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 Location, Stunning Views, Fantastic Countryside

The cottage is in a farm location on the side of the Taw Valley with magnificent views of the valley and Exmoor. The coast and beaches are just 25 minutes drive away. The warm indoor pool is fed from spring water. There is only one holiday cottage...

Converted Medieval English Church

About our home 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10 This stunning 1000 year old medieval church has been imaginatively converted into a comfortable and stylish home. With wood burning stoves, a vintage aga oven, stained glass windows and lots of ...

Family Friendly Apartment near Sea, Water Park & Shopping

Apartment 2 is a lovely warm 2 bedroom Apartment on the first floor of our corner plot. This has a light spacious lounge with dining room off and great views down Lord Street Also off the lounge there is a small balcony which gets lots of sun and...

5 star 2 bedroom apartment in city centre Edinburgh

The accommodation is beautifully furnished and finished, the living room has stripped timber throughout and a stunning fireplace. All equipment is of a very high standard - Smeg range cooker, integrated appliances etc - see facilities for other e...

Superbly Located, newly-refurbished London Apartment, Near Brick Lane

A contemporary, spacious and comfortable two bedroom apartment in an elegant Victorian building on the edge of the City of London, a few minutes walk from Brick Lane. The apartment is in a great location, on a quiet, residential street, yet surro...
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