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Staying at home is of course vital at the moment, yet that shouldn’t stop you from dreaming about your travel plans for the rest of the year.

Making up for lost time (and lost holidays) will be at the top of everyone’s agenda during 2021. But with our fight against Covid-19 far from over, staying safe will be a top priority.

One of the easiest ways to achieve this is by choosing to holiday on your home turf this year, instead of heading overseas.

As a leading supplier of award-winning serviced accommodation in one of the UK’s most fascinating destinations, we’ve long been proud supporters of the great British staycation.

Our nation offers a whole host of amazing cities, towns and rural idylls to explore, which means staycations aren’t just safe and convenient – they’re a heap of fun too.

To help you plan an amazing staycation, we’re here to share the top UK destinations to visit in 2021 and beyond.


We may be a little bias but Cambridge is one UK staycation destination that has it all. Cambridge is a fantastic place to explore all year round.

The city’s incredible attractions and activities can be found both indoors and out providing plenty to see and to do for visitors of all ages and with all interests. These are just some of the reasons why Cambridge attracts visitors from all over the globe.

As well as being a hugely Instagramable place to holiday, Cambridge’s history and heritage will fascinate all. Its academic success is another must-explore as Culture Trip explains:

“Cambridge is famed internationally for its world-class university. Attended by some of the country’s top writers, actors, comedians and politicians, the college is set in stunning grounds. 

Dating back to the 12th century and including examples of the earliest patterned brickwork in England, the various colleges of this iconic establishment are dotted around the city and should be high on your must-see list for beautiful Cambridge.”

Outside the city, there are yet more things to enjoy. Read our guide to Cambridge’s wilder side for more staycation inspiration.

St Ives

Those looking for sand, surf and great seafood should head to St Ives in Cornwall. It’s officially the jewel in the region’s crown. Think: picturesque harbours, stunning coastal walks, and quaint seaside towns fabulous places to while away those post-lockdown days. Travellers looking to recreate their overseas holiday on home soil can do so on the very best beaches.

St Ives’ potential hasn’t gone unnoticed. It was recently named a top emerging destination at TripAdvisor’s 2021 Travellers’ Choice Awards.

The Lakes

The Lake District, or The Lakes, is a stunning national park that takes in the very best of rural Britain.

The already immensely-popular staycation destination is made for adventurers and provides the ideal setting for all manner of outdoor activities.

It is first and foremost a fantastic hiking destination, with visitors able to explore 12 of the largest lakes in England and some 1,930 miles of rights of way.

Once you’ve finished exploring the great outdoors, it’d be rude not to enjoy the Lakes’ thriving country pub scene.


Across the Welsh border, Pembrokeshire offers an incredibly wild coast to explore and an equally beautiful landscape.

Its towns and villages are great places to settle in for a long weekend, with an itinerary full of water sports, coastal walks and local food so easy to enjoy right here.


The Scottish capital of Edinburgh is a charming destination that’s known for its atmosphere, architecture, history, and humour.

By night, the city is a fantastic haunt too, with its underground bars, traditional pubs, and iconic nightclubs a rite of passage for solo travellers, groups of friends, and couples.

Stop dreaming, start planning!

Ready to start planning your very first staycation of 2021? You’re in the right place. You can even buy now and stay later thanks to our exclusive Cambridge staycation offer.

Enjoy a UK city break to remember with incredible savings of more than 50% plus all the luxury extras that will make your staycation extra special by booking with Citystay.