For many people, 2020 has been the year when we have had to make many changes. We have had to learn to go out less, shop online, work from home and embrace every element of technology. We have learnt what is truly essential, and what we can live without. There’s no doubt we are ready to see the back of a strange year, take a deep breath and accept new challenges. And one thing’s for sure, we all need a vacation!
The choice of travel destinations is limited at the moment, but we forget what incredible places we have outside our own back gardens. Why not cash in on your employee benefits and consider a local staycation? Here’s a list of some of our favourite options in the UK and if you’re a Staff Treats member make sure to cash in on the discounts available through our concierge service.
Step back in time with a visit to one of the many offerings in Edinburgh, Scotland. Take a walk down the Royal Mile, visiting Mary Queen of Scots’ breathtaking Holyrood Palace, or trek up the hill to enjoy the sights of the city from Edinburgh Castle. If shopping is more your thing make sure you stop at Princes Street, where you will find all the well known department stores as well as tartan suppliers.
There is plenty to keep you entertained in the old city, including an eye boggling experience at Camera Obscura with their mirror maze and fascinating illusions, or step into the era of the black plague under the streets at Mary King’s Close. If a good old Red Bus Tour is too predictable, you might enjoy the after dark Ghost Bus Tour - not for the faint hearted.
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This one is for the lovers of literature and all things Shakespeare. A walking tour of Stratford-Upon-Avon is a must, amble in the footsteps of the great bard, including his birthplace, his school and property, as well as his sister’s home and his final resting place.
Keep the kids entertained with a visit to the MAD museum to see all sorts of cool gadgets, bells and whistles, just up the road from Shakespeare’s birthplace. A short drive away you can find the beautiful original home of Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare’s wife - worth a visit for the beautiful gardens and original features.
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If you’re London based, when was the last time you felt like a tourist in your own city? Slow down with a picnic on the lawns of St James Park, a stone’s throw away from Buckingham Palace, or enjoy a bird’s eye view from the London Eye on the South Bank.
History buffs will enjoy an underground tour of the tube system, a tour through Westminster Abbey or a visit on the historical war ship HMS Belfast. If you are more into culture, meander down along the banks of the Thames to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, take in a show at West End or enjoy world-famous art works on display at the Tate Modern.
For views like no other we recommend booking a night or two at the Shangri-La hotel at the world-famous architectural phenomenon that is The Shard, where you will get a stunning view over the city. Book through Staff Treats to receive a complimentary room upgrade, early check-in and daily breakfast buffet.
If an escape from the big city is on your agenda, consider a couple of nights in Hampshire. Start your journey with a drive down South to Portsmouth, and hop on the hovercraft to spend a day with the sand between your toes at one of the many beautiful seaside locations on the Isle of Wight.
Take the ferry back to Lymington and continue your meandre up to Southampton, to visit its old City Walls, Tudor House or the many sites dedicated to the tragedy of the Titanic. Head back north and escape into the countryside and spend a few nights at the Georgian Style family friendly Four Seasons hotel.
With so much on offer in its 500 acres of countryside, including horse riding, fishing, tennis, clay pigeon shooting and more, you may never want to leave! Enjoy a free room upgrade, breakfast for two, welcome amenities and more when booking through our portal.
England is full of quaint, old school sea-side villages, and what better way to explore them all than a trip through Cornwall’s many winding roads, through hedgerows and small villages before heading over the hill to stunning views of crystal waters and white sandy beaches.
Visit the edge of the county to enjoy the sea-side splendours of Penzance or St Ives, or wind your way up to Port Isaac, famous as the location for the television series Doc Martin. Savour the smell of fish and chips at the rustic harbour’s edge, or enjoy a pint at a local pub on the water.
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The Lakes and the Peaks
There is no better way to explore all that the UK has to offer than a road trip - and with a bit of research and an open highway you will find plenty to fill your days. Journey to the many beautiful portside towns down South, including Brighton, Bournemouth or Exmouth, or head north for some footie mania in Liverpool, Manchester or Leeds.
No trip is complete however without spending a few days unwinding in the beauty that is the Lake District. Stroll through the quaint storybook town of Windermere, home to Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit, or explore all the nooks and crannies of the small lakeland towns of Coniston, Ambleside or Hawkshead.
Alternatively head inland to a stay in nature in the centuries old forests of the Peak District, where you can unwind in one of the many log cabin family resorts on offer. Skip the trains and travel on your own timetable by renting a car from Enterprise Rent-a-Car, and receive up to 10% discount on car hire.