Great British Breaks – holidays, short stays, city breaks and cruises in the UK

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In times like these, many of us are thinking about holidays much closer to home for the foreseeable future. Here’s our selection of holidays in the UK, from narrowboats on canals, to cottages in Cumbria, forest cabins in Cornwall, train journeys in Scotland and weekends in Wales. You can also find out about UK coastal cruising and seacations by clicking here.

This is the time when a holiday in United Kingdom comes into its own! Just take a look to find some seriously good options: self-catering and activities aplenty, hotel stays, coastal and canal cruises. We all know that fabulous weather and continual sunshine cannot be guaranteed, however there is so much to do, it really doesn’t matter! And a Great British quality is to make the very best of it – who has not taken a picnic onto a windy beach or walked in the forest in a chilly August day? Somehow an ice cream, fish and chips or afternoon tea taste so much better after a bit of real weather. And in colder months, a log fire just adds to the cosy atmosphere.

So read on to find out just how many interesting holidays you can take. Look out for the *, it shows the company offers permanent special offers to members of the Silver Travel Club, there’s more information at the very end.

Forest Holidays
Sally's Cottages

Self-catering breaks in the UK

Many of you really like a self-catering property: for the ultimate in freedom, a holiday where you make your own decisions, day by day, as to how you spend your time.

Headwater
Saga Holidays

Activity holidays in the UK and Ireland

There are those who flop and drop on holiday and then there are those who like to be doing. And of course, a combination of both, can be the way to go as well. There are holidays for practically everything – walking, photography and cycling are all well-known favourites. Now you can try singing, T’ai chi, art appreciation, ballroom, Latin and folk dancing, crafting, it really is all out there! Staying in comfortable accommodation, with a group who share your interests, and a welcoming atmosphere, it’s a super way to spend your holiday and maybe learn new skills or brush up some old ones.

  • Adagio

    Gentle ambles around the British Isles and the Channel Islands, interesting excursions, comfortable hotels.

    Call 01707 817318 or visit adagio.co.uk

  • Cycling for Softies

    Exceptional cycling tours in Sussex and the Cotswolds, e bikes offered. Stay in superb boutique hotels.

    Call 020 3944 8138 or visit cycling-for-softies.co.uk

  • HF Holidays

    Join a friendly group activity, music, photography, yoga, painting, walking for starters.

    Call 0345 470 8558 or visit hfholidays.co.uk

  • Intrepid Travel

    Great short breaks with walking, cycling and explorations in Scotland. Cornwall, Wales, the Peak District, Lake District and Jurassic Coast. Boutique hotel accommodation. Women-only trips.

    Call 0808 274 5111 or visit intrepidtravel.com

  • Kirker Holidays

    Take part in a fabulous music and art festival in London, a real treat!

    Call 020 7593 1899 or visit kirkerholidays.com

  • Promenades Travel

    Expert-led short breaks so those with a passion for Britain's rich past, from the Middle Ages to the First World War, can explore battlefields, castles and churches with historians and authors.

    Visit promenadestravel.com

  • Ramblers Walking Holidays

    Wonderful walking trips, suited to all abilities, stunning locations.

    Call 01707 331133 or visit ramblersholidays.co.uk

  • Saga Holidays

    Art, dancing, jazz and more! Enjoy special interest breaks around the UK.

    Call 0800 096 0084 or visit travel.saga.co.uk

  • SmoothRed

    Find the finest wines in the UK on a vineyard tour. Kent, Sussex & Devon. Whiskey in Scotland.

    Call 020 8877 4940 or visit smoothred.com

  • TDactive Holidays

    Adventure holidays in Ireland including accommodation and excursions with a local expert guide. So, all you have to do is arrange your own flights and we’ll see you there.

    Call 020 3966 5882 or visit tdactiveholidays.com
Railbookers
Great Rail Journeys

Rail holidays and train travel in the UK

It must be said that Brits do trains rather well! We have thousands of miles of track, taking you almost anywhere you might want to go. There are many speciality, historic lines and engines, which offer journeys of yesteryear. Victorian trains and carriages as well as steam locomotives offer romantic trips, with superb dining and an unforgettable atmosphere. Our suggestions are below, and we also have a special rail newsletter that you might enjoy reading. Let the train take the strain!

  • Great Rail Journeys

    With exceptional journeys to cities, gardens, ancient sites and Christmas markets.

    Call 01904 521936 or visit greatrail.com

  • Railbookers

    For independent travellers, who have a journey in mind. Get planning advice for accommodation and excursions too.

    Call 020 3327 0862 or visit railbookers.co.uk
Solos Holidays
Just You

Solo travel and single travellers in the UK

You may be daunted by the idea of taking a holiday on your own, however there are many people in just the same situation and holiday companies are keen to make sure you have a very good time! Rooms and cabins for single travellers are available on many holidays, especially those taken as an escorted tour in a group, see below. It’s an ideal way to meet like-minded people in a safe environment. Cruises offer get-togethers and dining tables for singles so you can meet others just like you. Excursion companions and dance partners are available too.

  • Just You

    Walking tours in England, join a group and enjoy our countryside on foot. Companionable days, with friendly evenings on the way.

    Call 01858 898674 or visit justyou.co.uk

  • One Traveller

    Great hotel breaks, with excursions to local sights and attractions. Perfect for a short break and first time single travel.

    Call 01760 614853 or visit onetraveller.co.uk

  • Saga Holidays for singles

    Friendly group trips to comfortable hotels, with a tour leader on hand.

    Call 0800 092 9038 or visit travel.saga.co.uk

  • Solos Holidays

    Try dinner dances, social excursions, Christmas parties, New Year balls, music weekends. You can enjoy breaks around the UK doing a huge variety of things. Group leaders accompany every trip.

    Call 0843 781 4487 or visit solosholidays.co.uk
Saga Holidays
Warner Leisure Hotels

Hotel breaks in the UK

What could be better than a short break away, staying in a lovely hotel and being pampered? Many hotels offer themed breaks, evening entertainment and plenty to do during the day. These are great places for couples, singles or groups.

Driving Miss Daisy
Revitalise Respite Holidays

Holidays with assistance & care in the UK

We all like a change of scene, a break from routine, whatever our situation. And the good news is that if you have limited mobility or need some extra care when away from home, you can go off on holiday too. Our partners below provide accommodation you can be certain will work for you, letting you have a well-deserved happy time.

Just Go! Holidays
Grand UK Holidays

Escorted tours & coach tours in the UK

Great Britain is a wonderful place to travel around by coach, whether you take a traditional trip, staying at one hotel and enjoying daily excursions, or join a small mini-bus tour, moving around the country, taking in sites along the way. Both have much to recommend them, and both offer tour managers and guides, as well as experienced drivers, so you can totally relax.

  • Alfa Travel*

    For trips offering excellent value, many pick up points and friendly hotels.

    Call 01257 248000 or visit alfatravel.co.uk

  • Coach Tourism Association

    Find a day trip, holiday or tour, leaving from near your home, with a local coach operator. Just put in your postcode to receive the details.

    Visit welovecoaches.com

  • Cosmos

    Tours across the UK and Ireland, sampling the best there is to see! You might be surprised at what you’ve missed.

    Call 0330 880 1858 or visit cosmos.co.uk

  • Find a Coach Holiday - from the Coach Tourism Association

    For local coach companies all in one place, find a day trip or longer break, leaving from somewhere near home.

    Call 01694 781283 or visit welovecoaches.com

  • Grand UK Holidays*

    Especially for those over 55, sociable and great fun. Turkey and tinsel too. Special discounts for Silver Travellers.

    Call 01603 619933 or visit grandukholidays.com

  • Jules Verne

    Small group tours, nostalgic journeys on steam trains, breath-taking scenery. Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland.

    Call 020 3733 0240 or visit vjv.com

  • Just Go! Holidays

    Partner with the National Trust and Historic Houses Association to bring you historical insights and unique visits.

    Call 08432 244 222 or visit justgoholidays.com

  • Lucketts Group - Holidays*

    Days out, holidays in the UK, group tours and private coach hire are all available along with Holidays by National Express.

    Call 0333 200 7408 or visit lucketts.co.uk

  • Omega Breaks

    Visit West End shows and the theatre, stay overnight in London. Or enjoy unique Northern Lights flights.

    Call 0330 013 0145 or visit omegabreaks.com

  • Shearings Coach Holidays

    With pick up points around England and holidays across the UK, you’ll be spoilt for choice – Scotland, Wales, the north east or south coast!

    Call 01709 249 698 or visit shearings.com

  • Titan Travel

    With door to door travel, visiting towns and cities in Britain, excursions and time to discover by yourself too.

    Call 0808 278 5121 or visit titantravel.co.uk

  • Travel Editions

    Fascinating themed short breaks across the UK, gardens, castles, historic events and even flying machines!

    Call 020 7251 0045 or visit traveleditions.co.uk

  • Travelsphere

    Tours of the Isle of Man and Scotland, including heritage rail journeys. Glorious experiences in friendly groups!

    Call 01845 415101 or visit travelsphere.co.uk
St Hilda Sea Adventures
Scenic Cruises

Boats & cruising in the UK

As an island nation, the British coastline has not only stunning beaches and important coastal cities but scores of islands dotted around its shoreline. Read more about the cruises and seacations currently available for summer and late 2021.

Our rivers and canals have always played a major part in transport, often flowing through uninterrupted, stunning countryside.


The Silver Travel Club

Members of the Silver Travel Club enjoy many excellent benefits from our partner companies, from 5% discount permanently in some cases to exclusive one-off offers in others. Sign up as a member, it’s totally free. Sign up now and you’ll be able to take advantage of these unique discounts, savings and added-value deals. See * for companies who offer permanent discounts in the above listing.



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  • ElaineHH
    6 months ago
    Over the years, I've enjoyed at least as many holidays in Britain as travel abroad. I've always been a great believer in the UK travel industry, but even I was amazed by the range of possibilities in this feature. At this time, when there are so many uncertainties around, it really is a no-brainer to explore more of the UK. Travel in all its forms is always wonderful - sometimes regardless of distances covered. I think that I'd give a particular shout-out for Oban. Not only do you see the very best of Scotland on the journey there, but it's also a stopping-off place for the islands. You don't need to leave the UK to travel over seas!
  • jillwales
    8 months ago
    Great choice here and something for everyone!!
  • TeresaBak
    8 months ago
    Spoilt for choise.