Whilst the idea of jetting off abroad sounds good, when you are a busy family, sometimes it just isn’t logistical. Expensive travel and hotel costs and busy schedules can often result in the opposite of a relaxing family getaway. If you’d prefer a more relaxing and memorable holiday, then why not consider a staycation instead? We’re focusing less on cities and London souvenirs and more on some overlooked areas that are stunning for a staycation.
Staycations can get rid of some of the more stressful tasks that come when planning an abroad holiday. You might initially think that holidaying in the UK can’t be as fun as going abroad, but when you choose the right location, find some fun activities to do and don’t put the same pressures on yourself as you might with an abroad holiday, then a staycation can be much better than anticipated. Let’s take a look at 3 of the must-visit staycation locations in the UK that are perfect for families.
Isle of Wight
If you’re looking for a staycation that feels just like a holiday overseas, then consider visiting the Isle of Wight. This beautiful island has so much to offer and has some of the best beaches in England. It’s really easy to get to, with several ferry routes around the UK, but one top tip is to avoid sailing at peak times as the prices can increase substantially. Early morning ferry crossings tend to be cheaper and, in some cases, you can use your Tesco Clubcard points to get them cheaper.
There are plenty of campsites, Bed and Breakfasts, hotels and Airbnb rentals around the island for you to choose from for your accommodation, depending on what it is you are looking for. Once there, head to Alum Bay, which is a beach that has different coloured sand, or go for a boat trip from the pier to the Needles. Sandown Beach is one of the best in the UK and has beautiful sand, is fairly sheltered and is considered safe for swimming.
Known as God’s Own Country by residents, Yorkshire is a stunning part of the UK and has plenty to offer for a staycation. With a wide range of inspiring natural landscapes, ancient towns and buildings and cultural connections, you won’t be short of things to do and places to visit. For history, head to York and Whitby and explore the Medieval walls or Whitby Abbey.
In summer, there are boat trips going from Whitby where you can go on the hunt for sighting of seals and whales. For train enthusiasts and young children, The National Railway Museum houses the world’s finest collection of locomotives, or book a trip on one of the many vintage train routes that travel through the Yorkshire countryside.
For more of a city buzz, head to Leeds for some shopping or to explore the “food capital of the North”. Victoria Leeds – named one of the best shopping centres in the UK – has plenty going on throughout the summer for kids to enjoy, or simply just enjoy the plethora of shopping opportunities.
For a staycation, Yorkshire has almost everything to offer. It’s easy to get to and travel around, whether you are using public transport or visiting by car. In terms of accommodation, there is plenty to choose from depending on what is best suited for your family.
The Scottish highlands are a true gem in the UK’s staycation crown. With breathtaking landscapes, one-of-a-kind staycation homes and incredible wildlife, if you really want to get away from it all with a staycation, then a Scotland tour is a great thing to do. It’s the perfect place to unwind and take in the scenery if you have older children, or for families with young children, there are plenty of things to see and do.
There are fun forest adventure activities to do with young children, such as Landmark Adventure Park – recently voted one of the UK’s best parks – with wild water slides, nature trails and aerial challenges for all the family to enjoy. Head to Loch Ness if you fancy a boat trip out to find Nessie, with a visit to the Loch Ness Centre an absolute must.
In Aviemore, there are plenty of skiing opportunities and fun winter sports to try your hand at, as well as exploring nearby lochs and the Cairngorms. As to be expected, there are plenty of whisky distilleries for you to explore, even if you have children, there are fun interactive tours and beautiful grounds – often with highland cows and other local wildlife – for you to wander around.
In terms of accommodation, there are some amazing hotels, bed and breakfasts and Airbnbs around the highlands. Whether you’re looking for a simple base to explore from or a more relaxing holiday home overlooking a loch, there’s something for all families.