While your holidays to Europe may have been cancelled or rearranged, we look at some staycation ideas for places in the UK that may be able to replicate overseas destinations.


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Using national statistics and advice from travel experts, holiday booking platform, LateRooms.com, has revealed five equivalent destinations to Europe within England, so groups can recreate their cancelled holidays closer to home. 

Spain came out on top as the most popular foreign holiday destination for Brits, Amsterdam was the most booked city break and Australia was the most researched long-haul holiday in the past 12 months. 

So how do the equivalent destinations compare?

Amsterdam - Bristol

Travel experts identified Bristol as the UK equivalent to a weekend in the Dutch capital due to its thriving bar scene, waterways and cycle-friendly infrastructure.

Barcelona - Liverpool

Liverpool was chosen as the UK’s answer to a weekend in Barcelona due to its iconic waterfront, strong sporting pedigree, and popularity with film and television producers.


Liverpool’s waterfront is an iconic sight in the north west.

Paris - Bath

The Georgian architecture, Roman Baths and countryside setting are why Bath has been chosen as one of the best places to enjoy a city break without leaving the UK.

South of France - The Forest of Dean & Wye Valley

Brits who had summer plans to adventure in Ardeche, can still enjoy canoeing, mountain biking and hiking this autumn in the region bordering England and South Wales.

Spain - Pembrokeshire

With more than 100 beaches, Pembrokeshire has been selected as the closer equivalent to Spain’s pristine sandy beaches.

Tenby, Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire has more than 100 beaches.

Matthew Fox, CEO of LateRooms, said: “There’s no denying it, this year has been tough for travel, both home and away, and while 2020 may have stalled plans for a large portion of foreign holidays, it does not mean that you can’t still enjoy an adventurous escape right here in the UK.

“If one positive can be taken from all of the uncertainty and disruption that the travel industry has endured this year, it is that it will have allowed for British tourists to look upon their home nation with fresh eyes and discover that our island has so many possibilities for every kind of tourist.”