The Top 10 Trending Destinations For An Autumn Staycation

With staycations are still the trip of choice for Brits, here are the fastest growing destinations.

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Summer may now be over, sob, but we’re not done with our holidays needs (we’ve been cheated of late!), so it’s only natural Brits are craving a bit of travel.

And we’re not stuffing our suitcases back into the loft anytime soon. In fact, according to Tripadvisor’s newly published Autumn Travel Index, half of Brits are planning an autumn break this year.

Boomers are the most likely to be heading off on holiday with 57% saying that they plan to do so – nice if you have the cash! – followed by 51% of millennials.

Folks are still determined to make up for lost travel time due to the pandemic by packing in as many trips as they can. Over a third (35%) are planning two autumn trips and more than one in 10 (11%) are planning three or more.

Even Gen Z travellers aren’t holding back, with a third (36%) saying they will take three or more trips.

With so much uncertainty surrounding Covid-19, staycations are still the trip of choice this autumn – 62% of Brits are planning to travel domestically, while only one in seven (14%) are planning on going abroad.

But where do we have our sights set on? These are the top 10 trending staycation destinations across the UK, based on Tripadvisor data – along with the most popular activities and highly-rated restaurants when you get there.

1. Cardiff

Roath Park Lake, Cardiff
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Roath Park Lake, Cardiff

Popular experience: Walking tour of the iconic Four Waterfalls valley.

Highly-rated restaurant: Vivo Amigo, Cardiff.

2. Belfast

Commercial Court in downtown Belfast
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Commercial Court in downtown Belfast

Popular experience: A full-day combined tour of Game of Thrones locations and the Giant’s Causeway, departing from Belfast.

Highly-rated restaurant: Holohan’s Irish Pantry.

3. London

Neal's Yard, Covent Garden
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Neal's Yard, Covent Garden

Popular experience: Warner Brothers Studio’s The Making of Harry Potter.

Highly-rated restaurant: Vegan at the Amrutha Lounge.

4. Portrush, County Antrim

The clifftops at Whiterocks, Portrush
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The clifftops at Whiterocks, Portrush

Popular experience: Full-day guided tour of the Northern Highlights.

Highly-related restaurant: Ocho Tapas Bistro.

5. Swansea

Fields outside Swansea
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Fields outside Swansea

Popular experience: Go kayaking in the Lower Lliw Reservoir.

Highly-rated restaurant: Truffle, Swansea.

6. Glasgow

The Clyde Arc over the River Clyde, Glasgow
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The Clyde Arc over the River Clyde, Glasgow

Popular activity: Take a walking tour of Glasgow City Centre.

Highly-rated restaurant: Scran, Glasgow.

7. Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

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Photo taken in Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Popular experience: Take a ‘Taste of Newcastle’ food tour.

Highly-rated restaurant: Branches restaurant, Jesmond.

8. Tenby, Pembrokeshire

Colourful coastal cottages in Pembrokeshire
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Colourful coastal cottages in Pembrokeshire

Popular experience: Go on a ‘Mythical West Wales’ tour.

9. Dundee, Angus, Scotland

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Popular experience: East Neuk Treasures tour from Dundee.

Highly-rated restaurant: Piccolo, Dundee.

10. Ayr, Ayrshire

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Highly-rated restaurant: At Home Thai.

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