British sporting holidays

Experience the best of British sport

Ronnie McCluskey

Ronnie McCluskey
HomeAway travel expert

Union jackTo say that sport is intricately woven into the fabric of British society would be a mighty understatement - as well as a flowery one! Perhaps more so than any other nation on Earth, the Brits are fiercely proud of their country’s sporting heritage, which is understandable when you look back at just some of its achievements over the years. Couple success with the sheer volume of venues and globally-renowned events that occur here each year, and it’s clear to see why sports fanatics flock to these shores in their droves.

Whether you’re travelling to a specific event, or simply looking to take in some of the world’s finest sporting theatres, there’s plenty to soak up during your stay. Wherever you go, be sure to choose your accommodation from one of HomeAway’s array of charming homes or chic city pads. From luxury London penthouses to sash-windowed cottages deep in the Yorkshire country, you’re sure to find your perfect station. With such a wealth of options, it may be difficult to choose where to go - but to help you decide, read our guide to some of the greatest sporting hotbeds. 


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London Sporting events in London

Where to start when it comes to sporting landmarks in London? Almost every sport you can think of claims some form of dominion here, from the famous Centre Court at Wimbledon - even more hallowed since Andy Murray clinched the 2013 title - to the famous old cricket ground that is Lords. Football is obviously the national sport, and with no less than 19 professional teams in the city, you shouldn’t struggle to catch a game providing you avoid pre-season. If your trip coincides with an England rugby or football match, a full house at Twickenham or Wembley sees the atmosphere hit fever pitch.


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Glasgow Sporting events in Glasgow

Despite what the famous English song might tell you, Scotland is the proven birthplace of football as we know it today. Nowhere else in the country is quite as passionate about the sport as Glasgow, with the notorious Old Firm divide the most prevalent manifestation of this. Hampden Park is a fittingly dazzling base for the Scottish game, with the Football Museum there offering a fascinating insight into the nation’s proud history. And of course, anyone who has ever sampled the infamous Hampden Roar will testify that few atmospheres come close to that of a Scottish international. Head out to the east end to see Celtic Park, the largest stadium in Scotland, and the brand-new Emirates Arena and Velodrome, both of which were erected for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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Scottish golf courses Scottish golf courses

Sticking with Scotland, and another spiritual home within the country that spawned the sport. The sport in question is, of course, golf. Anyone worth their salt to ever swing a club dreams of playing on the Old Course at St Andrews - arguably the most famous in the world. Not far away is Muirfield, the oldest golfing society on Earth and site of Jack Nicklaus’ first ever British Open. The Gleneagles Hotel is yet another acclaimed course in scenic Perthshire, playing host to the creme de la creme of the game, and the venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup.

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Grand National Grand National

It may not appear to be the most celebrated sport on first glance, but the volume of punters that frequent bookmakers over the weekend is testament to the quiet popularity of horse racing. Each April, however, everyone in the country becomes a fanatic as the showcase at Aintree rolls around again. With 40 horses, 4 miles and 30 fences, the Grand National is the most challenging race in Europe, proving popular even with those who’d never ordinarily fill in a betting slip. When the race is over, the already-enticing host city of Liverpool is more alive than ever as revellers disperse to its various restaurants, pubs and clubs.

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Cowes Week Cowes Week

Each August, the shores off the Isle of Wight are taken over by thousands of sailing boats playing their part in the famous old regatta of Cowes Week. There are 40 races held on each of the seven days, with competitors ranging from world-class professionals to casual sailors. The Queens Cup is one of the most coveted trophies for those involved, along with the Overall Winner trophy which is claimed by either the black or white team. When all is said and done, a spectacular firework display brings proceedings to an official end. 

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Holiday Cottages for the Best of British Sport

Peaceful Traffic Free Cobbled Lane, Moments From All The Life And Sights Of St Ives

The Cobbles offers charming ground floor one bed accommodation in the much loved old fisherman’s quarter, tucked in just behind St Ives' colourful historic harbour and sea front. You’ll find it’s the perfect base for discovering the unspoilt narro...

Luxuriously Appointed in the Heart of the Lakes. Wonderful Walks and Traditional Pubs

Oak Apple Barn is a picturesque and cosy 2 bedroom holiday retreat. It is part of a former traditional Lakeland farm, and is situated along a very quiet country lane between the pretty village of Hawkshead and Tarn Hows. It is within easy walking ...

Cotswold Stone Cottage With Sunset Views From Every Room, Near Minchinhampton Common

Detached stone cottage with spectacular sunset views from patio and every room. Recently extended with large triple glazed centrally heated kitchen diner to enjoy the views from, and new shower room and utility. Quiet library of varied books and b...

FFOREST FIELDS COTTAGE, pet friendly in Builth Wells, Ref 14396

Fforest Fields Cottage is a charming character property on a 600-acre livestock farm in lovely countryside near Hundred House, five miles from Builth Wells. The cottage has a double room, a single room and a twin which also has a pull-out stacker ...

2 WARMORE COTTAGES, pet friendly in Dulverton, Ref 14073

2 Warmore Cottages is a delightful semi-detached cottage, set three miles from the town of Dulverton in Somerset. This cottage sleeps six people and has three bedrooms, consisting of three double bedrooms, one of which has an en-suite bathroom. T...
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