Top bank holiday travel ideas in the UK

Looking for ways to spend your bank holiday? We've got you covered!

As bank holidays roll around in the UK, it's the perfect opportunity to escape the routine and embark on a memorable adventure (while travelling sustainably!). Whether you're looking to relax in picturesque countryside, craving a city escape, or are after a coastal escapade, the UK offers an array of travel options to suit every taste.  

Here are some fun bank holiday travel ideas to inspire your next getaway...

Festival fun

Bank holidays often coincide with lively festivals and events across the UK, offering the perfect opportunity to join in the celebration. From music festivals showcasing top artists to food festivals celebrating local gastronomy, there's something for everyone to enjoy.  

Check out Visit England to find an event near you!

Island adventures

Escape to one of the UK's picturesque islands for a truly memorable bank holiday getaway. Explore the rugged beauty of the Isle of Skye, uncover the rich history of the Isle of Man, or soak up the sunshine on the Isle of Wight's pristine beaches. Whether you're seeking adventure or relaxation, the UK's islands offer a diverse range of experiences to enjoy.

For inspiration take a look at Country Living Magazine’s top 10 most beautiful islands in the UK.  

Historic landmarks and castles

Delve into the UK's fascinating history by visiting its iconic landmarks and majestic castles. Explore the architectural wonders of Windsor Castle, discover the ancient mysteries of Stonehenge, or wander through the enchanting grounds of Blenheim Palace. A bank holiday spent exploring historic landmarks is both educational and inspiring.

Spoiled for choice? English Heritage have listed their top 10 castles to help you decide.

Coastal retreats

Embrace the soothing sound of waves and the invigorating sea breeze by heading to one of the UK's stunning coastal destinations. From the rugged cliffs of Cornwall to the golden beaches of Norfolk, there's no shortage of idyllic coastal spots to explore. Enjoy leisurely walks along the shore, indulge in fresh seafood delicacies, or try your hand at exhilarating water sports activities.  

Greener Tip: Catch the train and not only avoid the never-ending traffic but travel a little more sustainably!

Historic city breaks

Immerse yourself in the rich history and cultural charm of the UK's historic cities during a bank holiday city break. Wander through the cobbled streets of York and marvel at its medieval architecture, explore the iconic landmarks of Edinburgh, or soak up the vibrant atmosphere of Liverpool's cultural scene. Don't forget to visit local museums, galleries, and theatres to delve deeper into the city's heritage.

Countryside escapes

Reconnect with nature and unwind in the tranquil beauty of the British countryside. Whether you opt for the rolling hills of the Lake District, the enchanting landscapes of the Peak District, or the breathtaking scenery of the Scottish Highlands, a countryside escape promises rejuvenation and relaxation. Go hiking, cycling, or simply enjoy a leisurely picnic surrounded by nature's splendour.

Visit here to find some inspiration.

Scenic railway journeys

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the breathtaking views on a scenic railway journey across the UK. From the majestic landscapes of the Scottish Highlands aboard the Jacobite Steam Train to the charming countryside vistas of the Cotswolds on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, there's no better way to experience the beauty of the British countryside.

Time Out has made a handy list to help you decide which one might be right for you.  


Whatever your idea of the perfect bank holiday getaway, the UK offers a myriad of travel options to suit every preference.  So, pack your bags, embark on an unforgettable adventure, and make the most of your bank holiday break.

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