The top five holiday destinations in the UK

Jenai Laignel / 22 February 2016 ( 06 June 2016 )

This is shaping up to be a great year for holidaying in the UK. Add to that the prospect of some great UK events and it’s clear that this is the perfect time to decide where to head for your next staycation. Here are our top holiday destinations.



5. Snowdonia 

Whatever you want from your holiday, Snowdonia is packed with things to see and do from walking or climbing, pony trekking, mountain biking to a variety of watersports.

Visit fascinating castles, underground slate caverns, old steam mountain railways and sparkling waterfalls. Alternatively, just relax in one of the most beautiful and unspoilt parts of Great Britain.

Where to stay? On the fringe of Snowdonia, Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa has a breath-taking setting, high on the hillsides of the Berwyn Mountain range. Commanding panoramic views across mountains, forest and the tranquil Lake Vyrnwy, it has a fantastic health club and is renowned for its award-winning fine dining.


4. The New Forest

The New Forest contains a magnificent and almost unrivalled variety of scenery and has recently been designated the New Forest National Park. It was created as a royal forest by William the Conqueror in 1079 for the hunting of deer and in the 934 years since then, it has retained the “new” part of its name, although it is anything but.

The forest is famous for its abundance of ponies   each pony, although privately owned, is allowed to roam free in its natural and original environment. As well as providing a visually remarkable and historic landscape, the New Forest has large areas of surviving lowland habitats which had been lost elsewhere in the country, including valley bogs, wet heaths, dry heaths and deciduous woodland.

Where to stay? There's a a great selection of self-catering properties in the New Forest available at www.saga.co.uk/cottages. From the unspoilt village of Beaulieu to the historical town of Ringwood, with its market charter dating back to 1226, you're sure to find your perfect escape.


3. Yorkshire 

Yorkshire's popularity just seems to grow and grow. Characterised by drystone walls, rolling hills, lonely farmhouses and bustling market towns, the UK's largest county has more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other region outside London. The Yorkshire Dales remains a fantastic outdoor arena for recreation, peaceful relaxation and a haven for wildlife.

Where to stay? Harrogate was recently voted the happiest place in Britain by property website Rightmove and the White Hart Hotel is a beautiful four-star Georgian manor house located in the heart of the Montpelier District, between The Stray park and Valley Gardens.

Related: Things to do in Yorkshire


2. The Scottish Highlands 

Wild landscapes, fairy-tale castles, ancient traditions and legendary monsters define the captivating Scottish Highlands. The region may appear remote at first glance, but this beautiful part of Scotland is actually very accessible and certainly worth the journey.

This sparsely populated region contains some of Scotland’s most stunning scenery, including National Parks and vast areas of unspoilt wilderness. From the vibrant cities of Inverness and Invergordon to the Inner and Outer Hebrides, and the Isle of Skye, its a place that has something for everyone.

Where to stay? Head for Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands and you can stay amidst ancient Caledonian pine forests. You'll find a wide selection of Scottish holiday accommodation here

Related: Things to do in Scotland


1. The Isle of Wight

With its charming seaside resorts, mild climate, golden beaches, beauty spots, magnificent countryside and fine scenic walks, the glorious Isle Of Wight is a treat all-year round. It is a compact island measuring 23 miles from east to west, 13 miles from north to south.

The island is believed to have been sliced from the mainland thousands of years ago, when a river, now The Solent, cut through the chalk. 

Where to stay? Warner Leisure Hotels have two popular hotels on the Isle of Wight.

Bembridge Coast Hotel sits on the east shore, just metres away from the shoreline of the Solent. With the array of leisure facilities at the hotel, plus stunning coastal walks on your doorstep you are truly spoilt for choice here. Norton Grange Holiday Village offers something slightly different   located on the west coast of the Isle of Wight, it has fabulous views of the Solent and is an ideal choice for that idyllic relaxing break.


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