With the sun peeping from behind the clouds, it’s time to think about what your plans for the summer will entail. Are you hoping to jet off to faraway shores for a week or two? Or, like many families, are you feeling the pinch a little this year and hoping to save a few quid by staying a little closer to home? If this is the case, don’t feel as though you’re missing out on a decent holiday – far from it! Whether it’s a coastline retreat or a city escape, the UK has some sensational destinations to choose from – and you don’t need to plan and book flights months ahead to enjoy them. Here are some of the best.
Let’s start with a city break. With plenty of affordable Travelodge’s in London, a trip to the big smoke needn’t cost an arm and a leg, despite the stories of it doing so. With so many attractions and sights to see, you can surely fill your itinerary as much as you’d like. Plus, if you’re on a budget, many things to do are completely free, including the superb museums and glorious parks. The new Travelodge Get Up and Go Guide has plenty of suggestions to fill a quick getaway to our fair capital.
Step away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities and head to Cornwall instead. As one of the sunniest places in the country, the summer should offer sublime sunshine, blue skies and warm days. Try your hand at surfing, wander the Eden Project or sit on the beach and watch the world go by.
The city of Bath is a World Heritage Site, full of inspiring architecture. It’s also home to a thermal spa that’s definitely worth stopping by if you’re in need of a little relaxation. It doesn’t matter what the weather’s like – the heated rooftop pool is a must! Plus, you’re only a short drive from the diverse city of Bristol, which is fabulous news if you hope to merge a couple of stopovers into your staycation.
Head to the Scottish capital if you’re hoping to appreciate as much culture and entertainment as you can muster. The Edinburgh Festival is an umbrella that covers a number of festivals that are running this summer, most notable being the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August. If you are a lover of live entertainment, it’s the city to be in this August.
The Lake District
Stay in the north of England and you’ll be astounded by the views and adventures to be enjoyed. The Lake District is a warren of walks, forests, lakes and mountains to explore, and, as it’s considered to be one of the most tranquil places in the UK, you can enjoy your surroundings in complete peace. Aaaah, bliss.
It may not be equipped with golden sands, but Brighton’s shingle beach is the destination of choice for many Brits throughout the summer. Understandably so, especially when you see the wealth of what’s on offer. From the SEA LIFE centre to the Pavilion, there are plenty of attractions to enjoy. Or, you could quite easily spend the hours in the arcades and on the pier, eating fish and chips out of paper bags and munching on a stick of rock! Don’t worry about rummaging through your paperwork for the passports this year. Save some money and choose a staycation instead, you’ll be amazed at just how much the UK has to offer!