Two North West tourist hotspots named among the most relaxing places in the UK

And you don't have to travel far from Manchester at all to find them.

Danny Jones Danny Jones - 13th August 2023

A recent poll has named two beloved North West tourist destinations among the most relaxing places in the UK and you’ll get absolutely no arguments from us.

We’re sure that it’ll come as little surprise to you either that both the Lake District and the Peak District have made the top 10 and since you can get to both in a little over a hour or even less by car, they’ll make the perfect place to enjoy a weekend break or a few days off this year.

The survey carried out by Sykes Holiday Cottages took data from 2,000 British holidaymakers, 29% of which believe that UK trips are less stressful than abroad due to the shorter travel distances and being able to use English pounds rather than exchanging currency, among various other reasons.

While 22% said that they find foreign holidays more relaxing, six in ten said they prefer places that speak the same language and we all know you don’t need to spend a fortune jetting off somewhere exotic to enjoy a good holiday.

The top 10 most relaxing places in the UK

Simultaneously Cumbria’s quaintest and most popular tourist destination, if you’ve spent even a little bit of time there you’ll know exactly why the Lake District was always going to be on this list.


The same goes for the Peak District as well, as although much of it lies in Derbyshire, the portions that stretch into Cheshire and our very own Greater Manchester — such as the high reaches of Alderley Edge and Saddleworth — are some of the most picturesque places in the country.

Here’s the list in full:

  1. Cornwall
  2. Lake District
  3. Scottish Highlands
  4. Yorkshire Dales
  5. Dorset
  6. Norfolk
  7. Cotswolds
  8. Isle of Wight
  9. Peak District
  10. Snowdonia

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With three of Britain’s most popular walks also being named within these nearby relaxing staycation spots and just down the road from Manchester, it’s all the more reason to enjoy these scenic spots when you need a break from the every day of city living or suburban life.

Graham Donoghue, chief exec of Sykes Holiday Cottages, said: “Holidays are a time to reset and take some much-needed respite from our day-to-day pressures.

“With shorter travel times, avoiding airport check-in queues, and no language barriers to contend with, it is no surprise that our research has found staycations to be more relaxing than a holiday abroad.


“There is such an abundance of fantastic locations to explore across the UK, staycationers can enjoy a wealth of stress-free holiday experiences to relax and recharge.” You know what, you’re right, Graham — we’re off to book a few days for ourselves.

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