Not booked your 2018 holiday yet? Let us inspire you… According to our data, these are the 15 best holiday destinations getting the most interest so far this year. From the pretty, pastel-coloured harbour in Tenby to the dramatic mountains in Aviemore, it’s easy to see why these fantastic UK towns are in demand.
We’ve done the research to find some top holiday destinations you’ll love – all you need to do is choose your favourite rental! Whether you’re looking for a seaside chalet, a town-centre apartment or a countryside cottage, Holiday Lettings has got it covered.
This historic village in Lincolnshire is a fantastic holiday spot for family breaks or romantic weekends away. Visit the 15th-century Tattershall Castle, where you can explore the fortified manor, or spend the day at Tattershall Farm Park. For a relaxed evening with your other half, head to the Kinema in the Woods: a unique, two-screen cinema that’s been showing movies since 1922. And to top it all off, head to Tattershall Lakes where you can have a go at jet-skiing, angling or wakeboarding.
Spring is in the air and now is the time to blow away the cobwebs with a well earned break. Cornwall’s microclimate means the weather is often sunny and warm in spring, so it’s the perfect destination if you can’t wait to get outdoors and enjoy nature. Apart from the riot of colour in the parks and gardens, Newquay has a wealth of beautiful beaches for invigorating walks. Fistral beach is renowned for its surfing and is home to Fistral Beach Surfing School. If you’re not hardy enough to ride the waves so early in the season, walk along the coastal path into Newquay where you’ll find fantastic attractions, such as the zoo, and the lively restaurants and bars.
Colourful beach huts, dramatic cliffs, beautiful sea views and a fascinating history… what’s not to love about Whitby? Take a romantic stroll at the picturesque Robin Hood’s Bay before visiting the Captain Cook Memorial and Whitby museum to find out more about the area. Explore the world-famous Whitby Abbey: one of the sights which was the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. And with a plethora of traditional pubs, romantic restaurants and quaint cafes to choose from, Whitby will leave you wanting to book your next stay before you’ve even come home.
Situated on the North Sea Coast between Scarborough and Bridlington, this popular seaside spot is packed with things to see and do. The long, sandy beach is just a stone’s throw from family-friendly cafes, arcades and restaurants, so it’s great for all ages. With its park, wood-carvings and picnic spots, Glen Gardens makes a great place to stop with your hamper on the way to the beach. And for a great evening out, the Evron Centre often has live music to enjoy. Why not take in a show before unwinding with a drink at one of Filey’s cosy pubs, within walking distance of your private rental?
With its vibrant nightlife, sandy beaches and acres of gardens and parks, it’s easy to see why Bournemouth is a hit with holidaymakers. On a sunny day, head to Bournemouth’s Lower Gardens where you can lay back on a blanket and enjoy a picnic. Walk for five minutes and you’ll be in the bustling shopping area so you can get your retail therapy fix. Kids will love the oceanarium, where they can get hands-on with the marine life through interactive activities. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, have a go on Bournemouth Pier zip-line. At the end of a busy day, retreat to the comfort of your rental for some well-needed rest and relaxation.
There’s an abundance of activities to enjoy in this popular seaside town. Go fossil hunting on the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage site, have a go at sailing or take a stroll along the impressive Georgian seafront. The spectacular Sandworld Sculpture Park will have the whole family entranced and a trip to Sandsfoot Castle is a fantastic way to spend the day; the sea views from the gardens are a highlight. With so much to see and do, and so many rentals to choose from, Weymouth is sure to become one of your best places to go on holiday.
St Ives is a go-to destination for lovers of water sports, the arts and a range of activities in between to suit everyone. The surf is fantastic here, so head to the local tourist information centre to find out tide times. The iconic Tate St Ives is an obvious choice for art enthusiasts, but take a walk around the centre and you’ll find a plethora of galleries and exhibitions to feast your eyes upon. When you’re ready for a feast of another kind, then the wide range of pubs, cafes and restaurants will keep all family members happy. Cornwall is fabulous at any time of the year but, with the spring flowers beginning to bloom, this is an excellent time to visit and shake off winter.
This beautiful coastal town in North Wales charms everyone that stays here, so it’s easy to see why it’s one of the most in-demand towns for 2018 so far. The 19th-century pier is a great spot for a romantic walk, whatever the time of year, while the Great Orme cable car ride is a thrilling experience the whole family will love. For an action-packed day out, take the family to Llandudno Ski Slope. Here, you can try your hand at tubing, tobogganing and even alpine golf! The range of independent shops, cafes and restaurants in the town are the icing on this very tempting cake. Get your rentals while they’re hot!
If you love seafood, art, beautiful scenery and great shopping, Padstow will be your catch of the day! For an extra special treat, book a table at Rick Stein’s, The Seafood Restaurant, or if you prefer something a little more low-key, drop into his amazing fish and chip shop where you can look out over the ocean while you tuck in. Afterwards, why not hire a bike and cycle along the Camel Trail. This 18-mile stretch is largely traffic-free and virtually flat from start to finish, so it’s perfect for cyclists of all ages and abilities. Finish the day by cooking a tasty supper back at your private holiday rental, before slipping into bed with just the sound of the waves to hush you to sleep.
With its Blue Flag beaches, first-class golf course and rugged peninsula, Portrush is perfect for anyone who loves the great outdoors. Its proximity to some of Northern Ireland’s most famous attractions, such as the Giant’s Causeway and the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, could also explain why it’s so popular. It’s a great place to learn how to surf as you’ll find a number of excellent surf schools in the area. And if you’re looking for a fun day out for all the family, discover the history of Dunluce Castle or experience thrills and spills at Barry’s Amusement Park.
The pretty village of Hemsby is just a short drive from the seaside resort of Great Yarmouth and it’s perfect for families and couples alike. This lesser-known seaside gem offers miles of sandy beaches and plenty of family-friendly attractions. Visit the Hemsby Mega Maze where you can put your map-reading skills to the test before racing around the go-kart track. Alternatively, try your luck in the amusement arcades at the beach or challenge the family to a round at Lost World Adventure Golf.
This small fishing village on Northern Ireland’s north coast is becoming more sought-after, and after a stay here, it’s clear to see why. Take the kids rock-pooling at Portstewart Strand. This two-mile long stretch of sand is protected by the National Trust and it’s an ideal place for spotting wildlife. Back in town, treat yourself to some fish and chips before taking a stroll along the prom. And for dessert? Head to Portstewart’s famed ice cream parlours where you can refresh with a sweet treat while taking in the spectacular views of the Inishowen Peninsula.
It’s not surprising that Scarborough has been drawing the crowds for over 400 years now. Blending old and new, this seaside gem is a firm favourite with many UK holidaymakers. From discovering the history of Scarborough Castle, to trying your luck in the amusement arcade, its traditional seaside charm won’t fail to win you over. For a fab day out, head to Scarborough Sealife Sanctuary to see Humboldt Penguins, the Common Octopus and even the Lesser Spotted Dogfish! Swing through the trees at the Go Ape obstacle course in Dalby Forest and, if you’re feeling brave, pull on a wetsuit and surf the waves at Cayton Bay.
Picture the scene: pastel coloured houses, cobbled streets, boats bobbing in the harbour… if this sounds like your ideal seaside holiday, read on. Tenby is a picturesque seaside town on the Pembrokeshire coast where you’ll find beautiful scenery and a whole host of things to see and do. Kids will love getting up close to the magnificent boats at Tenby Lifeboat Station where they can find out more about how they’re launched into the sea. Have fun dressing up at the Tudor Merchant’s House and discover more about the life of a middle-class merchant. And if you’re an art lover, Tenby has plenty of galleries selling works by local artists. Treat yourself to a special souvenir as a reminder of your holiday.
This picturesque town in the Cairngorms National Park is an outdoor-lover’s playground. From skiing to horse riding, there’s never a dull moment in Aviemore! If you want something a little less taxing, head to the local tourist information office where you can pick a walking route to suit you. If the weather isn’t on your side, visit the Aviemore brewery where you can sample some locally brewed beers before enjoying a tasty bite to eat. And for a fun family day out, head to Landmark Forest Adventure Park where you can ride roller coasters, explore the labyrinth and admire insects in the butterfly house.