Destination guide

A right royal time in the United Kingdom

Bid "cheerio" to the everyday and head off to the United Kingdom. Set off Europe's northwestern coast, the United Kingdom contains the countries of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Cosmopolitan London's known for its shops, dining and entertainment, while other regions offer scenic hiking, Neolithic, Roman and medieval structures, and historic castles at every turn. With everything from cheery seaside towns to bustling cities and wide swathes of preserved open space, you'll be able to find United Kingdom vacation rentals of all sorts – from thatched cottages to sleek, contemporary penthouses and everything in between.

Things to do

United Kingdom culture – from clocks to casks

From arts and culture to roller coasters and national parks, the UK's got it. You can scope world-class art and artifacts at the British Museum – and while you're in town, the Tower of London, London Zoo and the iconic Big Ben clocktower are all worth a visit. You can catch plant life at Belfast's 66-acre Botanic Gardens, or get a closer look at mining history at the South Wales Miners' Museum. Theme parks like Alton Towers are a hit with families, while the renowned whisky distilleries in Scotland and Northern Ireland are generally better suited to an older crowd.

Activities

A sport and a pastime – what to do in the United Kingdom

One thing's for sure – you'll never have a dull moment in the United Kingdom. Hiking and camping are popular in England's Lake District, Wales's Snowdonia and the Scottish Highlands, and places like Brighton and Blackpool offer plenty of beaches for swimming and sunbathing. If sightseeing's your thing, Edinburgh Castle and Buckingham Palace are definite musts, and sports fans can catch a football match at Wembley or a rugby match at the Principality Stadium. You'll find loads of entertainment, too, from the theatres of London's West End to the bars and clubs of Belfast's Victoria Square.

Weather

Grey Britain – the United Kingdom's mild maritime climate

Fog jokes aside, the United Kingdom's known worldwide for its higher-than-average number of cool, grey days – and sometimes stereotypes exist for a reason. The whole nation has an oceanic climate, with mild summers, cool-ish winters and plenty of rain and overcast days all year round. Northern Ireland and Wales are wetter and windier, while Scotland typically has the coldest weather. Freezing temperatures and snowfall are common in more northerly areas in winter, and average summer highs range from the upper teens to the low 20s. But no matter when you visit, you'll find United Kingdom vacation rentals just right for your trip.

Natural highlights

Miles of isles – the United Kingdom's stellar scenery

Between the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea, the British Isles offer scenery of all kinds. Major urban centres – like London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast – feature skylines dotted with historic buildings and sleek, modern skyscrapers. In the country, rivers and lakes abound, and you can find rolling moorland and mountain ranges in spots like England's Lake District and the Scottish Highlands; the Giant's Causeway boasts thousands of basalt rock formations from a prehistoric volcanic eruption. Ringed all around by scenic coastline, you can find loads of United Kingdom vacation rentals offering beach access or killer ocean views.

Where to stay near United Kingdom?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 94,143 holiday rentals near United Kingdom. From 28,407 Cottages to 35,181 Houses, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near United Kingdom is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in United Kingdom?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in United Kingdom. From HomeAway travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • London: 11,826 holiday rentals
  • Edinburgh: 2,143 holiday rentals
  • Central London: 6,596 holiday rentals
  • York: 791 holiday rentals
  • Covent Garden: 893 holiday rentals

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in United Kingdom! Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in United Kingdom?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in United Kingdom with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a perfect city break:

  • London: 11,826 holiday homes
  • Edinburgh: 2,143 holiday homes
  • York: 791 holiday homes
  • Isle of Skye: 379 holiday homes
  • Manchester: 628 holiday homes

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to United Kingdom?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of holiday homes near to airports. Airports with a large selection of rentals in United Kingdom are:

  • Heathrow Airport (LHR): 11,570 holiday houses
  • Glasgow Airport (GLA): 667 holiday houses
  • Manchester Airport (MAN): 755 holiday houses

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in United Kingdom?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places to visit in United Kingdom. From HomeAway travellers, the more popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Southwold Beach: 1,501 holiday rentals
  • Russell Square: 11,798 holiday rentals
  • London Paddington Station: 11,891 holiday rentals
  • Clapham Common: 3,452 holiday rentals
  • Highbury Fields: 11,812 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around United Kingdom listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday homes.

Explore destinations around United Kingdom

Scotland
10,202 holiday rentals
England
71,105 holiday rentals
Wales
10,928 holiday rentals
Northern Ireland
881 holiday rentals
Normandy
8,621 holiday rentals
Galway
771 holiday rentals
County Kerry
992 holiday rentals
County Donegal
402 holiday rentals
County Dublin
647 holiday rentals
County Mayo
302 holiday rentals
Co. Clare
596 holiday rentals
County Wexford
247 holiday rentals
Hauts-de-France
3,597 holiday rentals
Déise
105 holiday rentals
County Cork
504 holiday rentals
County Sligo
226 holiday rentals
County Meath
188 holiday rentals
County Wicklow
268 holiday rentals
County Kildare
20 holiday rentals
County Limerick
153 holiday rentals