Airbnb unveils 10 UK holiday spots proving popular with Brits for the summer

UK holidays are back on the cards as lockdown restrictions start to ease, and Airbnb has just served up a major dose of inspiration for those planning a staycation.

The holiday rentals platform has revealed the top 10 trending destinations Brits have been looking at for summer holidays, and they’re not necessarily the hotspots you’d expect.

For example while there are locations in Devon and Cornwall on the list, instead of the likes of St Ives or Torquay you’ll find some lesser-known spots that still pack heaps of charm.

The top emerging destination according to Airbnb has been Saint Clears in Pembrokeshire, which has seen a surge of interest from Brits planning trips over the summer months.

We take a look at the full top 10 list below and why these destinations are worth being on your radar….

1. Saint Clears, Pembrokeshire

Laugharne Castle on the estuary of the River Taf, near St. Clears
Laugharne Castle near St. Clears

This picturesque town in the Welsh countryside boasts some lovely pubs and shops, and can be a great base for those planning to do plenty of exploring. There are some historic castles in the area – Laugharne Castle is a highlight – not to mention that the town is less than a half hour’s drive away from the coast including Llansteffan beach and Pendine Sands.

2. Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

A view of the trees with the sun rising in the background in the dense woodland of Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire
Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

If you’re looking to make the most of the great outdoors and enjoy a walk that’s further than your local park, then the Forest of Dean is a must-visit.

The picture-perfect woodlands are packed with brilliant walking and cycling trails, fascinating rock formations and heaps of brilliant attractions ranging from the Dean Forest Railway to the Clearwell Caves. Ideal for families of intrepid explorers!

3. Clovelly, Devon

A view of the port at Clovelly in Devon
A view of the port at Clovelly in Devon

This charming historic fishing village boasts winding cobbled streets, stretches of beach and an ancient fishing harbour. Located right by a 400ft-high cliff, you won’t find cars here – just donkeys and sledges. There’s plenty to do in the area whether you’re after a hike along the Devon Coastal Path, or want to hit Devon’s beautiful beaches from Saunton Sands to Woolacombe.

4. Bosham, Sussex

The sun sets over Bosham in West Sussex
The sun sets over Bosham in West Sussex

If you’re after picturesque views, then this coastal village delivers. From the sunsets over Bosham Quay to the picturesque walks on nearby Thorney Island, there’s ample opportunity to enjoy the scenery.

A sailing hub, the harbour is always full of boats and yachts, not to mention there are plenty of bars and restaurants nearby if you’re needing to replenish your energy after a day of exploring.

5. Primrose Valley, Yorkshire

Path to Filey Bay at Primrose Valley
Holidaymakers make their way down the path to Filey Bay at Primrose Valley

The Primrose Valley holiday park never fails to be a hit with visitors, boasting facilities including a bar and restaurant, two indoor pools with slides, an outdoor pool, and a large boating lake where you can enjoy plenty of activities from fishing to pedalo rides. There are also plenty of beaches nearby including the sandy Filey Beach or the picturesque Reighton Sands. (You can find out more about the park on haven.com ).

6. Mullion, Cornwall

The view from the coastal path of Mullion cove in Cornwall
The view from the coastal path of Mullion cove

Located on the Lizard Peninsula, Mullion is surrounded by breathtaking coastal walks and picture-perfect sandy beaches, not to mention you’ve got highlights such as the Mullion Cliffs Nature Reserve and Kynance Cove to explore too. As for Mullion itself, expect plenty of water sports facilities, bars and restaurants, and a wide array of holiday accommodation to suit various budgets.

7. Cawsand, Cornwall

A view of the villages of Cawsand and Kingsand in Cornwall
A view of the villages of Cawsand and Kingsand in Cornwall

The twin villages of Cawsand and Kingsand have everything you need for a fun family-friendly holiday. There are plenty of budget-friendly stays, shops and places to eat including a few quintessentially British pubs. There’s Cawsand Beach with its shingled shore and rock pools for children to play in, some watersports for the thrill-seekers, and a number of local attractions for days out including Mount Edgcumbe House and its park.

8. Noss Mayo, Devon

Sheep grazing with sea view near Noss Mayo
Sheep grazing with sea view near Noss Mayo

With its rugged coast and location on the southern bank of the Yealm estuary, this small village is a birdwatcher’s paradise thanks to the flocks of migratory birds that can be found here. There are also plenty of walking trails in the area, including the Revelstoke Drive and Noss Mayo Walk which includes both those coastal views and some picturesque woodlands, leading to the Noss Mayo village itself.

9. Saunton, Devon

Saunton boasts a beautiful beach
Saunton boasts a beautiful beach

If a beach day out is key to your holiday, then you may want to bookmark a trip to Saunton Sands in Devon.

This large spacious beach boasts golden sands and swim-friendly waters, not to mention it boasts the UNESCO-listed Braunton Burrows as a backdrop. The beach has plenty of facilities including toilets, shops and a range of food outlets.Oh, and one for Robbie Williams fans – the beach was the location for the Angels music video!

10. East Wittering, Sussex

East Wittering is located east of Chichester Harbour
East Wittering is located east of Chichester Harbour

East Wittering tends to be a little quieter than its western counterpart, in part because its beach is shingled rather than sandy, so it’s better suited to those planning a walk rather than a day of lazing in the sun.

Families can often be spotted flying kites along the shore, while surfers take on the waves in the background. There are stretches of sandy dunes but if it’s a full sandy beach you’re after, then you’re just a stone’s throw from West Wittering where golden shores await.

Travel rules

Self-contained accommodation has reopened in Wales, although you can only travel with members of your own household.

The same rules will apply in England from April 12 – again, travelling with members of your own household or support bubble.

However, it’s worth noting that you’re bound to the restrictions in the country where you live – so for example some holiday parks in Wales are only welcoming Welsh residents at this time.

Always check the latest guidance before planning, booking or going on a trip.

Where are you planning to go on holiday this summer? Let us know in the comments below.




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