Summer holidays in the UK

Have fun in the sun in Blighty with a 2014 UK summer holiday

Ronnie McCluskey

Ronnie McCluskey
HomeAway travel expert

Eastbourne, East SussexIt's all so tempting to stay within our shores this summer, isn't it? The thought of bypassing the misery of delayed flights, horrid drives to the airport, and the potential for embarrassment when chatting to foreigners in their native tongue (well, perhaps the last should be revealed as a fear of my own!) is all too inviting. Besides, if you were to go abroad this summer you may just miss out entirely on what our green and leafy little country has to offer.

Here I look at five varied British locales, from the beaches of Cornwall to the ancient city of Edinburgh, to convince you that a summer spent in the UK is a summer well spent. Save cash, do your bit for the British economy, have a memorable break – everyone’s a winner.


Top five destinations for England summer holidays


Summer holidays in Cornwall Summer holidays in Cornwall

Cornwall, in south-west England, is one of the most inviting English counties, a fact accentuated by its warm weather and rugged coastline. There's a great many events to attend here during summer; June alone is crammed full of festivals and shows. Head along to the Royal Cornwall Show in Wadebridge, on June 5, for a delightful family outing, or check out the Maker Festival in Torpoint on the weekend of the 21st; there’s live music, cabaret, workshops and light shows spread across four stages. Away from the events, Cornwall has plenty of beaches for you to soak up the sun – or venture into the sea for a spot of surfing. Kynance Cove is perhaps the pick of the bunch.

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Summer holidays in Brighton Summer holidays in Brighton

Brighton is a common pilgrimage for Britain's pleasure seekers, with its majestic beach, busy promenade and famous pier. Aside from sun bathing, you can also enjoy a number of high-profile events, such as the Kemp Town Carnival on June 7, a jamboree known for its live bands, samba music and magician shows. The Brighton Fringe, England’s premier arts festival, is another that’s well worth attending: it runs for the entire month of May and includes multiple free events. Being on the coast, summer frolics can of course include kayaking, paragliding, sailing – or stay on dry land and while an afternoon at Brighton Racecourse.

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Summer holidays in Aberystwyth Summer holidays in Aberystwyth

Aberystwyth, in western Wales, is home to a superb seaside resort; you’re sure to be taken aback by the view of the sea against the curved inlet lined with beautiful Victorian buildings. In summer, it’s also the venue for the International Ceramics Festival, where you can potter about (pun intended!) and behold the work of the world’s most talented ceramic artists. Constitution Hill is a special attraction that's worth a mention; it provides the most scenic view of the area via the old funicular railway. Another, somewhat more curious attraction is the Camera Obscura, an optical device allowing tourists to view the world outside from within the confines of a building, using clever trickery involving a mirror and a table. Lost me? Solve the puzzle by going along to see for yourself!

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Summer holidays in Edinburgh Summer holidays in Edinburgh

Scotland’s historic capital, Edinburgh has many attractions to delight visitors during the summer months. In June, the Meadows Festival draws music fans from all over – not just because it’s free, but because this volunteer-run event features artists to suit every taste. The famous Edinburgh Film Festival, recognised as the world’s oldest continually running film festival, is another one to mark in your diary. If you wish to quench your thirst, meanwhile, the Scottish Real Ale Festival comes to town in July. Yes, you’ll never be at a loss for something to do in this city, and its signature café culture is best enjoyed in summer, when the sun is – probably – slanting gloriously down over the behemoth that is Edinburgh Castle. 

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Summer holidays in Yorkshire Summer holidays in Yorkshire

Yorkshire is a great place to spend summer. Sandsend is particularly beautiful during this time: its handsome stretch of beach is quieter than others in the area, and the village is home to a notable pub and restaurant – Estbek House. If you want to test your mettle, the Three Peaks Challenge will certainly do that. This popular trial involves traversing three peaks: Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. The trek can be completed in 12 hours – feel free to drink in the sublime beauty of the landscape along the way. Several notable festivals are also due to take place over summer, namely the Taste of Yorkshire Festival and the Dentdale Music & Beer Festival, both of which are held in June.

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UK Summer Holiday Homes

Fabulous large property, bring your friends and enjoy walking the Coastal Path

Just a 5 minute walk from the small harbour, beach and coastal path at Abercastle, this luxury cottage, Pembrokeshire is perfect for a family holiday or a gathering of friends. Picturesque location, traditional country pub nearby and en-suite faci...

Indulge and relax in this lovely apartment, book a personal chef as a treat

The stunning apartment offers everything you need for a romantic break with breathtaking Welsh hillside views. The owners have thought of everything and you can even book your own personal chef or masseur for that extra special occasion! Relax in...

Fabulous cottage minutes from the beach. Stroll round Tenby harbour and town

Located only 300 yards from the town’s stunning North Beach this Tenby self catering cottage is perfect for a luxury seaside holiday with family or friends. The harbour, town centre and Tenby’s array of blue flag beaches are all within walking dis...

Abbey Mews - Super 3 Bedroom House with parking

Abbey Mews is a holiday home in Torquay Devon. This delightful mews house is set in a quiet location yet is just a short level walk to the extensive local amenities of St Marychurch and Babbacombe. These include a fine selection of shops and eater...

Celyn Y Mor, contemporary beach house, Rhosneigr

Just a short walk to the fantastic, sandy beach in Rhosneigr, Celyn y Mor makes the perfect seaside retreat. It offers superb living accommodation and enjoys excellent views of the sea from its position nestled among the dunes and marram grass. Th...

Luxury Cottage nestled in the hills of Snowdonia. Lakefront views and full Sky TV

Nestled in the hills, amidst the stunning scenery of Snowdonia's forests and lakes, is a little piece of heaven. Ty Newydd, is nothing short of idyllic. If you are looking to get away from it all - but without compromising luxurious high standards...

Wonderful Art Deco House, Stunning Sea Views, 7 Bedrooms, Unique Building

The Marine Villa offers luxury self catering family holiday accommodation for 16+ people. Highest Grade Award by English Tourist Board ( 5 Crowns ) Open Britain Mobility Grade 1 & 2 Offering spectacular sea views over Sandown Bay towards Culver ...

Stylish Georgian apartment for 2 (or 3 with sofa bed), with large garden and private parking

Inspired by stunning views of The Holburne Museum from the lounge, this newly restored and very stylish Georgian apartment for 2 (or 3 with sofa bed), with large garden and private parking, makes for a handsome city residence. This splendid buildi...

Roe Lodge, 22312

The luxurious interiors of Roe Lodge offer a very comfortable highland residence, with fantastic facilities - perfect for families, celebratory get-together and corporate getaways. The lodge is hired with the services of a cook who prepares delici...

Kirkland Court

On the second floor of a handsome red brick Edwardian block of mansion flats, built when spaciousness was standard, this apartment is reached via an imposing pillared entrance lobby manned by a concierge. The flat is a comfortable, user-friendly a...
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