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Holidays in the UK is a blog and travel guide dedicated to the best of British holiday attractions. From our guides to the best hotels in the UK to ideas for things to see and do on your UK holiday - our site aims to promote everything that's great about holidays in the UK and help you plan your UK holiday. Whether you're holidaying in the UK from overseas or just planning on staying in the UK for your annual holiday we hope to inspire you to see past the cliché's and explore the best of the British Isles! Find out more about us...

There can be few more legendary British institutions than the humble bed and breakfast hotel, or ‘B&B’ as it’s more commonly known. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, British B&Bs were a rich source of material for old-fashioned comedians who based their jokes around a mythical seaside B&B landlady who was invariably portrayed as a joyless old battle-axe, as demonstrated by this classic joke told by Chic Murray:

I knocked on the door at this Bed & Breakfast and a lady stuck her head out of the window and said: “What do you want”?
I said, “I want to stay here”.
She said, “Well stay there, then.” and shut the window.

Times really have changed. The vast majority of modern British Bed and Breakfasts is a far cry from the stereotypical hell-hole with hard beds, rising damp and inedible breakfasts so beloved of end-of-the-pier jokesters. For holidaymakers in the UK seeking a comfortable and budget-friendly alternative to a hotel, today’s B&B is a blessing. These privately-owned and often family-run guest houses offer all the comforts of home along with friendly, personal service, decent rooms and a good dollop of useful local knowledge which can be a boon if you’re visiting an area of Britain for the first time and want to know which are the best restaurants, attractions and places to visit nearby.

The other great benefit of choosing a British Bed and Breakfast hotel for your holiday accommodation is the abundance of choice available. No matter where you are in Britain you should have no difficulty in finding a great B&B. Of course, all of the UK’s best and most popular seaside resorts have plenty of B&Bs, but head inland and you’ll still have an overwhelming choice of Bed and Breakfast accommodation from the Highlands of Scotland to the Norfolk Broads.

The transformation of the Great British Bead and Breakfast hotel in recent years has seen a rise in the standards of every aspect of this popular holiday accommodation. Beautifully decorated en-suite rooms with all mod cons are now the exception rather than the rule, and whilst the hearty Full-English breakfast is still the mainstay and most popular option of morning repasts for the majority of B&B guests, most guest houses now offer a choice of breakfast fare that far surpasses the ‘take it or leave it’ fry-up of days gone by.

It’s no real surprise, then, that Britain can proudly boast a number of award-winning bed and breakfast hotels. Each year for the last two decades, the Automobile Association has held the prestigious AA Bed and Breakfast Awards, selecting only the B&B that they judge the very best in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales to win this coveted prize, along with two additional categories for the ‘Funkiest Bed and Breakfast of the Year’ and the ‘Friendliest Bed and Breakfast of the Year’.

Whether your idea of a perfect holiday in the UK involves a stay in the countryside, at the seaside or even in the city, whether you’re looking for perfect relaxation or outdoor adventure, your perfect choice of bed and breakfast accommodation is just around the corner. Offering something to suit every taste and budget and suitable for singles, couples, families and even pets, the Great British B&B can be an excellent and cost-effective alternative to a traditional hotel at any time of year and will continue to be a much-loved British institution for many years to come.

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Rooms for the Knight: The UK’s Best Castle Stays

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The city of Southampton makes for an ideal getaway for anyone looking to kick back and relax. With a history that goes back to the Stone Age, Southampton is the perfect place to explore the rich cultural heritage that characterises the south of England. Museums, art galleries, medieval walls and gates, vast expanses of greenery, […]

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No Capital Expenditure – London’s Best Free Attractions

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Back in the day, Dick Whittington was attracted to London on the premise that the city’s streets were ‘paved with gold’. That was a few centuries ago. Today, London’s visitors are probably more inclined to believe that they need wallets lined with gold in order to appreciate all that the city has to offer. Not […]

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8 of the UK’s Best Summer Food Festivals

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You only have to turn on the TV any night of the week and witness the endless procession of popular cookery shows to realise just how much the British love their food and anything associated with it. Food is the new rock ‘n’ roll; that can be the only explanation as to why food festivals […]

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The UK is renowned for its abundance of popular coastal holiday resorts, which offer fun and relaxation for all the family. Britain’s best-loved seaside resorts seem to share many of the same qualities: they grew popular in Victorian times; they feature an amusement park for kids, a long strip of penny arcades, fish and chip […]

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Ever-spiralling foreign travel costs and a faltering UK economy have done their bit to popularise the ‘staycation’, which not only gives the average holidaymaker more pennies to play with but also benefits the environment as we collectively reduce our carbon footprints by holidaying in the UK.

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A Brief Guide to the Delightful Resorts of Dorset

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For holidays in the UK that combine the best of England’s rural beauty, historic monuments and landmarks and a choice of coastal resorts ranging from the traditional and fun-packed to the tranquil and relaxing, the county of Dorset in southwest England is difficult to beat.

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The UK’s 10 Most Photographed Sights & Attractions

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The UK boasts a huge number of world-class attractions that, unsurprisingly, get photographed by tourists thousands of times a day. In 2011, London came top of the list of the world’s most photographed cities in a study carried out by photo agency Alamy, and the rest of the UK also boasts some amazingly photographic landmarks. […]

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Birmingham Is Hobbit-Forming: Exploring The City’s Links With J.R.R. Tolkien

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One would think, judging by the hyperbole and publicity surrounding native-Kiwi director Peter Jackson’s hugely successful film adaptations of Tolkien’s masterpieces Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, that the author’s only possible inspiration for The Shire, and Middle Earth in general must be the majestic mountains, forests and plains of New Zealand. Not so.

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10 Movies Which Make You Proud To Be British

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Unlike the Americans, the British are not always so keen to create unashamedly patriotic films that inspire pride in the viewers. However, there are a few gems that have been made over the years, all of which will leave you feeling proud to be British, and here are 10 of the best.

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One For The Road? Historic London Pubs

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The London pub is a great tradition and one that has been established for many centuries. From old ale houses through to the modern day bar-pub hybrids with wasabi nuts on tap and a range of boutique beers, drinking holes in the Capital have seen the city through some of the best of times and […]

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Weird Names of London

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I used to walk through Little Britain every day on my way to work. Nothing at all to do with Matt Lucas, David Walliams and the hit TV show – its name reflects the fact that once upon a time the Duke of Brittany had his quarters here. It lies between Smithfield and the City; […]

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