I don’t know about you, but edging towards the end of 2019 has me thinking about all of the plans I want to make in the new year, and of course, travel is part of this!
However, travels don’t need to be far, wide or expensive, and there are plenty of fantastic staycation destinations to add to your list in the new year, including the following!
Cornwall was a staycation destination I fell head over heels in love with this year! We visited with friends and drove down to Newquay in September for a long weekend.
Cornwall as a destination is even more special if you’re from more Northern territory like me. You step out of the car to what feels like a whole new climate – warm sun on your face, beaches you wouldn’t expect to see in the UK (proof above), and a completely relaxed vibe.
Newquay has some magnificent beaches, some popular and some hidden. Lusty Glaze and Bedruthan Steps are a 100% must-visit if you really want to experience natural beauty and feel as though you are a million miles from home! I also completely recommend visiting in September. The season is closing off and the kids are back to school, but everything’s still open and the sun is still very much shining. If you want to feel far away from home without leaving the country, Cornwall is fantastic.
The social butterfly and foodie in me has to recommend Liverpool, as it has some real gems to try. A city break to Liverpool could be the UK staycation for you, with the bustling city, great nightlife, historic buildings and beautiful docks, there’s plenty to see and do for a weekend.
There are some fantastic bar and restaurant hangs in the city centre, from theLiverpool Gin Distillery to Indian street food at Mowglis, which I mentioned in my 2019 restaurant roundup. It’s a city with a lot to offer, and if you want to fill your days exploring a city, shopping and trying nice eateries, this is a great city staycation destination.
3. Newcastle Upon Tyne
Another fantastic UK city staycation destination is the land of the Geordies, Newcastle. Newcastle Upon Tyne holds a special place in my heart having previously lived there for 3 years whilst studying at University. It’s a truly special city with extremely special people. There’s no friendlier folk than the Geordies, and the city itself is beautiful!
What’s even better is that, as far as city centres go, Newcastle isn’t too big. You can explore it with ease and it doesn’t take long to walk down to the famous Quayside and bridges! The metro also makes it extremely easy to hop on in the city centre and travel to Tyneside or Whitley Bay to visit some Northern beaches. You can easily escape the busy city and feel like as though you’re hours away at the coast!
It wouldn’t be a true staycation inspiration guide without mentioning Ye Olde York. It has to be one of the most beautiful and historical cities in the UK, with the old city walls lining the city centre and so many nooks, alleyways and gems crammed into it.
It’s strange and beautiful, all at the same time. With gorgeous independent restaurants, bars, book shops and sweet shops, contrasted against ghost tours and dungeons. If you’re searching for a cultural staycation and have yet to explore York, I cannot recommend it enough. In fact, let me know and I’ll send you my bar and restaurant recommendations! (Of which there are many). I also had the privilege of working with Visit Britain on a campaign for York, so take a look at the video for an insight into what this beautiful city has to offer!
And finally, to my little spa town of Harrogate. Harrogate may be small, and it may only be a town, but it’s a haven for tourists with its gorgeous history and Yorkshire greenery. With Bettys Tea Rooms, the Turkish Baths and our vast, famous stray, Harrogate offers so much to so many different types of people.
Harrogate may be small, but it’s bursting full of independent shops, eateries and bars, and has a lovely feel to it. Knaresborough, Leeds and York are also just a short train or bus ride away, so Harrogate is a great base if you’re wanting to visit a few Yorkshire destinations!
Do you have any other UK staycation destinations on your wishlist? I’d love to know, as I’m planning our next one myself!