Top 10 Family Staycation Locations & Weekend Breaks in the UK

    With the arrival of spring getting everyone excited for holidays and trips out with the family, we reveal the top 10 family staycation and weekend break locations across the UK.

    St Ives, Cornwall. Credit: Angela Pham via Unsplash

    While international travel is back on the cards, the popularity of family staycations shows no sign of slowing down.

    In fact, searches for ‘family breaks UK’ have increased by +175% in the last 12 months. So, with the first edition of its Family Staycation Index, comparethemarket have revealed the the top spots to take your family this Easter, May half-term and summer holiday.

    Family Staycations: The UK’s Top 10 Spots

    The Family Staycation Index features the top places to visit in the UK in 2022, from Windsor to Cornwall.

    The index highlights the best locations for family breaks by looking at a variety of factors including types of accommodation, food, entertainment, healthcare facilities, green space and beaches, along with the cost of an average meal. Discover the top 10 family staycation and UK family weekend break spots below.

    The Top 10 Destinations for a Family Staycation

    Windsor. Credit: Simon Hurry via Unsplash

    Windsor and Maidenhead come out on top for family staycations due to the museums, entertainment opportunities and healthcare facilities.

    Families love the area because there’s so much to do with kids – Windsor Castle, Legoland and the Windsor & Royal Borough Museum to name just a few.

    Port Isaac, Cornwall. Credit: Greg Willson via Unsplash

    In second place is beautiful Cornwall with a total of 142 beaches, making it an ideal summer staycation, whether you want to swim (Perranporth is renowned for its sandy dunes) or surf (Trevone is a favourite for catching waves).

    Cambridge. Credit: Jean Luc Benazet via Unsplash

    Also included in the list were charming Cambridge – where you can explore museums and punt on its canals – the Isle of Wight, perfect for families to enjoy cycling, swimming and castle visits among countless beaches and seafront promenades, and the historic streets and cafe culture of Oxford.

    Alex Hasty, director at, explains the importance of making sure you have the right insurance in place if you’re planning a trip with your family this year: “Even if you’re not travelling abroad, it’s still just as important to take out travel insurance.

    “This will help keep you and your family covered in case of unforeseen circumstances such as losing your items or them being stolen to give a peace of mind while you’re away from home”.

    See the full list below:

    1. Windsor
    2. Cornwall
    3. St Albans
    4. Cambridge
    5. Stirling
    6. Hastings
    7. Winchester
    8. Isle of Wight
    9. Oxford
    10. Warwick

    The factors analysed included the number of museums per 1,000 people in each location via Which Museum, the estimated number of businesses that provide accommodation and food services per 1000 people, entertainment and recreation opportunities, green space and the number of beaches.

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