Have you ever considered going on a staycation? Travelling around your own country is a great way of exploring places that you have never seen before. Plus, it can work out a lot cheaper than travelling abroad. In fact, more and more families are opting to go on staycations to try to save some pennies.
Some people remain unconvinced by staycations, though. Speak to some people, and they won’t understand why anyone would want to go on holiday in their own country. But the UK is the perfect place to travel in. It is such a vibrant place with a diverse landscape. There really is something for everyone in this country!
So are you in the middle of planning your next first staycation? If so, you may be trying to think of fun places to take the family. To help you sort things out, here are some staycation ideas that your whole family will love!
No staycation list would be complete without mentioning the capital city of London. This huge metropolis showcases the best of our country’s history. You can take the kids to see the crown jewels in the Tower of London. And don’t forget to discover the gruesome side to history as well in the London Dungeons! But you don’t have to be a history fan to enjoy London. There is plenty that will keep everyone happy. Art fans can wander around the Tate Modern and the National Portrait Gallery. Shopaholics will also find plenty of fashion boutiques and high-street stores to rummage around! For the best views of the city, take a trip on the famous London Eye. Want to eat a traditional London dish? Then head out to the East End and sample some jellied eels and
Travel up to bonny Scotland and spend a few nights in Glasgow. Even though this city once had a bad reputation for crime, it has smartened itself up a lot over the past few years. These days, Glasgow is a popular destination for many families. If the weather’s nice, sit out on Glasgow Green with a picnic. This public park is studded with some beautiful statues and also overlooks the River Clyde. You can also stroll through the Glasgow Botanical Gardens and see many native species of flowers and plants. You might also spot some exotic species as well! There is also plenty of culture to soak up in Glasgow, from the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum to the Glasgow School of Art.
Maybe your family would prefer a holiday at the seaside? Kids love being by the beach and they will certainly while away the hours building sand castles and going for donkey rides. Once they have had a paddle in the Irish Sea, there is plenty more to do in this fun town! Visit the Blackpool Pleasure Beach and have fun on its many rides and roller coasters. There is now even a Nickelodeon themed area that has many rides based on popular kids TV shows. After the kids have whooshed down some scary roller coasters, take them up the world-famous Blackpool Tower. They will love watching the various performers in the circus there.
Do you want to escape to the English countryside and just forget about life in the city for a week? Then why not book a trip to the Cotswolds. This rural area covers parts of six counties in central England. As you can imagine, there is an array of attractions and activities in this scenic part of the country. One major attraction is the birthplace of William Shakespeare. You can visit the cottage in which he was born in Stratford-upon-Avon. While exploring the house, you will also be able to listen to tales from the playwright’s childhood. If the kids want to have a go at some water sports, take a trip to the Cotswolds Water Park near Cirencester. As well as many water sports, you will also be able to have a go at fishing and cycling.
If you want to spend your staycation in a city, but don’t fancy London, why not try Liverpool for size? This maritime city gained a reputation for itself in the 1960s thanks to its rocking music scene. Superstars such as The Beatles and Cilla Black all came out of the city and helped to put it on the map. You can discover the history of the city’s music at The Beatles Story museum. The legendary Cavern Club where The Beatles used to play has been rebuilt and is also open to visitors. Visit the Merseyside Maritime Museum if you want to learn more about the city’s history as a major port. Head to the Albert Dock for a variety of leisure facilities such as restaurants and comedy clubs.
The Welsh town of Aberystwyth is located on the gorgeous coast of Cardigan Bay. This is a lively student town, so you can expect to find plenty of discount bars, restaurants, and cafes. Perfect if you are looking for a budget staycation! And it still has some of the features you would expect from a seaside town, including amusement arcades and fish and chip takeaways. If you want to experience some true Welsh culture, then try to catch a show at the Arts Centre. There are usually Welsh choirs performing here. The kids will love catching a steam train and riding the Vale of Rheidol Railway. It runs between the town and Devil’s Bridge, passing by some of the coast’s prettiest seascapes. Take the family to Aberystwyth Castle. The kids can run around its ruins and learn about the local history. It’s also a nice idea to take a picnic to enjoy in the castle grounds. Don’t forget your camera for some gorgeous holiday snaps!
Hopefully, this blog post will have got you all excited about staycations! As you can see, there are plenty of places to choose from. These in this blog post are just the tip of the iceberg. Once you go on your first, you may never want to go abroad again!