what else the city has to offer.
I only went to the Peak District for the first time in 2017 and it was breathtaking. I’d recently moved to Sheffield and my parents were staying there for a few days so I thought I’d tag along. There’s something so lovely about visiting all of the local towns as well as fitting in a trip to a castle, which is one of my favourite things to do when away.
Again, I only visited here September last year and fell in love. It’s similar to the Peak District with all of the quaint shops but for me, there just seemed to be a little more choice of places to visit. We stayed in between Windermere and Bowness-on-Windermere and it only took five minutes to walk to either place. Particularly, I loved visiting Keswick, with Kendal being a bit of a let-down but I’m desperate to visit the area again!
Despite staying in Bala where people were particularly grumpy towards tourists, the day trips to the surrounding towns and areas were a delight. We went castle-hunting and came across Caernarfon and Harlech Castles which were fantastic. I’m just fascinated by local history!
I’m so excited to be going back in July because it’s been nine years since we’ve last been because it’s such a trek to get there! We’ll be staying near the Eden Project, which I can’t wait to visit again. Again, we love to visit the smaller market towns for local businesses and I plan on taking a tonne of photos too!
This is more of a day trip for us usually but we have stayed there before. A perfect Saturday for me is going to Pickering, Helmsley and Malton, spending the day wandering around, tasting local produce and enjoying the fresh air. However, my ultimate staycation in North Yorkshire has to be Whitby. I’ve been a couple of times on a short break but it seems to expensive now! I’m hoping to get a long weekend there sometime this year or next!
I couldn’t make a list of UK staycations without the capital. After a four-year wait, I finally returned for a day trip last December and stayed for a long weekend in March. I think it’s one of those places that you could visit every day and you can still discover something new. My favourite thing about London is that everything is open late. In Hull, everywhere seems to shut at 5.30pm but London is perfect for when you need a hot chocolate at 9pm!