Jetting off on a faraway holiday can be great fun; packing up your suitcase, buying suncream and heading to the airport. But going abroad can also be stressful - you need to remember your passport, apply for a visa, think about travel insurance and learn, at least bits, of a new language in order to get by when you arrive at your chosen destination. Sure, it’s good to get away and top up your tan, but you can have just as good a time right here in the UK. Below, I’ve rounded up five of the very best UK holiday ideas that you should consider this summer.
A visit to the capital city is always good fun - well, it must be if 42 million people visit London every year. With award-winning restaurants around every corner, some of the world’s most luxurious hotels, and attractions like the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. And they shops are amazing!
If you want to get away from the pressures of everyday life and enjoy a weekend in the Great British countryside, there’s no better place to visit than Cornwall. Home to the Eden Project, Land’s End, Tintagel Castle, Minack Theatre and much more, Cornwall really is one of the country’s greatest treasures. And if you book through a company that offers country houses to rent, you can stay off of the beaten track and have access to your own private walkways.
Blackpool gets a bad wrap in the press, but if you want to let your hair down and have fun by the sea, then it’s a great destination for a summer getaway. Not only does Blackpool have a recently refurbished beachfront, but it’s home to attractions like the biggest waterpark in Europe, the iconic Blackpool Tower, three piers packed with rides, arcades and food stalls, and, of course, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, which has just launched a new £16 million rollercoaster called Icon.
Enjoy history and exploring ancient British towns and cities? You’ll love York. With its gothic York Minster cathedral, free National Railway Museum, and a 13th-century castle keep, York is big on the past. You can delve deeper into the stories behind the cobbled streets in the Jorvik Viking Centre, a fully reconstructed Viking village complete and York Dungeon, a ghost house attraction with costumed characters that are sure to give you a fright. Enter if you dare!
Head North to Scotland, and you’ll find Edinburgh, the country’s hilly capital city. People of all ages will enjoy exploring the medieval Old Town and the Georgian New Town, while Princes Street offers a great day out for shopping if you’re looking to grab some bargain souvenirs. Oh, and you can’t visit Edinburgh during the summer without a trip to the Fringe Festival, which this year runs from August 3rd to August 27th. It’s a barrel of laughs and helps you explore the city.
Where are you planning to visit this summer? Let me know in the comments below!