Holidays still on sale in UK – despite huge rush for staycations

The outlook for foreign travel is still uncertain so many people will be planning a staycation this summer.

The government has encouraged holidaymakers to stay at home to avoid the turmoil of an overseas trip and the ever-changing categories on its traffic light travel system.

However, there is still plenty of availability at destinations across the UK, with some great deals available in fantastic locations, BirminghamLive reports.

From bustling metropolitan towns, to white sandy beaches, rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges, there’s something for everyone.

Here some of the most desirable holiday locations around the UK, with a recommended hotel which (at time of writing) still has rooms available — just hurry if you like the look of any of them.

The Lake District

The region has provided inspiration to many of England’s great poets, as well as being a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2017.

With its crystal-clear lakes, rugged landscapes and romantic literary history, The Lake District is the perfect place to clear the mind and become inspired by the surroundings..

Where to Stay? The Swan Hotel & Spa.

Situated in a prime location right next to Lake Windermere, The Swan provides travellers with everything you could possibly want from a getaway at the lakes — charming floral rooms, rustic surroundings and a spa to soak away your aches and pains after a day of hiking.

Prices start from £191 per night.

Availability: While some weekends are booked up, The Swan still has plenty of availability in July and August. You can check availability here.

Bibury, Cotswolds

Rolling green fields, winding country lanes and charming stone buildings, provide wonderful Cotswolds charm.

The village’s Arlington Row is one of Britain’s most photographed streets, and is even featured on the illustrations on the UK passport.

Where to Stay? Barnsley House Hotel

This super-stylish hotel boasts a well-stocked spa, a glamorous bar and a dreamily romantic flower garden.

Prices start from £409 per night.

Availability: Barnsley House still has some availability — primarily in August, although some weekends are booked up. You can check availability here.

Osea Island

While Essex may not usually top lists of holiday destinations, Osea Island is an underrated gem.

This serene island getaway is beloved by many celebs, including Rihanna, who reportedly booked out the entire island for a whopping £20,000 a day while working on her next album.

Where to Stay? There are plenty of cottages dotted along Osea’s beachfront, but if you’re going with a large group, the vast self-catering holiday home Manor House provides up to 16 visitors with a quirky, retro base from which to explore the island, complete with four-poster beds and seafront views.

Prices start from £250 per night.

Availability: While most weekends are booked up, Osea Island’s website still has a handful of nights available in July and August. You can call to enquire here.



The Radcliffe Camera library in Oxford
The Radcliffe Camera library in Oxford

Oxford

The city of ‘dreaming spires’, Oxford offers plenty of museums, bars and cafés in romantic surroundings.

Take in the sights made famous on the Inspector Morse television series and following a walk along the riverbank with a drink at one of the charming waterside pubs.

Where to Stay? Old Bank Hotel

Situated right next to Oxford’s historic colleges, this 14th Century building has plenty of charm and character, including Georgian alcoves, wood-panelled rooms and views of Oxford’s famous city spires.

Prices start from £254 per night.

Availability: There’s still plenty of availability during July and August, and visitors can take advantage of some of the fantastic deals the hotel is currently running, including a £20 restaurant credit with each booking, and three nights stay for the price of two.

You can check availability here.



Blue skies over St Ives, as holiday-makers enjoy the warm weather
Blue skies over St Ives, as holiday-makers enjoy the warm weather

St Ives, Cornwall

The resort has gained global exposure as one of the locations for the G7 summit.

With its picturesque seafront and pastel houses, it’s the perfect advertisement for Britain’s stunning coastline.

Where to Stay? Pedn Olva

This stylish cliff-top hotel boasts an outdoor heated swimming pool, and bijou rooms with sweeping views across the Atlantic.

Prices start from £175 per night.

Availability: There’s still some availability in July and August, primarily mid-week. Check availability here.

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Edinburgh

A quirky city that offers travellers bags of culture and character.

It’s worth noting that, at time of writing, travel between England and Scotland is permitted, but this is subject to change.

Where to Stay? Intercontinental Edinburgh

Place yourself right in the centre of the action in this gorgeous city townhouse, just an 8-minute walk from the stunning Edinburgh Castle.

Prices start from £171 per night.

Availability: The Intercontinental still has plenty of availability throughout July and August. You can check availability here .