From majestic mountain peaks to breath-taking sights and cities chock full of art, culture and fine dining restaurants to towns and villages that charm at every turn, as well as coastlines that wow and a rich and varied history, it’s safe to say that the UK is packed full of places worth visiting.
If the thought of international travel is not on your radar right now, or perhaps you just enjoy the short trips that allow you to explore the fantastic hot spots that are plentiful in the UK, read on for seven of the finest staycations you can take in 2022. Has your favourite made it to the list below?
Scotland’s capital is a captivating city, and one that you must visit, whether you’ve been before or not. Boasting majestic monuments, a wealth of historical sights including the famed Edinburgh Castle, Scott Monument – the Victorian Gothic memorial to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott – and Palace of Holyrood, and an interesting look into the wonderful history of the country at the Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh is a place to please all. There are a wealth of luxury hotels in Edinburgh to rest your head at the end of a busy day exploring, dining and shopping, and it’s one of those places that has you promising yourself a return trip.
One of the UK’s splendid national parks, the Peak District in central England encompasses 555 square miles of land covering parts of Derbyshire, Yorkshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire. Get outdoors and enjoy the scenery, whether that’s via trail walking, cycling, horse riding or more, and when it comes to cosying up at the end of the day, choose from the fantastic selection of luxury cottages in the Peak District to relax and rejuvenate in before heading back out to explore.
England’s capital and home to many a Michelin-starred restaurant, world-renowned museum, beautiful architecture, endless shopping opportunities, tourist hot spots, the famed West End theatre district, and so much more, London is a marvellous place that commands your attention. You could never tire of exciting events to attend, bars to visit, galleries to peruse, royal parks to relax in and, of course, luxurious hotels to visit.
It wouldn’t be a summer season without the crowds descending upon the shores of Cornwall and there are plenty of wonderful places in which you can enjoy a casual Cornish getaway that you’ll cherish. From the iconic St. Ives to lively Newquay and the calming coastal villages of the Roseland Peninsula to the food-focused Padstow and many more in between, there are a range of pretty places that will capture your heart. Breathe in the sea air, get ready to stomp the coastal paths and delve into some utterly delightful meals in the array of eateries across the county.
While you’re in the Westcountry, it’s best not to forget about England’s third largest county and one that holds two national parks within its beautiful boundaries. Scour the sublime north or south coastlines, take in the traditional market towns and dine in the pleasurable pubs, cafes and restaurants, which benefit from the local larder. Head inland and discover the rugged beauty of Dartmoor National Park and lose yourself in its stunning natural surroundings.
Isle of Wight
Sitting south of the New Forest and just a short ferry or hovercraft journey is the Isle of Wight, an island gem that is worth visiting for its welcoming towns, family friendly attractions and pockets of history. Head to The Needles and snap a photo of the iconic chalk stacks, visit Queen Victoria’s holiday home, Osborne House, wander the beaches, stargaze, eat, relax and explore this pocket-sized isle.
Snowdonia National Park
One of, if not, Wales’s biggest highlight, Snowdonia National Park is a must visit for those looking for adventure. Featuring Snowdon, the country’s highest mountain with an elevation of 1,085 metres above sea level, it is the UK’s busiest mountain, but don’t let that put you off, for its breath-taking scenery is certainly worth a visit. In addition to medieval Dolbadarn Castle, and medieval stronghold of Edward I, Harlech Castle, there is also the stunning waterfall, Aber Falls and Penygader, a mountain summit well known for its views.