Here are 9 of the best places you could go for a staycation in the UK this year
Holidaying in Britain is very much back on the agenda for 2021, it seems, with travel restrictions and the new hotel quarantine rules likely to make foreign jaunts either impossible or highly unappealing.
A woman walks with a dog across a bridge in the Cotswolds. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
VisitBritain boss Patricia Yates has said staycationers will be ‘worth billions’ to the economy this summer, and the nation is ready to welcome domestic tourists when lockdown eases.
So here is our pick of nine brilliant places to stay in the UK. You should carefully check cancellation policies when booking and only travel if the law permits at the time of your trip.
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Holidaymakers are seen here waiting for the Rock to Padstow ferry in Cornwall - Padstow is a working fishing port as well as a destination for foodies thanks to its association with celebrity chef Rick Stein.
Here's the Royal Crescent in Bath, the largest city in Somerset - its Roman heritage, Georgian architecture, shops and restaurants combine to make it a popular staycation choice.
A punt on the River Cam, a stroll through the Botanic Gardens and a trip to the unique Kettle's Yard gallery are just some of the things to do in Cambridge - the University Arms hotel is a particularly nice place to stay, and a Chelsea bun from Fitzbillies is a must.
Here's a view of play at Keswick Cricket Club in the Lake District - Windermere, Coniston, Kendal and Ambleside are all much-loved towns and villages too.
Not for nothing is Yorkshire often referred to as God's Own Country - the Dales are especially stunning, and the area has just been named the best national park in Europe by Tripadvisor's Travellers Choice Awards. Ingleton, Malham, Grassington and Settle are some of the best-known places to stay - here people are pictured using stepping stones to cross the River Wharfe at Bolton Abbey near Skipton.
As the local tourist body points out, Pembrokeshire in South Wales is surrounded by the sea on three sides, making it a magnet for lovers of water sports, seafood and coastal walks. It has more than 50 beaches and is home to the smallest city in Britain, St Davids. Tenby is pictured.
The Cotswolds is picture postcard England at its finest - you won't find more perfect-looking villages than the likes of Castle Combe. Westonbirt Arboretum is highly recommended, particularly in autumn. Bourton-on-the-Water is pictured.
Kent, nicknamed the 'Garden of England', has plenty to offer. Canterbury is steeped in history, Ramsgate - pictured - has undergone a café culture revival and the White Cliffs of Dover are simply iconic in the truest sense.
The Isle of Skye can be found off Scotland's west coast but it's connected to the mainland via the Skye Bridge, so there's no need to board a ferry unless you prefer it. Skye is renowned for its dramatic scenery.