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The UK trips we’ll book in 2021

Planning an adventure in the UK next year? Here are the holidays we’ll all be taking in 2021

Ellie Walker-Arnott
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Ellie Walker-Arnott
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UK travel was a little, well, forced on a lot of us this year, as international travel was either banned or felt just too much like hard work, thanks to airport testing, air bridges and quarantines. Luckily, we got a taste for it, and that appetite is set to last long into 2021. 

You might not be able to travel right now if you’re living in a Tier 3 area, but there’s nothing to stop any of us daydreaming about the kinds of trips we’ll take in the new year. 

Lesser-travelled spots
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Lesser-travelled spots

Certain places go with summer holidays like buckets go with spades but plenty of us will be swerving them in favour of places like Northumberland, the quietest county in England. It has just 63 people per square kilometer (for context, London has 5,701) as well as dramatic coastlines and a brilliant National Park.

Book this Remote shepherd’s hut Cheviot has an alfreso tub and a stargazing window above the bed.

Glamping pop-ups
Photograph: Canopy & Stars

Glamping pop-ups

When domestic travel took off this summer, campsites sprung up all over the place: in fields, in hotel grounds, even a beach in Cornwall became a temporary campsite. And that pop-up attitude is set to continue right on into 2021, taking us on trips to unique corners of the country to have experiences shared by only a few others.

Book this Hinterlandes is, well, what happens when you stick a VW camper on top of an old American school bus. It’s a double-decker glamping experience like no other, and it’ll be moving around different locations in the Lake District next summer. 

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Nostalgic stays
Photograph: Landmark Trust

Nostalgic stays

According to booking site Canopy & Stars, nostalgic breaks will be big in 2021: treehouses that remind us of childhood and cabins comfortingly packed full of boardgames. Old-fashioned places with fairytale vibes will beat anything too sleek.

Book this Keeper’s Cottage in Bedfordshire looks like the kind of place Little Red Riding Hood would call home.

Culture breaks
Photograph: Destination Plymouth

Culture breaks

What we’ve missed out on this year when it comes to cultural city breaks we’ll (hopefully) be making up for in 2021. We won’t be abandoning our new-found love of the countryside, but we’ll be back in the UK’s best restaurants and exploring our country’s world-class museums.

Book this Plymouth will be going big on its delayed Mayflower 400 celebrations, while new artworks will be popping up in Margate, Folkestone and across the Kent, Essex and Sussex coastlines as part of England’s Creative Coast.

Making grand plans for 2021?

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