Holidaying in the UK has loads of potential, as there are many amazing places to see and lots of exciting things to do. Whether you’re going with your partner, with your little ones or with a group of friends or family, you’ll no doubt want to get the most out of your trip.
We’ve put together some tips on how to do just that to ensure that you don’t need to go far to have a fantastic time.
Think about what sort of break you want
The UK is immensely diverse from each city, let alone each of the four countries. Depending on your budget and your tastes, there are loads of options for you to choose from, and it’s a good idea to think about what sort of holiday you want before you book.
If you want something with the kids, why not think outside the box and go for a long weekend at a theme park? Alton Towers in Staffordshire for example has a great hotel and plenty to do to keep the little ones occupied throughout your stay.
If you’re after something a little more romantic, you won’t be disappointed staying in the UK. Places like the Cotswolds, the Lake District, Edinburgh and Llanberis all have beautiful cottages over looking idyllic mountains and valleys which will set the scene perfectly for a few days away with your other half.
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to a holiday with the mates too. Places like Belfast are growing in popularity for tourists as it’s significantly cheaper than Dublin but still has lots of great things to do. It’s that little bit further too which can make it all the more exciting as well.
Research before you go
As you would if you were going abroad, think about how close your hotel is to sights and scenery, or even local transport stops. That way you will avoid wasting valuable time looking things up when you get there. Booking UK breaks from UK Breakaways and other good package companies is good for this as they’ll often offer tips and guides when it comes to planning your activities whilst you’re away.
Have a plan B
The UK weather doesn’t have the best reputation, and unfortunately it’s somewhat unfair as if you book it at the right time of year, you should be ok when it comes to rain. Although, any Brit will agree that it can be unpredictable, and therefore it can be a good idea to have a rainy day plan.
Luckily that’s something us Brits are great at compared to hotter countries. There are even sites dedicated to finding activities for those rainy days to ensure that the whole family is still happy and that the rain doesn’t dampen any spirits.
Do as the locals do
Immerse yourself in the local culture and heritage and take tips and tricks from the locals. Get chatting to people and ask their recommendations for the best local eateries and off-the-beaten-track things to do that the guidebooks don’t always tell you about. We’re lucky to have such a rich and diverse mix of cultures and traditions in the UK and this can be a great opportunity to learn more about some of them.