With a struggling economy, many people’s holiday plans are the first to get cut from the budget in order to save those valuable pennies. Instead of heading abroad to France, Spain or further afield, Brits are staying on home soil and enjoying the best the UK has to offer.
But where is the best place to visit if you have a week or two to sample the delights of Blighty? Below are a few options:
One of the UK’s most beautiful National Parks, Snowdonia offers some of the most spectacular scenery you can find in the UK and beyond. Rolling hills, high reaching peaks and vistas as far as the eye can see, Snowdonia can match any destination around the world. Its also open to all budgets, with accommodation spanning from camping and youth hostels to beautiful, large holiday homes. If you’re looking for a bit of flexibility and pampering on your holidays then you won’t struggle to find luxury self catering in Snowdonia and the areas around.
A surfer’s haven, Newquay sees thousands of beach bums flock to it every year for great waves and parties to match. But it isn’t all about the surf. This beautiful stretch of coastline can match any around the UK’s shores and visitors of all ages will enjoy a visit. Stroll the beaches, stop in at one of the many cafes for tea and scones and if you’re feeling energetic then get involved in some water sports, coasteering or one of the many other extreme options on offer! Accommodation isn’t hard to come by, ranging from hostels and boutique hotels to beautiful B&Bs, Newquay has the lot.
It’s not all about the countryside though! A UK city break can compete with most places around the world. If the economy is the reason you’ve had to stay at home then places like London and Edinburgh might also be outside the budget, but Manchester has been rebuilt into a stunning, quirky city with loads to see and do without the price tag of the capital. Explore the back streets and shops of the retro Northern Quarter, hop on the giant wheel for views over the city and beyond or get stuck in to the world class shopping. You could even time your trip to coincide with a show or music event you want to see, with Manchester usually second on the list behind London on the gigging scene. If you can handle a bit of rain, then Manchester is a great place to escape.
It’s not all about holidays abroad, we’ve got plenty of great options on our own sands to keep you entertained, whatever you’re looking for. So pack your swimwear, your hiking boots and your brolly (!) and discover your favourite UK escape.