Best UK Easter Holidays

Still not sorted your Easter holiday 2013? Take a look at our best UK Easter holidays and rediscover the joys of the classic English countryside. We’ve even done the legwork and checked out last-minute accommodation for you!

Cornwall

With its mild climate, spectacular landscape, and miles of beachside coastline, Cornwall is the ultimate place to connect with nature.

Things to Do
A trip on two wheels is one perfect way to explore the beautiful Cornwall coast. Why not hire a bike at Padstow and travel along the 18-mile Camel Trail? As one of the most popular recreational trails in the UK, this disused railway line winds through some of Cornwall’s most beautiful scenery, coastal paths and countryside destinations including Camel Valley Vineyard, Bodmin and Wenford Railway, Lanhydrock House and Prideaux Place. Perfect for family outings, the trail is completely vehicle-free and virtually level all the way, making it a favorite for joggers, horse-riders and birdwatchers in addition to cyclists.

Last-Minute Easter Accommodation
YHA Golant is a Georgian house set within a few acres of garden overlooking the Fowey estuary. Nearby you can visit the Eden Project, The Lost Gardens of Heligan or explore some of the hiking trails around Bodmin Moor. So grab your family or a bunch of friends because still available are private 6-bed rooms for €20.72 per person, per night.

Alternatively Porthtowan Backpackers is located less than 300 yards from the beach and there are private 6-bed rooms over the Easter weekend at €24.64pppn.

For a more studenty, surfer vibe, head to Newquay. St Christopher’s Inn – Newquay has plenty of dorms available, including a female only dorm. There’s lovely sunny terrace, a lively bar with live music and you can find a surf school is next door. Dorms from €24.64pppn.

The Lake District


A favorite for lovers of English literature, the Lake District is often associated with the writings of both William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. It is equally perfect for those who are keen on some quality mountain hikes and freshwater fishing.

Things to Do
With more than 3,500 kilometres of beautiful tracks and trails in addition to sixteen lakes and numerous tarns, you will never be at a loss for things to do in the great outdoors. It’s a good idea to stay around the central Windermere area, from which you can take a lake cruise on a beautifully restored steamer boat. Literature buffs will also love the World of Beatrix Potter attraction with its magical indoor recreation of 23 Tales, from Peter Rabbit to Jemima Puddle-duck.

Last-Minute Easter Accommodation
Overlooking the Esthwaite Water, YHA Hawkshead is housed in a grade II listed Regency building. Guests can enjoy home-cooked food and local ales in the hostel’s restaurant and there are plenty of mountain biking and hiking opportunities on your doorstep. Single sex dorms available €20.63pppn.

For private rooms, Kendal Hostel is an attractive Georgian townhouse situated only 300m from the city centre. Six-bed private rooms available €23.38pppn.

Whitby

Aside from its sandy beach, museums, traditional pubs and tea rooms, Whitby is a prime locale for terror-seekers, being fictional home to the original vampire – Dracula himself (for those thinking of Edward Cullen, shame on you!)

Thing to Do
You simply cannot visit Whitby without making every effort to be scared half to death. It just wouldn’t do Dracula justice. Keeping this in mind, your first stop should be at the ruins of Whitby Abbey which, being located a foreboding 199 steps above Whitby Harbour, provided an inspiration for Bram Stoker’s gothic masterpiece novel. Follow this up by participating in an organized Whitby Walk headed up by a storyteller dressed in full character costume (ghost walks for those who can handle it or a heritage town tour if you’ve already reached your terror threshold).

Last-Minute Easter Accommodation
For female travellers, the YHA Whitby is situated right on the headland next to the famous Abbey ruins. It has pool tables, table football, a bar and restaurant. Female-only 6 bed dorms available from €28.20pppn.

Bath

Being equally attractive to Jane Austen fans and Roman history buffs, the entire city of Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Things to Do
First up, make sure you pay visit to the 2000-year-old Roman Baths – a beautifully-preserved temple and bathing complex surrounding Britain’s only natural hot spring. While you’re here, don’t forget to pop by the adjoining Grand Pump Room for a spot of afternoon tea at the 18th century social (and gossip!) heart of the city. Next up for literature buffs is a trip to the Jane Austen Centre, with its organized Austen walking tours and museum tribute to the famous eighteenth century author. For those who are keen on coming back after Bank Holiday weekend is over, you could also head to the 2010 Jane Austen Festival held here from Friday 17th to Saturday 25th September!

Last-Minute Easter Accommodation
Situated close to station in the heart of Bath, St Christopher’s Inn is above a nice local pub. Private rooms and dorms are still available throughout the weekend from €30.95pppn. Find another Bath youth hostel with availability.

Oxford


Known as the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’, Oxford’s timeworn buildings and hushed courtyards have inspired generations of authors and intellectuals…it also just happens to be the site of Harry Potter’s Hogwarts school.

Things to Do
With the new academic year not starting until October, the August Bank Weekend is a great time to explore Oxford University. Drawing thousands of tourists every year, this is the oldest surviving university in the English-speaking world, with evidence of teaching dating back as far as the 11th century. Considering how truly massive the campus here is, your best bet is to sign up for an official walking tour of Oxford. Make sure you don’t miss Christ Church, which is considered the largest and most important college, having produced thirteen British prime ministers and been used in the filming of both Harry Potter and The Golden Compass.

Last-Minute Easter Accommodation
There are a range of Oxford hostel still available over the Bank Holiday weekend. For something cheap and cheerful, why not check out Central Backpackers Oxford. Located in the centre of town, they offer a free breakfast, card swipe entry to rooms, a roof terrace complete with BBQ and access to nearby tennis courts. Dorms from €22.35pppn.

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Thanks to Luke Andrew Scowan Photography, seier+seier, markhillary, jriro2000, Shawn Hargreaves and Arenamontanus for the images off Flickr!

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