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Stay where memories are made

The exterior of Strand House, County Antrim
The exterior of Strand House, County Antrim | © National Trust / Mike Henton

Already dreaming of your next getaway? This year leave behind the everyday and escape on a unique holiday. Rediscover your awe and wonder at the world around you as you reconnect with the special family and friends you're sharing it with.

Feel alive in ancient woodlands as you dart between the trees and watch your worries wash away with the tide from your beachside cottage. Find your adventurous side again as you kayak out to sea or explore rockpools home to thousands of fish and crabs. From medieval castles to lighthouse keeper cottages peering out to sea, lose yourself in the moment and reignite your imagination on a make-believe adventure.

Start planning your unforgettable holiday and make the time to stay curious, stay active, stay connected to the people and places where memories are made.

Take the whole family on a holiday to one of our cottages
Take the whole family on a holiday to one of our cottages | © National Trust Images / John Millar

Live like a queen, lighthouse keeper or historian

If you’ve yet to stay in a castle or a lighthouse or want to feel part of history, let your imagination run wild in spectacular places perfect for everyone. With so many extraordinary holiday cottages to choose from, each stay will give you one-of-a-kind memories to hold onto.

Immerse family and friends in the world of kings and queens with a fairy-tale stay in turreted towers, marvellous mansions and historic castles. Enjoy being the guardians of the coastline when you book a summer break in a lighthouse and discover what it’s like to be its keeper. Go back in time and re-discover a love for the Victorian, Georgian or Edwardian eras when you stay in a period home steeped in rich heritage.

With so many unique places to stay, whether you re-live the stories of their past or start making your own together, find your perfect holiday that’s a little bit different this year.

Visitors to the Farne Islands, Northumberland
Bird watching on the Farne Islands, Northumberland | © National Trust Image / John Millar

Wonder at the world

Unwind on a holiday that allows you to slow down and forget about the worries of the world. Appreciate those little moments together and experience a getaway filled with creativity, wonder and discovery.

Head outside to explore the weird and wonderful elements found within nature. Breathe in the fresh air as you take a gentle stroll across a deer park or head out along a coastal path to spot a seal or two. Have an adventure to Farne Islands for some puffin spotting or take in the stunning sounds and sights of impressive starling displays at Studland Bay.

Or, take a moment to read one of your favourite classics as you rest against a tree trunk or with your feet buried in the warm sand. Feel inspired to write something of your own after visiting Wordsworth’s house or the landscape that influenced the Beatrix Potter stories. Or, get creative with nature journals and sketchbooks as your family turn into explorers, gathering and writing about your outdoor adventures.

Coasteering at Mullion Cove, Cornwall
Dive right in to try something new or discover nature in a different way | © National Trust Images / Ben Selway

Have an adventure together

What have you been dreaming of doing but haven’t had the chance to do? Have you thought about adventure holidays across the UK? It’s the perfect holiday destination where you can take to the waves, scale mountains or cycle through leafy woodlands.

From adrenaline-packed activities to family-friendly fun, surprise yourself, family and friends as you tackle a fear, try something new or do something you haven’t done since you were a child. For those who want a gentle adventure, why not head off early to catch a sunrise over a valley or take a late evening outing to watch the sky become scattered with stars?

It’s never too late to have a unique escape away from the everyday to embrace the outdoors, cross off those bucket list wishes and experience nature in whole new way. Feel your smile reach from ear to ear when you discover that feeling good has never been this easy. Holidays aren’t just about relaxing, although there's plenty of time for that too. Holidays are also about the adventure, experience and excitement you share together.

The first double bedroom at The Slipway, Croyde, Devon

Summer holidays

If you're looking for holiday ideas for a family break, an adventure holiday with friends or a romantic retreat, find a summer break in the UK that's perfect for you.