Thinking of staying local this year? Well, we can’t blame you. Travelling abroad may not always be feasible or within budget. Luckily, the UK has a number of fantastic places to keep the holiday blues away. So, treat yourself to fun weekend getaways with the best UK staycation breaks.
The Scottish capital is simply magical. A city steeped in history and culture, there are castles galore to explore, the enchanting Old Town to roam and loads of green spaces to enjoy. Walking the streets of Edinburgh is like being in a fairy-tale and that’s why we love it! Perfectly suitable for romantic couples breaks or fun family-friendly getaways, Edinburgh has a ton of character you won’t want to miss out on.
The first thing on your list of things to do in Edinburgh should be taking a visit to Edinburgh Castle. Located at the top of Castle Rock, discover this majestic sight and witness the stunning views of the city while you’re at it. We also love walks at Arthur’s Seat for a refreshing day outdoors. Arthur’s Seat is the highest peak at Holyrood Park, so if you fancy a challenge… We can tell you now, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views!
Belfast, Northern Ireland
The Northern Irish capital has got charm we can’t deny. You won’t miss out on fun nights to remember with Belfast city breaks, thanks to the wide range of bars, pubs and clubs. To top it off, it’s easy to navigate your way around the city, meaning you can enjoy a restaurant, then make your way over to a pub and then finish the night off with a dance session at a nightclub.
But aside from it’s nightlife, Belfast is a place where history dominates. It’s the birthplace to the famous RMS Titanic. Visit it’s former shipyard which is now an intriguing museum retelling the tragic story. On the other hand, you can visit Belfast Castle in Cavehill Country Park for your city break photo op. And, we also recommend art lovers to take a trip over to Belfast’s Peace Wall which is covered in interesting, colourful street art. Over 20 years ago, communities were disconnected by these walls and were inspired to write or paint peaceful messages along them. There are around 40 peace walls in Belfast, with the most famous dividing Falls and Shankill Roads.
Year on year many love to visit London, and to be honest, we love it too! There’s loads of fun areas to explore in the capital whether it’s the bustling West End, quirky Camden, trendy Brixton or the popular East End. No matter where in London you visit, you’ll be sure to find a foodie’s and shopper’s paradise – ideal for the ultimate UK staycation.
But if you’re hoping for some recommendations, Oxford Street has got to be on the list. A combination of high street favourites and luxury designer stores line the street, so in other words, it’s hard not to splash the cash! Plus, London is also home to two huge Westfield shopping centres, one in White City (in West London) and the other in Stratford (in East London).
When you’re not shopping in London… you might be eating instead. If that’s the case, you’ll fall in love with London’s Southbank and Borough Market for a wide range of tasty cuisine. But if it’s the sightseeing you’re looking forward to, you’re also in for a treat. Discover Big Ben, take a spin on the London Eye, or visit one of the many interesting museums like the Natural History Museum and Tate Modern.
How about a UK staycation with a twist? Perhaps a short break to the Channel Islands will be just what you’re looking for. Jersey and Guernsey add a special island feel to your getaway and the good news is you don’t have to go very far to get it. Jersey is the biggest of the Channel Islands and offers visitors a lot of exciting things to do, especially if you love the outdoors! Enjoy refreshing walks along Beauport Beach, and in the summer you might get to enjoy a dip in the sea too. Or learn about the history of Mount Orgueil Castle, overlooking the harbour of Gorey, you can enjoy epic views from the top.
On the other hand, you might choose Guernsey for a UK staycation break. This island is similar to Jersey as you’ll have plenty of outdoor activities to get stuck into. So, kick start your days by taking a hike and admiring the beautiful scenery. Fancy a cultural experience in Guernsey? Are you by chance a Les Misérables fan? Well, if you are, you can explore the house of Victor Hugo (a French poet and novelist who wrote the popular novel). In fact, this is where he lived after his exile from France, so take a step back in time and go for a guided tour.
There’s never been a better time to enjoy some of the best UK staycations we have right on our doorstep. And we’re sure you’ll fall in love with these favourites of ours… Just see for yourself!