While it's lovely to travel into Europe and beyond, there is so much to see and do right here in the UK, and it's easy to miss out on these opportunities in favour of the sun, sea, sand and warmer climates of other countries.
There are plenty of reasons to choose a staycation holiday every once in a while. The first reason is possibly purely for the benefits nostalgia can bring. You can travel to the same places your parents took you as a child and pass on those wonderful memories to your children or relive your treasured memories. Another reason, and perhaps the best reason is the sheer amount of interesting things to see and do in the UK. Whether you love history, culture, castles, kings, museums or literature, we have it all right here in the UK!
Ribblehead Viaduct, North Yorkshire
So book a staycation and visit some fantastic campsites in the UK and while you are here, take some time to visit these fascinating, inspirational and unique places.
Fingals Cave - Isle of Staffa, Scotland
Let's start by delving into the stunning place that is Fingals cave. Located on a small island off the coast of Scotland, this cave has proved an inspiration to many, including some big names. Jules Verne, Pink Floyd and Queen Victoria have all visited and taken inspiration from the fascinating rock formations and colours.
What makes this cave so exceptional is its unique geology and rock pattern formations. The mouth of the cave looks almost artificial, and the uniform columns that make up the interior could fool you into thinking that our ancestors had a hand in the formation of this cave.
It is thought that the real culprit for the unusual structure of the cave is lava. However, legend paints a much more interesting picture of an Irish giant named Fionn mac Cumhaill, also known as Finn McCool. This giant is said to have built a bridge from this cave to its pair in Ireland so that he could cross the sea and fight his rival Benandonner.
Fingals Cave, Scotland
Scotland is a beautiful place to visit and stay. You can camp, take your touring caravan or book yourself into a static caravan for a relaxing holiday in some of the most beautiful scenery the United Kingdom has to offer. Please take a look at the many excellent Scottish campsites we have available for you to book.
Visit Platform 9¾
If you are in London and happen to be passing through Kings Cross Train Station, then take a quick detour for a photo opportunity your kids will love and remember forever. That's right! You can visit Platform 9¾. Passage through this magical portal is still reserved for magical folk only, so don't attempt it yourself.
This iconic place has been memorialised with a fitting tribute, a luggage cart containing trunks sitting halfway between the two worlds. This is the perfect place for a photo for any Harry Potter fan. Whilst there you can take a look at the Harry Potter shop too!
Platform 9¾. Photo credit Cmglee - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0
Visit Sherlock Holmes' Iconic Address - 221b Baker Street
Let's continue the literary theme for a moment and mention the famous and iconic Sherlock Holmes's home. 221b Baker street might be a fictional address, made famous by the great Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but you can visit a fitting tribute to the author and his most famous character at the address in Regents Park, London.
Baker Street used to be a reasonably short street, and there was, unfortunately, no 221b. However, in the 1930s, the street was extended, and the architects involved added a 221b Baker Street to the plan! The house has now been turned into a museum that you can visit and imagine yourself in this wonderful and curious fictional world.
If you fancy a drink after a long day's sightseeing, then you can also pop into the Sherlock Holmes pub! Located in Charing cross, this is a pub with a secret hidden upstairs - a complete replica of the apartment shared by Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson in the famous book. Take a look at the pub's Tripadvisor page for more information on the pub and how to get there.
Believe it or not, you can camp and caravan near to London! Then it's just an easy day trip on the train into London to experience these and more.
Iconic 221b Baker Street
Take a walk in King Arthurs footsteps at Tintagel Castle
Let's move away from London's bright lights and city life and head to South West to Cornwall and Tintagel. This is an impressive medieval castle that sits overlooking the Atlantic ocean. Tintagel is a beautiful small town with a host of tourist shops, lovely beaches, and stunning coastal walks.
Tintagel Castle is not for the faint-hearted. It is located on Tintagel Island, a small peninsula not far from the village. There are many steps, steep hills and slopes to contend with, but it is worth it to get to the top and see not only the castle but also the beautiful view across the sea.
Whilst there is much debate over whether or not King Arthur himself was real, it is easy to imagine why Tintagel Castle would be considered one of the iconic places he would have lived. This is a high-status castle and is most certainly fit for a legend such as King Arthur. You can explore the castle and the local legend by taking a local tour and learning about the castle's folklore and history.
Cornwall is a beautiful place to visit; warm in weather, you can experience some beautiful long and sunny days on the beach and see many other historical attractions in the area. Choose your next camping holiday in Cornwall here.
Stonehenge - one of the most iconic and mysterious places in the world
No article about the most curious places to visit in the UK would be complete without mentioning Stonehenge. This mysterious structure has kept historians and visitors guessing for years. Nobody quite knows who built this monolithic structure, why they built it and how on earth they managed to move these gigantic stones so many thousands of years ago.
It is currently thought that the structure dates to about 5,000 years ago, but whilst there are many theories surrounding why it was built and even how it was built, we still don't know. If you can take a visit, then it is well worth it.
While you can't get close to the structure itself on a standard visit, you can book an early morning tour. These are limited in number and space, so you need to book in advance, and you need to be up early enough to be there in time for sunrise. On this tour, you are allowed the privilege of walking between the stones and experiencing their giant size while the sun rises over the stones themselves. This is a beautiful, humbling and serene to experience.
Take a look at the English Heritage website for information on how you can visit this iconic and historical feature.
Experience your favourite stories first hand in Oxford
Oxford is well known for many things, including its literary achievements and iconic writers. A few of these include C.S Lewis, J.R.R Tolkein and Lewis Carroll, who all hailed or wrote whilst living in this beautiful city. The city itself is well worth spending some time in. The sublime architecture and relaxed atmosphere of the city itself make for an enjoyable afternoon, but while there, you can step, almost literally, into the pages of your favourite childhood stories.
The Story Museum is a place where stories come to life, whether you want to step into Narnia or head to Middle Earth. This is a museum that children love; everything can be touched and experienced while learning about children's literature and stories. Adults will secretly love to take part in every single activity and exhibition too! Start planning your trip through your childhood stories whilst staying in the area.
Oxford, Heart of England
Take a trip through Welsh history at St Fagan's
In South Wales, you can have a great day out and spend the day learning about Welsh history in a brand new way. St Fagans is an outdoor museum with a difference. Each exhibit is an entire building or structure that has either been saved from demolition. By moving each building brick by brick to the museum or reconstructing them, you can not only view how people lived through the ages in Wales, but you can walk through their houses and workplaces. You can even shop in a traditional general store and visit the old fashioned sweet shop! There are few museums in the world where you get such an up-close and personal experience of how our ancestors lived and worked.
Visit this museum whilst on your staycation holiday in South Wales. You can visit so many places in the area and some beautiful campsites and caravan parks to choose from. Please take a look at our selection and choose your next holiday here.
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