Summer’s around the corner and it’s the perfect time to think up the ideal summer getaways. While many families these days struggle to pay for a great family vacation to far flung locales or even just to the Majorca, Menorca and the like, you don’t need to forego a vacation entirely. In fact, the UK has some fantastic spots to travel to for relatively cheap and we aren’t talking about going to Blackpool for the weekend to munch on rock candy and play the penny arcades. There are some of the best spots in the UK to spend a couple days on a great family holiday without breaking the bank.
The Yorkshire Dales
The Yorkshire Dales are quintessentially English. From dry stone walls lining seemingly every inch of the countryside, quaint villages and farms made almost exclusively of stone, tea rooms nestled in the most unassuming of old thatched buildings and cities ripe with history and atmosphere, it’s no wonder the Dales are a favourite amongst many. Located north west of Leeds and west of York, this is an area that is great for a weekend or more. Be sure to check out York – famous for its ‘Shambles’ street as well as being the birthplace of Guy Fawkes – now a pub. A drive around the Dales is awe-inspiring and breathtaking. Be sure to stop in Grassington – one of our favourite little Yorkshire towns.
Cornwall in the deep, deep south of the country is home to some of the most stunning coastline in the UK. Steeped in rich history and lore and with castles like the stunning cliffside Tintagel available to visit, Cornwall is easily one of the most popular counties in the UK. It’s easy to stay in a caravan in Cornwall, one of the most common types of holiday homes in the area, usually placed in holiday parks with lots of things to see and do for the kids. Don’t miss St Ives – an artists paradise due to the way the sunlight reflects off the water here. For a hiking experience to remember, head to the Lizard for its rugged coastal paths and quaint tea rooms.
Wales is a great stop for those who want a bit of everything. With coastline as well as small villages and towns set in inland valleys, there is a bit of everything for everyone in Wales. For those who love hiking this region is absolutely teeming with great trails, not to mention Mount Snowdon. For a challenge, tackle the mountain by taking one of the harder routes up to the summit. Pembrokeshire is great for those who love little fishing villages with back alley pubs full of friendly locals and history. Our pick for Pembrokeshire is Tenby, a lovely seaside town with some great sea merchant history to be found at the Merchant’s House – a recreated real merchant’s house. For northern Wales, we recommend staying in Betws-y-Coed, a small town nestled in the hills within easy driving distance to lakes, waterfalls, the Mount Snowdon trailheads and more.
So there you have some great suggestions on locations to check out this summer if you’re planning a staycation with the family in the UK. So pack your bags and enjoy your summer exploring your own backyard!