Side Street Style: 5 places you should consider for your next UK staycation

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25/09/2021

5 places you should consider for your next UK staycation

Durham
Relaxing in Durham
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Staycations have seen a massive rise since the start of the Pandemic, with more people realising there are some fantastic places to explore right on our doorstep. This little island offers so much variety from city breaks to adventure-seeking outdoor activities, relaxing hikes in the countryside or taking in the art and culture of many museums and historical sites across the UK. While everyone has been heading off to Cornwall and West Wales, I thought I would offer a few alternatives for UK Travel so that you can still soak up the atmosphere without the manic crowds. Despite some of the more popular areas having sold out their accommodation, there is still plenty of deals to be had and a great site to find a hotel is ebooking.com

1. Cardiff

The Welsh Capital is often overlooked for places like the Brecon Beacons or the beaches of West Wales and while it's not the biggest Capital city it is a vibrant one with plenty to see and do, making it the perfect base for a weekend away. Beside the shops and cafes you can also indulge in some history by visiting Cardiff Castle which stands right in the centre of the city, as well as taking a stroll through Bute Park where you can also catch the water taxi to Cardiff Bay. The National Museum and Cardiff Story Museum are both great for adults and kids a like (and are both free), if you wanting to up the pace you could hire a Nextbike or try SUP on the River Taff and then end the day with some cocktails on St Mary's street.


Cardiff Castle
Cardiff Castle

 
2. Weymouth

Did you know that Weymouth is one of the sunniest locations in the UK? Well it is, which means you can make the most of it's Blue Flag stunning beach, which also offers up some fun activities such as paddleboarding. The historic Harbour is a lovely place to wander around before tucking into some of the freshest foodie delights or if the outdoors is more your thing there are plenty of amazing costal paths or perhaps spend a few hours discovering Portland Castle.

3. Ironbridge

Did you know that Ironbridge, in Shropshire is the "birthplace of the industrial revolution"and home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site? My kids and I spent a weekend exploring this historical village in 2019 were very pleasently surprised with how interesting and beautiful Ironbridge is. Our favourite parts of the trip were exploring the cute shops and cafes as well as making sure to walk across the worlds first ironbridge (which the village takes it's name after), visiting Blists Hill Victorian Village which I highly recommend and also a fun educational visit to science based museum Enginuity.


Ironbridge
Ironbridge



4. Durham

Another fantastic cultural and historical hub in the UK, Durham makes for the perfect couple or solo weekend away as it has some stunning accommodation, chic bars and upmarket shops as well as the UNESCO World Heritage Site that is The Cathedral and Castle - both of which I recommend visiting, along with a boat ride on the River Weir. There are some great places to eat out and last time I was there I enjoyed some amazing cocktails at the tin Tin of Sardines Gin Bar, along with indulging in some afternoon tea at the Garden Gate Cafe at Crook Hall.

5. Edinburgh

Okay so yes Edinburgh is a popular location but I love this city so much that I had to include it and I still feel people over look this magical place. The Scottish Captial city is great for both adults and children and you will be mesmerisde from the start to the finish of your trip. Of course you need to walk up the Royal Mile and take in the views across the city from the Castle. I also highly recommend walk up to Calton Hill and Arthurs Seat, you won't regret it. There are also so many fantastic pubs, cafes and a bustling highstreet and for those who prefer more indy spots then spending time on Leith Walk is a must. 
 
Have you been to somewhere amazing in the UK this summer? I would love to hear all about it in the comments below. 

Edinburgh city break


13 comments:

  1. I would love to see it all! I've always wanted to visit the UK!

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  2. I haven't heard of the first 3 places before, and haven't been to any of them. I've only been to UK once, but I want to go back once travel is a bit easier and less restricted. I'll have to check out some of these places as they would be great with my kids.

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  3. These all look as fantastic options! We are planning to be in the UK during December and some of this places are calling my name right now! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  4. I've managed one place on your list so far. I went o see Ironbridge when I was at school. It was an interesting and fun trip.

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  5. These all sound really lovely. I haven't visited any of these before but would love to in the future

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  6. Ahh we need to explore the UK more as a family, so I will bookmark this for future holidays!

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  7. Edinburgh is my favourite place in the UK outside of London so I'm always keen to go back there. I had no idea Ironbridge was a UNESCO heritage site though x

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  8. What wonderful sights to check out! There's so much you can explore locally and now is great time to explore the places closest to home.

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  9. Durham and Weymouth sound like great places to visit! A staycation is so much fun, and these are good choices in the UK!

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  10. Nice places you shared here. Thank you.

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  11. Some great suggestions here and seeing that we will be doing more staycations next year, your suggestions will come in handy. Can't wait to visit Ironbridge with my family

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  12. Some really insightful ideas. Edinburgh particularly holds my interest since I always wanted to explore Scotland.

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  13. What a great timing! We are planning to explore this country UK and these places look perfect 😍 Thanks for sharing the details 🙂

    Everything Enchanting ❤️

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