We’ve all been dreaming of the moment when we can enjoy a relaxing getaway. Now that COVID restrictions are easing, UK holidays will be allowed from the 12th of April. 60.3%* of those we surveyed, plan to take a UK staycation as soon as possible. So, if you are one of the many planning to do so, here’s everything you need to know – from what the UK has to offer to the best places to visit.
UK Staycations: What the UK has to Offer
From historic cities and towns to nature trails and walks and even watersports, the UK certainly has a lot to offer the intrepid adventurer and the relaxed holidaymaker alike. From the natural beauty of the inspiring landscape offering historic walks and nature activities to the early family holiday resorts such as Butlins and Pontins and later additions such as Center Parcs, the UK has always offered holiday goers some good old-fashioned entertainment and many of us love our UK breaks. The UK is adorned with lush greenery. It has beautiful towns and cities that truly encompass the ideal of the UK getaway. Offering family fun such as Windsor’s Legoland and London’s Harry Potter World as well as more relaxing countryside retreats we are sure you’ll enjoy your UK staycation in 2021, and you never know – it may become a cherished habit!
Do you need travel insurance for a UK staycation?
You still need travel insurance for UK holidays to cover you for cancellation, personal property as well as other medical emergencies that may not be covered by the NHS– you may need repatriating to your local area which will not necessarily be covered. With a UK travel insurance policy, you’ll find that the unexpected will be taken care of.
When can I travel in the UK?
England has kept on track for easing restrictions and coming out of lockdown, due to the success of the vaccine rollout. In England, holidays within the UK will be permitted from 12 April. This means that you will be able to plan a staycation with members of your household or bubbles in a self-contained accommodation: A cottage, hotel, lodges and B&BS.
What types of holiday does the UK offer?
Offering everything from hiking holidays along beautiful nature trails to cultural hubs of arts and music. The UK is just waiting to be explored and enjoyed.
- Nature and National Parks. – The awe-inspiring, dramatic landscapes of the Lake Districts and Peak Districts are truly a national treasure. Painted and immortalised by the likes of Lowry, Percy Kelly and Turner, these stunning landscapes are a must-see for the UK holiday-maker.
- Historic Towns and Hamlets – The UK has an innumerable amount of historic places, towns, hamlets, shires and villages – from the historic Roman town of Bath to the oldest Town in the UK, Colchester, to the modern metropolis of the capital city, London.
What are the best places to visit in the UK?
The UK has some great places to visit. England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales all have fantastic modern cities, idyllic British countryside and stunning coastlines.
- Cotswolds – With gently rolling hills and stone villages, you’ll find plenty to explore.
- Bath – The home of Jane Austen and the famous Roman Baths, Bath – the cool mix of city and countryside is sure to harbour something for everyone
- New Forest – With over 40 recognised hiking trails, walking or cycling.
- Lake District – Film tours, walking tours, art tours and cultural tours! The natural beauty is sure to blow away the cobwebs of 2020!
- Isle of White – Famed for its beaches and festivals, the Isle of White has beautiful coastal footpaths, farms and forests – enough for any short UK getaway!
- Oxford – From museums to shopping, Oxford is well known for having a little bit extra when it comes to city breaks. Culture is high on the list and as you walk through this historic city you’ll be charmed by the history and character of this famous English gem.
- North Yorkshire – Inspiring filmmakers for decades, visit Robin Hood Bay or see the Ruins of Whitby for a memorable day out
- Exmoor – Laying over both Devon and Somerset, Exmoor may be one of the UKs lesser-known national parks but offers a fantastic variety of activities including swimming with seals and exploring the beautiful park by steam train.
Wherever you choose to go in the UK, we would love to hear from you about your experience.
- Author notes. By Daniel Davies, AllClear Medical and Travel Content Creator.
- *AllClear Vaccination survey 2.0, 2021 – 465 respondents