Wondering where to staycation this summer season? We know that most of the popular summer destinations in the UK can get pricey or might already be booked out for when you want to get away.
Because we want you to have that perfect summer holiday, we've made a list of 6 (slightly) lesser-known – and therefore less crowded – destinations within the UK that you can still book! Even better, we've got accommodation options that are good on your wallet.
This quaint town comes Pirate recommended and is a personal fave of one of our editors. He loved it so much that we thought we would share it with you, so count yourself lucky!
Rye makes for the perfect weekend getaway with plenty to do and see. Spend the day exploring the city: go antique shopping on Mermaid Street, visit Rye Castle and climb the tower for a great view, grab a pint with the locals at the Mermaid Inn (which is 600 years old!), or stop for lunch at the Globe Inn Marsh for some fresh seafood.
For those interested in a bit of nature, take a hike to the beach or check out the Rye Nature Reserve which offers a diverse array of ecosystems, including grasslands, marshes, and woodlands.
There are a lot of great hotels to choose from in Rye, but these two were our favourite picks.
Located in the West Midlands close to the River Wye, Hereford is a great escape for the history buffs among us. Coupled with the fact that it is a close drive from some bigger cities and has beautiful surrounding landscapes, it makes for a great staycation.
At the heart of the city stands the Hereford Cathedral, which was built in the 1300s. Take a leisurely stroll along the River Wye before stopping for lunch at one of the local pubs. For a day trip, take a step back in time and visit to one of the many castles located in the area, such as Eastnor Castle or Hampton Court Castle.
When it comes to accommodation, Hereford and the surrounding area is very affordable.
Everyone knows Loch Ness due to the famous monster which is said to inhabit the lake. And while the towns surrounding Loch Ness are great to visit, we suggest checking out the less visited Loch Lomond and the surrounding area known as the Trossachs.
This is the perfect place to unplug and get back in touch with nature. A day trip through The Trossachs National Park is a must! Enjoy peaceful walks around Loch Lomond or hike up some hills to enjoy views of Ben Lomond and the many lakes in the area. Visit the town of Balloch, located on the south shore of Loch Lomond, or head up north to Arrochar. Go for a dip in the lake or take a boat out on the water. Unbridled nature awaits!
There are a lot of affordable accommodation offers in the area, even camping spots as well! Here are two of our top picks for hotels.
There are plenty of seaside towns and villages to find on the coast in North Yorkshire. A popular tourist destination due to the beautiful coastline, staycations in North Yorkshire can get pricey and book up quickly.
We suggest setting your sights on the small fishing village of Staithes. The best part of all is that it is a great budget destination as most activities are free. Enjoy perusing the shops in town, set out for a hike along one of the many beautiful coastal paths, go sunbathing on the beach, or explore the rock pools – especially great for kids!
The village is full of quaint cottages, some of which you can rent out – like this flat which is located directly on the sea overlooking the bay! The cottage has everything you need and is only a stone's throw away from the beach, the shops, and the local pub. The flat stay fits a total of 4 guests comfortably from £48 per person, per night.
Looking for something that feels a bit like London without actually being London? Shrewsbury might just be that place. Located in western England in Shropshire, it contains the same lively and bustling energy as London, but is a far better budget option for a staycation.
The town boasts beautiful half-timbered houses from the English Tudor period and even has its own medieval castle. Go for a stroll in The Quarry, which has been voted one of the best parks in the UK by TripAdvisor users, or dine al fresco at one of the many cafes, pubs or restaurants in town.
We've also found some affordable places to stay! Like the The Old Bell or the 4* Albright Hussey Manor.
Skip out going on city trips to Edinburgh or Glasgow this summer and head up further north to Aberdeen. Also known as Granite City, due to its granite buildings which have been largely untouched since they were built in the Victorian Era, Aberdeen is a hidden gem.
This little port city has a bit of something for everyone. Visit the Johnston Gardens, which has won the prestigious Britain in Bloom award multiple times, hop on a dolphin watching cruise around the Aberdeen coast, visit the beach, or just stroll aimlessly through the old city centre.
Aberdeen is a great budget destination, with many, well-rated hotels under the £100 per night.