Spring is here, and the approach of holiday season has many of us thinking about our next trip away. But if the summer holidays are still feeling a little far off, you could always take a weekend getaway somewhere close to home.
If you need a few staycation ideas, here are some of the best places to visit in the South of England this spring…
With oodles of history, plenty of antique tea rooms, and a gorgeous skyline of honey-coloured Georgian buildings, Bath is perfect for a weekend getaway. Plus this is the home of Britain’s only natural thermal spa, so it’s ideal for relaxing.
The dramatic landscapes of Dartmoor National Park make a fantastic staycation idea for lovers of the great outdoors. Rolling moorlands, towering tors, and rich forests make this sweeping park a joy to explore.
Scilly Isles, Cornwall
About as far south as you can get, the Scilly Isles can be found just off the coast of Cornwall. So far south that they have their own microclimate, these islands are a gardener’s paradise.
Many of the flowers growing freely here can’t be found outside of a greenhouse on the mainland. Throw in some gorgeous local food and stunning, near-empty beaches and you have one amazing staycation!
A historic cathedral city in the southeast of England, Canterbury is famous for its medieval centre. Cobbled streets of timber-framed houses are encircled by ancient Roman walls. Whether you’re a history buff or not, this pretty city is perfect for a weekend getaway.
Since I grew up in Weymouth, I’m probably a little bit biased. But this is a lovely seaside town, and with plenty of holiday parks and B&B’s around it’s great for a cheap staycation. But don’t just take my word for it: the three mile stretch of golden sand in Weymouth Bay was recently voted the best beach in the UK and the ninth best in Europe.
South Downs, Hampshire
If you fancy a more active holiday or a bit of a challenge, why not consider taking on the South Downs Way?
It’s a 100 mile walking route through the gorgeous countryside of the South Downs National Park, one of the best places to visit in the South of England. Think stunning landscapes, top-notch country pubs, and plenty of picturesque villages.
Speaking of walking holidays, the coastal village of Lulworth is ideally placed for walks along Britain’s famous Jurassic Coast.
Lulworth Cove and neighbouring Durdle Dor are both geographic marvels, while nearby you’ll also find Corfe Castle, Brownsea Island, and the pretty village of Swanage with its steam railway.