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11 Best Staycation Destinations in the UK 2019

Ellie MacsymonsEllie Macsymons · Jul 5, 2019

Due to soaring holiday prices for families and growing fears that Brexit will affect freedom of travel around Europe, for the first time in years, more and more Brits are swapping the blue seas and scorching temperatures of seaside resorts like Benidorm and Tenerife for a holiday at home. In fact, this year, a third of Brits are planning a ‘staycation’ in the UK in the hopes that it’ll save their family money. To help with this process, here at NetVoucherCodes, we’ve comprised a list of the best UK holiday destinations that won’t break the bank. With a mixture of city breaks, seaside holidays and countryside getaways on our list you’re sure to find a fantastic staycation for you and the family this summer.

1. Cornwall

The original staycation destination- Cornwall has long been a classic British holiday destination that’s developed into a thriving tourist hotspot over the years. With some of the best beaches in the country that look the same, or even better, than those you’d find abroad- as well as scores of surf schools and delicious Cornish pasties- Cornwall offers all of the comforts of home, as well as the seaside beauty that you crave from a beach holiday.


What’s there to do?

If you’re looking for stunning views and lush greenery make sure you head to the town of Penzance. Here you can discover Mount’s Bay beach, Trengwainton Gardens and plenty of historical and contemporary art exhibits. Just 25 minutes from Penzance you’ll also find popular holiday complex: Land’s End, or if you travel 64 miles southwest you’ll discover the delights of Plymouth- another well known holiday location in the UK. For water sport enthusiasts and beach lovers, Newquay is the place to be. Take your surfboard and enjoy a great swell in the crystal blue water or discover unusual creatures in the Blue Reef Aquarium or Newquay Zoo. Another great seaside town for surfing is St Ives. Located around 4 hours away from Newquay, St Ives also boasts fantastic contemporary art museums featuring work from well known British artists. Find more information about Cornwall here.

2. Lake district

The Lake District is England’s largest national park, and is often argued to be one of the most beautiful. Located in the Northwest of England, and within easy reach of Manchester, The Lake District is a great choice for those of you wanting to explore natural English beauty and lush green scenery.

Lake District

What’s there to do?

The Lake District has a number of great things to see and do, on top of boasting the best views in the UK. Both poet William Wordsworth’s and author Beatrix Potter’s houses can be found in small country villages in the Lake District, and have both proven to be popular tourist locations. There’s also the quaint beauty of villages like Grasmere where you can try the world’s best gingerbread and one of the smaller lakes located within the area. Then, of course, there’s the breathtaking views from Scafell Pike and the still and tranquil waters of Windermere lake- the largest lake in the UK- where you can enjoy cruises and water sport activities like kayaking. Find more information on the Lake District here.

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3. Portmeirion

If you’re heading on a family staycation to Wales then make sure you pay a visit to the vibrant town of Portmeirion. This popular tourist location in Gwynedd boasts idyllic gardens, unique, Italian inspired architecture and a number of award winning restaurants. And, as Portmeirion is located just 20 minutes from Porthmadog, you have the luxury of enjoying two beautiful towns in one during your holiday to Wales.

What’s there to do?

During your visit to Portmeirion you can discover both Harlech beach and Black Rock Sands beach both of which are great for the family to enjoy on a warm summer’s day. And, although Portmeirion has become more well known over the years, it’s still just a small village in the community of Penrhyndeudraeth, meaning that you won’t have to put up with crowds of tourists swarming the beaches like you would in other popular seaside destinations. Portmeirion is also home to Afon Glaslyn river, estuary, canyon and mountain as well as Llyn Cwm Bychan; a luscious lake in a countryside setting where you can also find hiking trails and great places for family picnics. Find more information about Portmeirion here.

4. Edinburgh

Scotland’s busy capital- Edinburgh is one of the most diverse cities in the UK, with plenty of traditional and historical sites and buildings, as well as a busy nightlife scene and a great, modern high street. Although staying in the busy city may be expensive, it doesn’t mean you cannot visit the capital without spending a fortune. Why not choose to stay in the Leith district that’s just an hours walk or a 12 minute drive from the city centre? Here you’ll also be closer to the botanical gardens and Royal Yacht Britannia, both of which are worth visiting during your stay in Scotland.

What’s there to do?

One of Edinburgh’s main attractions is Edinburgh Castle, a spectacular old fortress that dominates the city’s skyline from its position on the Castle Rock. The castle is home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny, used in the coronation of Scottish rulers. It’s also where you’ll find Arthur’s Seat, a well known peak for hiking and sightseeing in the city. In this area you’ll also find the 16th century Palace of Holyroodhouse where you can enjoy tours of the abbey and surrounding gardens. All of these attractions can be found in Edinburgh’s medieval Old Town where there’s also a plethora of pubs to be uncovered on the Royal Mile. Or, if you’re looking for something a bit more modern to discover, why not head to the elegant Georgian New Town where there’s plenty of beautiful gardens and neoclassical buildings. Find more information on Edinburgh here.

5. Fleetwood

When it comes to popular seaside destinations we’re sure you’re all well aware of the Vegas of England – sunny Blackpool – but have you ever heard of its neighbouring town Fleetwood? This fellow seaside town, although smaller and quieter than Blackpool, boasts even better views of the Irish Sea, than it’s adjacent, as well as stunning panoramas of Morecambe Bay and the River Wyre. And, with no crowds of tourists littering the promenade, this coastal town allows you to enjoy stunning English sunsets and beachside fun in peace.

What’s there to do?

On a warm day you can take the kids to the beach to play in the sand while you enjoy a bag of chips in one of the seaside chalets available. Or, why not explore Fleetwood’s museum or the Pharos and Beach lighthouses located along the promenade. Once a thriving fishing town, minutes from Fleetwood beach you’ll find a large boating lake where you can enjoy crabbing, as well as the docks where you can also enjoy spectacular views of Knott-End. Although small, this town also boasts a plethora of parks, including a skate park, plus an indoor and outdoor swimming pool and the infamous Marine Hall where you can take pleasure in lush, green gardens and a selection of shows and concerts. Looking for great views? Head to ‘The Mount’ where you can observe the town from a bird’s eye view while enjoying a picnic with the family.

If you’re heading to Blackpool for a staycation this summer why not pitch up in Fleetwood and enjoy both the beauty and tranquility of a local seaside town as well as the fun and hectic feel of Blackpool prom. Located just 20 minutes away from each other these two towns are easily accessible by frequent trams that also offer stunning views of the Fylde coast from one end to the other. By using the tram you can also discover even smaller towns in between Fleetwood and Blackpool such as Thornton, Cleveleys and Rossall which offer farms, sea views, funfairs in the summer, great bars and restaurants, shops, a cinema and much more. Find more information about Fleetwood here.

6. The English Riviera (Torbay)

With stunning coastal harbours decorated with crystal blue water and swaying green palm trees, there’s no wonder that Torbay has been dubbed ‘The English Riviera’. The borough of Torbay is located in Devon and spans the towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham, all of which are located around an east-facing natural harbour on the English Channel, creating a picturesque backdrop that you’d expect to find on a postcard.

What’s there to do?

There are many places to visit during your trip to the English Riviera including the beautiful beaches: Babbacombe and Maidencombe. Here you can enjoy so many family friendly holiday activities that don’t cost a thing. Head down to South Devon’s beautiful bay and sun yourself on the glorious sandy beaches, or check out the award winning attractions such as Woodlands Family Theme Park and Crealy Theme Park and Resort. Make sure you also check out Babbacombe Model Village, which has proven to be a huge hit with families thanks to the impressive miniature village, stunning gardens and the jaw-dropping illuminations show at night. You can request a full guide to see this summer’s events on the English Riviera website.

7. London

If you’re looking for a top English city break then your number one choice should, of course, be the Capital City: London. Not only does London boast world famous sights, historic buildings and attractions, and the Royal Family, it also provides all the hustle and bustle that you’d expect from a capital city including a great highstreet, plenty of bars and restaurants and theatre shows and plays on the famous Westend.

What’s there to do?

With so much available to do, it’s likely that you’ll need to return to London to see all you want to see, but for your first time there, there are a few attractions that are a must see. Take a stroll down the River Thames and check out Big Ben, The Houses Of Parliament and the London Eye, all of which are just minutes from one another. Then of course there’s the London Bridge, Buckingham Palace and The Tower Of London, all of which are free to visit (unless you want to go inside that is.) London is also home to some of the best museums in the world including the Science Museum and National History Museum, or if you’re looking for more kid friendly activities you can always head to Harry Potter World at Warner Brother Studios, Legoland Windsor or Chessington World of Adventures. Find more information about London here.

8. Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire is packed with everything from sandy beaches to 186 miles of scenic coastal path, it even has a castle or two for you to explore. With National Parks, theme parks and plenty of blue sea beaches, Pembrokeshire is a great family holiday destination that has loads of things to do, come rain or shine.

What’s there to do?

Pembrokeshire’s historical hotspots include the stunning Pembroke Castle; an awe-inspiring fortress set on the banks of River Cleddau that boasts unrivalled views of the surrounding green Welsh landscape. If you’re looking for something more lively then Oakwood Theme Park is the place for you. With thrilling roller coasters and Roald Dahl-inspired land, plus 30% off when you book online, this is a great place to take kids of all ages this summer. Animal lovers may prefer the Manor House Wildlife Park, or the Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo, both of which feature animals of all kinds as well as funfairs and plenty of kid’s activities. Find more information about Pembrokeshire here.

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9. The Scottish Highlands

The Scottish Highlands are well known for their astonishing views, naturally beautiful landscapes and fascinating wildlife. With so many beautiful lands, hills and mountains to explore in this area, a visit to the Scottish Highlands will make a great adventure holiday for both couples and families this summer.

What’s there to do?

With beautiful national parks and thriving towns and villages, the Scottish Highlands is a staycation that won’t disappoint. At the centre of this region you’ll find the infamous Loch Ness that’s overlooked by the ruins of the medieval Urquhart Castle and known for the mythical monster “Nessie”.

If you’re someone that can’t bear to tear yourself away from the city, Inverness is a good compromise, with great shopping opportunities and its very own castle, just a day trip away from the main Highland area. Northeast, near the city of Inverness, you can also catch dolphins swimming in the Moray Firth as well as the Geopark and Knoydart Peninsula that offers a wealth of wildlife, including herons, deer and seals. Or, if you want to get away from the city, why not head Southwest, to the Western Highlands, where you’ll find trails that wind up Ben Nevis, the U.K.’s highest peak. Here there’s also red deer that frequently roam Glencoe valley and its stunning waterfalls. Find more information about the Scottish Highlands here.

10. Llandudno

This Victorian seaside gem is as vibrant as it is historic, and it just so happens to be conveniently located right by Snowdonia, in case you’re looking to spend a couple of days exploring some of Wales’ best-known parks during your staycation.

What’s there to do?

There are some brilliant adult and kid friendly hiking trails available in and around Llandudno including Alice in Wonderland-themed walks, based on the real-life Alice Liddell. If you’re planning on heading to Llandudno this year then make sure you visit Conwy- a stunning town that’s earned World Heritage Site status because of it’s beautiful landscape. In this area you’ll also find the iconic Conwy Castle and Colwyn Bay, a seaside town that overlooks the splendid Irish Sea.

Half an hour away from Llandudno you’ll find Snowdonia National Park that has a landscape like no other, making it a popular travel spot for climbers and tourists alike, and an ideal location for a more adventurous staycation. The National Park is where you’ll also find Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales. However if you’re not up for climbing or hiking that far, you can also check out the beautiful mixture of mountains, forests and sandy beaches that Snowdonia has to offer. For more information about Llandudno and Snowdonia see

11. Railtrail

If you’re a family, group, couple or single traveller that’s looking to explore more than one place in the UK this year then why not create your own staycation tour? Take your car on a road trip around Britain, or if you’re looking for a more relaxing mode of transport why not consider the Rail Trail? From Cornwall to the Highlands and Snowdonia to Norfolk, the Railtrail has Britain covered. Your escorted rail holiday can be packaged from your local station and allows you to explore the UK and Ireland with speed and comfort, while providing great scenery from your train window.

What’s there to see?

The Rail Trail provides tours to destinations all over the UK including Cheshire, Cornwall, the Channel Islands, Devon, Dorset, the Isle of Wight, the Isle of Man, Lancashire, the Midlands, Norfolk, Northern Island, the Peak District, Scotland, Wales, Yorkshire and many more. Travel from one end of the UK to the other with plenty of stops in between and explore an abundance of counties and world famous sights along the way! Are you a Harry Potter fan? Did you know with the Rail Trail you can visit the Glenfinnan Viaduct- also known as the huge bridge that the Hogwarts Express crosses every year throughout the film franchise? There’s also steam, rail and ale tours available as well as seasonal trails and heritage tours. Find more information about the Rail Trail here.

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