Want to book a UK staycation? Here’s how to find the best deals

Whether you want a countryside break or seaside getaway, heres how to find the best holiday deals. (Getty Images)

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With travel abroad still limited, it really is the summer of staycations, with Brits flocking to the countryside or seaside for their summer holidays.

Back in June, Boris Johnson announced that from 4 July most hotels, holiday apartments, caravan parks and campsites will be allowed to reopen in the UK.

The government guidance now also states: "Day trips to outdoor open space, in a private vehicle, are permitted”. This means visits to parks, beaches and open spaces are allowed, however, you must still adhere to the social distancing rules.

Though it may initially have felt a disappointment to not be boarding a plane to a far-flung destination, we’re very lucky to have so many gorgeous beaches, hidden countryside gems and sports of outstanding national beauty up and down our island.

There is something truly pleasing about getting in your car or jumping on a train on a Friday after work for a weekend break somewhere in the UK.

So, to make budgeting - and booking - a little easier, we’ve rounded up the best UK holiday deals out there at the moment so that you can be sure you’re getting good value wherever you choose to go.

From stately Cotswold stays to city breaks in gothic Edinburgh, there’s a deal for everyone out there, you just have to know where to look.

Where to find the best holiday deals in the UK

Lastminute.com | Browse here

From Brighton Beach to the historic charms of Oxford, Lastminute.com have got plenty of tempting offers to choose from just an hour away from London, while further north you can discover the stunning scenery of the Lake District, or stroll along the winding streets of York.

Explore the sites of London from just £40 a night or head for the beaches of Cornwall with all sorts of three-for-two offers, many offering free cancellation should your circumstances change.

Booking.com | Browse here

From five-star hotels to self-catering penthouses in the middle of Edinburgh, Booking.com has over 23,000 different accommodation options for you to choose from.

Don’t worry though, you needn’t go through them all, simply filter by preference (like whether you want to be near a golf course, what you want to spend or property accessibility) and Booking.com will show you all available deals.

Plus, the site is currently offering 15% or more off stays between now and 4 January 2021.

Airbnb | Browse here

Many Airbnb hosts offer large discounts when you book their property for a week or more. Enjoy a discount of up to 60% when you take a self-catering home for a long break, plus it means you can really take advantage of all the nearby area has to offer and take advantage of some extra spending money.

Toad Hall Cottages | Browse here

Specialising in picturesque properties in fantastic locations, Toad Hall Cottages’ range of coastal, rural and waterside self-catering holiday cottages will ensure every member of the party is happy.

They currently have 36 different deals to choose from on their site, including 10% off a 4-night break from 28th September on certain properties and 20% off for September and October weeks for parties of up to eight.

Expedia | Browse here

From holiday rentals to luxury hotels, Expedia are currently offering up to 52% off a range of two-night stays around the UK. Live it up an apartment in Knightsbridge for under half price or enjoy the quaint shopping streets of Manchester with 15% off a VIP package at some of their top-rated hotels.

Haven Holidays | Browse here

From last-minute getaways to early booking deals, Haven Holidays have some great special offers to suit every family, situation and budget. Sign up to receive special offer alerts first and take advantage of an exclusive bargain.

Plus, their ‘Book with Confidence Guarantee’ means you can book your holiday knowing you're covered if coronavirus interrupts your plans. 

Wowcher | Browse here

Just like with all of their deals, Wowcher’s travel offers are constantly changing so you’ll need to be quick if you see one you like. Don’t panic though, the site does tell you exactly when the offer expires so that you can make sure to take advantage while it’s available.

Holidaycottages.co.uk | Browse here

Holidaycottages.co.uk offer a wide range of self-catering options, from luxurious manor houses to quirky woodland dwellings, and they occasionally have last-minute cancellations and late availability.

This means you can book a well-deserved staycation at a special rate and travel within the next six weeks.

Secret Escapes | Browse here

Save up to 60% on luxury hotels and holidays by signing up to Secret Escapes. Enjoy up to 50% off on a range of UK breaks with the time-limited offers on the site. Simply put in where you want to go and when, and Secret Escapes will show you which offers would be perfect for you.

Sykes Cottages | Browse here

With up to 20% off thousands of holidays across July and August, the Sykes Cottages Summer Sale is one not to be missed.

Trust us, you’ll thank us when you’re sitting in the middle of the countryside, G&T in hand, enjoying the view in a month’s time.

Forest Holidays | Browse here

If you’re keen to immerse yourself in nature for a while, Forest Holidays are offering a special low deposit deal where you can secure your cabin for just £25. There’s no discount code required, simply book a break and they’ll deduct the discount at the checkout.

The offer ends on 31 August and applies to holidays over 12 weeks away, which is brilliant for anyone unable to get time off over the summer.