The New Year is the perfect time to start planning your next UK staycation. Whether you’re looking for a fun Easter break or are looking ahead to the summer, England and Wales and packed with some of the best staycation locations for a memorable family getaway.
With so much choice, we’ve rounded up some of the top picks for 2023 to make booking your next holiday a breeze.
Check out the locations that hit the mark – whether you want adventure or relaxation.
The Lake District
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Lake District is by far one of the most popular locations for a staycation in the UK – and it’s not hard to see why. Last year, the area celebrated the 70th anniversary of its formal designation as England’s largest National Park and the landscape has inspired poets and writers throughout the years. Not to mention the region’s fantastic food. There are 10 Michelin-starred restaurants in Cumbria – that’s the most outside of London!
This county is perfect for families looking to enjoy a mix of adventure and much-needed downtime. There are activities galore for energetic adults and kids. From cycling and walking to flying through the treetops on a zip wire – it really has it all. It’s not just on land that you’ll find fun, water lovers are catered for too. Canoeing, sailing, canyoning, or, if you prefer, a gentle boat trip on the lake – there are plenty of activities for everyone.
Looking for a spot of culture and heritage? You’ve come to the right place. There are scores of museums, galleries and heritage centres where you can experience the history and community of this beautiful area.
All in all, the Lake District is a region with a perfect blend of adventure and relaxation for everyone. Whatever time of the year you visit, the colourful landscape welcomes you to immerse yourself in the beauty and serenity of its towns and villages.
Home to a captivating coastline and beautiful countryside, Dorset is another top location for your next staycation. This county is bursting with activities and fun for adults and children. The area is famed for its prehistoric shorelines, and it’s here you can hunt for fossils and learn about the dinosaurs that once roamed the land.
If you’re looking to enjoy more of the coastline, the South West Coast Path complements Dorset’s stretch of shoreline. Walk, jog or cycle on this scenic route for a few miles or more (depending on how energetic you feel!). This is one of the best ways to see some of the area’s most stunning spots, such as Durdle Door. Why not make it a bigger challenge with a fun quiz and self-guided themed Treasure Trail?
If a spot of retail therapy hits the spot, Bournemouth and Poole make the ideal shopping stop. These bustling locations are packed with big brands and independent boutiques – perfect for finding a keepsake of your trip. Of course, there are also plenty of places to head for a bite to eat.
Another must-visit attraction on your staycation is Monkey World. Home to over 250 endangered and rescued apes and monkeys, this is an ideal place for the kids to experience monkeys up close and learn about the life-saving work of the centre. In addition, with one of the south of England’s largest play areas on site, the kids are sure to burn off that excess holiday energy.
With miles of sandy shores and spectacular scenery as far as the eye can see – it’s no wonder Cornwall comes out as one of the best staycation locations in the UK. So naturally, this region is a popular choice for summer stays. However, the diversity of destinations, from north to south, makes it a top choice year-round.
Cornwall is a place for adventure, relaxation and heritage lovers. One of the best-loved sports in the area is surfing, and heading to Newquay gives you a glimpse into a surfer’s paradise. Beginners and professionals alike take to the waves along the north coast. So, book a few lessons to experience why the locals love it so much.
Heading to the furthest tip of Cornwall takes you to Lands End. Here you can get a picture with the infamous signpost and admire the breathtaking views from the vantage point. Around the coast, you’ll find St. Michaels Mount. With its oldest buildings dating back to the 12th century, this tiny island is home to a medieval church and castle. Getting there is simple – hop on the regular boat service, or walk over the causeway at low tide.
No trip to Cornwall would be complete without a visit to the Eden Project. This fascinating attraction is home to topical biomes and the world’s largest greenhouse. Visitors come from far and wide, with the British Travel Awards naming it Best UK Leisure Attraction five years in a row. There are activities for everyone as you wander the biomes. Plus, with an educational centre, outdoor garden displays and a walkway above the canopy – it’s a family-friendly day out, whatever the weather.
Choose from the UK’s best staycation locations
The UK has some of the most beautiful destinations for a staycation in 2023. From Yorkshire to Norfolk, each region has a unique appeal whether you’re looking for a coastal or countryside getaway. Wherever you choose, kate & tom’s can make it truly unforgettable with luxury cottages in all the most beautiful corners of England and Wales.
Whether you’re looking for a hair-raising adventure or a much-needed few days of relaxation – we have it covered. What’s more, our large cottages cater to the little extras. Is a swimming pool top of your wishlist for a summer staycation? Or perhaps a hot tub is the perfect addition? There’s a house with all you could need and much more. Looking to include the whole family, including your four-legged pals? We even have a selection of dog-friendly cottages.