Everything you need to know about the top UK holiday destinations
If you have a question, we have the answer. Find everything you could ever need to know about the UK
Here at Plum Guide, we’re known for the extraordinary quality that we expect of our accommodation, but we also pride ourselves on offering you the very best travel advice. Over the years, we’ve created myriad journal posts to guide you through your holidays, and now we’ve decided to make your life that little bit easier (you’re welcome). If you’re planning a trip to the UK, read on and equip yourself with all of our expert knowledge so you’re perfectly prepared for a memorable vacation. Here is absolutely everything you need to know about UK holiday destinations.
Discover the best things to do
Brighton Palace Pier at night, East Sussex, England, UK
If you’re looking for things to do in the UK, then look no further than our expert guide. We’ve put together all of our very best suggestions so you can make the most of your trip, whether you're off to England, Scotland, Wales, or even the Isle of Wight. We can tell you the very best things to do in England, or, zooming in a bit more, we can offer you advice on what to do in Cornwall. We even have advice on things to do in various Cornwall regions, with tips on travelling to Penzance, a list of the best ways to spend time in St Ives, and a special guide to the best things to do when visiting Padstow. Moving slightly up the coast, check out our guide to the best activities in Devon, and focus on what to do in Torbay. Also, take a look at our guide to staying in Plymouth, and see the very best things to do in Plymouth when travelling with kids.
Looking further East still, take a peek at our expert advice on travelling to Dorset, and read our tips on visiting Christchurch. Explore the very best things to do in Poole, or discover how to spend your time in Hampshire. You can also learn what to do in Bournemouth, even if you're visiting the town with children. Alternatively, explore our guide to the top things to do in Somerset. Sticking with the south of England, explore our advice on what to do in Sussex. Hone in specifically on East Sussex, and take a look at the very best things to do in Brighton. We've even got you covered if you're visiting with family. Or, looking West, discover the greatest things to do in West Sussex, and check out our guide that focuses on what to do in Horsham, as well as our post on the very best ways to spend time in Chichester.
Venturing slightly more North, we can also provide tips on spending time around the outskirts of London, with posts such as our guide to visiting Peterborough, a place we can also help you visit with kids. And if you are venturing here, we definitely recommend checking out our collection of luxury aparthotels in the English capital. We can help you discover the best activities in Berkshire, and offer advice on what to do in Bedfordshire. Zooming in a bit here, you can also check out our guide to the best things in Bedford, and how to spend your time in Bedford with family. Looking for what to do in Kent? Look no further, and if you're hoping for advice on visiting Basildon, we've got the answers for you too. Dive into our guide on the best things to do in Southend-on-Sea, check out our top tips on visiting Hertfordshire, and take a look at our post on travelling to Colchester. We really are covering everything here. But just in case you don't quite believe us yet, read our guide to the best activities in Buckinghamshire, or discover what to do in Chelmsford.
Bench at the top of Cleeve Hill overlooking the Cotswolds, England, UK
Drifting slightly west, take a look at our advice on what to do in Gloucestershire, and plan the perfect holiday with our tips on visiting the New Forest, even if you're travelling here with kids. We've got you covered if you're looking for activities in Wiltshire, the best things to do in Shropshire, or even what to do in Stroud, and all your questions will be answered if you're wondering how to spend time in Bristol. Oh, and so will your kids', because we have the top things for them to do in Bristol too. If you're staying in Bath, look no further than our expert guide, and check out our suggestions of what to do in Oxfordshire. If your kids have ambitions of going to a top University (or if they are just tagging along on your family holiday), read our list of the top activities for children in Oxford, and cover all bases by discovering what to do in Cambridge with family. We have a guide on the very best things to do in Cambridgeshire too, so check it out.
Jumping across the country, take a look at our favourite activities in East Anglia, and read our list of the top ways to spend time in Norfolk, a list we also have on hand for those of you travelling here with kids. We've got the answers to your questions if you're wondering what to do in Norwich, and can also help you entertain the family with our guide to visiting Norwich with kids. Or, if it's a bit further south that you're going, discover our top things to do with children in Ipswich. Heading north, but staying in England, take a look at our guide to visiting Cumbria, and explore our post on the best things to do in Yorkshire. Or hone in on a specific area of God's Own Country with our advice on what to do in North Yorkshire.
Venturing even further north, and this time escaping England, we can offer you advice on what to do in Scotland, and can also help you decide how to spend your time in the Scottish Highlands. We can help you out if you're visiting Fife, give you ideas if you're travelling to Leith, and help you decide what to do in Ayrshire. We can even give you specific tips for travelling to Aberdeenshire, or let you know what you should do in East Lothian during your trip up north. Drop down to the Land of Castles, and discover our top things to do in Wales, as well as our favourite activities in North Wales, and our top tips to visiting South Wales. Alternatively, escape the island altogether, and head down to the Isle of Wight for your memorable UK holiday.
Find out where to stay
When you’re choosing where to stay in the UK, it’s well worth checking out all of our thorough suggestions. We’ve got you covered whatever your personal needs or wishes may be, so read our guide to staying in Cornwall, as well as our tips on where you should stay if you're travelling here with kids. You can also hone in a little bit further, with our guide to staying in St Ives. Staying in the south, why not check out our post on the best places to stay in Devon, or read through our favourite places to stay in Dorset. Have a look at our suggestions of where you should stay in Bournemouth, and explore the best places to reside in Brighton. If you're off to the greener areas of the country, check out our tips on staying in the Cotswolds with kids, and take a look at our favourite places to stay in the New Forest. We can help you choose the perfect place to stay in Cambridge too, or you can discover the top places to stay in Oxford. Or, if your holiday destination is the northernmost country in the UK, we can tell you where you should stay in Scotland, as well as the safest places to reside in Edinburgh.
Explore the very best places to visit in the UK
Old Harry Rocks, Dorset, England, UK
On your trip to one of the many top UK holiday destinations, it's always worth knowing the very best places to visit to make the most of your time away. That's why we've put our expertise to good use just for you, creating unmissable posts outlining topics such as our favourite places to visit in England and the top places to visit in Devon. Take a look at our curated guide to visiting Dorset, or discover the top areas to visit in Somerset. We can help you decide where to visit in Cumbria, what to see in Yorkshire, and even the very best places to head to in North Yorkshire. Or, for those of you staying a bit closer to London, we've got a guide to visiting the top places in Berkshire, as well as a post on where to visit in Buckinghamshire. Alternatively, have a look at our advice on visiting Kent, or check out the top places to visit in Bedfordshire. If you are actually going to be travelling to these destinations from a rental in the capital city, book one of the top luxury London holiday rentals and guarantee yourself a trip to remember.
For those of you deciding where to visit in Oxfordshire, look no further than our expert guide, or read our advice on where to visit in Cambridgeshire if you are heading there. We've also got advice on where to visit in Surrey, the top places to visit on the south coast, and the very best areas to head to in Sussex. Whether you're looking for the top places in West Sussex, or the very best places in East Sussex, we outline the perfect areas for you to visit. Likewise for those of you wondering where to visit in Shropshire, and anybody looking for advice on the best places to go to in Wiltshire. We can also help you out if you're wondering where to go in Bristol, or if you aren't sure of the top places to visit in Gloucestershire. Or, if you're heading East, check out our guides to the greatest places to visit in Norfolk and the top places to stop by in Suffolk.
Outside of England, you can explore our guide to the finest places to visit in Scotland (excluding Edinburgh), and discover the top places to head to in Fife. Elsewhere in Scotland, see the list of our favourite places to visit in Ayrshire. For those of you traveling out to Cymru, see our post on the very best places to visit in Wales, and break it down further with our guide to visiting North Wales. Or, if that guide isn't so suitable for your holiday, take a look at our guide to a memorable visit to South Wales instead.
Discover the essential itinerary for your trip
Edinburgh skyline from Calton Hill, Scotland, UK
Planning the perfect holiday is never going to be easy, but with our extensive travel knowledge, we can certainly make it easier. Whether planning a longer trip or just visiting for a night or two, you will find plenty to do. Take a look at our advice on how to spend two weeks in the UK, or read our 7 day itinerary for a trip to Cornwall. Alternatively, check out our guide to spending 3 days in Edinburgh for a trip up North to remember.
Celebrate your birthday in the UK
Wondering how to celebrate your birthday properly? Then allow our expert guides to show you the way forward, outlining the very best things to do on your special day. We've got advice on the best way to celebrate your birthday as an adult in Cornwall, as well as the ultimate guide to celebrating in Edinburgh. If you read through our guides and heed the expert advice bestowed upon you, this will certainly be a birthday to remember. We promise.
Learn how to embrace the season
Boat on a beach in Aldeburgh in the summer, Suffolk, England, UK
There’s no right or wrong time to embark on a trip to a UK holiday destination, as there are still plenty of ways to enjoy a memorable trip whatever season you’re travelling. Whenever you’re choosing to head out on your travels, we’ve got the perfect guide for you. Take a look at our advice on how to enjoy a memorable UK break in spring, and read our guide to enjoying the ultimate summer holiday in Great Britain. If it's an end-of-year trip that's filling your diary, discover where to enjoy winter in the UK, or alternatively, learn how you should spend your summer holiday in England. There are countless places in England worthy of your time, and many of them are within reach of London, so if you're going to be staying in the capital, book luxury London serviced apartments to accommodate your holiday. For advice on visiting England's northern neighbours, take a look at our ultimate guide to spending the summer in Scotland, or explore our expert advice on how to enjoy a top Scottish holiday in winter.
Explore some of the best UK homes
As you (hopefully) know, we here at Plum Guide pride ourselves on offering the best of the best when it comes to vacation rentals, so explore our guide outlining the best cottages with hot tubs in the entire UK. On a similar note, you can check out our favourite UK cottages with swimming pools, or discover where to stay on your fishing trip. We've got a guide showcasing our favourite cottages in the Cotswolds for you to spend the summer, as well as a post on the top Devon cottages for your family to book in autumn. And as if that isn't enough, we can help you find the best vacation rentals in Oxford for your autumn visit, and we can even guide you towards our favourite homes in Cornwall for a holiday in winter. If a UK holiday destination isn't quite where you want to stay, head to the capital city, and book luxury vacation rentals in London to guarantee that you are residing in comfort.
Enjoy the perfect staycation
Boat on a canal in Bristol in front of colourful houses, England, UK
Holidaying isn’t always about jumping on a plane and heading somewhere new (although I’m sure we can all agree that is highly enjoyable). Sometimes it’s all about staying a bit closer to home, so a staycation is the perfect plan. Read our expert guide to the ultimate staycation in the UK. Zooming in a little bit further, why not take a look at our post on how to enjoy a staycation in England, and top if off with a stay in one of the finest short stay lets in the city of London. Or, alternatively, plan the perfect domestic holiday up north with our advice on the ideal staycation in Scotland.
Treat your partner to a romantic trip
Going away with your significant other, creating new memories and spending quality time together is always an enjoyable experience, so we’ve used our expert knowledge to make sure you’re prepared for your trip. Guarantee a good time for both of you by exploring our guide to the top UK getaways for couples, or hone in on Old Blighty and see the top romantic holidays in England. We can even tell you how to enjoy the ultimate romantic getaway in Scotland. Or, if your planned trip is a little bit more serious than just a fun getaway break, see our advice on where to get married in the UK, and follow that up with our post on the top honeymoon destination the island has to offer.
Travel around the UK the right way
A black steam train on the Glenfinnan Viaduct in autumn, Scotland, UK
There is never a bad time to enjoy a good walk, giving yourself some exercise and adventure, all while clearing the mind of anything even slightly related to work. Take a look at our guide to hiking in the United Kingdom, and discover unforgettable views with our list of the ultimate UK mountain walks. Breathe in the fresh sea air on one of our favourite coastal walks, or give your feet a rest as you take one of the UK's most impressive train journeys. Looking specifically at England, dive into our guide to the best hikes in Old Blighty, or venture out on one of the country's top walks. There are also plenty of great places to visit by train in England that you can enjoy on your holiday, and there are some impressive railway journeys in Scotland too. To best enjoy Scotland though, you really should be on foot, so take a look at our favourite walks up here. And to discover even more unmissable views, read through our post outlining the best coastal walks in Scotland, or check out our list of the finest hill walks in the UK's northernmost country.
Discover more of the very best views
A big part of travelling, whether to a new destination or not, is seeing memorable views that you can’t find anywhere else. Some places are known for their captivating vistas, and here is no different, so heed our advice on where to find the UK's most beautiful locations. We can also help you discover the more impressive views in England, or you can read our guide to the top views in Scotland to learn where to travel for the perfect photo background.
Celebrate Christmas while on holiday in the UK
Ornaments in a stall at a Christmas market, Scotland
The most wonderful time of the year deserves to be spent in an equally wonderful place, so if you’re heading here in December, see how to spend Christmas in the UK and make the most of the festive holiday season. Embrace the Christmas spirit and peruse the greatest UK Christmas markets to experience the magic of the occasion, or discover where to find the most Christmassy Christmas markets in England. As well as this, we can even help you plan the perfect Christmas break in Scotland, so whatever your needs, we've got you covered.