The Best UK Locations for a Family Staycation

Posted on Dec 19 2014 - 12:09pm by Susan

Taking a staycation has become increasingly popular over the last few years and the trend is set to continue for 2015. A staycation can also save your family money, with many family-friendly destinations offering camping and caravanning options that the kids will love. You can read more about family staycations on the Park Resorts blog.

Staycations are a lot easier with little ones. There’s no early morning flights, delays in terminals, or waiting at baggage claim. Instead you can pack, get everyone into the car, drive at your own pace, and even stop at a service station for food or (weather permitting) a roadside picnic. Perfect!

Here are the best places in Britain for a staycation.

Cornwall

This county is one of the UK’s most popular staycation destinations. As well as Cornish pasties, Cornwall offers visitors the chance to explore historic castles, quaint fishing villages and beautiful beaches. Visit the beautiful harbour at Padstow, explore legend at King Arthur’s Great Halls in Tintagel, or go to the Museum of Witchcraft in Boscastle. There are miles of stunning coastline to discover, so why not spend the day body boarding or take a family surf lesson? Just don’t forget your wetsuits!

Footbridge to Tintagel

Footbridge to Tintagel

The North York Moors

This picturesque national park is surrounded by tourist attractions, villages, and towns offering a diverse range of activities. The picturesque village of Goathland is situated here. Made famous by the television series Heartbeat, the village is also home to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, which offers exciting days out on old fashioned steam trains. The Moors also encompass the historic town of Whitby, where you’ll find the abbey associated with Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Northumberland

alnwick

Bordering Scotland, this northern country is the perfect family destination. There are an array of beaches perfect for a relaxing day out, museums and attractions, and the cities of Sunderland and Newcastle are only a short distance away. If your kids are Harry Potter fans, visit Alnwick Castle where the first two instalments were filmed – be sure to explore the gardens and tree house, too! There’s also the historic manor at Cragside, which was the first house in the world to use hydroelectricity. And don’t forget Beamish museum, where you can walk through Victorian streets and buy goodies in old fashioned shops.

Living on such a small island, we British are spoilt for choice with perfect places only a couple of hours in every direction. You can visit Cornwall, Northumberland, or the North York Moors for a staycation to remember.