Top UK Holiday Destinations for 2023 Revealed

With more Brits opting for a staycation this summer, the top ten UK holiday hotspots for 2023 have been revealed in a new poll.

The research, commissioned by Sykes Holiday Cottages following the launch of its annual Staycation Index Report, also found nearby beaches, decent Wi-Fi and plenty of outdoor space are among the top things people look for when renting a holiday home.

The study of 2,000 adults revealed that Yorkshire was the most popular place this year, thanks to its picturesque coastal towns and rolling dales. Cornwall, Northumberland, and Cumbria followed closely behind as the most desirable areas for a holiday in the UK

When choosing the type of staycation, 30% of Brits prefer a countryside B&B while 28% are looking to visit the country’s lakes and mountains.

Graham Donoghue, chief executive of Sykes Holiday Cottages, said: “With the holiday season almost upon us, travellers are starting to make plans for the year ahead if they haven’t already.

“It’s great to see staycations remain a popular choice for many and with financial pressures significantly impacting holidaymakers’ travel choices, it’s no surprise that holidaying closer to home can be a more affordable option.

“From award-winning beaches to stunning countryside and city breaks, there are also plenty of hidden gems to be found in our home country.”

Top 10 UK staycation destinations in 2023:

  1. Yorkshire
  2. Cornwall
  3. Scottish Highlands and Islands
  4. Cumbria
  5. Northumberland
  6. Devon
  7. Norfolk
  8. Berkshire
  9. North Wales
  10. Isle of Wight

The cost of living crisis has meant that 42% of those surveyed are planning to book a last-minute UK break in the hope of getting a good deal. While 37% will be taking lots of shorter trips in 2023 to balance their travel costs throughout the year. When it comes to budgeting, 30% of the holiday costs will go towards accommodation while 16% will be allocated to travel.

According to the OnePoll study, 43% of those who plan to take a holiday will be having their main getaway on UK soil, with the predicted average spend totalling £1,200.