With a four-day weekend to spend with family and friends, the Easter holidays are a great opportunity to get away and recharge. However, rather than spending time and money on a long haul flight to an exotic destination, this year why not plan a staycation and enjoy Britain in all its springtime glory instead. Here are 19 of the best Easter family holiday spots to visit in the UK.
Best for: Relaxing amidst the beauty of nature.
Norfolk, with its fantastic nature reserves and beautiful coastline, is a top destination to visit this Easter. Enjoy the network of waterways that make up the Broads or enjoy a stroll along one of its many sandy beaches. For some seasonal fun, head to Blickling Hall near Aylsham. Here you’ll find one of the most impressive daffodil displays in the whole of the UK.
2. West Sussex
Best for: A spot of Easter sunshine.
Sussex is well known for being one of the sunniest regions in the UK. This, and the fact that it boasts both a beautiful coastline and the South Downs National Park, makes it a great place to visit if you’re looking to escape into nature this Easter.
3. Lake District
Best for: Relaxing rambles in one of the most beautiful parts of the UK.
The Lake District is certainly one of the UK’s most loved National Parks and is remarkably beautiful in spring and a top place to go at Easter. From the lambs bounding about in the fields to the new growth on the trees, the entire area is alive and abuzz with new beginnings during the spring months.
Best for: A culture-filled Easter break.
The lovely city of York is brimming with Easter activities, making it an excellent destination for the four-day weekend. As well as enjoying the fresh spring air while strolling around the city, you can also take part in one of the great events happening throughout the city’s Easter Festival.
Best for: Sun, sand and sea this Easter.
If you’re the type who likes to be beside the seaside, then head off on a coastal jaunt this Easter to the stunning county of Cornwall. With a milder climate, breathtaking coastline and over 300 beaches, this is a beach lover’s paradise. From refreshing rambles along the coast to Easter egg hunts on the beach, you’ll have the perfect family adventure in Cornwall this Easter.
Best for: A bustling Easter break in the big city.
England’s bustling capital is the ideal destination for the Easter holidays. With plenty to see and do in and around London, you’ll find your staycation packed with fun family adventure. Take the kids to see the fresh plants and blossoms at Kew Gardens or else observe a traditional Easter service at the magnificent St Paul’s Cathedral.
Best for: Getting out into the great outdoors this Easter.
If you’re a bit of an outdoor junkie, then head to Wales’ famous national park, Snowdonia, this Easter for a spot of hiking, climbing, white water rafting or mountain biking. March and April are a great time to visit the park, as the weather is picking up and the snow and ice will be disappearing from the mountains.
Best for: An atmospheric Easter.
Gather up the family and take them on an Easter road trip up North, to the magical castle city of Edinburgh. Easter is the perfect time to visit Scotland’s stunning capital. The weather is beginning to get less arctic and the plants and trees in the city are coming back to life.
Best for: An Easter holiday all the family will love.
Easily accessible from London, the county of Kent makes for a great Easter break. The region is brimming with lovely countryside, beautiful castles and plenty of Easter activities guaranteed to keep the whole family happy and entertained. At the famous Sissinghurst Castle Gardens, you’ll find an annual Cadbury Easter egg trail which the kids will absolutely love.
10. The Highlands
Best for: A wild and windswept Easter holiday.
If you’re craving a remote and rugged Easter this year, then head off to the Scottish Highlands. Surrounded by swatches of stunning countryside, you’ll be able to lose yourself in the beauty of nature and forget about the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Spend your days exploring the local area and the evenings cosied up with your loved ones, playing a spot of Scrabble.
11. The Cotswolds
Best for: A quaint countryside Easter.
One of the most beautiful areas of the UK, the picture-perfect Cotswolds is especially gorgeous around Easter time. Spend the school holidays getting out and exploring the lovely local landscape. After just a few days of refreshing rambles and clean country air, you’ll be feeling as happy and relaxed as can be.
Best for: A traditional Easter celebration.
The capital of Northern Ireland, there’s plenty to see and do in Belfast no matter what time of year, but Easter is particularly special here. Join the annual Easter celebrations which take place in Victoria Square and take part in the biggest indoor Easter egg hunt in Belfast at the Belfast Cathedral.
13. The Peak District
Best for: Stunning springtime scenery.
If nature is your thing, then head to the lovely Peak District this Easter for some countryside fun. Home to an array of breathtaking landscapes, as well as picturesque villages and stately homes, this is the perfect spot for a quiet family Easter holiday.
Best for: A cosy Easter getaway.
Characterised by picturesque landscapes, quaint stone towns and friendly locals, the stunning county of Yorkshire is one of the UK’s best-kept secrets. Head ‘up North’ this Easter for relaxing countryside walks, cosy traditional pubs and plenty of fun local Easter events.
Best for: An Easter escape for all ages and interests.
Filled with elegant architecture, cosy cafes and boutique shops, the beautiful city of Bath is the perfect spot to spend the Easter weekend. With an array of museums and galleries in the city, as well as some great theme parks nearby, there’s plenty to do here no matter what the weather!
Best for: Delicious local food and drink.
Famous for its stunning coastline, twee seaside villages and delicious local produce, the county of Devon is a great option if you’re planning a seaside staycation this Easter.
17. Isle of Wight
Best for: A magical Easter adventure.
Escape to the island this Easter for the getaway of a lifetime. Renowned for its dramatic cliffs, pristine sandy beaches, pastoral farmland and old-fashioned little fishing villages, the Isle of Wight looks like it stepped straight out of a fairytale.
Best for: A seaside adventure this spring.
Home to an array of incredible countryside scenery, Pembrokeshire is the ultimate spot for nature lovers this Easter. Surrounded by the ocean on three sides, you’ll find plenty of beautiful beaches and miles upon miles of rugged coastline to explore here this spring.
Best for: Easter fun for all the family.
The county of Cheddar cheese, delicious strawberries and refreshing cider is a great spot to visit during the Easter holidays. As well as delicious food and friendly locals, you’ll also find plenty of Easter events happening throughout Somerset, one of our favourites being the annual Easter egg trail around the station at the East Somerset Railway.