Staycations in the UK
The UK offers so much natural beauty to explore, from the stunning coastline and a countryside rich with wildlife, to the ancient forests and breath-taking lakes and mountains. Coupled with the rich culture of our many historical towns and cities – there really is something for everyone.
With popular staycation destinations in the UK providing such a superb mix of activities, attractions and points of interest, you’re closer than you might think to your next beach holiday, city break or countryside retreat.
Here are two of our favourite picks of the UK’s best retirement holiday ideas.
A 2023 survey by Which? ranked York and its cobbled streets, magnificent Minster, historic Shambles and world-class museums and galleries as the number one city for a staycation. Immerse yourself in this northern city’s 400-year rich history to discover its Roman roots and a Viking past.
Conveniently placed half-way between London and Edinburgh, York’s bustling city sits against the stunning backdrop of the vast Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors, offering incredible scenic walks. If affordable, tranquil mini-breaks with countryside views are your thing, York could be your best retirement holiday idea.
To plan your visit to York you’ll need to choose from one of the many beautiful hotels, luxury spa retreats, B&Bs, city apartments and countryside cottages. Try VisitYork.org to peruse recommended accommodations.
Book now: Book a stay at the highly rated Vikings Accommodation guest house, just a short walk from York minster. We found a three night midweek break in June here for two people for just £225!
Retirement holidays to Cornwall mean golden sands beaches, rugged moors, ancient castles, botanical gardens, historic towns and immersing yourself in local folklore. It really is one of the UK’s best holiday destinations for older couples, single travellers and for dog lovers travelling with their furry companions.
From fresh fish straight off the boats to Michelin-starred cuisine, Cornwall has it all for foodies looking for the best of the UK. Wildlife enthusiasts can go seal-spotting by harbours, and if you’re lucky, you might even see the incredible basking sharks and dolphins that frequent the warmer waters here. If you love gardening then don’t miss your chance to visit the famous Eden Project, where you can enjoy a tropical climate all year round.
Cornwall has so many beautiful places to stay, each with their own unique charms and offerings to suit your holiday wants and needs. From the historical town of Marazion to the county’s one and only city of Truro with its iconic cathedral, bustling Lemon Street Market and trendy restaurants. If you’re planning a getaway with your four-legged friend, try Newquay for its dog-friendly golden sand beaches.
Book now: Try staying in one of Cornwall’s many traditional inns and pubs for an authentic Cornish experience. The Oystercatcher in Polzeath offers incredible views of the beaches and countryside and it’s dog friendly, too. A ground-floor apartment starts from £285 per night, which could be an affordable option if you’re travelling with friends.