2013 UK Short Breaks
Take a well-deserved short break in the UK
We all deserve a short break now and again, whether it's a week in the countryside or a long weekend at the beach. The stresses of work can be overwhelming, but also easily forgotten when you step out of your daily routine. Whether you want to traverse national parks or spend a day fishing on the riverbank, a short break away is a great way to relax.
From the majestic mountains of Scotland to the dreamy villages of the Cotswolds, there are plenty of experiences to be had here at home. Holidays don't have to feature trips overseas, pricey flights and soaring temperatures. With so many fantastic destinations on your doorstep, why travel further than the UK?
Whether you want a cottage near the sea or an apartment in a vibrant city, HomeAway will find the accommodation to suit.
Top destinations for short breaks in the UK
Covering Cornwall, Dorset, Devon and Somerset, the West Country is an idyllic destination for short breaks. From beautiful beaches along the Cornish coast to the rolling hills of Devonshire, there's something for everyone in this part of the world. One of the most popular places to visit is Exmoor National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty and fascinating history combined. There are over 267 miles of parkland to discover, which feature high cliffs, cosy pubs and traditional tea rooms. Whatever you want to do on holiday, UK breaks in the West Country are an ideal way to get away from it all.
UK breaks in Scotland
Scotland is a beautiful and diverse country, offering cosmopolitan cities, stunning landscapes and enormous mountains. Tourists can enjoy the sights and sounds of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, where cultural delights include world-famous museums, art galleries and monuments. Of course, Scotland's scenery is some of the best in the world, and Loch Lomond is a fantastic place to discover it. The Trossachs National Park is an ideal destination for walking, cycling and wildlife watching, where the likes of Ospreys and red squirrels can be found during the summer months. However you like to spend your holiday, UK breaks in Scotland promise unforgettable experiences.
UK breaks in Wales
UK breaks in Wales are ideal for all, with so many experiences to be had in the country's beautiful destinations. Families will enjoy budget-friendly beach holidays on Gower in south-west Wales, where shipwrecks and rock-pools are just waiting to be discovered. Couples might prefer discovering Wales' rich culture and heritage, which includes the magnificent Caerphilly, Bodelwyddan and Crow castles. Of course, Wales' cosmopolitan cities offer a range of exciting activities too, including the Cardiff Summer Festival. Held during July and August, the festival features a range of cultural events such as street theatre and local food markets.
UK breaks in Cumbria
Few holidays at home can beat UK breaks in Cumbria. Home to the Lake District, one of the country's most beautiful destinations, Cumbria promises an unforgettable getaway. The adventurous will enjoy cycling, walking, rock-climbing and abseiling, whilst those in need of relaxation will adore sampling local ales in cosy, traditional pubs. There are plenty of activities to keep the family entertained, from the rope bridges and zip wires of Grizedale Forest, to the Lake District's only zoological centre, South Lakes Wild Animal Park. Whatever you like to do whilst on holiday, Cumbria can't fail to keep your entertained.
UK breaks in the Cotswolds
Famous for its quintessentially English charm, the Cotswolds is perfect for short breaks in the UK. From Bath to Cheltenham and from Woodstock to Castle Combe, the area is strewn with beautiful honey-coloured limestone houses. There are dozens of museums, art galleries and historic houses to explore, including Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir. Winston Churchill. Situated in Woodstock, the palace is surrounded by over 2000 acres of landscaped parkland - tourists can enjoy the estate's beautiful butterfly house, before traversing the vast park in search of wildlife. With beautiful landscapes and traditional villages, UK breaks in the Cotswolds are always a magical experience.
When it comes to short breaks in the UK, you'll make fantastic savings by booking privately. Not only will you save money on the accommodation itself, but a number of our properties boast prime locations. This allows you to save money on travel and activities too, so you can enjoy an unforgettable getaway without breaking the bank.
Whether you want a relaxing break near the beach or a shopping trip in an exciting city, we'll find you the best accommodation in fantastic UK destinations. So what are you waiting for? Forget long flights, strikes, airport delays and lost baggage! Enjoy short breaks in the UK with the help of HomeAway.