Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice and travel restrictions might not allow Brits to jet off internationally this summer, but staycations might be an option. For now, English and Scottish people are allowed to drive as far as they like, but must not stay overnight anywhere other than their homes. Welsh people aren’t allowed to travel any further than 4.9 miles (8km) from their homes.
At present, Brits aren’t allowed to stay in any second property the own, and other accommodation remains closed for the foreseeable.
However, hotels and holiday resorts in England could reopen from July, as long as the Government considers enough progress has been made against its five tests.
Restrictions may also ease across the rest of the UK, meaning people could travel around the UK on holiday.
Express.co.uk talks you through The Points Guy’s top eight UK staycation destinations and offers.
The tiny village of Porthcurno in Cornwall is stunning in the summer.
According to The Points Guy, in the height of summer, the crystalline waters and white sand of the village’s beach and the surrounding areas of West Cornwall could be mistaken for resorts around the Mediterranean.
The area’s nautical theme, seafood restaurants, and fun sea-based activities are enough to convince you that you’re abroad.
Porthcurno beach itself is said to have very photogenic waves but due to the nature of the tides, it’s more popular with bodyboarders than surfers.
Wroxham, The Norfolk Broads
The Points Guy likened Wroxham in the Norfolk Broads to Venice or the Netherlands, with its endlessly flat landscape and windmills.
You can take out a boat and cruise up the open waterway for the day, hopping on and off to spend your time trying out the diverse restaurants, pubs, and bars along the waterway.
Many people stay on a boat for a week, but there are plenty of stylish waterfront hotels to pick from.
Watersports are a popular activity in the area, and you can try out canoeing, sailing or paddleboarding at Whitlingham Country Park nearby.
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The Ski resorts in Scotland’s Glencoe are a great alternative to the Alps, said The Points Guy.
You can find Glencoe up in The Highlands on the banks of Loch Leven.
Glencoe Mountain Resort is small, with only eight lifts and 20 runs, but is good enough for a great weekend away.
There are no hotels in the resort itself, meaning you will have to stay in a Lodge around the area.
The Visit Scotland website lists plenty of other things to do in Glencoe, including: “Absorb spectacular Highland scenery and see Scottish wildlife.
“Pop into the Glencoe Visitor Centre and grab a bite to eat before you go for a wander in the glen.
“Walk through Glen Coe or bag a few Munros. Sea kayak on Loch Leven.
“Explore some of the other natural wonders in the Lochaber Geopark, from the Parallel Roads of majestic Glen Roy to the enchanting islands of Canna, Eigg, Muck and Rum.
“Visit Fort William, the Outdoor Capital of the UK.”
The Points Guy compares Knaresborough in Yorkshire to a little town in the South of France, and that’s exactly what it looks like.
The Yorkshire site explains: “The exact origins of this market town of ancient walkways, cobbled alleys and secret passageways are shrouded in mystery.
“But one thing’s for sure, Knaresborough has carved out a real character for itself with a Tudor prophetess, once royal castle, magnificent viaduct and breathtaking countryside views.”
There’s plenty of history and heritage to delve into, and once you are done you can go on a long and relaxing walk along the River Nidd.
The town is also home to Mother Shipton’s Cave – the oldest tourist attraction in England dating all the way back to 1630.
When you are allowed to do so, book yourself into a cottage, stately manor, or luxury bed and breakfast and get exploring.
Tobermory, Isle of Mull
Have you ever seen the 2000s children’s TV show Balamory’? Then you will recognise this row of colourful buildings.
This Scottish town on the Isle of Mull in the Inner Hebrides looks just like Norway.
The Points Guy hails the town for its nautical theme and said there’s a range of sea life in the surrounding water including whales and dolphins.
If you love your wildlife, you could go puffin spotting while you’re there.
The burgh is home to the Mull Museum, the Tobermory whisky distillery, the first catch and release aquarium in the UK, the Mull Aquarium.
From boutique-style hotels to renovated fisherman’s cottages, there’s a form of accommodation for everyone– no matter your taste.
Welsh village Portmeirion looks more like a quaint Italian village, and there’s a reason for this.
The village on the West coast of Wales was designed and built between 1925 and 1975, using Portofino in Italy as its inspiration.
The Points Guy says its charming architecture and vibrant atmosphere will trick you into believing you are standing under the Mediterranean sun in Italy.
There’s a four-mile sandy beach just a few miles away, and the village is also located just at the bottom of a valley leading into Snowdonia National Park.
Published at Thu, 04 Jun 2020 21:08:00 +0000