From Arran to Zennor, the UK is packed with magnificent beaches, gorgeous countryside, and atmospheric historical places to explore – no wonder more and more families are choosing to stay put and holiday here. We’ve put together this guide to holidays in Britain, picking the loveliest places to stay, and wonderful places to visit. This year, we’ve focussed on places to go wild swimming; you’ll find ideas from refreshing, deserted waterfalls, to clear, high lakes, and hidden beach coves. We’ve also hunted for magical places to visit; pools that are home to dragons, tiny nooks that once homed saints with glowing arms, beach caves that are home to whooping cough-curing goblins, and dramatically sited stone circles that will make your spirits soar. You’ll also find ideas for rainier days; places to get your family creative on; museums, galleries and tours, all of which have a strong emphasis on hands-on, arty fun, and most of which are free!
We hope you are inspired and energised by our suggestions and get out into this beautiful, precious country of ours –