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Ten bank holiday staycation suggestions

Is getting away proving too expensive? Why not try somewhere closer to home?

Staycation ideas, including Cornwall (© Getty Images)

The Cornish coastline is one of the most picturesque in the UK

When it comes to bank holiday breaks, not all of us can afford to jet off to Paris, New York or Rome. So, what about the next best thing? A 'staycation', or in other words: a holiday in the UK. Not only are they cheaper, but you'll be surprised with how much holiday potential Britain really has.

England... canal tour of Manchester

Manchester may be the heart of the north in terms of culture (this is, after all, the city that gave us The Smiths), but back during the Industrial Revolution, the same could be said about it for its canals - a fantastic way to see a city where the architectural past and present collide. Join a Crusader Holidays canal cruise and take it all in like never before.


There's something so beautiful about Cornwall that it's hard to believe it's in Britain at all - especially during the summer. Yet beyond its rolling hills, surfing spots and great beaches, one of the best ways to take the countryside and coastline in is by bicycle. There's a variety of cycle routes, such as quiet country lanes which meander through picturesque villages and ancient harbours to more challenging off-road routes which explore the depths of the Cornish countryside.

Lake District

A location of natural beauty, the Lake District is popular among fans of walks and fresh air. The area's iconic mountains, placid lakes, picturesque towns and villages combine to make this the perfect place for those wanting to clear their head.


If you're based in an area such as London, then Brighton is the perfect seaside getaway for you. A mere train ride away, it offers long stretches of sand, sea and amusement park fun - not to mention: plenty to explore, plenty to eat (you can't beat Brighton fish & chips) and a night-life like no other. Book yourself into a B&B for the weekend and make sure you take full advantage.

Scotland... Loch Ness

There's more to Loch Ness than the ubiquitous mythical monster. Why not head up to one of the most stunning parts of Inverness for a romantic getaway? There's lots of quaint cottages, hotels and family-run B&Bs for you to escape to for a few days, and there's a myriad of activities on offer. Take a hike with your paramour in the rolling hills, take in a spot of fishing, enjoy the peace and quiet - you can even go on a hunt for the mystic sea creature if it takes your fancy.

St. Andrews

It was the place where one of the greatest love stories of all time began as Prince William and Kate Middleton's paths crossed at a fashion show at the town's university. However, St Andrews' other claim to fame is being a golfer's dream bolt hole, so why not head there for a few days and see if you can catch a few birdies?

Rhossili Bay, Gower, Wales (© Getty Images)

Rhossili Bay, Gower, Wales

Wales... the Welsh coast

Thanks to a recently completed road, you are now able to travel around the whole coastline of Wales on a non-stop trip. The best way to utilise this new travel opportunity, of course, is with a camping trip. It will not only allow tourists to see those well-known Welsh valleys, but the magnificence of the Welsh coastline will also be at their fingertips. Just make sure that you're properly prepared before you set off.


Llangollen in North Wales has that heady mixture of old-world style and beautiful countryside that really sets Britain apart from the rest of the world. Park your car at Carog campsite and take a steam train into the town, where you can find delicious ice cream, quirky shops and a delightfully warm atmosphere.

Northern Ireland... Belfast

Belfast has had its share of troubles over the years but it's come through them as a city rich in culture and complexity - something you can take advantage of with walking tours and quiet roads that are ideal for bikes. Make sure you explore the MAC, the Ulster Museum, the murals and the numerous statues dotted across the city that reflects Belfast's history. There's also the attraction of the world's most famous ship: the Titanic. You can listen to expert commentary on boat, bus and walking tours, and also visit the historic dry dock, slipways and Drawing Offices where the Titanic was first fitted out.

The Giant's Causeway

Legend has it that Giant's Causeway was the stomping ground of giant, Finn McCool, who stomped out its otherworldly formation two thousand years ago. The truth, of course, probably has more to do with science, but this otherworldly coastline - made up of around 38,000 basalt columns that stretch out to sea - is a favourite for artists, photographers and bird-watchers. Explore it at your own pace, however, with colour-coded walking trails that are designed for all levels of fitness, and all give you the opportunity to take in its stunning cliff-top vistas and spectacular seascapes.

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