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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 88,231 holiday lettings around United Kingdom. From 39,391 cottages to 39,391 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.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in United Kingdom?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in United Kingdom. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • London: 10,827 holiday homes
  • The Cotswolds: 3,427 holiday homes
  • Edinburgh: 2,049 holiday homes
  • Saint Ives: 1,942 holiday homes
  • Yorkshire: 7,470 holiday homes

HomeAway.co.uk offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in United Kingdom! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in United Kingdom?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in United Kingdom with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • London: 10,827 holiday lettings
  • Edinburgh: 2,049 holiday lettings
  • Saint Ives: 1,942 holiday lettings
  • Llanerchymedd: 1,081 holiday lettings
  • Bristol: 1,362 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to United Kingdom?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in United Kingdom are:

  • Anglesey (VLY): 1,438 self catering accommodations
  • Heathrow Airport (LHR): 7,912 self catering accommodations
  • Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA): 905 self catering accommodations

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in United Kingdom?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in United Kingdom. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Ambleside: 1,910 holiday rentals
  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: 8,896 holiday rentals
  • Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo: 1,484 holiday rentals
  • Mudeford Quay: 1,713 holiday rentals
  • Aberdeen: 148 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around United Kingdom listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

Explore destinations around United Kingdom

England
66,629 holiday rentals
Scotland
10,019 holiday rentals
Wales
10,810 holiday rentals
Isle of Man
81 holiday rentals
Northern Ireland
966 holiday rentals
Normandy
9,360 holiday rentals
County Donegal
407 holiday rentals
Galway
680 holiday rentals
County Cork
525 holiday rentals
Brittany
19,225 holiday rentals
County Kerry
1,026 holiday rentals
County Wicklow
283 holiday rentals
County Clare
691 holiday rentals
County Offaly
28 holiday rentals
County Mayo
326 holiday rentals
County Sligo
237 holiday rentals
County Wexford
283 holiday rentals
County Dublin
558 holiday rentals
County Waterford
117 holiday rentals
County Meath
167 holiday rentals