The best bank holiday staycations ideas that will make you feel like you’re going abroad – without leaving the UK

FANCY making the most of your May Bank Holiday with a last minute UK break? We thought you might like that idea.

More and more Brits are shunning holidays abroad as staying closer to home can be easier and cheaper for everyone involved.

Recent research by Sykes Cottage found that 66 per cent of Brits chose to holiday in the UK at least once last year, with holiday cottage bookings up 36 per cent. This is up from 56 per cent who said they staycationed in 2017.

With this in mind, we've rounded-up  a list of gorgeous getaways worthy of your attention and ideal for a last minute break.

From stunning Lake District to a busy city break in Belfast, there's no need for hours of research to find a destination.

These staycations are exactly what you need.

Lake District

With more than 17.32 million visitors a year, the Lake District is a popular holiday destination and is known for its iconic landmarks and locations.

From the highest mountain to the deepest lake, the scenery is spectacular, so you’ll be opening yourself up to the great outdoors.

Stay at the Kendal Hotel, located just 18 minutes from The World of Beatrix Potter, and step into Peter Rabbit's own garden.

If history is more your thing, a trip to Wray Castle, just 28.5 miles from Penrith Hotel, will give you lots to explore both outdoors and indoors – the perfect family-friendly spot

Galway

If you're planning to visit Ireland this year then you better put Galway at the top of your list of places to see.

This little gem of a city is a great place to spend a weekend shopping, exploring or going out for a few ''quiet ones''.

We would suggest staying at the Galway Bay Hotel, located just five minutes from the city along the famous Salthill Promenade.

You can also check out the latest hotels deals available on Expedia.

Belfast

Belfast is perfect for those looking for a short city break.

The capital is full of hidden little gems. Music fans should head over to the Oh Yeah Music Centre where they can learn about the city’s legendary music makers including Van Morrison, James Galway and Snow Patrol.

For a scenic tour of the city, rent a Belfast Bike from any of the 35 docking stations and take a leisurely ride along the River Lagan towpath.

Looking for a place to stay? We like The Bullitt located in the heart of the Cathedral quarter, just a stone's throw away from the shopping mecca, Victoria square and Belfast central station.

Cambridge

Thousands of tourists visit Cambridge each as the city is full to the brim with fascinating museums, cosy pubs and fine dining.

Going away with your loved one? Take a walk on the river side and relax in one of the city's peaceful green spaces.

If you're into history, visit the Trumpington Street museums. Recently voted the East of England's most popular free attraction, it contains some remarkable collections from the ancient world.

Torquay

Torquay has been voted one of the top ten places to go by TripAdvisor’s Traveller’s Choice Awards for the last two years, so it's definitely worth a visit.

If you love water and sun, it has 20 beaches and coves with 20 miles of South West Coast Path to explore, along with countryside and nature reserves – perfect for a sunny bank holiday.

Author Agatha Christie who was born in Torquay is the area's most famous resident and there are plenty of opportunities for fans to learn more about her with a special trail.

Looking for ideas for a family friendly holiday ? Here's a bargain getaway to Disneyland Paris for £329, including park tickets, hotel and Eurostar travel.

You can also check out our round up of the cheap Greek island holidays deals available now.

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