UK staycation ideas for 2021/2022

Planning a staycation in 2021/2022? Why not check out our guide to holidays in the UK and Ireland with top tips, destination ideas, detailed weather guides and more.

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Why book a staycation?

Staycations are a popular alternative to holidays abroad for many reasons. Some people prefer not to fly or don't want to travel for long periods of their holiday. Others simply want to explore what their country has to offer.

Days out to Windsor Castle, UK - photo courtesy of VisitBritain
Days out to Windsor Castle, UK - photo courtesy of VisitBritain

If you do choose to take a staycation you can save time and money on flights and potentially reduce the carbon footprint of your holiday.

Staycations in the UK and Ireland are likely to be popular this summer, with current restrictions on international travel and the potential risks of the coronavirus affecting foreign holidays.

What is a staycation?

A staycation is a holiday in your own country rather than abroad. This might be time off from work at home or another location.

If you're considering a staycation in 2021/2022, you have a wide choice available to you from family holidays to a holiday park to a couple break to spa retreat.

  • Beach holidays
  • City breaks
  • Family holidays
  • Golfing breaks
  • Romantic breaks
  • Spa breaks
  • Activity holidays
  • Theatre breaks
  • Theme parks & water parks
  • Walking & rambling
  • History & heritage

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Top UK staycation destinations

Looking for destination ideas for a UK staycation in 2021? We've compiled some top 10s for different types of destination. We'll start with the most popular regions:

  • Cornwall
  • Devon
  • Lake District
  • Norfolk
  • Scottish Highlands
  • Dorset
  • North Yorkshire
  • North Wales
  • Suffolk
  • Cotswolds
  • Peak District

You might like to consider one of the UK's many towns and cities with many top attractions and activities to keep you occupied on your staycation.

  • London
  • Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Bath, Somerset
  • Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
  • Cardiff, Wales
  • York, North Yorkshire
  • Canterbury, Kent
  • Oxford, Oxfordshire
  • Birmingham, West Midlands
  • Winchester, Hampshire
  • Manchester
  • Newcastle, Tyne & Wear

If you want to head to the coastline for the beaches or just some sea air, why not consider one of the following coastal destinations for your staycation in 2021/2022.

  • Brighton, East Sussex
  • Bournemouth, Dorset
  • Newquay, Cornwall
  • Lyme Regis
  • St Ives, Cornwall
  • Scarborough, North Yorkshire
  • Blackpool, Lancashire
  • Cromer, Norfolk
  • Falmouth, Cornwall
  • Plymouth, Devon
  • Southport, Merseyside
  • Tynemouth, Tyne & Wear
  • Isle of Wight
  • Southwold, Suffolk
  • Porthmadog, Gwynedd
  • Whitstable, Kent
  • Orkney Islands
  • Aberystwyth, Ceredigion
  • Tenby, Pembrokeshire
  • Tobermory, Isle of Mull

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You might consider a coastal destination near a beach, somewhere close to natural or historical tourist attractions. Alternatively your destination might be based on the attractions and activities nearby.

Find out more about the UK weather and also check out the latest UK travel deals and discounts to save even more on your staycation in 2021/2022.

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More about UK holidays

UK holiday rentals

Find holiday rentals in the UK including holiday homes, self-catering accommodation, B&Bs, shared space, home swaps and short-term lets.

  • Airbnb
  • Interhome
  • Oliver's Travels
  • VRBO

UK cottages

Search for holiday cottages in the UK including contemporary and traditional self-catering accommodation.

  • Cornish Traditional Cottages
  • Cotswolds Hideaways
  • Dream Cottages
  • FBM Holidays
  • Helpful Holidays
  • Hideaways
  • Quality Cottages
  • Rural Retreats
  • Stays Cottage Holidays
  • Toad Hall Cottages

UK hotels

Compare prices for hotels in the UK by booking directly with hotel chains and independent hotels or via online travel agencies and hotel comparison websites.

  • Best Western
  • IHG
  • Priceline
  • Travelodge
  • Warner Leisure Hotels

UK camping & hostels

Looking for camping holidays in the UK? Browse hostels and campsites for camping, glamping, yurts, cabins, tree houses, youth hostels and caravan parks.

  • Campsited
  • Hostel World
  • Quality Unearthed
  • YHA

UK holiday parks

Discover family holidays and short breaks at holiday parks, activity centres and seaside resorts in the UK with lots of activities, adventures and entertainment for all.

  • Bluestone
  • John Fowler Holidays
  • Pontins
  • Pure Leisure
  • Shorefield Holidays

UK car hire

Need to hire a car for the UK? Check out the car hire companies and brokers offering car rentals for the UK.

  • Avis
  • Enterprise
  • Europcar
  • Hertz

UK days out & things to do

Planning days out in the UK? Find out what tourist attractions, activities and events are available and where to book and things to do and places to visit in the UK.

  • English Heritage
  • National Trust
  • National Trust for Scotland
  • RHS

UK theme parks & waterparks

Explore the theme parks and waterparks in the UK and plan fun packed activities and short breaks for the whole family.

  • Alton Towers
  • Chessington World of Adventures
  • LEGOLAND Holidays
  • Thorpe Park
  • Warwick Castle

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