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Destination guide

Adventure and fun near the United Kingdom's holiday lettings

From the craggy fells of the Scottish Highlands to the electrifying cityscape of London, the wave-battered shores of Wales to the thatched-cottage villages of middle England, the United Kingdom is filled with amazing places. Whether you come to hike the misty ridges of Snowdon or the Peak District, to uncover tales of Romantic poets and ancient Roman warriors, to tread haunting abbeys or cuddle up in fire-crackling pubs with a real ale and some British fish and chips, United Kingdom holiday rentals are you're ticket this fabled isle.

History

Historic sites near holiday homes in the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom boasts numerous heritage sites to explore during your trip. Holiday lettings can be found near fascinating landmarks like Big Ben, a Gothic clock tower and national symbol on the Houses of Parliament, and Buckingham Palace, the opulent home of the Queen with time-honoured traditions. You'll also enjoy the Edinburgh Castle, a spectacular fortress with the Crown Jewels, the National War Museum of Scotland and dramatic city views.

Things to do

Sightseeing near the United Kingdom's holiday homes

Britain is the Sceptred Isle, awash with tales of kings, queens, warrior tribes and fierce Celts. Glimpses of its past rise with the mighty castles of Warwick, Bamburgh, Conwy, Windsor – the list goes on. Visits to those will leave the little ones lost in a world of knights and medieval battles. In Bath, the relics of Roman rule can still be found in the famous thermal spa, just as they can in the museums and the lichen-spotted stones of Hadrian's Wall. And there's a deeper past, mysteriously oozing from Stonehenge, or in the prehistoric village below the green grasses of Skara Brae on the far-flung Orkneys.

Activities

Things to do near holiday homes in the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom might be small, but it packs in a whole load of wild and wonderful landscapes to explore. Lovers of the great outdoors could seek out United Kingdom holiday rentals in the Lake District, where potholing and hiking along the rocky trails of Scafell Pike mingle with beautiful motorcycle touring routes. Others might prefer the roaring seascapes of Wales and Cornwall, which mean surfing and kayaking. Others will love the New Forest, with its heaths, bird watching and ancient woodlands. Then there's Scotland, it's snowy highlands a place to wild camp and ski, even.

Weather

Local weather for your stay in the United Kingdom's holiday lettings

The UK follows a 4-season pattern, with wet, cold winters and – also occasionally wet – summers that run from June to August. If you're eager to break away from big cities like London and Manchester to a United Kingdom holiday rental in the countryside, you might be better waiting for the warmer months, while hiking conditions tend to be good for spring – in May – and autumn – in September and October, too. The likes of December, January and February require an umbrella and usually bring snow to places like the Scottish Highlands, Snowdonia and the Peak District.

Natural features

United Kingdom – all sorts of nature

The United Kingdom has just about as many natural reserves as it does regional accents – that's loads. Scotland's Cairngorms crown the Highlands in the north, a land of wide valleys and deep lochs, topped with mountain peaks like Ben Macdui and Ben Avon – hitting over 1,300 metres. Wales picks up the mountain mantle, offering the chiselled slopes of Snowdonia towards the north and the Black Mountains in the south, leading down to the high cliffs and dolphin-ringed shores of handsome Pembrokeshire. Staying on the coast, Cornwall and Devon are known for their sandy coves, fossils and surfer-ready waves, while the Norfolk Heritage Coast has dunes and wetlands and bird-watching reserves aplenty.

Food & drink 

Unique cuisine in the United Kingdom

With the rich indigenous culinary tradition and colonial history, the United Kingdom offers a diverse cuisine with a variety of unique dishes. Some of the most popular dishes include full breakfast, fish and chips, kidney pie, shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash, Cornish pasties, Yorkshire pudding and Welsh cakes. Whatever your taste, you'll find a mix of interesting recipes at restaurants, pubs and eateries near your holiday accommodation.

How many holiday rentals are available around United Kingdom?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 88,516 holiday lettings around United Kingdom. From 39,475 cottages to 39,475 cabins, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a rural property in United Kingdom?

Sometimes you just need to get away from it all. Escape the hustle and bustle and get ready to enjoy the appeal and charm of country living. HomeAway has 15,523 rural holiday rentals in this destination. On the hunt for a different holiday style? See if any of our other properties catch your eye. Our selection here includes:

  • 12,021 seaside holiday accommodation options.
  • 10,633 village holiday accommodation options.
  • 8,573 beach holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent a house in United Kingdom?

If you're searching for a home away from home this holiday, renting an entire house is a terrific idea. You'll have ample space for all manner of getaway activities. There are 34,574 options available on HomeAway. Prices start at £10 per night. Or maybe you'd prefer one of the area's other sought-after self-catering accommodation options, like:

  • Apartment: 28,712 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £20 per night.
  • Cottage: 26,959 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £30 per night.
  • Hotel: 5,635 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £16 per night.

Can I stay in United Kingdom in a large group?

Getting together with your favourite people can be so much fun, especially when you're staying under the same roof in a fantastic new place! If you're visiting with a big group, HomeAway can help out. Currently, house holiday rentals are the latest thing for big groups of visitors here, and you'll find 7,077 featured on our database. Around this area, the holiday rentals that are suitable for large groups of guests include:

  • Are you on the hunt for properties that can sleep 6 guests? We have 19,200 that will be ideal. Prices start from £15 per night.
  • After a rental property for 5 guests? We have 7,974 that will be perfect. You can book one for as little as £16 a night.
  • Looking for places for rent catering to 8 people? You'll be delighted to know we have 7,307 that will fit the bill. You can secure one from just £16 a night.

So never fear! When you travel with us you can take your uncle, your sister and all your buddies to United Kingdom.

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in United Kingdom?

Cut down on those pesky accommodation costs by organising your stay with HomeAway. You'll find plenty of great holiday rentals and save loads! Norwich is a good area to take a look at if you want to keep your budget under control. HomeAway has 749 holiday rentals, and the average price is a very agreeable £85 per night. You'll find another 318 HomeAway holiday rentals waiting for you in or around Manchester. The average price here is £93 a night.

Explore destinations around United Kingdom

England
66,726 holiday rentals
Scotland
9,985 holiday rentals
Wales
10,820 holiday rentals
Isle of Man
78 holiday rentals
Northern Ireland
968 holiday rentals
Normandy
9,396 holiday rentals
County Donegal
408 holiday rentals
Galway
749 holiday rentals
County Cork
519 holiday rentals
County Kerry
1,023 holiday rentals
County Wicklow
282 holiday rentals
County Clare
690 holiday rentals
County Offaly
29 holiday rentals
County Mayo
326 holiday rentals
County Sligo
236 holiday rentals
County Wexford
284 holiday rentals
County Dublin
550 holiday rentals
County Waterford
117 holiday rentals
County Meath
165 holiday rentals
Hauts-de-France
3,782 holiday rentals