Although holidaymakers are finally able to return to foreign shores, the past two years have encouraged us all to appreciate destinations a bit closer to home… as we should. With amazing beaches, beautiful greenery and stunning architecture, it can be easy to forget the treasures England has to offer.
So we’ve decided to make it easier for you, by giving you a roundup of where to stay, what to see and where to eat, and also a few recommendations for where you can find the staycation rental gem.
This addition to the list will come as a shock to no one, Cornwall is hands down the destination of choice for anyone wishing to find some sun, sea and sand.
Where to stay: If you’re looking for a romantic destination, St Ives gives holidaymakers the perfect balance of landscape and culture, with plenty of independent shops, cafes and bars. Known for its surf beaches and also its art scene, it has something for everyone.
If you’re planning a group trip, then head to Newquay. With its beachfront clubs and laid-back party vibe, you’re sure to have a weekend to remember.
What to see: Catch a Shakespeare play at the Minack Theatre, soak up the beauty of Saint Michael’s Mount, and perhaps get a little green at the Eden Project. Whatever you do though, do not forget to pencil in some beach days, and maybe give surfing a try!
Where to eat: Head to Padstow if you want to try out celeb chef Rick Stein’s seafood delights (be warned, it’s not cheap!), Blas Burgerworkers in St Ives is the locals go-to for the perfect burger, and for a cheap eat, one mustn’t forget the humble Cornish pasty.
AK pro tip: If you’re planning to use public transport to get around, it’s best to choose your base carefully and plan ahead. Visit Travel South West to plot your journey from A to B (and C, D, E, F…).
The perfect destination for Londoners looking for an easy weekend away, Kent has been attracting more attention in the holiday scene recently, offering amazing food, beaches, and more castles than Game of Thrones.
Where to stay: If you’re a history buff, look no farther than Canterbury, a cathedral city and former pilgrimage site. If you want a taste of traditional British seaside, Whitstable is more your flavour.
What to see: Go canoeing on the river Stour, step back in time at Canterbury Cathedral and Hever Castle, and marvel at the beauty of the White Cliffs of Dover.
Where to eat: Wheelers Oyster Bar in Whitstable is great for your appetite and your insta aesthetic, get your ramen fix at Tamago in Canterbury, and have dinner with a view at Cinque Ports in Margate.
AK pro tip: We’re all for familiarising yourself with a clothes production line, and with trekking experiences from Alpaca Annie, you can get to know the Alpacas behind the super-soft bed socks you buy on the way out!
This stunning county needs no introduction and is great for a relaxing and stress–free break in nature.
Where to stay: Located right in the middle of the Dales, York and Leeds Harrogate provides the perfect base from which to explore. As well as great transport links, the town packs its own punch when it comes to culture, parkland and independent delights including craft beer central The Disappearing Chin and the (very) cosy Little Ale House.
What to see: Be sure to visit the dales; dramatic scenery will take your breath away on the many walking routes, and activity centres such as How Stean Gorge will keep your heart pumping as you explore. Additionally, explore the county’s lovely market towns such as Yorkshire’s food capital, Malton, and be sure to head into Leeds for an unforgettable night out.
Where to eat: Sample some fine ales and watch their journey from grain to glass at the Black Sheep Brewery before enjoying a hearty roast and a warm welcome in The White Bear just around the corner.
Visit Spark in York to sample local, independent restaurants and bars in a trendy location, while soaking up the history of Northern England’s former capital.
AK pro tip: As the largest county, you might need a couple of days to get a flavour of everything Yorkshire has to offer. And don’t forget your walking shoes!
Suffolk has flown under the radar until blockbusters such as The Dig, The Personal History of David Copperfield and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows put its exceptional beauty on the map.
Where to stay: Woodbridge is a great base point, that lets you access the coast and the countryside in less than 20 minutes. It also has great access to nearby Ipswich if you crave a bit more hustle and bustle. Alternatively, head to Lavenham for a taste of authentic village life.
What to see: Visit Constable Country; the landscapes which inspired some of the UK’s most loved paintings, hit up the slot machines on Southwold pier, see Ed Sheeran’s ‘Castle on the Hill’ at Framlingham, and get a taste of adrenaline with tree-trekking in Thetford forest.
Where to eat: For a special occasion head to Kesgrave Hall, have lunch on the harbour at Aurora in Ipswich, and be sure to check out New Street Market in Woodbridge for some locally sourced goodies.
AK pro tip: Almost every little village in Suffolk has its charms (or at the very least, a good pub) so don’t be afraid to just explore!
Check out CoolStays, Canopy&Stars, Kip Hideaways Bidroom and AirBnB Plus if you’re looking for a vibey, fun place to stay. And remember, with Arma Karma, you can be safe in the knowledge that even on holiday, your items are protected by us.
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