Best places to visit in the UK for your summer staycation

Port Isaac village in Cornwall

Every year over 40 million people visit the UK from overseas for a holiday. The country is well known for its picturesque landscapes, rich history, and fun yet affordable things to do. Which begs the question, why do we feel the need to go abroad for our summer holiday? This explains why so many people are opting for a staycation this summer, to give them the opportunity to embrace other areas of the country and experience different things. 

So if you want to make the most of your summer staycation, but are struggling to know where to go or what to do, then this is the guide for you. Here we have put together the best places in the UK to visit this summer, things you can enjoy with friends and family, while also exploring new landscapes. With our help you will have the best summer ever!

Scottish Highlands

At the top end of the country lies the Scottish highlands. This often rocky terrain can make for the perfect destination in the UK this summer. The area is famous all over the world and is considered one of the real treasures in Britain. Some of the most popular things to see and do in the Scottish highlands include Ben Nevis, the country’s largest national park, the Cairngorms, and the Jacobite steam train which is best known as the Hogwarts Express.

Glenfinnan Viaduct, one of the most iconic locations in Scotland

While the Scottish Highlands are a part of mainland UK, it is home to a whole new culture and way of life, from their own highland games to their unique style of dancing and music. Not to mention you will also be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding the perfect accommodation.


With clean beaches, great open spaces, and plenty of places to visit, Northumberland should be high up there on your list of places to go for your UK summer staycation. It is home to many old castles, and some go as far back as the 17th century.

Large castle on top of rocky mound

The imposing Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland

The walking trails are also a popular aspect of the area as you can take in the picturesque views and wildlife throughout. If you are feeling brave you can even embark on the infamous 62 mile coastal path challenge. But be warned, it isn’t for anyone not used to hiking long distances.


With its quaint villages, grand homes, and miles after miles of countryside landscape, it is no surprise that the Cotswolds is considered one of the prettiest areas in the country. It covers areas including Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, and Gloucestershire, which means that you are never going to run out of things to do and places to visit.

One place you should definitely head to  is Prince Charles’ private residence, Highgrove House. You can walk around the grounds and take in the gorgeous gardens. Plus, don’t miss the iconic Broadway Tower which stands tall on high ground with sweeping views out across the Cotswolds and beyond.

Broadway Tower in the Cotswolds


If you are looking for the perfect summer staycation by the sea then you should head down to Cornwall as soon as possible. Being in Cornwall feels just like being abroad, due to its crystal clear blue waters, and hot temperatures. Cornwall is home to the world-famous Fistral beach which attracts tourists from all over the world, especially surfers. Or for a quieter stretch of coastline head down to the Lizard Peninsula and enjoy the hiking trails along the cliff tops, and the hidden coves along the way.

Lizard Point in Cornwall

Lizard Point in Cornwall

Newquay town is also full of great places to eat and drink, as well as some independent shops where you can treat yourself to the perfect souvenir. Or make your way to St. Ives for culture, seafood, and sand right on your doorstep.


If you are looking for something a bit different from your summer staycation this year then you should definitely take a trip to Brighton. It is one of the most vibrant towns in the country and is rich in both history and culture. No matter what you are looking for from your time away, you will find it in Brighton.

Brighton is also home to its lively and beautiful beach, meaning that you can have a traditional British day out at the seaside. But if you enjoy some retail therapy while you are away then you won’t be short of shops to visit during your trip as well. Churchill Square is the main shopping centre in Brighton and is home to over 70 shops. Brighton’s high streets are also full of the major stores that we all know and love. If you are looking for something a bit edgy and unique, then be sure to take a trip to the North Laines as these are full of independent shops.


If you are looking for a city that is full of culture, hosts beautiful architecture, and has plenty of nightlife to enjoy then Manchester is the place for you. From the trendy and hipster bars in the Northern Quarter area of the city to the world famous Canal Street, the nightlife is one of the best in the country. Similarly, Manchester is just as famous for being home to many sports venues. From Manchester City to Manchester United football stadiums, to the Old Trafford Cricket ground, there is a lot of sporting fun to be had.

Salford Quays in Manchester

Salford Quays in Manchester

Manchester is also home to Chill Factore, which hosts the longest real snow slope. Here you can have fun learning how to sledge, and even get private ski lessons. This is a popular attraction for many people enjoying staycation holidays every year in the UK as it is the perfect opportunity to learn a new skill in the comfort of the UK.

Lake District

The Lake District is such a great place to visit that it receives visitors all year round, but even more so in the summer months. It is a great place to go if you want to take in the breathtaking views and unique scenery. Some of the most popular attractions include the walking trails and hikes that the area is home to.

The Lake District also boasts highest mountain in England, Scafell Pike, which attracts tourists who love spending time outdoors. But don’t worry if you aren’t a seasoned hiker as there are plenty of walks that are simple enough for beginners.

Kentmere Valley in the Lake District

Walking in the southern Lake District is a highlight

Finding the perfect destination for your summer staycation in the UK doesn’t have to be as difficult as you might think, and by doing your research and planning places to visit before you go, you will have the trip of a lifetime!

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