The prospect of a summer holiday closer to home might not appeal to all, but don't panic! There's so much more to the UK than faded beach resorts and jam-packed tea rooms. Treat this as an opportunity to eschew the long haul flights and reacquaint yourself with the underrated joys of your own backyard.

Stumped for ideas and worried about touristy honeypots getting overbooked? Fear not, we've got you covered!

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In this guide

A Summer Staycation: UK Holiday Ideas For 2021

Lottie Gross

Lottie is a travel journalist with bylines in The Telegraph, The Times, The Independent, National Geographic Traveller among others.

A Summer Staycation: UK Holiday Ideas For 2021

Ellie Ross

Ellie is a NCTJ-qualified travel journalist specialising in active travel, yoga, and fitness. She is published in The Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, National Geographic Traveller, among many more.

A Summer Staycation: UK Holiday Ideas For 2021

Jeremy Head

Freelance travel writer and photographer. His writing and photos are regularly published in the UK’s mainstream newspapers. Wales is one of his favourite destinations, particularly when he’s travelling with the family.

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