It’s looking like we won't be able to go abroad this year so we thought we’d take a look at some of the wonderful places in the UK you can visit just by hopping in your car. Browse our most popular destinations and plan your dream staycation in seaside retreats with swimming pools, luxury glamping with hot tubs, cosy country cottages, even your own treehouse in the woods. Be quick and book something, though – everyone else is beginning to have the same idea!
Pearly beaches, crashing surf and rugged cliffs, rolling moors and some of the most beguiling landscapes the county has to offer. Marvel at mega star sights like the Eden Project or be seduced by waterside villages littered with trendy shops and cafés.
The Cotswolds is England as lived in our imaginations – rolling green hills and picturesque villages, country pubs, hedgerows and ancient churchyards. The gentle hills here make up a bucolic idyll, with stone villages a mellow, warm colour that glows in the sunshine, does sunrise and sunset the utmost justice, and even looks fetching in the rain.
Derbyshire is, in effect, one of the country’s best-kept secrets – an incredibly varied and often dramatic landscape of towering hills, unique limestone crags and wild moorland, sheltered woodland and deep, velvety valleys. Quite simply, there is no better part of the country to hole up in a cosy country cottage – indeed, the entire county is shot through with picture-perfect villages surrounded by spectacular scenery.
Home to two national parks, two glorious coastlines with superb sandy beaches, a lush green interior and wonderful local food and drink, Devon might just be the summer holiday destination you've been searching for – and the biggest county in England's Southwest is as rich in great places to stay as you might expect.
Not many people realise that Norfolk is one of the largest and most varied English counties. It has a spectacular coast that are tailor made for idyllic seaside breaks, dotted with nature reserves and wild bird sanctuaries, bustling seaside resorts and terrific beaches. Inland is rural England at its most bucolic and peaceful, with any number of cosy hideaways and at its heart the gorgeous network of rivers and lakes that makes up the Broads National Park.
England’s largest national park, the Lake District is the country’s most high-profile outdoors destination, a rugged, alpine-like region of lakes, mountains and valleys interspersed with chocolate-box villages, hideaway pubs, whitewashed farms and rustic cottages. Come here to hike and bike the trails or cruise the waters, ride vintage railways or coax the kids up their first proper mountain. There’s no better place in England to appreciate the Great Outdoors in all its majesty.