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With half-term fast approaching, many of us will be looking to book last minute trips. While the likes of Spain or Turkey might usually be high on our lists, this year more of us are hoping to holiday right here in the UK. But make no mistake, holidays at home are no runner up prize, from beautiful beaches to incredible mountain ranges, and big bustling cities, the UK breaks have it all. Us Brits are absolutely spoilt for choice when it comes to potential staycation locations, but where is the best place to visit?

Well, I asked a tonne of UK bloggers for their favourite UK staycation spots and my god did they deliver...

A shingle beach leading into beautiful blue sea on the english channel

... Here are the top 10 places to staycation in the UK according to the bloggers!

10. The Peak District

The Peak District, which can be found in the heart of England, is home to the first the of UK's national parks. The area features 1,600 miles of public rights of way so it's no surprise that the majority of tourists flocking to the Peak District intend to do some form of walking. Of those rights of way mentioned, 64 miles are accessible to disabled people, making it a good choice for anyone looking for a more easy-going staycation. Along with incredible scenery, The Peak District also offers some great historic houses such as Chatsworth, and even Caves which are open to the public!

Molly (Girl About Derbyshire) has written a great itinerary of things to do in The Peak District in just 48 hours, which will be an ideal read if you're looking to visit the area for a weekend staycation.

Looking down at cable cars crossing the rolls hills of the Peak District in the UK
The Heights Of Abraham, Matlock Bath

9. Bath

Bath is famous for its beautiful golden architecture and ancient Roman Baths, of which it takes its name. It is the largest city in Somerset which is ideal as it welcomes nearly 4 million visitors each year. The city which became a world heritage site in 1987, was home to Jane Austin and at least two of her novels were set here, which is why you'll find several tourist attractions based on her life and works in the area.

Tracy (Enjoy England For Less) has a fantastic blog post which covers all aspects of visiting beautiful Bath, including a whole list of free things to do in the city!

8. Norfolk

Norfolk is a county in the East of England which holds the record for the highest concentration of medieval churches in the world. Dripping with history, and full to the brim with listed buildings, Norfolk really is a treat for history nerds, but if that's not your thing the beach surely is! The Norfolk coastline runs for almost 100 miles. Here you will find golden beaches, plenty of piers, and even the UK's largest Seal colony! 

Looking for luxury accommodation in Norfolk? Why not check out Sophie's (Soph Hearts) review of Congham Hall Hotel & Spa.

7. Yorkshire

Yorkshire, the UK's largest county and one absolutely jam packed with things to do. Famed for its natural beauty, rich history, and of course everyone's favourite pudding, a staycation in Yorkshire really has it all. Alongside being home to many historic towns such as York and Harrogate, 3 of the UK's national parks also fall within Yorkshire's boundaries making it a great area for walking holidays. 

If chasing waterfalls is your kinda thing Danny (Danny Explores) has put together a cracking guide on the Ingleton Waterfall trail which he claims are the best waterfalls in Yorkshire. And if you're looking for an accessible break, Pippa (Life Of Pippa) has it covered with her post on Yorks wheelchair accessible indie coffee shops and cafes.

6. Brighton

Brighton often finds itself rated amongst some of the best seaside towns across the world, and for a good reason. The town, often fondly referred to as 'London by the sea', is home to both Britain's oldest cinema and the world's oldest aquarium, among other attractions. You'll also find plenty of beautiful listed buildings, a crazy amount of pubs, and even a nudist beach within walking distance of the Brighton City Centre - I guess it has something for everyone!

Looking for a seafront hotel? Look no further, Chloe (Wanderlust Chloe) has rounded up some of the best seaside hotels in Brighton!

Looking across the shingle beach over to Brighton Pier.
Brighton Pier

5. London

London town, the busiest of the UK's cities, and in my experience also the dustiest. England's capital city is home to a whole host of tourist attractions which is why it's so popular with both our own population and that of the world. From the first-ever Hard Rock Cafe to the Queen's house, London has a tonne of famous places to visit and thanks to the Tube it's easy enough to see them all! If you do use the underground, however, beware of the mosquitos! A special breed of mosquito has specifically evolved to live in the dark of the London underground, though I don't think I've ever personally come across one!

Thinking of having a little beverage or two on your London staycation? Della (Della Loves Nutella) has handpicked the best cocktail bars around Covent Garden so you'll never be short of options!

Taken from the top of the Tate Modern gallery in London. The London skyline is in full view with noticeable buildings such as St Pauls down below.
The London skyline

4. The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds cover a large area of west England and are most famous for their numerous picturesque towns and villages. The area, which actually lies within 6 counties (Wiltshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, and Somerset) is home to historic houses, wildlife parks, and miles of glorious countryside. In the winter months, you will see Christmas markets and celebrations in most Cotswold towns and in the summer months, you'll find flower and lavender fields in bloom.

Don't forget to check out Kitti's (Kitti Around The World) list of 8 Cotswold towns you must visit, and if you're in need of a dog-friendly hotel, Danielle (It's A Danielle Life) has you covered with her review of The Fish Hotel in Broadway.

Grace is wearing a short white dress. She is standing in a field full of cotswold lavender
Cotswold Lavender, Broadway

3. Devon

Devon is home to a number of pretty seaside towns along two coastlines. These charming social centres are the main reason for the flock of tourists which flood the county each year and for a good reason. Not only do visitors have the choice of two separate coasts to choose from (something no other English county has) they also have a range of activities to do once they arrive. From surfing to sightseeing and even fossil hunting on the Jurassic coast, you'll never have a dull staycation here.

If you're looking for inspiration, why not check out Charlotte's (A Fashion Oddity) post on the top places to visit in South Devon!

2. Cornwall

When thinking of Cornwall it's likely that your mind wanders to memories of childhood holidays and warm pasties on the beach - Cornwall is the home of the traditional Cornish pasty we all know and love after all. But this British county has so much more to offer than savoury treats. Museums, beaches, theme parks, and even giant greenhouses, Cornwall has something for absolutely everyone which is why it's no surprise that 4 million people visit the area each year.

For a pretty complete guide to Falmouth check out Samantha's (Cocobutter Blog) post which gives a detailed run down of what she got up to in the Cornish town. If seafood is your thing, Charlotte (Charlotte Rick) has reviewed her favourite restaurant in Cornwall - The Fish House.

1. The Lake District

Over 15 million people visit the Lake District year each and it's clear to see why. The area holds vast forests, a number of waterfalls, and of course multiple picturesque lakes. The scenery is the main reason tourists swarm the Lake District, however visitors to the area don't have to simply admire the views, they can get up close and personal by hiking the mountains and sailing the lakes.

Why not check out my guide to the most beautiful locations in the Lake District before you head up there? Believe me, you won't want to miss out! And if you fancy trying your hand at hiking but your skills are lacking Emmalene (A Brummie Home And Abroad) has a great post on hiking for non-hikers which you might find handy!

Looking across Derwentwater lake in the Lake District
Looking out over Derwentwater in the Lake District

Thank you to all the wonderful bloggers who voted for their favourite place to staycation in the UK! Almost 100 of you lovely bunch contributed to this post which wouldn't have been possible without your votes and knowledge! 

So now you know which locations the bloggers love, where are your top places to staycation in the UK?

Thanks for reading!

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The top image shows Derwent water in the Lake District UK. The bottom image shows Brighton beach sloping into the sea. Text between the images reads "The top 10 places to staycation in the UK according to bloggers"


  1. This post makes me appreciate the
    beautiful places in the UK. 😀

    1. When I was doing research for this post I discovered so much that I didn't know about the UK and it's left me with a list of new places to see!

      Grace xx

  2. The Peak District, Bath and Brighton are all on my UK bucket list! I loveeee staycations in the UK. They're one of my favourite types of holidays. I love the Norfolk Broads and the Lake District. As well as Shropshire and Lincolnshire! The UK has so many hidden gems! x

    1. There really are so many beaut places here isn't there! You should absolutely make time to visit those you've mentioned, they're all amazing places!

      Grace xx

  3. So many of these places are ones I adore, we really are so lucky to live in the UK. Especially as centrally as we do as no where is too far away. X

    1. Oh there really are so many great places on our doorsteps here!

      Grace xx

  4. This post is so cool! I love that you've asked bloggers their thoughts and opinions. I've just come back from a long weekend in the New Forest and some time in Bournemouth and it was so picturesque and lovely. I also LOVE Cornwall!


    1. Thank you so much lovely! I always find that bloggers are the best people to ask for recommendations, they know everything! I absolutely Love the New Forest and Bournemouth, I spent a lot of time there as a kid!

      Grace xx

  5. I loved reading about your staycation ideas Grace! People need to remember that there are such beautiful places in the UK, I've been to Bath and Brighton before and they're lovely places! x

    Lucy |

    1. Thank you so much lovely :) I think we've all learnt to appreciate the beautiful places we have local to us this year!

      Grace xx

  6. This is a great list, and thank you for including my Cotswolds suggestions! I'm happy you included the Peak District, since live close to it, I'm spending a lot of time there and cannot get bored of it. I've been to most of the places, however still have some, like Cornwall or Devon I want to see.

    1. Thank you so much for contributing to it! There are some fantastic places in Devon and Cornwall, I'm actually surprised one of them didn't take the top spot!

      Grace xx

  7. I completely love Brighton! Haven't been to Peak District yet, but planning to go soon!

    1. Brighton is lovely isn't it! And there are some great places in the Peak District too!

      Grace xx

  8. All of these places look very beautiful, but Lake District is amazing. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  9. These are such stunning places girly! I'm so keen to visit The Cotswolds, the Cotswolds lavender looks lush! I'm definitely keen to explore more of the UK and these are such fab recommendations ♥︎

    Sophie | soinspo xo


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