UK's top beach, city and country destinations on Booking.com for your next staycation

Maisie Bovingdon
·Shopping writer
·6 min read
Booking.com has revealed the top-rated destinations in the UK for your next road trip.  (Getty Images)
Booking.com has revealed the top-rated destinations in the UK for your next road trip. (Getty Images)

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Holiday-goers are looking to explore picturesque destinations on their doorstep this summer, as staycations continue to grow in popularity amid uncertainty about changing coronavirus-related travel restrictions.

Online travel agency, Booking.com, has revealed 70% of its bookings this April were for domestic accommodation, while 51% of people had their home country on their travel wish-list this year.

There is plenty to explore close to home. The UK is split into 12 regions across four countries, and with 874 miles from the top of Scotland to the south coast, holidaymakers are spoilt for choice when it comes to destinations.

Unsurprisingly, beach staycations remain the most popular type of trip. According to Booking.com data, Bournemouth, Blackpool and Scarborough top the list of the best beaches in the UK to visit at the moment.

City trips are the second most popular type of trip, with 27% of British respondents craving hustle and bustle. The current top staycation cities dotted around the UK include London, Edinburgh and Liverpool.

A relaxing stay in the countryside is also a top priority, with 24% of British respondents wanting to experience nature on their next staycation. Popular locations are currently the countryside around Edinburgh, Inverness and Windermere.

But why stop at just one destination? Make more of your travels by turning it into a road trip and stopping off at other places on your bucket list too.

As travel restrictions are frequently changing, we advise checking the government guidelines and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advice before booking any trip.

Whether you are looking for a beach break, city escape or zen countryside trip, with a group, family, partner or solo, we have compiled a list of the top-rated accommodation at each UK hotspot.

Shop the top-rated UK road trip destinations on Booking.com

For a UK beach break

Bournemouth

Where to stay: Alum Chine Beach House

Guest rating: 9/10

Alum Chine Beach House (Booking.com)
Alum Chine Beach House (Booking.com)

Alum Chine Beach House is comprised of six luxury apartments and is ideal for those wanting to be close to the beach, but not in the hub of the busy centre. This property is situated in the Dorset region, just a short stroll from Bournemouth beach, Westbourne and Sandbanks.

The rooms boasts luxurious beds and furniture, and are equipped with a flatscreen TV and DVD player, as well as a fully functioning kitchen and private bathroom.

Book here | Prices from £121 per night

Blackpool

Where to stay: Reads Luxury Jacuzzi Apartments

Guest rating: 9.7/10

Reads Luxury Jacuzzi Apartments (Booking.com)
Reads Luxury Jacuzzi Apartments (Booking.com)

Reads Luxury Jacuzzi Apartments is well located for those who want to see all the local attractions, but also want to relax too. With Blackpool Beach on its doorstep, and Central Beach, Blackpool South, Blackpool North beach, Coral Island and the iconic Blackpool Tower just a short walk away. This accommodation prides itself on its stylish decor, with some rooms sleeping up to eight people. Those who want a little extra treat will enjoy the on-site jacuzzi.

Book here | Prices from £110 per night

Scarborough

Where to stay: Marton Grange Country House

Guest rating: 9.7/10

Marton Grange Country House (Booking.com)
Marton Grange Country House (Booking.com)

This stunning accommodation has proved to be a huge hit with holidaymakers, as it has received AA’s 5* Guest Accommodation Award, which makes it one of the top-rated B&Bs in the UK. You can expect luxury en suite rooms and cooked breakfasts. Those who want to go exploring have the option to venture into York (which is just over an hour away), Filey or Scarborough. Other places to visit nearby include Sewerby Hall and Gardens, Bridlington and the Howardian Hills, so guests really are spoilt for choice.

Book here | Prices from £113 per night

For a city break

London

Where to stay: Leman Locke

Guest rating: 9/10

Leman Locke (Booking.com)
Leman Locke (Booking.com)

This hotel is situated in trendy Shoreditch and is in a prime location for heading to Brick Lane, the Tower of London and other tourist attractions in the city. Plus, those who wish to sample East London’s nightlife will be able to do so with ease. The accommodation is also a huge talking point, as each room boasts modern decor, has a dining area and a fully equipped kitchen. Plus, the hotel has a fitness centre and on-site restaurant and bar.

Book here | Prices from £109 per night

Edinburgh

Where to stay: George St Apartments

Guest rating: 9.4/10

George St Apartments (Booking.com)
George St Apartments (Booking.com)

George Street Apartments are ideal for those looking to be right in the hub of this Scottish city. This hotel is situated on Edinburgh’s popular George Street and just a short walk away from Princess Street, the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle and the Omni Centre. The four storey Victorian property has modern furnishings, private bathrooms and a dining area.

Book here | Prices from £220 per night

Liverpool

Where to stay: Chavasse Apartments

Guest rating 9.1/10

Chavasse Apartments (Booking.com)
Chavasse Apartments (Booking.com)

Chavasse Apartments will feel like a home away from home as each room includes a fully equipped kitchen, washing machine, TV, sofa and desk, plus a terrace, which is perfect for those who want to admire the city from afar. The property is located on residential Lydia Ann Stree, just a short walk away from the hive of Liverpool’s city centre and the Philharmonic Hall, while Albert Dock is just a 13 minute stroll away.

Book here | Prices from £69 per night

For a country escape

Edinburgh

Where to stay: Abercorn Guest House

Guest rating: 9.6/10

Abercorn Guest House (Booking.com)
Abercorn Guest House (Booking.com)

Abercorn Guest House is a four-star property built in 1870 that still retains its Victorian features. Each room is individually decorated and the property also boasts walled gardens and a conservatory for guests to enjoy. For those who want to explore the Scottish surroundings it is a five minute walk to the beach and a short drive to Edinburgh City Centre, Holyrood Palace, the Royal Mile and much more.

Book here | Prices from £99 per night

Inverness

Where to stay: Highland Apartments

Guest rating: 9.3/10

Highland Apartments (Booking.com)
Highland Apartments (Booking.com)

Highland Apartments is ideal for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of a busy city. Each room has modern features, such as an iPod docking station, as well as TV and DVD player, plus a fully fitted kitchen with a dishwasher and washing machine, as well as a terrace with panoramic views. The location is also impressive, as the accommodation is situated by the River Ness, five miles away from the famous Loch Ness. While shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs are just a short walk away for those who want to venture out.

Book here | Prices from £143 per night

Windermere

Where to stay: Windermere Suites

Guest rating: 9.2/10

Windermere Suites (Booking.com)
Windermere Suites (Booking.com)

Windermere Suites will provide the luxury zen getaway you have had your heart set on for months. The property received TripExpert's Experts Choice award in 2018 and Choice of the Lake District the same year. The 5 star accommodation features lavish bathrooms and each suite is fitted with modern interiors from designer Philippe Starck, a super King-size bed, as well as 42-inch TV screens. Butler service is available and guests can also enjoy access to the pool spa and health club, which is a short drive away from the property.

Just a two-minute walk away and guests will be in the heart of the town centre, while Lake Windermere and the World of Beatrix Potter attraction are also nearby.

Book here | Prices from £220 per night