We are all starting to think about summer this year and where we can head in good ol’ England. Two Yorkshire places appeared on TripAdvisor’s top destinations for the summer holidays list, which is no surprise to us Yorkshire folk.
Top of the list was Torquay, Devon, which is the closest you can get to going abroad without leaving the UK. The historic city of York came in a respectable 3rd place, with the seaside town of Whitby close behind in 6th.
The travel site looked to see which destinations had the biggest year-on-year increase in searches for summer, and these were the ones that came out on top.
Going abroad is still an uncertain topic with no new updates until early May. According to TripAdvisor, 41% of Brits are considering a staycation this summer, with only 14% of Brits saying they’re heading abroad if restrictions are lifted.
So what do the two Yorkshire destinations have to offer this summer?
York is more than just a city of history lessons, the sleepy city has had an awakening over the last few years with new trendy wine bars, restaurants and cocktail bars popping up. Next month sees the opening of the new Malmaison hotel, which offers a rooftop terrace with amazing views over the city.
Star Inn The City is a riverside restaurant brought to you by Andrew Pern of the Michelin-starred Star Inn at Harome restaurant and has some of the tastiest grub around. If you’re looking for more casual dining, head down Fossgate and up towards the amazing SPARK:YORK, which is a hangout created out of shipping containers full of independent traders, bars and street food stalls.
Whitby will always hold a place in our hearts. It has the most picturesque views and some of the best fish & chips in the whole world. It’s a photographers paradise, with cobbled streets and a fantastic atmosphere, like Yorkshire’s own riviera.
Whitby is not just known for its fish & chips. It has an array of amazing restaurants just waiting to be explored. To whet your appetite, take a trip up the iconic 199 steps to Whitby Abbey and learn how it inspired Bram Stocker famous novel Dracula. Head down to the beach afterwards and enjoy a paddle in the sea. It’s the perfect staycation, that has a bit of everything for anyone.
Check out the full list below:
- Torquay, Devon
- Windermere, Cumbria
- York, Yorkshire
- Newquay, Cornwall
- Bath, Somerset
- Whitby, Yorkshire
- Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria
- Brighton, East Sussex
- Portree, Isle of Skye
- Bournemouth, Dorset