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UK staycation: Where should you go on holiday in Britain? Top 10 destinations revealed

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Your trip to Spain might be off for now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t discover some new scenery at home.

Brits are opting to stay in the UK for their holidays, and sales of UK-only travel insurance has risen since restrictions were lifted in early July.

Comparethemarket.com has revealed the top 10 most popular staycation destinations– towns and cities, and rural destinations.

Patrick Ikhena, head of travel at comparethemarket.com, said:
“With the pandemic not yet fully in the rear-view mirror, many Brits are understandably wary of travelling abroad for their annual summer holiday.

“Much of the country is keen to take some kind of break as lockdown restrictions ease – and the good news is that the UK has lots to offer.

“Just as you would consider travel insurance for a trip abroad, you should also consider insurance for staycations – it remains a much-needed safeguard against problems such as lost, stolen, or damaged luggage.

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“Although restrictions have eased, it is still important to check the latest guidance for Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales before travelling, as local restrictions can vary.

“An increasing number of providers are starting to offer ‘COVID-19 enhanced cover’ and we expect this trend to continue. These types of policy will cover for cancellation if you, or if one of those named on your policy, falls ill with COVID-19 and cannot travel.

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UK staycation: Holidays in the UK are the best option for now (Image: Getty)

UK staycation: London is the most popular destination in the UK (Image: Getty)

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The top ten towns and cities are:

  • London
  • Blackpool
  • York
  • Edinburgh
  • Manchester
  • Bournemouth
  • Brighton
  • Glasgow
  • Cardiff
  • Whitby

Don’t fancy visiting a bustling city during a pandemic? Why not take a trip to a rural destination?

Where should you go on holiday in Britain?

Cornwall

Cornwall is the second most popular area in general, with nearly 33,000 searches a month for Cornwall holidays.

It is also the most popular rural destination, booming with sandy beaches and seaside resorts.

Cornwall is ideal for hiking, picnics, dining, and chilling on the beach.

Lake District

The Lake District comes in second, with 24,050 searches each month.

The National Park is a popular spot all year round.

Known for its glacial lakes, rugged mountains and historic literary associations, you won’t get bored.

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Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is famous for its beaches and promenades, so it’s not surprising the island is the third most popular destination in the UK.

A large 16,000 people search for holidays to the island each month

Whether you book yourself a vintage beach hut or stay in a classic cottage or Victorian manor, you are stuck for options.

Devon

Devon is next on the list, with 12,500 searches for Devon trips a month.

Devon is another county with sandy beaches and fossil cliffs, but it also has medieval towns and moorlands.

There are plenty of cottages, B&Bs, and hotels to choose from.

Norfolk

Norfolk has nearly 10,300 searches a month, probably due to its 90 miles of coastline and endless countryside.

Fancy strolling through parks, forests, and heathland one moment and market towns and seasides the next? You’ll love Norfolk.

UK staycation: Devon is another popular destination (Image: Getty)

New Forest

Grab your bike and head off to the New Forest. The area racks up about 10,200 searches a month.

There’s a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets in the New Forest, and there’s no shortage of things to do.

From forest to woodlands to moors to cliffs, it’s the ideal place to be with nature.

You’ll also bump into ponies, cattle, donkeys and deer roaming free.

Isle of Man

The Isle of Man is an island in the middle of England and Ireland, and nearly 5,800 people show their interest in a holiday there a month.

However, the Island is currently unable to welcome overseas visitors to the island. Only Isle of Man residents are allowed on the island at present.

Peak District

The Peak District gets 5,500 searches a month in relation to holidays.

Pay a visit to the national park, spend a day at Chatsworth House, or even book in to Alton Towers.

It’s the ideal place for family activities, walks, and camping.

UK staycation: The Isle of Man is off limits for now (Image: Getty)

UK staycation: Durdle Door is one of the famous sites in Dorset (Image: Getty)

Dorset

Dorset is another popular destination, famous for its cliffs and Durdle Door.

Book yourself in to a B&B, cottage, barn conversion or campsite and get stuck in.

There’s plenty of activities to do and you can even bring your pet dog to enjoy the miles of coast and countryside.

Cotswolds

The Cotswolds are the idea place for a short holiday if you fancy walking up the rolling hills and through the meadows.

It’s full of historical towns, stately homes and stone-built villages to explore.

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