Staycations, staycations, staycations... There’s never been a better time to go on a UK holiday. The UK may seem like a less exotic holiday destination than, say, a safari in Africa or a beach holiday in the Caribbean – but the UK is packed full of gems, and now is the perfect time to discover them, and see what's right on your own doorstep.
The UK is ideal for everyone, from a romantic city break or honeymoon to a hassle-free family summer holiday. Go from world-class cities such as London and Edinburgh to the serene lakes and hills of the Lake District and the Cotswolds and the rugged landscapes of Scotland. Stay in memorable hotels from luxurious city centre boltholes to wow-factor country houses and Scottish castles.
Here are just some of the best places to visit and the best places to stay in the UK. Whether you want to get away for a weekend or go on a two-week adventure, experience the wealth of riches that our small but diverse country has to offer.
London is quite simply one of the world's top capital cities, and offers exceptional attractions, dining and entertainment. See Big Ben, shop at designer stores, eat at Michelin-starred restaurants and have a breather from the hustle and bustle by the Thames and in green, leafy parks.
Where to stay
For sheer history, luxury and glamour, you can’t beat The Ritz, a favourite with everyone from royals to celebrities. It sits right by St James’s Park in the centre of London – one of the city’s loveliest green spaces. Afternoon tea at The Ritz in the elegant Palm Court is an age-old tradition and a must - especially if you're celebrating a special occasion.
We also love... The Ham Yard Hotel. If you fancy something more modern and contemporary, you can’t beat this colourful, hip hotel in trendy Soho – a place to see and be seen.
The Lake District
The Lake District is one of the most beautiful areas of the UK – it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the minute you arrive, it’s easy to see why. Take a hike or a leisurely stroll around the hills or the water’s edge, visit postcard-perfect villages and drink in the scenery and tranquillity everywhere you look.
Where to stay
The Gilpin Hotel is a Georgian country house whose historic touches sit alongside modern luxury, set in stunning gardens on the shores of a private lake. Unwind in your private cedarwood hot tub or on the candlelit jetty with a glass of champagne in this sublime setting – perfect for a romantic retreat.
We also love... Holbeck Ghyll, for relaxing in the manicured gardens, looking out over the lakes and mountains.
There is no better showcase of Georgian splendour than Bath, another UNESCO-listed gem. Its top attractions include the famous Roman baths the city is named for, and the Royal Crescent, an impressive feat of Georgian architecture. Strolling around these streets makes you feel like a character in a Jane Austen novel.
Where to stay
Stay right on the Royal Crescent at the Royal Crescent Hotel, a Relais & Chateaux hotel which is unashamedly lavish, combining 18th-century charm with stylish 21st-century living - and of course it has a wonderful spa.
We also love... The Pig, which is set in a deer park in the Mendip Hills and is the epitome of English country living, yet isn't far from the city. The characterful Pig hotels, with their farm-to-fork cuisine and blissful spas, are an Exsus favourite – and the herd is growing: the latest Pig opens in Cornwall this summer, and another one opens in the South Downs in Sussex in 2021.
The English countryside
For an authentic taste of traditional English country life, head into the heart of some of England’s most bucolic countryside, to walk in forests, ride horses and sample hearty local cuisine made with fresh produce plucked from the farms and fields - and stay in some gorgeous country house hotels.
Where to stay
The Lime Wood Hotel is nestled in the New Forest, and offers laid-back luxury alongside sheer indulgence. Make the most of your own secluded lodge, cottage or cabin and treat yourself to delicious cuisine courtesy of chef Angela Hartnett as well as a pampering visit to the spa.
We also love... Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. This is our pick of where to stay in the Cotswolds: it is an inimitable luxury hotel whose restaurant, which has two Michelin stars, is presided over by Raymond Blanc and is one of the best restaurants in the UK.
Make your way north to the wilds of Scotland where you’ll find historic landmarks and thriving foodie and arts scenes on the streets of capital city Edinburgh, and film-worthy landscapes in the mountains and lochs - and don't miss the chance to stay in your very own Scottish castle.
Where to stay
The Balmoral, in the centre of Edinburgh, is a regal hotel which has been welcoming well-heeled guests for over a century. Further afield, live like a laird at the remote Glengorm Castle, perched on an island in the Hebrides, with sweeping views over the Atlantic.
We also love... Inverlochy Castle Hotel, a 19th-century castle in the highlands, which has been voted one of the best hotels in Europe and whose previous guests include Queen Victoria – you can even stay in the Queen’s suite.
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