the feeling of being temporarily cut off from the real world.
For Brits, holidays have been difficult over the last few years.
A combination of lockdowns, travel restrictions and airport chaos made things even more stressful.
Due to this, more people have found themselves holidaying closer to home, getting to know the UK in a way that they never previously considered.
The UK may be small compared to other countries, but it is filled with amazing landscapes and appealing attractions.
Holidays seem to be back in full swing in 2022, but with a spate of heatwaves, British staycations have never been more appealing.
With that said, we look at some of the UK’s top holiday destinations to visit.
Lundy Island, Devon
Successfully raising funds to secure its survival in 2021, this remote island off the coast of Devon is home to less than 30 people and some puffins.
It has historic buildings that have been transformed into holiday rentals for people seeking peace and quiet or the feeling of being temporarily cut off from the real world.
While there is accommodation available for holidaymakers, some of the cottages are suitable for just one.
Lundy Island is ideal if you don’t feel like you are actually on holiday until you have crossed a body of water.
The Scottish Highlands is one of the best places in the UK to visit.
Home to Britain’s largest national park, the Cairngorms, as well as Loch Ness, Ben Nevis and Eilean Donan Castle, the Highlands are also where you can ride the amazing Jacobite steam train, aka the Hogwarts Express.
It takes you over the 21-arch Glenfinnan Viaduct and close to Loch Morar and Loch Nevis, the Jacobite is an absolute must-do.
Experience it as part of a four-day Scottish adventure, which also includes Loch Katrine and the Falkirk Wheel.
Alternatively, you can experience the Highlands in luxury as you sail around on a yacht-style cruise that takes in Fort William, Loch Linnhe and Oban.
Considered to be one of the most stunning corners of Wales, Pembrokeshire offers seemingly endless coastal walks with awe-inspiring views.
Along the coast, discover meandering trails leading to harbours, hidden coves and peculiar towns, including Britain’s smallest city, St Davids.
One highlight is the village of Fishguard. From here, explore the ancient woodlands of the Gwaun Valley, on a walking trail that takes in the River Gwaun, the medieval Llanychllwydog Pillar Stones, and the ancient St Brynach Church.
The whole area is full of rich Celtic and Anglo-Saxon history and also has an up-and-coming food scene, guaranteeing something for everyone.
With its royal attractions, wildlife and natural scenery, Norfolk is a place to visit for your holiday.
Even in the summer, this county feels huge and wonderfully empty.
Visit Holkham Beach if you want to lounge around in the sun.
Or book a stay at The Harper in Langham.
The hotel offers laidback luxury, low-key fine dining and a wellness focus in a former glass-blowing factory.
This is just minutes from the coast and something to consider if you prefer a coastal holiday.
One of the most scenic places to visit in the UK is the Cotswolds.
Upon visiting this area, you will fall in love with the tiny villages, miles of rolling countryside and grand homes.
The Cotswolds covers 800 square miles of Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.
This means there is a vast amount to explore.
This includes Castle Combe, dubbed “England’s prettiest village”, and the lush gardens of Prince Charles’ private residence Highgrove House.
For those looking for a city break, Salford is a holiday destination to check out.
It is a vibrant metropolis filled with things to do, including waterside dining and shopping.
But if you are craving a dose of nature, the RHS Bridgewater is a stunning addition to Salford.
The Royal Horticultural Society’s fifth public garden is a grand 154-acre patch located on the grounds of Salford’s Worsley New Hall.
It opened in May 2021, offering an ancient walled garden, community growing area, orchard, lake and acres of wildlife-rich woodland.
The UK is fortunate to have several historic palaces to explore.
One of the most fascinating is Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world.
The towers and battlements of the castle peer over the town of Windsor, creating a spectacular skyline.
It’s no surprise the Queen recently decided to make the elegant Windsor Castle her permanent residence.
With a rich mix of history, culture, heritage and fun, Windsor is one of South East England’s loveliest holiday destinations.
The Lake District has always been one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK.
It has been a National Park since 1951 and the area is home to England’s highest mountain and deepest lake.
To make the most of your trip, book a room at Another Place. This hotel offers rooms with epic views.
Admire green and pleasant views from a hiking trail, hire a paddleboard or row a boat to hop between towns and villages sampling local ales.
Belfast is the UK’s most underrated capital city and while it is compact but packed with attractions, from its Botanical Gardens to the Titanic Belfast.
For more history, visit City Hall and stop for a pint at the National Trust-owned Crown Liquor Saloon, one of the most beautiful British pubs.
Belfast is a city that nature-loving travellers will appreciate.
Due to its size and location, you’re just a few minutes from beaches and scenic Strangford Lough.
This is the place to get up close to wildlife by kayaking the calm waters, where you’ll spot seals and make your way to the lough’s deserted isles.
The Jurassic Coast is a UK holiday destination that everyone should visit at least once.
It was England’s first natural UNESCO World Heritage Site and with 95 miles of coastline, it is a place to visit if you like beaches.
Its most iconic spots are Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, while the seaside towns of Swanage, Lyme Regis and West Bay are worth checking out.
Jurassic Coast is also known for its dinosaur history, making it the place to join a fossil hunting walk.
Around 20 minutes from Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door lies The Bear Hotel in Wareham, a quirky boutique hotel, combining 18th-century charm with modern-day luxury.
These destinations prove that there is so much to explore in the UK and make for relaxing holidays.
There is something for everyone, whether you like scenic routes or lounging around on beaches.
So, if you looking to go on holiday, consider a destination in the UK.