Yorkshire is Britain’s most sought-after holiday destination this year, according to a new poll.
The region of Northern England has been named the most popular travel destination this year thanks to its picturesque seaside towns and rolling valleys, a new survey of 2,000 adults has found.
Cornwall, the Scottish Highlands, Cumbria and Northumberland followed soon after. Norfolk, Ayrshire and Kent have also been identified as priorities for those looking to escape the tourist traps.
The survey found that around 50 per cent of UK holidaymakers will travel domestically this year due to budget squeezes amid the cost of living crisis, with those planning to go looking to take an average of three trips.
A survey of 2,000 adults has revealed the most popular destinations for UK holidaymakers after 50 per cent said they were planning a stay this year
Pictured: Flamborough Head, North Yorkshire at sunrise
The OnePoll survey, commissioned by Sykes Holiday Cottages, found that 52 percent of respondents will not be able to book a trip abroad this year.
Britain’s 20 best places to stay
- Scottish Highlands and Islands
- North Wales
- Isle of Wight
- Scottish Borders
- South Wales
- Central Scotland
Of those who booked a stay, 43 per cent predicted an average total spend of £1,200. Many book trips to areas less known to tourists because they have lower prices, avoid crowds and have flexibility in booking meals.
42% of respondents predicted they would book a last minute holiday in the UK in the hope of getting a good deal due to the higher cost of living. Meanwhile, 52 percent said they plan to book their vacation in advance for exactly this reason.
More than a third (37 percent) will take several shorter trips this year to spread travel costs throughout the year. But 51 percent are likely to take fewer breaks due to financial difficulties, while 56 percent are preparing to be more budget-conscious during their absence.
Most vacationers reported that about 30 percent of their budget is spent on accommodation, while 16 percent is spent on travel.
And 13 percent save on food, while only 9 percent spend money on activities.
Exactly one third of travelers plan to go back to basics – in the form of camping or “glamping” to save money, while 54 percent will opt for self-catering as a cheaper way to holiday.
30 percent prefer a country bed and breakfast, while 28 percent want to visit lakes and mountains when it comes to the style of their stay.
The report also reveals that nearby beaches, decent WiFi and plenty of outdoor space are some of the top things people look for when renting a vacation home.
Graham Donoghue, chief executive of Skyes Holiday Cottages, said: “With the holiday season just around the corner, travelers are starting to make plans for the year ahead if they haven’t already.
“It’s great to see that staying at home remains a popular choice for many, and with financial pressures significantly influencing holidaymakers’ travel decisions, it’s no surprise that a holiday closer to home can be a more affordable option.
“Britain has so much to offer and there are so many beautiful regions to visit that you don’t need to go into your holiday experience.
“From award-winning beaches to breathtaking landscapes and city breaks, there are many hidden gems at home.”
Pictured: Village of Kingsands in Cornwall
Sunny Brow Farm in the Lake District, Cumbria
The Kelpies in Falkirk
Exactly a third of travelers plan to go back to basics – in the form of camping or glamping – to save money, the survey found. Pictured: Sycamore Gap – or Robin Hood Tree – is located along Hadrian’s Wall near Crag Lough in Northumberland, England
The historic region of Northern England has been crowned the most sought-after place to live thanks to its quaint coastal towns and rolling valleys.
Yorkshire offers a wealth of inspiring landscapes, ancient buildings and cultural collections for visitors to immerse themselves in.
The county is best known for the Yorkshire Dales, which combine beautiful countryside with ancient history, with visitors exploring rolling green hills or delving into small towns such as Grassington with its famous cobbled market square.
Yorkshire offers a wealth of inspiring landscapes, ancient buildings and cultural collections for visitors to immerse themselves in. Pictured: Ribblesdale, Yorkshire Dales
The Dales have been used extensively in film and television, with Emmerdale and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows both featuring scenes from the National Park.
It’s no surprise that Cornwall tops Britain’s most sought-after holiday destinations.
Situated at the south-west tip of England, Cornwall, with its beautiful sandy beaches and beautiful cliff-top roads, offers Brits a sense of being overseas.
Most of the UK’s best beaches are in Cornwall, including Porthcurno, Porthminster, Looe, Trevone, Perranporth and many more.
Caribbean or Cornwall? It’s no surprise that Cornwall tops Britain’s most sought-after holiday destinations. Pictured: Porthcurno Beach
For those wanting a day away from the beach, Cornwall also offers cultural experiences such as the Eden Project and the Tate St Ives Gallery.
It’s no surprise that Cornwall has become Britain’s second hometown – often not to the liking of locals!
3. Scottish Highlands and Islands
The Scottish Highlands are often regarded as one of the most beautiful parts of the UK – their remote location attracts visitors from all over the UK.
What’s not to love when you spend your days wandering through rolling green hills and fantastic scenery before sitting down in the pub with an open fire and a glass of whisky.
And who can forget the Glenfinnan Viaduct – a film icon that attracts film fans from far and wide. Glenfinnan is a gem in the Highlands that is home to possibly one of the most famous viaducts in the world – featured in Harry Potter, of course.
Glenfinnan is a gem in the Highlands with one of the most famous viaducts in the world (pictured) – made famous by Harry Potter
Scotland’s islands also offer visitors the chance to take a break from hiking through rugged landscapes to spot wildlife on boat trips.
Cumbria is often cited as the ultimate holiday destination as it is home to England’s largest national park – and UNESCO World Heritage Site – the Lake District.
It is the perfect place for hikers and those who want to try various outdoor activities, water sports, rock climbing and even horse riding.
Cumbria appeals to campers – and glampers – who can camp anywhere in the country and have a base from which to explore the Lake District.
Cumbria appeals to campers – and glampers – who can camp anywhere in the country and have a base for their trips to the Lake District (pictured).
There are also several stately homes and castles to explore, while visitors can also take a steam train ride through the beautiful countryside.
Northumberland, one of the two counties in England bordering Scotland, is in the top 5 most desirable places to live.
It is of course famous for its attractions including Hadrian’s Wall and Alnwick Castle, while visitors can also explore the Northumberland Coast – a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
During these months The Alnwick Garden also has over 300 Japanese cherry trees which are not to be missed.
Harry Potter also used Northumberland as the region for its filming, while ITV’s Vera takes full advantage of the stunning North East scenery.
Alnwick Garden (pictured) has over 300 Japanese cherry trees which are not to be missed
James is an author and travel journalist who writes for The Fashion Vibes. With a love for exploring new cultures and discovering unique destinations, James brings his readers on a journey with him through his articles.