Whether you’re saving the pennies or don’t have time for a long getaway, then a UK escape could be the perfect solution for a cheap family holiday.
We’re not just talking a trip to Butlin’s or Legoland , but historical villages packed with hidden cultural gems, or coastal towns that offer spectacular views and entertainment on tap for the whole family.
The perks of holidaying at home? It’s easy to get there, you can speak the language, your credit cards work, mobile phone data won’t cost a fortune – the list goes on.
From the travel costs to the hotel stays, there’s ample opportunity to snap up a bargain break.
Britain has a unique selection of cities, towns, and villages – some hidden and some not so secret – as well as unique architecture, atmosphere and geography, all combined with entertainment, theatres, museums and plenty to see and explore.
We reveal some of our top picks for a brilliant staycation…
1. The English Riviera – Torquay, Babbacombe Bay, Paignton, Brixham
It’s easy to create a lifetime of memories in South Devon’s Beautiful Bay.
The area boasts glorious sandy beaches, award-winning attractions and breathtaking scenery, so it’s ideal for any seaside holiday whether you’re travelling with kids or looking to take a romantic break.
2. Southport – England’s classic resort
Hailed as a classic Victorian town with a contemporary twist, Southport is ideal whether you’re after a day trip or short break.
It’s home to brilliant beaches, a whole host of shopping quarters, golf courses and even a casino and three theatres.
Pembrokeshire is packed with everything from sandy beaches to 186 miles of scenic coastal path and even a castle or two.
Historical hotspots include the stunning Pembroke Castle , an awe-inspiring fortress set on the banks of River Cleddau, and boasts unrivalled views of the surrounding green landscape.
4. Hunstanton and West Norfolk
Home to the historic town of King’s Lynn, West Norfolk is the epitome of quintessentially British heritage and filled to the brim with historic buildings.
With the charming countryside and picturesque scenery it’s no surprise that the Queen chooses to spend her Christmas in the region each year, staying at the Sandringham Estate.
5. Lytham, St Annes and the Fylde Countryside
Just a stone’s throw away from Blackpool and Preston, the Fylde area has everything you need for the ultimate staycation.
There are pretty villages packed with tea shops, cafes and boutique hotels, whilst the more outdoorsy types will have a host of activities to choose from thanks to the cycling and walking trails as well as bird watching hotspots.
6. Eastbourne and the South Downs
There’s nothing like a hike through the stunning South Coast resort to leave you feeling refreshed and invigorated, not to mention South Downs National park provides a magnificent backdrop.
Meanwhile, there’s plenty of entertainment on throughout the summer that cater to a wide range of holidaymakers.
This Victorian seaside gem is as vibrant as it is historic – and it’s right by Snowdonia in case you’re looking to spend a couple of days exploring some of Wales’ best-known parks.
There are some brilliant hiking trails, including Alice in Wonderland-themed walks , based on the real-life Alice Liddell, which can be a great way of keeping the kids entertained.
Make sure to visit the stunning town of Conwy, whose beautiful landscape has seen it gain World Heritage Site status.
8. Greater Yarmouth
If you’re after a classic British seaside holiday, then look no further than Greater Yarmouth in Norfolk.
This vibrant and fun resort has everything you’d expect from sandy beaches to a pier and pleasure beach, not to mention the countless fish and chips shops that line the coast.
9. Rail Trail
From Cornwall to the Highlands and Snowdonia to Norfolk, Railtrail has Britain covered.
Your escorted rail holiday can be packaged from your local station – that’s 2,500 joining points – or simply join at the hotel.
Ideally located on the beautiful south coast of Cornwall, Pentewan Sands offers an all-weather clubhouse with two indoor swimming pools, soft-play area, fresh food and family entertainment.
With an on-site shop, beachside restaurant, watersports centre, tennis courts, playground, launderette, amusement arcade and takeaway; this is a perfect offering for families and couples.
11. North Tyneside
Newcastle was named Rough Guides’ top place to visit for 2018 , and it’s not difficult to see why. If you’re after an action-packed holiday, then the endless list of activities on offer here will appeal.
You can learn to surf, go on a kayak safari, taste award-winning ice cream and fish and chips, play on the Blue Flag beaches or pop into Newcastle for the day.
Culture vultures can explore the lighthouse, aquarium, World Heritage Roman site, water park and castle. Not to mention all of the bustling weekend markets and fantastic events like Mouth of the Tyne Festival.
12. Gosport & Lee-on-the-Solent
Located on England’s South Coast, Gosport is the ultimate destination for those who like an active holiday.
Boasting 24 miles of waterfront, panoramic beaches, impressive naval heritage, plenty of sailing and watersports opportunities, plus a choice of waterfront restaurants, there’s also plenty to do away from the water.
For example, go-karting, ice-skating, helicopter rides, summer cruises, and plenty of cycling and walking trails are just some of the extras on offer.