UK: Last-minute holiday booking platform My Late Deals has announced the UK’s favourite staycation destinations after surveying 1500 adult travellers last month.
Between 3-5 June this year, the participants in the survey were asked: “Where is the best place to holiday in the UK?”.
Those surveyed were asked to pick out their preferred destinations for domestic travel in any of the 108 counties, ceremonial counties, principal areas and unitary Scottish Council areas in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
It took place just three weeks before UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave the green light for the hospitality sector in England to reopen from 4 July. From that date, people were free to stay overnight in accommodation such as holiday lets, B&Bs and hotels, and at the same time, Google reported a sharp increase in searches for staycations in the UK.
According to data compiled by My Late Deals, the following were the top ten counties in England for a staycation:
- Cornwall: St Ives was the commonly named destination in Cornwall, followed by Padstow, Newquay and the Isles of Scilly.
- Devon: Torquay was the commonly named destination in Devon, followed by Woolacombe and Plymouth.
- Cumbria: The Lake District was the most commonly named destination in Cumbria.
- Dorset: Weymouth was the most commonly named destination in Dorset, followed by Bournemouth, Poole and Swanage.
- Lancashire: Blackpool was the most commonly named destination in Lancashire, followed by Morecambe.
- Pembrokeshire: Tenby was the most commonly named destination in Pembrokeshire.
- North Yorkshire: York was the most commonly named destination in North Yorkshire, followed by Scarborough and Whitby.
- City of London: Unsurprisingly London was the common choice.
- Northumberland: Newcastle was the most commonly named destination in Northumberland.
- East Sussex: Brighton was the most commonly named destination in East Sussex, followed by Eastbourne.
In addition, My Late Deals identified the top three holiday parks in the UK. Center Parcs came out on top, followed by Butlins and Ribby Hall.
In terms of capital cities, London was the most popular capital city identified, followed by Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast.