England, United Kingdom

10 Weekend Breaks in England Ideal for a Staycation

July 8, 2020

England is a beautiful country all year around.

That said, there’s just something about England in the summer that makes it completely and utterly charming.

From the rich greenery of the countryside to the rugged brown coastline, you’re bound to do the heart-eyed emoji whichever way you look.

That’s why you don’t necessarily need to venture overseas for the spring or summer seasons.

You can still get serious holiday vibes just by going somewhere local.

Don’t believe me? Check out these 10 weekend breaks in England that are ideal for a staycation.

10 Weekend Breaks in England Idea for a Staycation

1. Lake District

Weekend breaks in England 101: the Lake District.

Created in 1951 and made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2017, the Lake District National Park is known for how scenic it is.

In fact, some may call it a paradise for nature lovers, hikers or anyone who likes being by the water (thanks to its 26 miles of coastline).

And here are just a few highlights:

Whatever you decide to do during your time there, the 912 square miles of loveliness that is the Lake District certainly won’t disappoint.

2. London

One of the most popular weekend breaks in England at any time of year is London.

Why? Well, this capital city is around 2,000 years old — and there’s plenty to see and do there during a short break.

In fact, did you know that London has around 170 museums?

If you’ve never been there before, you can (and should) also check out the following:

And I challenge you not to fall in love with London’s overwhelming individuality.


3. Manchester

Known amongst Brits as the capital of the north, Manchester is one of England’s most-loved cities.

How come, you ask? Well, there’s a lot going for it, including:

Oh, and did I mention that Mancunians are extremely friendly and awesome people? Personally, I love it there.

4. St Ives

It was impossible to get too far down this list of the best weekend breaks in England without mentioning Cornwall — and specifically St Ives.

Loved by natives and tourists alike, this tiny town is a busy fishing port that has stunning white sand beaches and surfable blue waves.

And because of this reason, it’s a very popular holiday destination. 

In addition to exploring the town, be sure to check out the following:

Cornwall is also renowned for its nice weather. Therefore, this just proves you don’t need to travel abroad to soak up some sunshine. Right?

5. Truro

Speaking of Cornwall, are you a shopaholic? If so, you’ll love Truro, the main shopping city in this county.

It’s a super cute place that also has Lemon Quay (a large indoor market), the Hall of Cornwall (home to opera and ballet shows) and the grand Victorian Truro Cathedral.

Additionally, visitors love Healey’s Cyder Farm, which offers guided tours, sampling, a restaurant, tearoom and its very own shop.

Needless to say, you can quite easily spend a weekend there.

Weekend Breaks in England

6. Liverpool

Home to the Beatles Museum, the history of one of the world’s most famous bands can be traced back to Liverpool.

And this is one of the many reasons why Liverpool makes such a perfect staycation spot.

Fashionistas, in particular, will also appreciate the ONE shopping centre.

Not to mention, Liverpool has the Royal Albert Dock, which has restaurants, bars, cafes and museums aplenty.

Need I go on?

7. Newcastle

If you love a good night out, look no further than The Toon. (That’s Newcastle if you’re not a local!)

Other highlights include:

Oh, and did I mention that the city just has an undeniably cool vibe? I don’t know, it might be something to do with the fact that Geordies have the best banter! 

8. Brighton

Brighton is personally one of my favourite weekend breaks in England.

From the Royal Pavilion (an India-style building that was a seaside retreat for King George IV) to The Lanes (a historic quarter filled with boutiques, jewellery shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants), the pebble beach to Brighton Pier, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

And a couple of fun facts for you:

(Hey, you really do learn something new every day!)

Brighton Beach

9. Bath

Speaking of learning new things, did you know that Bath is the only UK city that is classed as a World Heritage Site?

Much like York, Bath is enriched with British heritage. It’s all stone buildings, ancient history and amazing architecture. And this amazing architecture includes:

Literary lovers can also check out the Jane Austen Centre, which is a permanent exhibition exploring Jane Austen’s time in bath as a visitor and a resident.

Awesome, huh?

10. Bournemouth

Lastly, another of the weekend breaks in England ideal for a staycation is Bournemouth.

Why? Well, here you can find seven miles of alluring beaches where you can frolic in the sea and work on your tan.

These beaches include:

Alternatively, you might want to check out the Bournemouth Lower Gardens near the city centre and the Cliff Lift, which provides panoramic views of the coastline. 

Either way, you’re going to adore it there.

Best Weekend Breaks in England Ideal for a Staycation

Deciding on the Best Weekend Breaks in England

Even though it’s good to travel abroad, visit new countries and expand your horizons, sometimes you just can’t beat the beauty of home soil.

And the truth is: opting for one of these weekend breaks in England can significantly reduce your planning and journey time, as well as your budget.

What’s one of the best weekend breaks in England you’ve ever been on? Are you choosing a staycation this year? Comment below!

Katie Davies is the Yorkshire-based freelance writer who founded The Trendy Tourist. In the last three years, she has written for over 100 companies on a range of subjects, from fashion to marketing. When she’s not producing content, you can find her shopping, exploring a new place or sitting somewhere having a cup of builder’s tea.

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