Sunny UK beach in Cornwall

UK holidays

Whether it’s a weekend break or your main holiday of the year, the UK has plenty to choose from. From cities to national parks, beaches to the countryside and even islands to escape to, there is plenty on offer. Choose from hotels, cottages, and holiday parks to create your perfect UK holidays.

Why is the UK such a great destination?

We might not have the best weather in the world, but the UK does have some of the most iconic, beautiful and inspirational places to visit.

And a little bit of wind or rain never puts us off from getting out and about to see what this country has to offer. Packed with national parks, vibrant cities and seaside resorts, there is something for everyone.

Experience the beauty of the Lake District, Peak District or the Yorkshire Dales in the north of England, the bleak expanse of Dartmoor or Exmoor in the West Country, Snowdonia or the Pembrokeshire Coast in Wales, the Norfolk Broads, Cotswolds, South Downs or New Forest in the south, or the Cairngorms or Loch Lomond and the Trossachs in bonny Scotland, and be inspired to get out walking, sailing and lapping up the amazing views.

Our cities have undergone radical changes in recent years, with many being revitalised with building and development programmes. Old industrial areas have been reborn into leisure and living quarters, for example.

With London the most visited city due to its iconic position as a leading world city, you are never short of things to see and do - from shopping to entertainment, history to art and architecture and, of course, sporting events year round.

In England, you can also head to cities such as Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol, Newcastle, Birmingham and Leeds. Glasgow and Edinburgh dominate in Scotland, and Cardiff is well worth a visit in Wales. And with Belfast now having its very own Titanic Museum, there is much to see and do in the Northern Irish capital. Other popular locations are historic cities such as Bath, York, Chester and Canterbury.

And let’s not forget our magnificent coastline. Here you’ll find traditional beach resorts such as Brighton, Bournemouth and Blackpool to enjoy fish and chips and time on the sands. Outside the resorts you’ll find wonderful beaches, coastal walks and cliffs, and views out to sea from our island nation. Each area of the country has a different look and feel, from the smugglers’ coves of Cornwall to the flatness of east Anglian beaches to the near Caribbean-style waters of the islands off the west coast of Scotland.

Finding hotels in the UK

With all types of hotel on offer, where are the hotel deals in the UK?

A great way to explore the UK is to book one of the many hotels on offer. There are more than 25,000 hotels and bed & breakfasts here in the UK so there is plenty of choice from.

In the big cities you will find all the major hotel brands with properties competing for business. In addition, there are many small family-owned hotels and guesthouses on offer. Visit England runs the official star ratings system and since 2011 this has been adopted across the country to ensure that you can compare the ratings for each hotel. Stars are awarded on a range of things from facilities to services on offer.

Match your budget available to book everything from a simple room for the night to a room in a converted castle or country house. Or book a room for its pure functionality, free parking and location, or to stay in the lap of luxury with personal and exquisite service.

The most popular destinations for hotels are in London, Edinburgh, York, Chester, Bath, Brighton and Blackpool and in the other big UK cities such as Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool, plus scenic areas such as the Lake District.

Country cottages

A great way to take a UK holiday is to rent a cottage for a few days or even longer. Why is it so good?

Booking a country cottage gives you your very own place in the countryside as a base to explore the surrounding area or just somewhere to lock yourself in and escape from the world. You have the convenience of self-catering, can choose a property size to suit you – whether you’re a couple wanting to be on your own or a large family or group of friends - and many even accept dogs, so that you can all get away for a break.

With cottages located in all of the major national parks, as well as many coastal areas, there are lots of locations to consider. Some of the most popular are in Devon and Cornwall, with easy access to beautiful beaches and stunning scenery. The Lake District is also high on the wish list for many, with the chance to visit the many lakes and climb the hills and mountains of this wonderful area before popping into a cosy pub or café for some food and drink.

Cottages come in all shapes and sizes, from traditional stone built, thatched roofed chocolate box style havens, through to modern conversions of light houses and farm buildings. You can find something packed with character or something simpler for your activity-based holiday.

Holiday parks – great for families

If you are looking for excellent value for money, why not opt for a holiday park in locations throughout the UK?

The post-war generation grew up on holidays at Butlins and Pontins holiday camps in the 50s and 60s. And while many will think of TV’s ‘Hi-de-Hi’, these days holiday parks have transformed into modern, exciting places to take the family for a short break or holiday.

Think games centres, TV style entertainment, a choice of restaurants, spas, and modern bedrooms with all of the latest gadgets and conveniences. Many have now been updated to match any hotel and are on offer at affordable rates for both self-catering and hotel and board options.

You will find holiday parks in hotel style complexes through to forest lodges, beach-side chalets, and caravans offering a wide range of accommodation style and price bracket. Each park has its own character and activities so compare parks to find the right one for you and your family or group.