Staycation ideas: 5 places to go on holiday in the UK this summer

Explore the UK this summer with these top places to have a staycation...

Cottage in Kintyre in Scotland
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We remember writing an article on staycation ideas last year, it was all 'oooh why not explore our country this year?' and 'of course, you can have just a much fun in Bognor Regis as you can on a Algarve'. Oh, how the times have changed. Not saying that Bognor Regis isn't as fun as the Lagos, but it's very different when you have no choice but to go to Bognor Regis instead of the Algarve... 

Anyways, we are trying to be positive about the fact most of us will be staying at home this summer and again rounded up loads of fab places you can go in the UK that are pretty and quaint and safe. Below you will find our top spots, plus recommendations where to book your stay too. 

For more of the best places to go on holiday, check out our guide. 

1. Rye, East Sussex 

Situated in the prettiest corner on East Sussex, Rye is the perfect staycation for Londoners desperate to escape the city, QUICKLY. It's under two hours drive from the capital but feels a million miles away. It's filled with winding streets, small shops, cute cafes and most importantly surrounded by gorgeous countryside and near lovely beaches. The perfect place for a long weekend. 

Take a look on Air Bnb at all the gorgeous stays that are now open for bookings in Rye and the surrounding areas. Sykes Cottages also have plenty of stays available too but do have a read through their really helpful FAQ page before you book. 

2. The Gower Peninsula, Wales 

If you are looking for a beach holiday away from the insane crowds that are going on down in Devon and Cornwall, Wales can offer you just that. The Gower is more remote and less easily accessible which, right now, we are seeing as a very good thing. It's beautiful cliffs, lush woodland and sparkling beaches are definitely worth the trip. Rhossili is probably the best known beach (and will probably be the busiest) but it is stunning and definitely worth a visit no matter what the weather. Caswell and Langland are also lovely beaches that are accessible via a nice coastal walk too. 

Have a scroll through Air Bnb for lots of lovely stays in the Gower, all hosts have been advise to be extra scrupulous with cleaning and have a read through their extenuating circumstances policy if you want more information on cancellations. 

3. Oban, Scotland 

Oban is a great base to start a trip around the West Coast of Scotland. The town itself is perfectly nice, but definitely get out and do some exploring – head north up to Glen Coe or south down to Loch Lomond. The ferries are running with a limited timetable at the moment, so you could explore Mull and Syke too, just check out the Calmac website to plan you trip as they will have all the updated information on there. 

There are some fab really remote properties on Airbnb in Glen Coe so have a look to get inspired to start planning your Scottish road trip. 

4. The Cotswolds, Oxfordshire 

Again, a really easy escape from London, the edge of the Cotswolds can be reached in just over an hour from the city. It's instantly recognisable chocolate box villages are what draw in the crowds, but it still remains so beautiful and there are plenty of quieter areas off the tourist trail. The village of Broadway is a typical Cotswold village, but it's slightly further north, so you don't get as many day trippers up there. Gorgeous walks for all abilities and plenty of stunning countryside to explore. 

As you can imagine the Cotswolds have plenty of gorgeous luxury hotels, so if you are after a treat, we would recommend checking our Secret Escapes

5. Robin Hood's Bay, Yorkshire

A  picturesque old fishing village, Robin Hood's Bay, is another great choice if you want to hit the coast but avoid the crowds.  Pick up a take away fish and chips (plus a few G&T cans) and head down to the sandy beaches or hire bikes to see the area, there's lovely walking too plus quick access to Whitby and Scarborough if you fancying exploring a bit further.

Check out Air Bnb to get booking your staycation. 

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Hebe Hatton

Hebe joined the Real Homes team in early 2018 as Staff Writer before moving to the Livingetc team in 2021 where she took on a role as Digital Editor. She loves boho and 70's style and is a big fan of Instagram as a source of interiors inspiration. When she isn't writing about interiors, she is renovating her own spaces – be it wallpapering a hallway, painting kitchen cupboards or converting a van.