Although travel abroad is opening up more now, lots of people are still wanting to air on the side of caution and remain in their home country. The tourist industries at home will be rejoicing in people continuing to take staycations and boost their own country’s economy. The UK has some beautiful places, whether you fancy a city trip, an escape to the countryside or a beach holiday. Here are some ideas for some UK family staycations.
Devon encompasses sandy beaches, fossil cliffs, medieval towns and moorland national parks. A series of picturesque, south-coast harbour towns including Torquay, Paignton and Brixham. The South West Coast Path follows the coastline, taking in the towering cliffs of the northern Exmoor Coast and rock formations on the fossil-rich southern Jurassic Coast. If you are going during the summer holidays and have the time you could lease a car with lots of space and really explore the county. Devon has something for everyone, the adventurers, the ramblers, foodies and the leisure seekers. I think I would be heading to the beach, followed by a Devonshire cream tea!
Oxford revolves around its prestigious university, established in the 12th century. The architecture of its 38 colleges in the city’s medieval centre led poet Matthew Arnold to nickname it the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’. University College and Magdalen College are off the High Street, which runs from Carfax Tower (with city views) to the Botanic Garden on the River Cherwell. With various museums and parks, this can be a great place to explore with children. Several scenes from the Harry Potter movies were shot in Oxford, some in locations you can visit too.
Isle of Wight
Get a taste of the Isle of Wight’s history and culture by visiting one of their museums, galleries and historic sites. Possibly the Island’s most recognisable landmark is The Needles Rocks and lighthouse, nearby to which The Needles Landmark Attraction is full of things to entertain all the family. Sandham Gardens is a great place to have on your Isle of Wight child friendly itinerary, with glorious gardens, Skynets: The Big Bounce, karts and Dino golf. The Isle of Wight currently has the highest number of award-winning beaches in England. The stunning coastline and warm climate mean it’s perfect for those who love the outdoors. Walking, cycling and horse-riding are freely available for those of all abilities, with more than 500 miles of footpaths and established walking routes, and 165 miles of bridleways waiting to be discovered.
Edinburgh has a medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town with gardens and neoclassical buildings. Looming over the city is Edinburgh Castle, home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny, used in the coronation of Scottish rulers. Arthur’s Seat is an imposing peak in Holyrood Park with sweeping views, and Calton Hill is topped with monuments and memorials. Children will love visiting the dungeon, the zoo and various museums. Make it really special by staying in a Scottish castle hotel.
The Gower Peninsula
The Gower Peninsula in South Wales is Britain’s first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is an abundance of outdoor activities available to nature lovers and sportspeople. Water sports are popular with locals and visitors and waterskiing, surfing, kayaking, windsurfing, sailing and wakeboarding are available at a number of beaches. Other activities available are abseiling, archery, caving, golf, kite flying, and pony trekking. You can even arrange a flying lesson at Gower’s airport at Fairwood. Gower is also very popular with walkers due to the great scenery.
There are a wide range of activities and things to do in the Lake District, and with more than 3,100 kilometres of rights of way, you can walk and cycle around the countryside to your heart’s content. In the winter you can even learn winter skills with their very own Fell Top Assessors on Helvellyn. As well as enjoying your time on land, you can also get on the water of the lakes and coastline. We love the boutique shops and cafes to explore and have taken Lucas on the boat across Lake Windermere, played at Brockholes and visited Beatrix Potter World a couple of times.
In North Wales, Abersoch beach is a renowned centre for sailing and watersports and the town hosts an annual summer jazz festival, a regatta and a music festival. Beach huts can be rented by the day or week. There are boat trips available to nearby St Tudwal and Bardsey Island, giving spectacular views and ample opportunity to see a myriad of wildlife. Coastal and inland walking is popular here and Abersoch is a base for several circular walks of varying distance which will appeal to a range of ages and abilities. Nearby Porth Neigwl or Hell’s Mouth, is popular for surfing.
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