Top 10 UK staycations if you fancy holidaying at home rather than abroad

Published Friday, Jul 15 2016, 19:00 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
A new study has found that over two thirds of Britons are planning on taking a staycation this year rather than travel abroad. Here are our top 10 places to visit in the UK this summer

1. Zip wire in Snowdonia!

British staycations - zip wire in Snowdonia

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Zip wire in Snowdonia



If you fancy experiencing the nearest thing to flying then you need to get along to Zip World Velocity in Snowdonia. The adrenaline-fuelled attraction has the fastest zip line in the
world, and the longest in 1 Europe. You start off on the Little Zipper to build your confidence before trying the Big Zipper, which hurtles through the air at 100mph. Be warned, this isn't for the faint-hearted!

A single ticket costs £60, and a family ticket £220.

Visit zipworld.co.uk

2. A wild time in Blackpool

Blackpool Pleasure Beach has always been a seaside favourite. Not only do you have the panoramic tower, there's also the promenade and miles of golden beaches to explore. This summer, Blackpool Tower Dungeon is launching a new immersive experience called Vicious Verdicts, which throws visitors into Blackpool's murky past.

It includes a unique walkthrough experience with special effects, a thrilling drop ride and a theatrical cast. The scary-yet-fun experience costs £10.50 for kids and £13 for adults.

Visit thedungeons.com/blackpool

3. Hike through the Lake District

British staycations - Lake District

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Lake Windemere is picture perfect



The Lake District has almost 900 square miles of forests, lakes and mountains, so it's the perfect place to dig out your walking boots and get some fresh air. You could even try and tackle Scafell Pike, England's highest mountain.

The Beech Hill Hotel & Spa, which overlooks Lake Windermere and offers dramatic views across the lake to the Western Fells, is in the perfect location.

Visit beechhillhotel.co.uk

4. Climb Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh

Not only is the Scottish capital home to the world's largest arts festival every August, it's also packed with loads of other things to do. As well as attractions such as Edinburgh castle and Holyrood Palace, you have Arthur's Seat - an ancient volcano that rises out of the wide grasslands of Holyrood Park.

The mountain, which sits 251m above sea level, is a relatively easy hike and offers unmatched views of the city skyline. Take a stroll up at sunset and snap some photos.

5. Spot dolphins in Cardigan Bay

You might be able to swim with dolphins in Florida but in Cardigan Bay, which is on the far west coast of Wales (spread between the counties of Pembrokeshire, Ceredigon and Gwynedd), you can see dolphins in their natural habitat. The UK's biggest pod of bottlenose dolphins live there, along with harbour porpoises and Atlantic grey seals.

You also get nasking sharks, the occasional orca, and leatherback turtles. The best time of the year for dolphin spotting is between June and September, so get booking! A one-hour trip costs £25 for adults and £13 for under 16s.

Book via baytoremember.co.uk

6. Go sky high in Brighton

British staycations - British Airways i360 observational tower

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The observational tower will open in Brighton



When it opens on Brighton seafront this summer, British Airways i360 will be the world's tallest moving observation tower and the first vertical cable car. Visitors will be able to gently glide up 450ft to
enjoy 360-degree views of the stunning Sussex coastline. £13.50 for an adult (if bought online) and £6.75 for a child.

Afterwards, take a stroll along the promenade and enjoy some traditional fish and chips.

Visit britishairwaysi360.com

7. Catch waves in Cornwall

With its miles of beautiful golden sandy beaches, Cornwall is the perfect surfing destination. If you're a beginner, Watergate Bay is your best bet as it has two miles of beach at low tide – you can book a half day of tuition for £35 with professional instructors at Extreme Academy (extremeacademy.co.uk). If you want to follow the latest trend, as favoured by celebs such as Kate Moss, Jamie Oliver and Rio Ferdinand, then you need to stay in the caravan while you're there.

Perran Sands, a 5* Haven resort in north Cornwall, is nestled
on the dunes and has great views of the sea below.

British staycations - Caravan in Cornwall

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Caravans like this Haven one are all the rage



Visit freedomtogo.co.uk for camping and caravanning information.

8. Marvel at Giant's Causeway

Giant's Causeway, a spectacular rock formation of around 40,000 basalt columns, is one of Ireland's most atmospheric and impressive landscapes. The dramatic sight, which is the result of an ancient volcanic eruption, is breathtakingly beautiful. As they say, to stroll on the Giant's Causeway is to voyage back in time. Better still, it's free, so go and see it asap!

9. A taste of Italy in North Wales

If you're after a taste of the Med, but don't want to travel far, then head to the pastel-hued Italian- inspired hamlet of Portmeirion, home to the 60s cult TV show The Prisoner.

The stunning tourist hamlet in Gwynedd, North Wales, was designed and built by the architect Clough Williams-Ellis from 1925 to 1976. He wanted to show how a naturally beautiful site could be developed without spoiling it, and the result is quite astounding.

Visit portmeirion-village.com

10. Cruise the Norfolk Broads

British staycations - Norfolk Broads

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Norfolk boasts the beautifiul Broads



Slow things down by chugging peacefully through the Norfolk Broads, Britain's largest protected wetland, where there are more than 120 miles of lock-free waterways and man made lakes. The tranquil waterways are home to a huge variety of wildlife, so why not rent out a boat and experience a weekend on the Broads?

You can stop off at picture-postcard villages and waterside pubs along the way to sample the local food and drink.

Visit hoseasons.co.uk

By Laura Hinton

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