With the weather being as glorious as it currently is, it’s always tempting to go exploring and take in the sights and sounds of somewhere new. However, if you’re watching the pennies the week before pay day, or if you’re looking to stay a little bit closer to home then a ‘staycation’ could be for you as it offers all the perks of exploring but on a budget. Sound good? Check out our list below of a few of the fab places the UK has to offer…

Edinburgh

Edinburgh
Photo Credit: Dentons

There’s pretty much enough to do in Scotland to last you a month if we’re honest. From the Orkney Islands to the Highlands to the Lochs our neighbours to the north have it all but it’s the capital, Edinburgh, that boasts all the beauty of a historical city with a modern twist. Easily accessible by train and plane (prices start from £66 with FlyBe- bargain!) the city has plenty to see and do including whiskey tasting and countless museums.

Things to do:

  • Visit Edinburgh Castle- the iconic landmark dominates the skyline of the Scottish capital.
  • Whiskey Tasting- famous all over the world for it’s whiskey production Edinburgh has no shortage of tasting experiences available all over the city
  • The annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival runs from 3rd-27thAugust and is the largest arts festival in the world and showcases a variety of shows from comedy to opera.

The Lake District

LAKE
Photo Credit: lake district.gov.uk

Recently awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, The Lake District has some of England’s most beautiful countryside. The area has inspired generations of writers, poets and artists and is often used as the backdrop for many works of literature. If exploring nature is more your thing the Lake District has over 900 square miles of untouched greenery, mountains and lakes (obviously) ideal for those of us who like a bit of exercise on our travels!

Things to do:

  • ‘Brave the Cave’ allows you to explore some of the Lake Districts unique caves and offers beginners guides to potholing (not for the claustrophobic among us!)
  • Windermere Lake Cruises- Probably the best way to see the stunning scenery that is on offer. Cruises last anywhere from 45 minutes to 3 hours so you can spend as much time there as you like
  • Visit Holker Hall- one of the country’s best loved stately homes the 16th century manor offers tours around its stunning gardens and the home itself.

Brighton

brighton
Photo Credit: GQ

Less than 50 miles from London, Brighton is one of England’s most popular seaside resorts. The city offers over 5 miles of beaches, is home to countless museums, restaurants and boutiques and is arguably the LGBTQ+ capital of the UK with its gay scene being world renowned. Beaches and vibrant nightlife? We’ll meet you there!

Things to do:

  • Visit the Royal Pavilion- Built in 1823 for the Prince Regent the mock-Mughal building is one of Brighton’s most famous attractions- definitely one for Instagram!
  • Brighton Pier- Probably the UK’s most famous pier (sorry Wigan) Brighton Pier is chock full of arcades, niche cafes and a funfair, what’s not to love?
  • Choccywoccydoodah– the infamous chocolate shop is Brighton based and combines chocolate with art that’s almost too good to eat. Almost.

Cornwall

cornwall
Photo Credit: The Most Perfect View

Let’s be honest we mainly want to visit Cornwall for a pasty because food is life. However, whilst we’re there we might as well explore Cornwall’s stunning landscape. Englands most southern county is famous for its beaches, blue skies and Instagrammable coastline. Perfect for thrill seekers and those who want to relax alike, Cornwall offers everything from surfing to spa weekends and has gained a reputation in recent years for its growing art scene. We mentioned the delicious pasty’s too, right?

Things to do:

  • Located in Boldova in Southern Cornwall the Eden Project is, in essence, a massive greenhouse that is host to a large variety of exotic plants and flowers and aims to educate visitors on plants, wildlife and the environment.
  • Cornwall has the perfect sunny climate to grow grapes that are used to create British wine and Camel Valley Vineyard is one of many that offers tours and wine tasting experiences.
  • The Cornish coast is the surfing centre of the UK and many of the towns along the coast are home to surfing schools if you’re feeling brave enough to face the water!

Liverpool

lpool
Photo Credit: My Holiday Guru

Home to The Beatles, Brookside (ask your mum) and not one but TWO Premier League football teams, Liverpool is one of the Norths most metropolitan cities. Boasting the most museums and art galleries in the country outside of London, the city was named Capital of Culture in 2008 and is known internationally as the ‘World Capital City of Pop’ in reference to its large music scene. Liverpool is an absolute must for those of us who love a good cultural city break!

Things to do:

  • Visit the Cavern Club– birthplace of The Beatles, musicians still flock to the Cavern Club to perform and it is still viewed as the go to place to view live music.
  • The annual Matthew Street Festival is held throughout August and is Europe’s largest free music festival.
  • Lark Lane is Liverpool’s more bohemian districts and is host to a variety of independent boutiques, restaurants and bars. Nearby Sefton Park is also a great place to chill and attend local food festivals.

Where are you planning on going for a ‘staycation’? Let us know on Twitter and don’t forget to upload all your staycation outfits to the Looker app!

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