Airbnb unveils 10 UK vacation spots that are popular with Britons for the summer

Airbnb shared the top 10 emerging UK destinations that have been hitting Brits for the summer vacation, including Pembrokeshire, Gloucestershire and Devon

A family enjoys a trip to the beach

Holidays in the UK are back on the cards as lockdown restrictions start to ease, and Airbnb has just served as a great dose of inspiration for those planning a stay.

The vacation rental platform has revealed the 10 hottest destinations Britons have searched for for summer vacations, and these aren’t necessarily the hot spots you’d expect.

For example, while there are places in Devon and Cornwall on the list, instead of St Ives or Torquay, you will find lesser-known places that are bursting with charm.

The main emerging destination according to Airbnb has been Saint Clears in Pembrokeshire, which has sparked renewed interest from Britons planning trips during the summer months.

We take a look at the full top 10 list below and why these destinations are worth being on your radar ….

1. Saint Clears, Pembrokeshire

Laugharne Castle near St. Clears


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This picturesque town in the Welsh countryside has charming pubs and shops, and can be an ideal base for those planning to do a lot of exploring. There are a few historic castles in the area – Laugharne Castle is a highlight – not to mention the town is less than half an hour’s drive from the coast, including Llansteffan Beach and Pendine Sands.

2. Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire


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If you’re looking to make the most of the great outdoors and stroll beyond your local park, the Forest of Dean is a must visit.

Picture-perfect woods are teeming with great walking and biking trails, fascinating rock formations, and many brilliant attractions ranging from the Forest of Dean Railroad to the Clearwell Caves. Ideal for families of intrepid explorers!

3. Clovelly, Devon

A view of Clovelly Harbor in Devon


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This charming historic fishing village has winding cobblestone streets, stretches of beach and an old fishing port. Located right next to a 400-foot-high cliff, you won’t find any cars here – just donkeys and sleds. There is plenty to do in the area, whether you are looking for a hike along the Devon Coastal Path or want to hit the beautiful beaches of Devon, from Saunton Sands to Woolacombe.

4. Bosham, Sussex

The sun sets over Bosham in West Sussex


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If you are looking for picturesque views then this coastal village is up to the job. From sunsets over Bosham Quay to scenic walks on neighboring Thorney Island, there’s plenty of opportunity to take in the scenery.

A hub for sailing, the harbor is always teeming with boats and yachts, not to mention the many bars and restaurants nearby if you need to replenish your energy after a day of exploring.

5. Valley of the Primroses, Yorkshire

Vacationers head to Filey Bay in Primrose Valley

The Primrose Valley Holiday Park never fails to be a hit with visitors, offering facilities including a bar and restaurant, two indoor pools with slides, an outdoor pool and a large boating lake where you can enjoy many activities. ranging from fishing to pedal boat rides. There are also many beaches nearby, including the sandy Filey Beach or the scenic Reighton Sands. (You can find out more about the park on ).

6. Mullion, Cornwall

The view from the Mullion Cove coastal path


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Located on the Lizard Peninsula, Mullion is surrounded by breathtaking coastal walks and perfect sandy beaches, not to mention that you also have highlights such as the Mullion Cliffs Nature Reserve and Kynance Cove to explore. As for Mullion itself, expect plenty of water sports facilities, bars and restaurants, and a wide range of holiday accommodation to suit all budgets.

7. Cawsand, Cornwall

A view of the villages of Cawsand and Kingsand in Cornwall



The twin villages of Cawsand and Kingsand have everything you need for a fun family vacation. There are plenty of budget breaks, shops and places to eat, including a few quintessentially British pubs. There’s Cawsand Beach with its pebbly shoreline and rock pools for kids, water sports for thrill seekers, and a number of local attractions for day trips including Mount Edgcumbe House and grounds.

8. Noss Mayo, Devon

Sheep pasture overlooking the sea near Noss Mayo


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With its rugged coastline and location on the southern shore of the Yealm Estuary, this small village is a bird watcher’s paradise thanks to the flocks of migratory birds found there. There are also many hiking trails in the area, including the Revelstoke Drive and Noss Mayo Walk which includes both these coastal views and some picturesque forests, leading into the village of Noss Mayo itself.

9. Saunton, Devon

Saunton has a beautiful beach

If a day at the beach is the key to your vacation then you might want to book a trip to Saunton Sands in Devon.

This large, spacious beach has golden sands and waters suitable for swimming, not to mention the UNESCO-listed Braunton Burrows as a backdrop. The beach has a lot of amenities including restrooms, shops, and a range of food stores. Oh, and one for Robbie Williams fans – the beach was the location of the Angels music video!

10. Eastern Wittering, Sussex

East Wittering is located east of Chichester Harbor


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East Wittering tends to be a bit quieter than its western counterpart, in part because its beach is pebble rather than sand, so it’s better suited for those planning a stroll rather than a lazy day in the sun.

Families can often be seen flying kites along the shore, while surfers tackle the waves in the background. There are stretches of sand dunes, but if it’s a full sandy beach you’re looking for then you’re only a stones throw from West Wittering where golden shores await.

Travel rules

Self-contained accommodation has reopened in Wales, although you can only travel with members of your own household.

The same rules will apply in England from April 12 – again, traveling with members of your own household or support bubble.

However, it should be noted that you are bound by the restrictions of the country you live in – for example, some holiday parks in Wales currently only accommodate Welsh residents.

Always check the latest guidelines before planning, booking or going on a trip.

Where do you plan to go on vacation this summer? Let us know in the comments below.

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