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8 destinations for a great UK staycation

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8 destinations for a great UK staycation

Forget the airport delays, the fluctuating exchange rates and fixed luggage allowances. This summer try swapping a plane for your trusty car as there’s a lot to be said for a sunny staycation.

From camping trips and star gazing to lazy beach days and catching up with family and friends - uncover the UK in all its glory.

To help make sure you discover some gems, we've put together a list of hotspots to help inspire you. 

1. Scotland

Where to stay: Stay in Edinburgh to take in the views of the cobbled streets and beautiful Gothic architecture. There are chic modern hotels such as Malmaison, quirky boutique stays like Borough, or more family orientated houses like The Murray

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Where to eat: Some of the best produce in the UK comes from Scotland; especially the seafood. We think some locally landed 'proper fish' at Ondine sounds tempting - you have to try the fish and shellfish soup... 

What to see: Not many cities can say they've got an extinct volcano at its centre. Visit Arthur's Seat, which is at the bottom of the Royal Mile, as it offers panoramic views of the city from above. Or keep the kids' minds ticking with an afternoon at the Scottish National Galleries

2. Northern Ireland

Where to stay: From tepees, yurts and barns and everything in between, there’s a truly unique way to staycation in Northern Ireland. Get away from it all in County Down where you can stay in a lightkeepers’ cottage

What to eat: Potatoes and soda bread are never too far off the menu when it comes to Northern Ireland's food roots. Head into the capital, Belfast, where you'll discover award-winning restaurant Ox. You'll have views of the River Lagan whilst you eat locally sourced food. Yum!

What to see: Natural wonders don’t get more natural than the symmetrical stones of the Giant’s Causeway. Just over 1 hour's drive away from Belfast,  you can see the area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, which is the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. You can walk a five-milk hike from Dunseverick Castle along the clifftop path to the causeway to see it in all its glory. 

3. Wales

Where to stay: Make the most of your visit and tuck yourself away from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life in Snowdonia. Whether you stay in a B&B, hotel or holiday village you are sure to have a very scenic view. 

What to eat: For lunch, fill your boots at Hebog Beddgelert which is a cosy traditional café serving only fresh and local food. And for dinner, dine at Welsh restaurant, Signatures

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What to see: Take a hike up Wales' highest mountain, Snowdon which stands at 3,560ft. Or for the fearless few, see the views from a height by taking a zip wire through the forest. There's also surfing, go karting and the fastest zip line in the world and the longest in Europe to get involved with.

4. North East

Where to stay: Views which are normally only found on the big screen await you in the Yorkshire Dales. Experience the beauty of the outside by heading to one of the Natural Retreat's lodges

What to eat: Michelin-starred restaurants, traditional pubs and award-winning tapas can be found in Yorkshire. Venture to The Pipe and Glass Inn where you'll discover a restaurant rooted in Yorkshire traditions. Or if you're after local produce, the Rhubarb Restaurant is the place to go. Using seasonal, fresh and local produce the head chef creates modern British cuisine with a Yorkshire twist.

A little bit of English history #castleonthehill #yorkshire #england #scarboroughcastle #tb

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What to see: Historic castles like Scarborough Castle and ruins like Rievaulx Abbey help to frame the landscape and scenery in Yorkshire and are well worth a look. 

5. North West

Where to stay: Cumbria offers views for miles. Stay in a luxury cottage which is on the shores of Ullswater. Waternook is set amid 26 acres of private grounds with lake views and plenty of space for children to burn off some energy before supper. Or sleep under the stars and go glamping near the Lake District.

What to eat: Once hailed as the Lake District's original gastropub, at The Drunken Duck Inn, you can expect rustic-chic, and the menu includes great British classics such as venison and pork belly.  

#lakedistrict #vacationtime

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What to see: Swap your motor for a pair of walking boots or a mountain bike if you want to make the most of the stunning views the Lake District has to offer. As well as enjoying your time on land, you can also take to the lakes and coastline.

6. Midlands

Where to stay: Romantic medieval castles and forests conjure up thoughts of Robin Hood's legend, making Nottinghamshire the place to go. You could sleep in a yurt in Clumber Park or get some r&r in a log cabin in Sherwood Forest

What to eat: Do steak-frites, boeuf bourguignon and crème brûlée sound good? If so, head to French restaurant Bistrot Pierre, where chefs put their own take on French favourites like tarte flambée, confit de canard and pâté de campagne.

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What to see: Take in some history at one of the country's finest Grade One listed Elizabethan mansions, Wollaton Hall and Park which is set in 500 acres of parkland - perfect for letting the kids run around. Or head into Sherwood Forest, which is the legendary stomping-ground of Robin Hood. 

7. South East

Where to stay: Leave your home comforts at home and head to Eastbourne where you can see nature at its best by camping. Pevensey Bay on the edge of Eastbourne offers many beach based campsites and historic Herstmonceux is the setting of Sussex's premier glamping site in authentic Indian tipis. Or set up camp in the South Downs National Park with a farm based caravan site near Beachy Head.

What to eat: Try The Sundial Restaurant which offers a fusion of British and French modern cuisine. You can eat your food whilst overlooking spectacular views of the South Downs. 

South England #coastine #beachyhead #lighthouse #eastborne

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What to see: Take in the iconic chalk sea cliffs, go hunting for fossils with a bucket and spade and admire the sights of the seafront on a stroll along Beachy Head

8. South west

Where to stay: Packed with beautiful scenery, beaches and yummy restaurants, head to Cornwall if you're looking for a great British staycation. We've been told that Headland Hotel and Spa, which overlooks Fistral Beach and comes with a spa, surf school, is the place to go. 

Where to eat: Try some locally sourced fish in Padstow at Rick Stein's restaurant. Or try out Paul Ainsworth's No. 6 which has a refined modern British menu based on local ingredients.

What to see: Visit the Tate Gallery in St Ives to see some art, take to St Austell to see the Eden Project, which is the world's largest rainforest in captivity and see 130 different kinds of creatures at Newquay Zoo. Oh and make sure you sun yourself at one of Cornwall's beautiful beaches. Happy holidays indeed!

For everything you need to take away with you on your great summer staycation shop at Asda online, or pop into your local store