THOUSANDS of Brits are heading off on a staycation over Easter, as UK holidays remain a popular option for families.
Airbnb has revealed the top destinations that people are booking up over the Easter hols, to give you some inspiration on where you might like to go.
And it might come as a surprise to hear that neither Cornwall or Devon made the list.
We’ve got the top 10 destinations Brits are visiting during the holidays.
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Prestatyn, Denbighshire, Wales
Taking the top spot was Prestatyn in Wales – a seaside town in the north of the country.
Right on the coast, Prestatyn is a perfect spot for taking long walks on the beach, grabbing some fish and chips and sunbathing.
The Welsh hotspot has seen the biggest rise in Brits searching for UK staycations on Airbnb.
Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, Wales
A Welsh destination also came in second place – Carmarthen in Camarthenshire.
Carmarthen has been a market town since Roman time and its modern indoor market runs six days a week and draws huge crowds.
Beyond the market, the town is full of independent shops, art galleries and vintage shops.
Aintree, Merseyside, England
Taking bronze was Aintree in Merseyside, coming in top for English destinations.
Aintree is known for its race course, but there’s a lot more to do than just watch the horses.
The town has shopping, pubs and walks along the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, making for a very peaceful staycation.
It’s also just five miles from Liverpool so it’s easy to take a day trip into the city.
Sheffield City Centre, South Yorkshire, England
Sheffield has a huge amount to offer Brits who want to take a UK holiday.
The city has gone from being an industrial powerhouse to a rising star on the UK’s arts and culture scene, with a host of galleries, theatres and museums.
Sheffield also has countless restaurants, pubs and shops to keep you entertained.
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Balloch, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland
Balloch is the first Scottish destination to make it onto the list.
The village is sat on the south west shores of Loch Lomond so there are plenty of beautiful walks along the lake.
It’s just an hour from Glasgow and has excellent transport links so it’s easy to pop to the nearby city if you fancy a day trip.
Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England
Chipping Norton is the highest town in Oxfordshire with stunning countryside views.
The town is known for its antique shops and regular market, and has lots of choice of restaurants and bars.
Chipping Norton is a great base for exploring further afield as it’s right on the edge of the Cotswolds, lying between Oxford and Stratford upon Avon.
Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
Dunbar is the second and final Scottish destination to make the top 10 list.
The town is on the North Sea coast and is around 30 miles east of Edinburgh.
Dunbar is famous for its art and has a free interactive art trail which is a perfect way of seeing the town.
As well as art, Dunbar is packed full of independent shops and historic buildings.
Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, Wales
Merthyr Tydfil is the third and final Welsh destination on Airbnb’s list.
The town is about 23 miles north of Cardiff so it’s a great spot to have some peace and quiet while still being fairly near to a city.
If you like walking then this is a perfect choice as the town has a host of valleys and hills with beautiful views.
And once you’ve finished, there’s loads of restaurants, pubs and cafes to grab a drink and a meal.
Lowestoft, Suffolk, England
Lowestoft in Suffolk came in at number nine on the list and is the northernmost part of The Suffolk Coast.
It is also famously the most easterly town in the UK and is the first place to see the sunrise.
The town is a popular choice for families as there is plenty to do, with two piers, a wildlife park, museums and a theatre.
It’s even home to the Pleasurewood Hills theme park – perfect for thrill seekers.
Thirsk, North Yorkshire, England
Rounding out the top 10 list was Thirsk in North Yorkshire.
The town is sat midway between the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales so it’s a great choice if you want to strap your walking boots on and set off on foot.
The historic town has a cobbled market square full of independent shops, restaurants and pubs.
Amanda Cupples, general manager for northern Europe at Airbnb, said: “The nation is set to enjoy the first Easter weekend without Covid restrictions in two years, and it’s great to see Brits are exploring up-and-coming areas of the UK to make the most of it.
“The top trending destination list provides ample inspiration for those looking to get away and explore a new place over the long weekend.
“By visiting these local destinations, Brits are supporting local economies and communities, and for those based in these destinations who are considering letting their home on Airbnb, now is a great time to sign up.”
By Josie Klein
Source: The Sun