With the Winter months hopefully coming to an end soon you might be starting to think about holidays. 2020 was definitely not the year for travelling but hopefully, 2021 will give us some more freedom when the warmer weather rolls around. Understandably, travelling abroad may not be top of your agenda for 2021 but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a holiday. The UK has a whole host of beautiful staycation destinations that are waiting to be explored so here are some of my top picks of places to visit!
UK Staycation Destination 1: Lymington
Lymington is where myself and my boyfriend visited the February before lockdown began and we loved it. It was such a gorgeous little town that was lovely to explore. The main street has a whole host of independent shops and cafes along with a few more familiar chains. It is also right by the sea and even though it was February it was such a lovely view. There was a cute café very near to the waterfront where we sat and had a hot chocolate to warm ourselves up too. We didn’t have a car with us and we were able to access everything on foot which is always handy. There’s also a train from Lymington Pier to Lymington Town which is useful if you’re staying slightly further out. Instead of walking for 30 to the centre, you can take the train which will get you there in under 2 mins.
UK Staycation Destination 2: Lincoln
Lincoln is somewhere that I loved visiting. It has so much to explore and is such a beautiful historic city. If you’re looking for recommendations for things to visit in Lincoln then I wrote a travel guide after visiting in the summer. The town has so many avenues and streets to explore and the castle and cathedral are beautiful. One of my personal favourite things was exploring steep hill, which is incredibly steep so be warned. It gives you a lovely view from the top as you can look back down on all the shops and cafes down below.
UK Staycation Destination 3: Warwickshire
Warwickshire as a destination is quite broad but it has so much to offer! Within a relatively small area, you can easily get a whole range of destinations with a car. For example, you could visit the birthplace of Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon and explore some of the undiscovered gems there. If you like history, then a trip to Warwick and its castle are definitely worth seeing. If the weather is nice you can even hire a boat and take a trip down the river. You could even visit Leamington Spa, Henley-in-Arden, or Alcester as there are so many market towns to explore.
UK Staycation Destination 4: Cambridge
In my opinion, Cambridge makes it the perfect staycation destination. Cambridge has so much to offer and the streets are gorgeous to walk around and explore too. Myself and my boyfriend visited Cambridge over the summer and really enjoyed our time there. You can visit many of the colleges and explore the green space around them, visit the Botanical Gardens or the Fitzwilliam Museum. There’s plenty to see and do if you do decide to visit Cambridge for a staycation!
UK Staycation Destination 5: Portsmouth
If you’re after the more traditional sun and sea than Portsmouth might be what you’re looking for. Portsmouth has a pebble beach and plenty of seaside attractions so if you visit on a sunny day then it will feel like you’re abroad anyway! If you’re interested in nautical history then Portsmouth has a historic dockyard and the Mary Rose Museum to explore. Gunwharf Quays is a designer shopping outlet with restaurants too and you can also take a trip up the Spinnaker Tower to admire the views.
I hope this post has given you some inspiration for some UK staycation destinations and you’ve found somewhere that you might like to visit. Like I said earlier, the UK does have some beautiful places to explore so it’s well worth having a look around at some UK destinations. Fingers crossed that travel becomes easier in the next few months and we can all look forward to jetting off soon!
Have you visited any of these destinations before? Where would you go for a UK staycation?