What is a staycation? and how to book it

20/07/2020

You might hear a lot about staycations. But what is a staycation some of you may be wondering? Staycations are holidays close to home meters or miles away! Staycation’s can save you a lot of stress supposed to travelling abroad. In addition, they are normally cheaper, shorter and easier to plan.

 

Here’s a few tips on how to do staycation right!

 

  • 1) Pack light- Since many staycations are kept short, there is little need to pack too many things. Only bring your necessities, buy any remaining items from local shops.
  • 2) Plan, but don’t over plan. Don’t overwhelm yourself with an itinerary. Choose a few local places to visit, or maybe even a spa day. But keep some time open to do what you feel in the moment.
  • 3) Pick a good base. With the hotel prices lowest ever, pick your accommodation near train stations or city centres, during staycation you want to be central and within walking distance.

OUR TOP 5 UK STAYCATION DESTINATION’S:

 

1. London

 

What better place to book a staycation than the capital city! Make your staycation to the city eco-friendly by opting for a train or bus, and book further in advance, so you can minimise your cost which is very important when visiting London. Whether it’s your first time in the vibrant city or your hundredth time. One of the best things about London is there’s always a new corner of the city to explore. Here are some of the most popular things to in the diverse city, visit an exhibition at the barbican, dine at the borough market supper club, explore a national trust property, and head to Fulham’s very own beach for a bottomless brunch. One of the most popular parts of the city to explore is the vibrant and very creative, London Borough of Camden, home to London ZSL Zoo, Regents Canal, Camden Market, Primrose Hill & more. These are just some of the many fun places you can visit while staying with us at TheWesley Hotel. Due to the season, we are offering children free breakfast and a free stay when you book our family rooms, making it more affordable for families desperate to come and visit London after being locked inside for the last few months.

3 Day Itinerary

  • Day 1: Change of Guards at 11 AM, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Partiament, Churchil War Rooms, London Eye and British Museum
    Day 2: Oxford Street Shopping, Walk around Hyde Park, shop at Harrods and explore Knightbridge, V&A Museum and National History Museum
    Day 3: St Paul’s Cathedral, Tate Modern, Borough Market, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Tour

2. Edinburgh

 

We now head over to the leafy Scottish capital Edinburgh. Some of Edinburgh’s most sought-after attractions are Edinburgh zoo which is welcoming visitors again with new safety measures in place. Gorgie Farm is a great place to take your children when you visit the beautiful city. Fort Douglas Adventure Park has also reopened with two sessions available to book online and you can visit any time within each session the session times are: 10 am – 1 pm & 2 pm – 5 pm.

2 Day Itinerary

  • Day 1: Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Mile, St Giles’ Cathedral,  Free Walking Tours, The Scotch Whisky Experience
  • Day 2: Calton Hill, Victoria Street, Holyrood Palace and Scottish Parliament

 

 

3. Cornwall

 

Head down to England’s most southwestern point for a staycation to Cornwall One of the many things the beautiful city has to offer is its landscape. Take a drive down the most beautiful road in England from St Ives to Land’s End. Cornwall has one of the most stunning coastlines in the UK. The north has rapid waves, dramatic cliffs and soft sandy beaches, the west is wild and untouched, and the south is calm and tranquil with sandy no matter where you are in the city you are never more than 10 miles away from a beach! Visiting Cornwall is not complete without tucking into a REAL Cornish pasty. You may have tried an imposter brand but it’s nothing like a proper Cornish pasty filled with succulent beef skirt, potato, swede and onion. 

3 days Itinerary

  • Day 1: Land’s End, Porthcurno and Minack Theatre
  • Day 2: The Lost Gardens of Heligan and Mevagissey
  • Day 3: Eden Project

 

4. Belfast

 

Northern Ireland’s capital is a staycation destination that is perfect no matter the weather. If the day is mild, you can walk through St. George’s Market or explore Cave Hill Country Park. On a gloomy or rainy day. Ulster Museum, which features a variety of exhibitions including anything from art to archaeology. Although it’s easy to spend your whole trip exploring the city, Belfast is known for its great day trips nearby. You can walk over the stone columns of Giant’s Causeway along the coast and take a detour to cross the hair-rising Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. 

 2 Day Itinerary

  • Day 1: The MAC, Crumlin Road Gaol, Tour of Belfast, The Crown Bar, The Waterfront Area
  • Day 2: Titanic Museum, SS Nomadic, Titanic Dock & Pump House. City Hall, Ulster Museum & Botanic Gardens, Drink in the Cathedral Quarter

 

5. Brighton

 

There are plenty of cities in the UK with a beach. They may not be as hot perhaps as elsewhere in Europe but there’s plenty of charm in Brighton. Heading down there during summer is the perfect time to grab an ice cream and stroll along the beach to the pier. Brighton’s historic quarter is a maze of interesting sights and sounds and the vibe here is unlike anywhere else in the UK. Full of independent shops and cafes, The Lanes is also one of the coolest spots around. 

2 Day Itinerary

  • Day 1: Beach front and Brighton Palace Pier, walk the Promenade, Upside Down House, Crazy Golf, Fish & Chips
  • Day 2: Royal Pavilion, explore wall art and shopping at North Laine, Shop for antiques at Snoopers Paradise

 

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