As the warmer weather finally starts to arrive, people’s thoughts begin to turn to holidays, days out and summer fun. The school holidays are on the horizon, the freezer is stocked with plenty of ice-cream and we’re all out updating our summer wardrobes – what better time to consider organising your summer getaway?
Although the early birds will likely have already booked their summer break, for many of us, the world is still ours to explore. This summer, instead of heading abroad, why not consider a staycation? With plenty of exciting attractions and sights to see, there really is no better time than the present to get out and about exploring your very own part of the world.
Before you start considering the best places to visit, it’s important to plan out where you want to stay. Of course, this will largely depend on factors like your budget, dates, who will be joining you and any personal preferences you may have. From camping and caravans to hotels, B&Bs, luxury lodges and park homes, there are plenty of different accommodation options available across the country – don’t just settle for the same old hotel, why not take the opportunity to try something new? For instance, more information about booking a summer caravan holiday can be found here.
So, once you’ve got an idea for your accommodation firmly in mind, it’s time for the fun and games to begin! Here are some of the best places to visit right here in the UK this summer.
No list would be complete without the inclusion of London, the UK’s capital city. Filled with an array of history, heritage and culture, you will never be short of somewhere to visit in this vibrant, diverse city. If this will be yours or the kids’ first visit to London, don’t miss your chance to take in the city’s most famous tourist attractions. From Big Ben to the Tower of London, they certainly won’t disappoint! Don’t forget to book a ride on the London Eye for breath-taking views of the city and the iconic River Thames.
Often described as one of the most picturesque parts of the country, the Cotswolds is filled to the brim with rolling countryside and chocolate box villages. The area’s traditional English scenery is the perfect backdrop to a relaxing break this summer. For those who prefer a more active lifestyle, the 102-mile Cotswold Way is a path running from Bath to Chipping Campden – the perfect opportunity for an enjoyable summer walk.
The Peak District National Park is an adventurer’s paradise, boasting impressive limestone valleys, dramatic ridges and desolately beautiful moorland. This was the very first National Park to be founded in Britain, and with such fantastic scenery, it isn’t hard to see why. For highlights, don’t miss Dovedale’s charming stepping stones, Kinder Scout, the highest point in the Peak District, or Edale, the photographic village marking the start (or end) of the Pennine Way trail.
Perhaps one of the most infamous structures in the world, Stonehenge is a legendary Neolithic monument comprised of a circle of imposing standing stones. There are many theories surrounding the creation and purpose of Stonehenge, but although we can make educated guesses, the reality is that we still don’t know the monument’s exact purpose. Head down to Wiltshire to check out the exhibitions and displays and see Stonehenge for yourself.
No matter where in the country you decide to stay, you are bound to be faced with an array of exciting attractions and awe-inspiring sights to see. Now, it’s time to get busy booking your summer getaway!
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.