The Ultimate Guide to Holidaying in the UK

Over the past few years, staycations have seen a surge in interest, with Britons eager to explore somewhere new and relax without breaking the bank. No doubt a shorter, cheaper, simpler getaway appeals to those in need of a holiday without complications.

Holidaying in the UK has become especially attractive because of Covid-19, the lockdown and the risks associated with travelling abroad. Now Britons are encouraged, and happily obliging, to appreciate the opportunities on their doorstep and get away – without going far.

At Greendown Shepherd Huts we know all about staycations, glamping, B&Bs and more. Our beautiful huts suit a range of uses, however, nothing is more popular than guest accommodation. Not only do holidaymakers get a cosy hut to themselves, but also a unique and memorable experience traditional to the UK.

New to the world of staycations? Read our handy guide to staycations.

Where to Stay on Holiday in the UK

When you imagine your holiday, you may picture sun, sea, and sand. The good news is you can still have this and more when holidaying in the UK. The bad news is that the weather is far less predictable…

But holidays are about far more than the weather or location! Here are some other considerations for choosing where you stay on holiday in the UK:

Accommodation type

While hotels are commonly associated with holidays, with a global pandemic happening and advice being to stay away from people, self-accommodation certainly suits UK holidays in 2020. Also, why not try something new? Across the UK there are plenty of unique accommodation options to stay in that you may never have considered if headed abroad. From canal boats to shepherd huts, the UK has plenty of exciting options to choose from.


Some may dream of all-inclusive holidays where everything is taken care of, however others may like to roll their sleeves up and get cooking. Decide on what service you would like while on your UK holiday. A happy medium between active and relaxed is a B&B, which ensures you get one meal catered for, and gives you the freedom to choose what you do for lunch or dinner.


If you dream of a beachside retreat, head to the coast, but if you aren’t fussed, then there are plenty of stunning places to stay in the UK. From the Lake District to the Mendip Hills, there is a location to suit everyone. Consider travel too – one of the big perks of a staycation is that you just hop in the car and arrive instead of faffing in an airport for hours. So, consider finding somewhere closer to home that piques your interest and save yourself a long journey.


Let’s face it, the UK isn’t renowned for its sunbathing weather, so it’s best to have some activities lined up on holiday in case the sun disappears. Fortunately, as lockdown restrictions ease, more attractions are opening up, including zoos, mini golf, pubs and restaurants.

Dog Guests

According to UK government guidelines, you can go away with another household if you wish, but don’t neglect your furry friends! A huge advantage of staycations is how easy they make bringing a pet along. Lots self-accommodation will allow pets – just be sure to check.

Tips for Holidaying in the UK

So, you’re packing up the car ready for your UK retreat… here are some final tips for the ultimate holiday:

  • Keep your distance: everyone should be cautious of the virus regardless, however those who are especially nervous or high risk should try to avoid busy/tourist spots. If it’s a hot day and the beach is crowded, you may not feel so relaxed.
  • Support local: 2020 has hit businesses hard, so do your bit and help out local or small businesses by buying products or staying with them.
  • Get active: whatever you normally get up to on holiday, your UK staycation is a good time to get out and explore, whether it’s on foot, bike, or in a canoe! If you are staying near a river, check what activities you can do on the water. Similarly, if you are near a forest, see if there are any high rope courses.
  • Plan ahead: of course, going away takes planning, but going away during a pandemic takes slightly more! Lots of pubs require guests to book tables and visitor attractions may be limited, so be sure to plan itinerates and book your spots early. Take time to prepare and avoid disappointment.
  • Avoid public transport where possible: although you can use it, public transport is best to avoid to stay safer. By using a car on your staycation, you give yourself more freedom too.
  • Bring your card: most places now only take contactless card payment, so be prepared with your card!

Get Started with Greendown Shepherd Huts

Want to have the ultimate staycation in your own back garden? Get in touch with Greendown Shepherd Huts! Our huts make for incredible guest accommodation (as well as offices, studios, libraries…etc.) for both paying visitors or your own family. If you are considering leveraging the growing trend of staycations for yourself, consider getting your own shepherd hut to hire out – UK holidaymakers will adore it!

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