The Lake District
Where Can I Go for a Staycation?: 10 of the Best UK Staycation Ideas
Feeling tired or worn out? You deserve a break! Why not treat yourself to a relaxing UK staycation? After all, you deserve a dose of spoiling.
So, where are you going to go? There’s no need to go abroad - leave your passport at home! With so many fantastic UK staycation locations for you to choose from, there is sure to be somewhere that fits all of your requirements. But, with so many options, it can be difficult to know where you will enjoy the very most.
Enjoy a UK staycation at our stunning Daffodil Hotel & Spa in Grasmere, where you can discover the magic of the Lake District. A break in the Lake District is the perfect opportunity to spend a few days exploring and relaxing in beautiful Windermere or charming Keswick.
To help narrow down your choices, below are 10 of the very best UK staycation locations for you to explore and choose from, each offering its own unique versions of beauty, luxury, and adventure.
How to choose a staycation location
Your first step - choosing the perfect UK staycation location!
Doing your research before your staycation is really important. Some of the key things to consider include:
- What amenities the location provides
- How much spending money you will need
- What is the weather is typically like in that UK region
- Whether you’d like to stay in a bed and breakfast, a hotel or a quaint cabin
To make sure you get everything from your UK staycation that you want, do your research. Have a look at TripAdvisor reviews, ask friends and families where they would recommend, browse Pinterest and Instagram and use search engines to make sure you know all you need to have a fantastic UK staycation.
However you choose to do your research, familiarising yourself with all your options will make sure you find your perfect accommodation, destination, and choice of amenities.
If you've landed on this blog, then you are in luck! Below are 10 of the very best UK staycations for you to choose from. We are sure it’ll help you come up with some UK staycation ideas if you don’t already have a few.
Discover what each location offers including fantastic things to see and do, beautiful places to stay, and descriptions of the breathtaking landscapes that are just waiting to be admired.
Explore the best UK staycation ideas
1 - Grasmere
A popular place to consider is Grasmere village. It is one of the most beautiful countryside locations available for a UK staycation. In fact, the Daffodil Hotel & Spa is based here, making Grasmere a personal favourite of ours.
Grasmere sits comfortably in the Lake District. The village is beautiful, and is in fact often described as 'something out of a postcard'.
Not only this, there is so much to see and do. Tour through charming coffee shops, enjoy some afternoon tea or explore the many fascinating museums and quirky boutiques.
To truly appreciate the beautiful landscapes, make sure to enjoy a panoramic walk around the village. Surrounded by spectacular scenery and mountains, Grasmere is not to be missed. And what better place to enjoy this fantastic village than the Daffodil Hotel & Spa?
2 - Ambleside
Sitting comfortably in the parish of the Lakes lies the delightful town and former civil parish of Ambleside.
The town has become a major tourist destination with a range of fine dining options, shops and boutiques for retail therapy, and a large selection of fabulous places to stay.
The Ambleside Tap Yard is an ideal place to visit if you enjoy unique brewed beers. They also have a lovely food menu if you’re wanting to eat while you visit.
Ambleside is delightfully charming and has become very popular amongst climbers and walkers, with its numerous opportunities for hiking and taking part in recreational activities.
3 - Windermere
Windermere is most commonly known for its fantastic lake which is the largest lake in all of England. So, it is safe to say that this town is a great location for taking part in water sports.
Not only this, Windermere is full to the brim with exciting attractions and stunning landscapes, making it a very popular staycation destination amongst tourists!
There are plenty of lovely little cafes and restaurants to stop at too. Homeground Coffee + Kitchen is a great place for fresh coffee and some brunch. If you’re looking for a location to enjoy a drink, the Folk Tap in Bowness in Windermere is another fantastic choice.
4 - Keswick
Keswick is a wonderful town for truly appreciating just how beautiful a UK staycation in the Lake District can be. The town of Keswick is truly beautiful!
One of the most unique things about a UK staycation to Keswick is the chance to take a trip to Keswick's very own local brewery, Keswick Brewing Company.
Plus, with its numerous historical landmarks and picturesque views, Keswick attracts tourists from all over the country all eager to admire the town's stunning landscapes.
Before you start exploring, why not start your day with a bite to eat at Lake Road Brunch. They serve a tasty brunch menu and have a wonderful vegan menu to choose from.
5 - Kendal
Kendal is a pleasant old market town and attracts visitors for its fabulous shopping opportunities. Complete with cobbled streets and quaint pubs, there is much more to do in Kendal than just shop!
Kendal can cater to everyone's UK staycation needs, with beautiful old buildings, plenty of amenities, and a friendly ambience.
Finish your shopping trip with a coffee from Brew Brothers Coffee House. They serve a variety of food as well as speciality teas and coffee.
6 - Ulverston
Ulverston is a great market town. Complete with a labyrinth of cobbled streets and fabulous old buildings, a UK staycation to this town truly feels as if you are taking a step back in time.
Explore the quaint shops and boutiques and explore one of the most beautiful towns in the Lakes.
Whilst in Ulverston, feast on the fantastic dining options, including the contemporary Base Restaurant. Enjoy a taste of the Lakes with delicious food made from fresh Cumbrian produce.
7 - Penrith
Penrith is one of the largest towns in the Lakes, with a train station running through, allowing easy access for tourists.
There are many historical landmarks here and a multitude of old buildings, cobbled streets, and fabulous pubs for you to visit. If you love bistros, try Four & Twenty for some relaxed dining.
The landscapes are stunning, and not only great for a UK staycation, but Penrith is also a wonderful option for a day trip!
8 - Hawkshead
Hawkshead is a beautiful village, positioned right at the heart of the Lake District. The village is marked by cobbled streets, stone houses, old arches, and squares enchanted by fabulous little pubs and quaint boutiques. Not forgetting the famous Little Ice Cream Shop!
Hawkshead is beautiful and is truly one of the most charming villages in the Lakes. A UK staycation here would keep you relaxed for its entirety.
9 - Buttermere
Buttermere is known for its beautiful landscapes sitting comfortably around the northern fells. Buttermere has its own lake, and in fact, is the smallest lake in the entire area. So, a walk around Lake Buttermere is short and sweet!
The landscapes here are awe-inspiring, so don't miss your chance to visit and take a few photographs. A UK staycation here will take your breath away.
10 - Coniston
Coniston is another stunning location. Complete with great opportunities to go on glorious walks, take your dogs out for an adventure, or stop by one of the many fish and chips shops for a bite to eat whilst you admire your surroundings.
If you’re after some locally sourced food, the Steam Bistro is a great location to visit. They offer mouthwatering meals which are sure to draw your attention.
There are some fantastic shops here offering organic food, and the village itself is eye-catching and beautiful.
Book your dream staycation in the Lake District
So, which will you choose for your ideal short weekend break in the Lake District? Are you looking for a luxurious Lake District spa hotel, or a hidden away retreat? There are so many quaint and wonderful locations to choose from.
If you're thinking of going for Grasmere, then we do hope you consider the Daffodil Hotel & Spa. Complete with stylish, contemporary interiors and surrounded by the natural beauty and greenery of the lake, our hotel is the perfect accommodation for your dream trip to the Lake District.
Have a look at our available rooms and suites and you will surely find something that appeals to you!