Top UK staycation destinations to visit this year

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Thursday 30th March 2023

Are you thinking of trading in your annual holiday abroad and taking a break on home turf instead?

Research conducted by RSM UK suggests that 36% of Brits are planning on indulging in a short UK break this year, with 28% saying they're planning a longer stay (five days or more) in the UK.

For those of you who love a hidden gem and want to explore every corner of the UK, here's our pick of the best staycations our country has to offer.

Saint Clears, Carmarthenshire

This idyllic Welsh town sits on the River Taf and is simply steeped in history. Saint Clear is home to Saint Clears Castle, Llansteffan Castle and The Priory Church of St Mary Magdalene, all of which are perfect for a family day trip to learn about the local heritage.

There’s also plenty of breath-taking walking routes down by the river and through the woodland as well as several beaches which includes the UK’s most dog-friendly Rhossili Beach.

Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Running along the English/Welsh border, the ancient Forest of Dean is home to a variety of wildlife, magnificent rolling hills, and the River Wye which flows right through the heart of the forest.

This is a place of true untamed beauty, perfect for those who love to explore the great outdoors and become immersed in nature. From breath taking viewpoints to off road tracks, there’s so much to discover.

While you’re there, make time to visit the iconic ruins, sample some of the delicious artisan produce and have one of the greatest outdoor adventures.

Clovelly, Devon

Once a bustling fishing port, Clovelly is now known for it's picturesque views, rich history and is located in the Torridge district of Devon.

Made famous by its steep cobbled streets, ancient architecture and once being owned by Queen of England, this charming coastal village is brimming with personality and charm.

There’s so much to see and do - from leisurely walks along the cliff tops, watching the famous must-see film of the village's history and meeting the famous Clovelly donkeys.

Bosham, West Sussex

Pack up the car and head over to the charming village of Bosham situated on one of the small inlets of Chichester harbour. Take in the beautiful landscapes, rich history and iconic architecture.

If you're a history buff then this is a place for you as this small village even features in the Bayeaux Tapestry!

There's so much to experience during your stay here so we recommend visiting the quay and the old Saxon churches, as well as spending a time browsing the artisan shops and indulging in everything the local cafes have on offer.

Primrose Valley, Yorkshire

Set on a clifftop overlooking Filey Bay, Primrose Valley really encapsulates the essence of Yorkshire’s golden coastline.

Surrounded by beautiful stretches of countryside, wide sandy beaches, rockpools teeming with life, and the undeniable ooze of traditional seaside appeal, this quaint fishing town has so much to offer.

From picturesque walking routes, historical sites and local attractions, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Mullion, Cornwall

Located on the Lizard Peninsula, the coastal village of Mullion is home to one of Cornwall’s most impressive landscapes.

Submerge yourself in the great outdoors by taking a stroll along the South West Coast Path and spend some time admiring the dramatic cliffs. Follow this up with a well-deserved picnic on the beaches while listening to the waves.

If you're up for a little excitement then why not try your hand at fishing or have a go at a new water sport? After you've worked up an appetite, don’t forget to sample the local seafood in one of their many outstanding restaurants.

Cawsand, Cornwall

Cawsand is one of the prettiest villages in the county and is twinned with Kingasand on the seafront of The Rame Peninsula.

If you love history, their rich fishing and smuggling heritage will draw you in so we recommend you go and see what’s left of the smuggling tunnels and old fish cellars along the coastline.

After an enjoyable stroll along the beach, make some time to check out the local art galleries and sample the exceptional pub menus - you won't be disappointed.

Noss Mayo, Devon

Tucked away on the southern bank of the Yealm estuary, Noss Mayo is an ancient and secluded village perfect for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Regarded at the one of the region's best kept secrets, spend your visit here exploring the dramatic coastline, feasting on the wonderfully fresh local food & drink or even push the boat out (literally) and enjoy an exhilarating adventure on the water.

Don’t forget to absorb the village's culture too and take part in The River Yealm Regatta. This is one of the most popular events of the year with activities such as the rock up and row, crabbing competitions, and treasure hunt.

Saunton Sands, Devon

Popular with surfers and families alike, Saunton Sands on North Devon's coast is home to a glorious sandy beach, long stretch of water and an impressive Biosphere Reserve.

Unlike some beaches, Saunton Sands allows dogs to join in the fun all year around as well as being the only beach in North Devon to have a Landeez all terrain wheelchair. This allows those who are less abled to enjoy the beach and surrounding areas without restriction.

East Wittering, Sussex

Located on the same shore as the Selsey Penisular, the seaside village of east Wittering is a magical place with quiet beaches, idyllic sunsets, and even an historical windmill.

Take some time off from the beach to explore the village and sample some of the freshly caught fish at one of the local kiosks before enjoying a wander along one of the many scenic walking routes.

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