2020 will surely go down as the year of cancelled plans and revised holidays. The lockdown conditions were really hard for a lot of reasons, but there is thankfully light at the end of the tunnel. With vaccinations being rolled out across the UK, it’s looking like the coming year will give us all a chance to take in a much-needed change of scene! What many of us have discovered over the last year is that the UK offers so much variety in terms of holiday destinations and experiences. This new series of blogs will help you start planning your 2021 UK staycation. Today, we will be looking at England.
From the rolling Cotswold Countryside, the sprawling beaches of Devon and Cornwall, to the moody and beautiful Lake District, there is a trip to suit everyone across England. Different places have different appeal throughout the year, but we are going to take a look at some of the general hot places you can look at when planning a short break in England. Some of the trips available within the UK’s largest nation may surprise you!
Take in Bristol and the West Country
For those of us looking to escape the urban environment of the city without wanting to give up all the amenities and conveniences, Bristol is a great place to take a break in England. You get the feeling of getting away from it all when travelling to the town that lies on the mouth of the River Severn, but Bristol is full of things to see and do this coming year.
The town is synonymous with the famous Victorian industrialist Isambard Kingdom Brunell. History lovers will be thrilled to see two of his greatest achievements in the town. The Clifton Suspension Bridge has long been regarded as a marvel of British engineering, since it opened over 150 years ago. The SS Great Britain is a living museum housed in another of Brunell’s creations. The former longest passenger steam ship in the world is permanently docked at the Great Western Dockyard and offers visitors a fully immersive experience into the world of Victorian Transatlantic shipping.
Bristol is also near to the country, giving fresh air and open space to those who want to get out the town. If you book your stay in the Filton Bristol Village Hotel you are just a short distance from Severn Beach, offering brilliant views of Wales across the Bristol Channel.
Have a traditional Holiday at Blackpool
One of the unintended benefits of the 2020 lockdown is that it forced many of us to look closer to home and back in time to holidays before the age of cheap flights and package deals. If you want to experience sun, sea, and sand, Blackpool has been the number one pleasure beach in the UK for well over 100 years. People have been happy to rediscover the great British holiday of deckchairs, fish and chips, and donkey rides in the town that has been keeping these traditions alive over the decades.
Blackpool Tower is an icon of the skyline and has been a fixture of the main promenade since it opened in 1864. At the time it was opened, it was the tallest manmade structure across the whole country and has become shorthand for the classic British holiday. Visitors who come to Blackpool today can enjoy a whole host of different attractions beyond the beach including Blackpool Zoo, the Grundy Art Gallery, and Marton Mere Nature Reserve.
If you decide to book a trip to Blackpool, the Village Hotel here offers everything you could possibly want for a fun stay away with a classic Italian restaurant, pub, gym and even an 18 hole golf course, if you want to work on your handicap while you’re away. It makes for the perfect place to spend a fun-filled weekend away.
Absorb the culture of Manchester
There are few cities across England that have the welcoming and metropolitan feel of Manchester. The self-dubbed “Capital of the North” is defined the world over for both is music and sporting legacy. Football clubs Manchester United and Manchester City put the city on the map and have a global fanbase that cheer on both sides, whether they are competing in the EPL or on the European stage. Old Trafford and the Etihad offer tours to fans throughout the year, but you should check up on local restrictions before booking your trip.
In terms of British cities that have had a global impact on the music scene, there are few places that have nurtured talent to the level of Manchester. The city proudly claims its place in the pantheon of pop as being home to the likes of Oasis, the Smiths, the Stone Roses Simply Red, Herman’s Hermits, the Chemical Brothers, M People, the Mindbenders, to name just a few. If you want to see the places that put the city on the musical map, you can book a local tour with some of the music experts that proudly call Manchester home.
Manchester lends itself well for a short city break in England. Museum lovers will be spoilt for choice between the likes of the Imperial War Museum North, Manchester Museum, and the Manchester Art Gallery. The shopping is also well known as the town is home to the Trafford Centre and the Manchester Arndale, as well as the city centre, itself. If you want to take in the sights and sounds of the city, the Manchester Ashton Village Hotel offers you all the comforts you can expect from us near good rail connections to the centre of the city.
Revel in the history of Coventry
People come from around the world to experience the historical towns and cities that are on offer in England. Here, many of us are lucky enough to have such places right on our doorstep. In many ways, Coventry offers some for the best experiences for those who want to feel like they are stepping into the past. Coventry has connections to Roman Britain, the Medieval era, the English Civil War, right up to the Industrial age.
Visitors can learn about the city’s connection to the various periods of history above at some of Coventry’s museums and sites. Places like Bagot’s Castle, Cook Street Gate, Lunt Roman Fort, and the world-famous Coventry Cathedral stand as testament to the various ages and transformation the town has undergone over the centuries. Every street can tell its own story and the closer you look, the more there is to see.
Village Hotels are here to help you with your Coventry getaway, with our hotel that is located right next to the spacious and green Hearsall Common. Guests of the hotel can enjoy the stylish rooms you can expect at any Village location along with our top-quality pub and restaurant and gym facilities. Great for unwinding after absorbing all the local history!
We hope you have enjoyed the England edition of our guide for UK holidays in 2021. Remember that it’s important to keep an eye on local lockdown rules before you book any trip. Many places have had to close over 2020 due to the rules put in place by the government, so take some time to do local research before committing to a date. We have also been putting in new safety measures to ensure our guests are kept safe. You can read more about them here. We hope to see you soon!