Whilst foreign travel looks to be back on this Summer, a staycation or day trip in the UK may be the more hassle free option. There are plenty of places in the UK that I love to visit and, even though I like exploring new areas, there are some places I keep going back to. As I haven’t explored anywhere new yet this year, I wanted to share 5 places to visit in the UK that I love, either for a day trip or holiday depending on where you live!
1 – Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
Anyone who knows me or follows my Instagram will know that I love Stratford-upon-Avon and have been more times than I can remember. For me this is a day trip as I live in Warwickshire, and it’s a town with plenty to see and do. A walk down the River Avon is always lovely, especially in the Summer, and the town has lots of cafés and restaurants to enjoy. Stratford also boasts the RSC for any theatre lovers, a butterfly farm and opportunities to take a boat along the river, something which I’d definitely recommend!
2 – The Cotswolds
The Cotswolds is such a pretty area of the country with so much to explore. This area of outstanding natural beauty runs through five counties so there’s plenty to see. Two places I love to visit are Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water, a pretty Cotswold town and village with loads of independent shops and beautiful cafés to eat in. If you wanted to stay in The Cotswolds, you could see so much of the area and wouldn’t be short of lovely places to eat and drink.
3 – The Peak District
A day trip to a national park is always a win, and it’s not been long since I took my first trip to the Peak District. Again, the Peak District is a huge area of the country to explore, with plenty of walking trails to try. I went on the Dovedale Walk when I visited and the scenery was just amazing. This is definitely a place for those who like walking and the Peak District provides a brilliant escape from town or city life and a chance to to really enjoy the British countryside.
4 – Exeter, Devon
An affordable holiday in the South West can be tricky to find, with prices of accommodation near the beaches quite high this year. A solution to this could be to look at the cities, and Exeter is a city that I love. It’s ideal for shopping or going out to eat, with the Quayside area of the city providing lovely restaurants with views over the quay. A trip to the beach is really easy from Exeter too, with beaches at Exmouth and Teignmouth just a short drive away, as well as the pretty village of Shaldon with its lovely seaside pubs.
5 – Falmouth, Cornwall
There’s no doubt that Falmouth is one of my favourite places in the country, and it’s easy to see why. The town itself is lively and packed with places to eat, drink and shop. When the temperatures are high in this part of the country, it can feel like you’re abroad, especially if you spend the day at the beach. Falmouth has two lovely beaches, Gyllyngvase and Swanpool, as well as my favourite beach at Maenporth just around the corner. I’d recommend a stay in Falmouth if you’re looking for a beach holiday that provides a real escape from it all!