Top three prettiest UK towns for a staycation holiday revealed – just in time for a winter getaway | The Sun

THE top three prettiest UK towns have been revealed for an autumnal or winter getaway perfect "for everyone".

Ranking number one on the list was "gem" Salcombe, Devon while Oban in Argyll & Bute came in close at second.


The areas – which all boast gorgeous scenery – all appeared the most in Instagram hashtags, proving they really are picture perfect.

A spokesperson for the research said: “To locals and visitors alike, it’s no surprise that Salcombe places first.

“With its picturesque harbour, abundance of independent shops, and surrounding countryside, Salcombe is perfectly placed to offer something for everyone."

The location has garnered 300,000 hashtags on Instagram as Brits flock to the area for its natural beauty and quaint charm.

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If wildlife enthusiasts are searching for a holiday destination, Oban could provide the perfect staycation spot.

In western Scotland, the seaside town offers various opportunities for animal spotting and is home to some of the most elusive UK wildlife, according to researchers.

“You might be lucky enough to see basking sharks, dolphins, or even whales on one of the town’s ocean safari boat tours," They added.

Porpoises and seals can also spotted while visiting the coastal town.

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In third place was Buxton, a spa town sitting on the edge of the Peak District.

Luxurious thermal spas surrounded by the rolling hills of the countryside attract visitors all year round.

If music is your passion, there is even an opera house fringed by busy cafes, restaurants and bars, perfect for a night on the town.

The spokesperson said: "For those wishing to brave the chill and venture into the stunning Peak District countryside, nearby Poole’s Cavern with its ancient limestone formations is well worth the trip.”

Prettiest staycation destinations in the UK

  1. Salcombe, Devon
  2. Oban, Argyll & Bute
  3. Buxton, Derbyshire
  4. Tobermory, Isle of Mull
  5. Frome, Somerset
  6. Malton, North Yorkshire
  7. Ambleside, Cumbria
  8. Cirencester, Gloucestershire
  9. Ripon, North Yorkshire
  10. Portrush, County Antrim

The data used to narrow down the top 10 list was taken from Instagram and analysed by researchers from End of Tenancy Cleaning.

Research revealed two spots in North Yorkshire made the top 10, Malton and Ripon.

Spots in Gloucestershire, Somerset and Cumbria also featured on the list, while Portrush in County Antrim came in last.

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