We know staycations are going to be more popular than ever this summer, and why not? The UK has an abundance of beautiful beaches, breathtaking National Parks and scenic countryside just waiting to be explored.

Check out our top 6 places for a UK staycation this summer:

  1. Cornwall
  2. Devon
  3. Norfolk
  4. North Wales
  5. The Highlands
  6. Thanet

1. Cornwall

St Ives in Cornwall

Historical harbours, sandy dunes and picturesque blue seas – it can only be Cornwall! A staycation favourite for many years, Cornwall has something for everyone. From water sports to pristine beaches and not forgetting a classic Cornish cream tea, this county has so many places you can enjoy.

Fish for crabs in the harbour at Padstow or take the ferry across to Rock and some lunch at The Mariners. Fancy a go at surfing? Fistral beach in Newquay is the one for you. Or if you fancy spending some time getting close to nature, why not take a boat trip to Seal Island from St Ives. Home to a colony of grey seals, you’ll find trips run daily from the harbour during the summer.

How to get there

Main train operator: Great Western Railway

Travel guides: Trains to Cornwall, Trains to Newquay

2. Devon

Torre Abbey Sands beach

Cornwall’s next-door neighbour also makes for a delightful staycation. With fascinating historic cities, two amazing coastlines and striking countryside to explore, there’s plenty to do here.

With some of the best local climates in the country, you could spend your time wandering around Exeter Cathedral, or paddling in the sea at Meadfoot beach or Torre Abbey Sands near Torquay. If you fancy a good walk, Dartmoor National Park has a rugged but beautiful landscape to discover.

How to get there

Main train operator: Great Western Railway

Travel guides: Trains to Devon

3. Norfolk

Norfolk Broads

From the Broads to award-winning beaches, to the charming city of Norwich, Norfolk has it all. Perfect for those who love the great outdoors, this county has so many places that make the perfect staycation spot, we’ve highlighted just a few of them for you.

Head to Cromer to enjoy some delicious locally caught fish and chips on the beach, or why not hire a boat and explore the extensive network of waterways, scenery and pubs along the Wroxham Broads. You could even head to Great Yarmouth to visit the Britannia Pier and endless line-up of amusements to suit all tastes. Read our guide to the top 5 Norfolk beaches by train for more information.

How to get there

Main train operator: Greater Anglia

Travel guides: Trains to Norfolk, Trains to Great Yarmouth

4. North Wales

Conwy Harbour and Castle

Another favourite hotspot for UK staycations, North Wales is ideal for nature lovers, history buffs, and families.

We can’t mention North Wales without talking about Snowdonia National Park. Home to Mount Snowdon, the Ffestiniog Railway and award-winning beaches to name a few of the attractions here, this stunning area is brimming with history and nature.

Fancy stepping back in time? Why not head to the Victorian seaside hotspot of Llandudno? Have a classic British day at the seaside or explore the Elephant Cave and gaze in awe at its limestone wonders. There’s also the scenic Wales Coast Path that you can walk or cycle along to spot historic buildings, including Conwy Castle.

How to get there

Main train operator: Transport for Wales, Avanti West Coast

Travel guides: Trains to North Wales, Trains to Wales, Trains to Llandudno

5. The Highlands

Loch Torridon in the Highlands

If you’re looking for romantic scenery and stunning natural landscapes, why not take a staycation in the Highlands? With 30,000 km² to explore, you’ll never run out of things to do here. For those who love the great outdoors, Britain's largest National Park has islands, coastlines and mountains just waiting to welcome you.

Known as the ‘Charing Cross of the Highlands’, the charming town of Oban is a great place to base yourself for a staycation in this area. It may be small, but Oban is home to a picturesque waterfront, world-class restaurants and beautiful stone buildings. It also offers easy access to the islands and surrounding areas of the Highlands, making it perfect for day trips.

Cairngorms National Park is not to be missed too. With plenty of dramatic mountain ranges, sparkling lochs and thick forests, if you like outdoor sports this is the place to be. We’d recommend staying in nearby Aviemore, located in the north-western corner of the national park.

How to get there

Main train operator: ScotRail

Travel guides: Trains to Scotland, Edinburgh to the Highlands

6. Thanet, Kent

Margate beach

Thanet features some Great British seaside destinations such as Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate. It only takes around 20 minutes to travel between each location, so you could visit 3 in one day if you wanted, however, we think spending a day in each makes for a lovely staycation by the sea.

Be sure to stop at Morelli’s traditional ice-cream parlour in Broadstairs, have a wander around the art galleries in Old Town in Margate, and enjoy some coffee and cake at Archive by the marina in Ramsgate.

And don’t forget the beautiful beaches! Ramsgate Main Sands, Margate Main Sands and Viking Bay in Broadstairs all feature golden sands and plenty of space for a day of relaxation.

How to get there

Main train operator: Southeastern

Travel guides: Trains to Margate, Trains to Broadstairs, Trains to Kent

Looking for more staycation inspiration? Why not check out our guide to the best UK staycations for families. Or, if you've already decided on a staycation destination this summer, what are you waiting for? Get booking!