Many of us haven’t been travelling as much as we usually would recently. If you’ve missed planning holidays, then you may be looking forward to organising a trip over the long Easter weekend. To help inspire you, we’ve put together a list of our favourite Easter getaways in the UK.
1. The English Riviera
Best for: Families who want to brave the cold ocean waters
With 22 miles of beautiful coastline, there’s a reason South Devon is sometimes known as The English Riviera. This picture-perfect corner of the country has been a tourist magnet for generations, but Easter typically falls outside of peak season so it may be a little quieter than at the height of summer.
Closest station: Torquay
2. The New Forest
Best for: Lovers of the great outdoors
The New Forest is actually anything but new, this ancient woodland is perfect for exploring with the whole family. There are loads of activities to take part in, museums and zoos to explore, and of course plenty of walking, cycling and horse riding paths. Weather can be a little changeable at Easter, but if you like to be outdoors, this is the pick for you!
Closest station: Brockenhurst
3. The Cotswolds
Best for: Romantic lovebirds looking for a tasteful destination
If you’re looking for something a bit classier, then why not head to the Cotswolds? A favourite holiday destination for the well-heeled, the Cotswolds are the perfect place to stay if you’re looking to explore some quintessential English countryside. It’s also great if you’re looking for a romantic getaway this Easter.
Closest Station: Cheltenham Spa or Gloucester Station.
4. The Surrey Hills
Best for: Those looking for an adults-only spa break
A spa retreat might be the perfect choice for an adults-only Easter weekend break in the UK. Whether you’re heading out with friends, family, or a partner, one of our favourite places to go in the UK for a spa break is the Surrey hills. Although there’s some beautiful countryside to explore, we don’t blame you if you just want to stay tucked away at the hotel!
Closest station: Guildford station
5. The Peak District
Best for: Adventure lovers and adrenaline junkies
For those who really love a bit of adventure, heading out to the Peak District may be the perfect choice. With hiking, mountain biking, and several extreme sports to try, there’s loads to do. You can buy tickets for the whole journey to the Peak District on the CrossCountry website, and save with our advance tickets.
Closest station: Manchester or Sheffield
6. The Northumberland Coast
Best for: People looking for a wholesome break
Those of us who live and work in big cities may well be looking for a bit of an escape, as many of us haven’t been able to get away for a while. If that’s you, then we recommend heading out to Seahouses on the Northumberland coast. You may not be sunbathing on the sand over the Easter break, but there’s plenty to explore while you’re there!
Closest station: Select Seahouses bus as your destination
7. The Cornish Coast
Best for: Classic holiday makers
You can’t get more of a classic British holiday than a trip to the Cornish Coast. A firm family favourite, you’re sure to have a great time! Tuck into some classic seaside holiday grub – from cream teas to fish and chips on the beach – and if you’re lucky with the weather, grab an ice cream.
Closest station: Newquay
8. The Scottish Lowlands
Best for: Serious ramblers
If you love nothing more than lacing up your walking boots and heading out into the elements, then the Scottish Lowlands are for you. Although the weather might not always be great, when you do get a clear day, you’ll appreciate it, and it’s beautiful come rain or shine.
Closest station: Dunbar, about 30 miles from Edinburgh.
9. The City of Spires
Best for: Literature enthusiasts
There are loads of great literary locations on the CrossCountry network. Any of them would be a great choice for a long weekend away over the Easter break, or even a longer UK staycation, but our top pick this time is Oxford. Not only is there loads to do if the weather isn’t great, but you can also spend time outdoors at the Botanical gardens.
Closest station: Oxford station
10. The Isles of Scilly
Best for: People with a serious travel bug
A trip to the Isles of Scilly might be the closest thing to going abroad without actually leaving the country. Located just off the coast of Cornwall, these beautiful islands surrounded by deep blue seas, and fringed with white sandy beaches look more like a tropical getaway. Although you may not get tropical temperatures over the Easter weekend, you’ll still be sure to enjoy your UK holiday.
Closest station: Penzance, from here you can get a ferry to the Isles of Scilly
There’s plenty more amazing places to explore with CrossCountry, find out more with our helpful destination guides or for more staycation ideas why not check out our UK holidays page. Whichever destination you choose, take advantage of great savings with CrossCountry’s Advance train tickets.