Top Five Staycation Holidays in the UK
Do you think you need to travel all the way to New York to experience the big city?
Or head to Bondi beach to catch some waves? Here at National Holidays we’ve been scouting out the best UK destinations for you this summer, by matching them with popular tourist hot spots in Europe and beyond.
The Big City
Swap New York, USA for London, England
London is unlike any other city in the world and has so much to offer for a staycation. Rather than Broadway, get your musical fix at the West End, swap Central Park for Hyde Park and the Liberty Statue for Big Ben. The city is a great place to bring the family with free museums, London Zoo and LegoLand located nearby.
“London is full of icons, from the red London buses to Big Ben. From the London Eye to Tower Bridge, you can’t help feeling at home here because you’ve seen it all in movies and on TV. You can even tour the locations of your favourite shows!”
Comment from VisitBritain website
Swap Queenstown, New Zealand for Snowdonia, Wales
While Queenstown is known for its beautiful scenery and breath-taking mountains, you don’t have to travel to the other side of the world to experience it. Snowdonia features four mountain ranges and over one hundred lakes, as well as lovely valleys and charming villages. Visitors can experience the highest point in Wales by climbing up Snowdon or catching the Snowdon Mountain train and visiting the famous summit.
“Snowdon Mountain Railway is the UK’s only public rack and pinion railway, and has been taking passengers to the summit since 1896. Experience breath taking view on the journey up, from the first views of the waterfall plunging into the gorge below, to the breath-taking sights over the sheer edge of Rocky Valley. Once you reach the top, one of the world’s greatest panoramas is revealed at the Summit Visit Hafod Eryri. Venture to the cairn, where on a clear day you can see Ireland, England, Scotland and the Isle of Man.”
Experience beautiful scenery
Swap Yosemite, America for Loch Lomond, Scotland
Rather than travelling to America to experience beautiful scenery in the famous national park of Yosemite, try somewhere a little closer to home. Loch Lomond has just as much to offer and attracts visitors from near and far every year.
Take in unspoilt delights such as stunning views, glittering waters and breathtaking peaks. The national park boasts two forest parks, named Argyll and Queen Elizabeth, and is home to 25 percent of the UK’s threatened bird, animal and plant species.
“One thing you can be sure of when you arrive in Loch Lomond is the warmest of welcomes from friendly locals. We recommend hopping on a loch cruise or sitting back and enjoying the view from our stunning lochs, hills and forests.”
The beach holiday
Swap Bondi Beach, Australia for Newquay, England
We’re all familiar with the iconic Bondi Beach but you can also experience breath taking sandy shores in Newquay.
Newquay is also known as the UK’s surfing capital and has an array of spectacular beaches to visit. Voted as the best seaside resort in Cornwall, Newquay is perfect place to unwind, witness glorious coastlines and have fun with the whole family.
“Newquay is Cornwall’s favourite holiday destination, boasting some of the finest sandy beaches in the country. The town is also home to some of the world’s best water sports competitions with the Boardmasters festival and the surfing championships held in the resort.”
Comment from Newquay.co.uk
Swap Beijing, China for York, England
While cities like Beijing are known for their impressive history, why not visit one of the best preserved medieval cities in the UK? It’s the ideal place for history buffs!
York may not be an official capital city however it is known to some as “Yorkshire’s ancient capital” with its strong Roman, Viking and Medieval heritage. It’s literally surrounded by history, so instead of trekking on the Great Wall of China, why not wander along York’s famous ancient wall surrounding the city? Visitors can carry on walking back in time to ‘The Shambles’ and experience the feel of a real life medieval street. Standing proudly in the heart of York is the York Minster, one of the largest cathedrals in Northern Europe stepped in over 2000 years of history– a must see for any visitor.
“York makes the perfect Staycation destination with over 30 attractions within our compact city centre to choose from. From the largest Gothic Cathedral North of the Alps to the longest and best preserved city walls in England and don’t forget we’re the most haunted city in Europe!”
Make it York
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