Eight of the best destinations to enjoy a UK summer getaway
Considering booking a last-minute getaway? We’ve got you covered.
From rural retreats to picture-perfect seaside towns, we take a look at the top destinations to explore in the UK this summer.
Particularly popular during the sunny summer months, Salcombe is perfectly situated in the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Lined with seaside cottages and townhouses in pastel hues, Salcombe boasts a gorgeous harbour, stunning coastal views, and fantastic beaches. It’s also home to a host of established seafood restaurants and cafes overlooking the sea.
For the thrill seekers, the seaside town offers a variety of enjoyable water sports to try whilst you’re there, including coasteering, kayaking and private boat hire – ideal for special occasions.
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Rye, East Sussex
For those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, look no further than Rye, the East Sussex medieval town with a unique sense of charm. Just over an hour’s train ride from London, Rye offers a convenient weekend retreat from the bright lights of the capital.
Step back in time and wander down Mermaid Street, the cobblestoned road ranked one of the most ‘Instagrammable’ streets in Britain, before stumbling across a variety of quirky antique and collectable shops. Just three miles down the road you’ll also find Camber Sands, which is known for its scenic dunes and miles of unspoilt golden sand.
Port Isaac, Cornwall
This traditional fishing village in North Cornwall may be small, but what it lacks in size it certainly makes up for in character. In Port Isaac you’ll find narrow streets lined with delightful fisherman’s cottages and a picture-perfect harbour backdrop, allowing you to completely immerse yourself in the laidback Cornish culture. Enjoy a tipple or two at one of the local pubs, or tuck into some delicious fish and chips before finishing off with a Cornish ice cream.
Bourton-on-the-Water, The Cotswolds
Nestled in the heart of The Cotswolds, and surrounded by an array of picturesque villages, Bourton-on-the-Water is well known as one of the most attractive places to visit in England. Often referred to as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’, Bourton-on-the-Water is home to the River Windrush, as well as five charming footbridges that cross the water.
Take a stroll down the waterside and you’ll discover a selection of cosy pubs, tearooms and eateries, alongside independent shops. If you’re looking to switch off, this quintessentially English village is the perfect place to unwind in peaceful surroundings. And, whilst you’re there, why not explore some of the other nearby hotspots, including Moreton-in-Marsh and the market town of Stow-on-the-Wold.
With a handful of wonderful beaches to choose from, Tenby has remained a much-loved destination for British holidaymakers for many years. With narrow, cobbled streets surrounded by medieval town walls, this Welsh gem is the perfect balance of seaside and substance.
Aside from the town itself, visitors can experience coastal walks with breath taking views, or spend the day at Castle Beach, which was proudly named UK Beach of the Year 2019 by The Sunday Times.
Known for its namesake pudding, Bakewell is a market town tucked away in the Peak District. With the River Wye running through the centre of the town, Bakewell is a wonderful place to take a step back and enjoy life’s simplest pleasures. Whilst you’re there, try to visit the local market, where you’ll find a variety of locally sourced goods of the finest quality.
Just outside of the town, you’ll also find Chatsworth House, an extravagant and grand stately home which belongs to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, having been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family.
Located on the banks of the River Dart, there’s always something to do in Dartmouth. From annual arts and music festivals to the Royal Regatta – which features everything from yacht races to a firework display, Dartmouth plays host to an array of exciting events for all the family throughout the summer months. Steeped in history, the town itself is lined with local boutiques and galleries, as well as regular markets.
Whilst you’re there, why not explore the nearby Dartmoor National Park with over 386 beautiful square miles where you can walk, canoe, cycle or ride horseback.
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Lake District, Cumbria
Home to some of the UK’s most spectacular landscapes, including 16 large lakes and England’s highest mountain, the Lake District is ideal for those looking to explore the UK’s great outdoors this summer. Whatever your age, there are plenty of activities to make your stay at the Lake District truly unforgettable, including guided walks, stargazing, high rope adventures and mountain biking.
As well as all the benefits of its revitalising and restorative natural surroundings, the Lake District also presents an element of luxury, with indulgent spa resorts and Michelin-star fine dining to excite the senses, making it one of the UK’s most popular summer getaway destinations.