The best of the UK
For many, the coronavirus has thrown summer holiday plans into question and more people are choosing to holiday in the UK this year. With so much on offer in the UK, there's something to suit everyone that's more convenient and cost effective than a long-haul holiday. These are our top picks for a summer holiday this year.
One of the UK's most idyllic and picturesque locations, the Cotswolds feature a bit of everything from chocolate-box villages and stately homes to rolling countryside and beautiful historic cities. Covering nearly 800 square miles in an area of outstanding natural beauty, it stretches from South Warwickshire and Worcestershire to West Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, encompassing parts of Wiltshire, Bath and North East Somerset. Whether you're looking to walk The Cotswold Way, take a history tour in one of the many castles or manor houses or dine in Britain's oldest inn, there's always something to do in the Cotswolds.
Home of the Jurassic Coast, Dorset offers beautiful beaches, stunning coastal walks and England's first natural UNESCO World Heritage site. With 95 miles of golden beaches and not a single city, Dorset offers something more homely and stripped back than the busier and more popular UK holiday destinations. Known for it's atmospheric ports, impressive cliff faces and natural wonders such as Durdle Door there is certainly more to do here than meets the eye. Strewn with stately homes, historic abbeys and castle ruins there's plenty to do whether it's a hike, a fossil hunt or simply fish and chips by the bay overlooked by the now famous West Bay cliffs.
Famous for its beautiful scenery, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs national park is home to mountains, lochs, forests and glens stretching just over 720 square miles. Formed between 10,000 to 20,000 years ago, the area is steeped in history and traditional Scottish culture and inspired Sir Walter Scott to pen The Lady of the Lake. This is the ideal location for any nature lover or outdoor enthusiast offering treetop trails, water activities and a number of nature trails to entertain families.
Norfolk's seemingly unending countryside makes it the perfect destination for anyone looking to get away from the more crowded destinations this summer. Perfect for any wildlife enthusiast, Norfolk is home to otters, seals, porpoise and a variety of seabirds and it's flat countryside makes it perfect for cycling and walking holidays. While it gets less rain than other areas, the North Sea's bracing winds can keep the temperatures low. There are plenty of nonconventional ways to explore Norfolk using one of the dedicated rail lines offering stunning view and experiences to make the trip truly memorable.
Well known for it's outstanding scenery and beautiful trails, the Lake District should be at the top of any avid walkers list of UK destinations to visit. A true family-friendly holiday haven it features plenty of attractions to entertain all ages from The World of Beatrix Potter to water sports, hotspots for nature and wildlife photographers and plenty of accommodation that accepts dogs. The Lake District is most well-known though for its trails and mountain hikes like Scarfell Pike, which is attempted by thousands of walkers each year.
The Outer Hebrides lie on the west coast of Scotland and are technically made up two separate islands, the Isles of Lewis and Harris. While not everyone associates Scotland with breath-taking beaches, the white sandy bays and turquoise waters of the Hebrides will make you think twice. Whether you're interested in historical ruins, the Callanish Standing Stones, or nature spotting there's more to see and do here than meets the eye.
Isle of Wight
A popular holiday destination since the Victorian era, the Isle of Wight is known for beautiful scenery and mild climate making it a great place to visit if it's warmer weather you are after. There's a variety of activities and events on offer on the Isle of Wight that makes it a great destination to entertain the whole family. take a hike with some alpacas, sail around the island, ride a horse across the beaches, take the family go-carting, or hike around the island and search for red squirrels. The Isle of Wight makes for a beautiful, accessible location to holiday this year.
North Wales has a lot to offer to anyone that holidays here. The spectacular scenery is home to Snowdonia National Park, Caernarfon Castle, the Isle of Anglesey and the Italian/Welsh village of Portmeirion. For history enthusiasts, North Wales is home to nine castles including the famous motte and bailey castle in Caernarfon built in the 13th Century by Edward I as a part of his iron ring. North Wales is also home to one of the oldest formal gardens, the National Trust owned Bodant Garden. Offering 80 acres of floral displays and a superb view of the surrounding peaks, it makes for a wonderful day out and accommodates pets on selected days.
Do you need holiday insurance for the UK?
While there is much on offer in the UK for anyone looking to holiday at home this year, we often don't consider whether or not we might need travel insurance for a UK holiday. While medical care is still covered by the NHS, you should still consider travel insurance to cover accommodation and internal flight cancellations or delays. While your home insurance policy will likely include cover away from home, you should still check the single article limit to ensure your valuables will still be covered.