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The United Kingdom is small in size, but grand in stature when it comes to history.In addition to historic monuments aplenty and green and pleasant lands, the UK has some truly dramatic scenery, and is littered with charming villages. Don't let the weather put you off! Yes, it can be a bit rainy. (And windy. And occasionally snowy.) But that is all the more reason to make sure you're staying at one of the best places to stay in the United Kingdom.You'll be reassured that when the heavens open you can nip back inside somewhere comfortable/luxurious/eclectic/grand/quirky.

Being an island, the UK has a lot of beach and is rich in places to stay with dramatic sea views. Cornwall, Devon, Wales and the West coast of Scotland are popular destinations for beach holidays. Whether you are looking for a family bucket and spade holiday, the thrills and spills of water sports, solitary walks or the drama and romance of big waves and bigger skies, there is a hotel to suit you.

The UK is flush with beautiful countryside in every corner of the land. From Perthshire to the Lake District to Yorkshire, the Cotswolds, Hampshire, Cornwall and even offshore, on islands such as the Isle of Wight, the Scilly Isles and the Scottish Hebrides.

For the best places to stay in the United Kingdom either a city break in London or Edinburgh, these cities will never disappoint and are rammed with great places to stay for every budget. But don’t overlook other British cities such as Bath, Newcastle and Oxford or pretty towns like Cheltenham.

If you already know which part of the UK you want to visit skip to our regional guides:

The Best Places to Stay in the United Kingdom for Historic Highlights

  • One of the best-known hotels in London, Claridges is history itself. It's recently benefitted from a glamorous makeover, sympathetically carried out in a style befitting a grande dame.
  • If you make it up to the Lakes District you may enjoy the old fashioned, Victorian gentility of the Grange Hotel, known for its ornate decor, fine dining and spa.
  • Just a dash up from London, Oxford is a totally different world! The Randolph is an Oxford stalwart, and ideal for those who like a traditional feel full of old fashioned charm.
  • Oxford's famous rival Cambridge is just as easy to get to, and another beautiful and historic old university town. If you stay in Cambridge stay at Paddocks House. Once the country house of Lord Byron's sister, this is a historic and romantic place to lay your head. The decor -and everything else here for that matter - is luxurious, with splendid copper baths forming the centrepiece of most of the 15 rooms. They take an age to fill, but don't worry, your personal butler will do it while you have a drink in the bar.
  • Birthplace of Shakespeare, Stratford upon Avon is a great place for visitors to soak up Tudor history. And Ettington Park Hotel, a gloriously grand Neo-Gothic mansion turned country house hotel, beautiful on the outside and comfortable on the inside, is the perfect base for doing just that.
  • If you're interested in literary figures you'll not want to miss Bath, birthplace of Jane Austen and home of both the Roman Baths and some of the most graceful Georgian architecture in the world. The well-known Royal Crescent hotel is hard to beat if you are planning a treat, situated right in the middle of one of the most jaw-droppingly impressive pieces of architecture in Britain.

The Best of this 'Green and Pleasant' Land

  • Surrounded by the beauty of the Cotswolds, Calcot Manor Hotel is one of the best examples in the UK of a genuinely family-friendly hotel that also works for couples. Set in its own estate, the former farmhouse, with a courtyard of lime trees and old barns, is praised for the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff. Comfortable bedrooms, indoor pool and outdoor hot tub next to a roaring fire.
  • Buckinghamshire, or 'leafy Bucks' as those who've fallen for this county's charms, call it, has within its boundaries both notable British treasures, like Bletchley Park and Stowe Gardens, and some spectacular countryside, including the chalk escapement of the Chiltern Hills. Grand, majestic and inviting, with its beautifully landscaped parks, Hartwell House is owned by the National Trust and run as a country house hotel.
  • Cumbria's Lakes District is great for walking and relaxing. Sharrow Bay a luxury retreat with top notch cuisine and walking straight from the door. If you're looking for more luxury, try the Linthwaite House Hotel, overlooking Lake Windermere.

Treasures of the UK's Glorious Coastline

  • In Cornwall the chic Driftwood Hotel is in a glorious setting with a terrace which feels as much Cote d’Azur as Cornwall.
  • In Devon the Cary Arms is right on the beach and has an outdoor pizza oven.
  • The Harbourmaster Hotel in Aberaeron, West Wales is as colourful inside as it is out.
  • The Loch Melfort Hotel in Argyll on the West coast of Scotland is in a glorious position on Asknish Bay and next door to the National Trust Arduaine Gardens.

Still not sure which is the best place to stay in the United Kingdom for you?

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  2. refine your search to the best places to stay in England,
  3. the best places to stay in Wales,
  4. or the best places to stay in Scotland,
  5. or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.

See all » 118 hotels in Scotland

  • Caddon View 8 rooms from $69

    Peeblesshire, Borders

    A 19th century country guesthouse nestled in the village of Innerleithen. Eight individually designed rooms still retain many of their original features. Relax by the fireplace or enjoy the many outdoor pursuits. Only 30 miles from Edinburgh this is the ideal country bolt hole.

    Great walks  -  Caddon View is an excellent location for walks of all grades around Innerleithen from forest to hill walking over the Minch Moor
    Fishing  -  The River Tweed is famous for its salmon fishing but it also has an excellent run of sea trout
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
    Check prices
  • Brooks Edinburgh 46 rooms from $77

    Edinburgh

    Amazingly good value in not quite central Edinburgh. Clean, tidy, comfortable, friendly and for those on a budget a great find.

    Less £
    Sights nearby  -  Easy walk to the sights
    Check prices

See all » 107 hotels in London

  • Qbic Hotel 171 rooms from $90

    London

    Distinctive but simple, clean and modern hotel with quirky minimalist furnishings and good amenities. Appropriately arty spot from which to explore one of London's most cultured, multi-ethnic and inexpensively fashionable new areas.

    City  -  Well located in London
    Sights nearby  -  All of London's highlights are easilly accessible. Close to the trendy Brick Lane
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Quirky  -  An experience!
    Check prices
  • Church Street Hotel 31 rooms from $117

    London

    This wonderfully vibrant Mexican themed hotel is a shining light in Camberwell. Bright, cheerful rooms are full of character and thoughtful touches. Make sure you sample the to die for tapas, as well as the knockout cocktails in the Havana Lounge. A new wave of affordable and stylish hotels.

    Exclusive offer  -  London bargain
    City Style  -  A totally unqiue experience with quirky and meticulously thoughtout design, bold colours and unique charm.
    Value chic  -  Excellent value for money- top quality service, decor, cuisine and vibes for a reasonable price tag.
    Local markets  -  Borough Market on the weekend is a fantastic food heaven with stalls from all over Europe and places to catch a quick bite.
    Great walks  -  South London is full of parks, walk ways and beautiful buildings full of history.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Fodors, Good Hotel Guide
    Check prices

See all » 54 hotels in Wales

  • Hotel One Hundred 7 rooms from $63

    Cardiff

    Hotel One Hundred is a family owned and managed bed and breakfast in Cardiff City Centre. The hotel has seven clean, simple, fully en-suite bedrooms and offer a continental breakfast each morning. Great value just a short walk from all of the shops and attractions of Cardiff city centre.

    Learning  -  Ideal for guests visiting Cardiff University, Cardiff Sixth Form College, Cardiff School of Engineering.
    Sights nearby  -  The Millennium Stadium, The National Museum Of Wales
    Close to nightlife  -  In close proximity to Cardiff city centre
    Other Activities  -  Caerphilly Castle, Cardiff Castle
    Check prices
  • Llwyndu Farmhouse 7 rooms from $68

    Gwynedd

    Overlooking Cardigan Bay and at the foot of the Rhinog Mountains, Llwyndu Farmhouse is a cosy private hotel for Bed & Breakfast. The farmhouse provides comfortable accommodation in rooms full of character and quirkiness. Surrounded by natural beauty, this is ideal for the enthusiastic walker.

    Sights nearby  -  Ardudwy, north from Barmouth is rich in prehistoric and early settlements. Investigate burial chambers, forts and huts.
    Trekking  -  The Rhinogydd mountains just behind the farmhouse.
    Great walks  -  Enjoy stunning sunsets across Cardigan Bay.
    Local markets  -  Explore the nearby town of Harlech.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
    Check prices

See all » 48 hotels in Yorkshire

  • The White Horse and Griffin 10 rooms from $82

    Whitby (North Yorkshire)

    A 17th-century coaching inn, tucked beneath Whitby’s historic abbey, that creaks with character. Its ten quirkily shaped rooms mix original features with a cool, fresh look while the restaurant offers a bistro-style menu. Distinguished guests include the likes of Dickens and Captain James Cook.

    Fishing  -  The lively Whitby Harbour has seen fisherman come and go each day for centuries. Join in for a day.
    Local markets  -  Whitby Farmer's Market has a vibrant selection of local produce.
    Great walks  -  The North York Moors are all but on your doorstep.
    Sights nearby  -  Whitby Abbey is a historic must see.
    Check prices
  • The King's Head 6 rooms from $91

    Skipton, Yorkshire

    Traditional Yorkshire pub provides excellent food and accommodation. Situated in the Yorkshire Dales, this award-winning pub boasts recently renovated rooms with picturesque views, a guest library and a delicious modern British menu. A welcoming countryside retreat.

    Bar  -  Voted one of Britain's Best Pubs by Sunday Times
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Check prices

See all » 44 hotels in The Cotswolds

  • Cowley Manor

    nr Cheltenham, The Cotswolds

    A contemporary-chic manor house set on 55 beautiful acres, in the Cotswold countryside. Trendy rooms mix the best of both worlds, with original sash windows, high ceilings and fireplaces mixed with sleek handmade modern furnishings and bold colour combos. A sophisticated, fun country escape.

    Spa  -  Wide range of treatments using Green & Spring products.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor and indoor heated pools.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Great walks  -  55 acres of parkland surround the proerty with natural springs, lakes, and Victorian cascades.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet, Kiwi Collection, Small Luxury Hotels
    Check prices
  • The King's Arms 6 rooms from $111

    Didmarton, Gloucestershire

    The King's Arms is a traditional 17th century coaching inn in the heart of the Cotswolds. Stylish rooms with feature walls of George Stubbs paintings, antique furniture, four posters & cosy sheepskin rugs. Or cottages for groups or families. Great British pub food, real ale and excellent value too!

    Value chic  -  At the King's Arms stylish rooms which can be had for as little as £75 per night B&B.
    Local exploring  -  Ideal if you want to explore the wider Cotswolds.
    Sights nearby  -  A wide range of places to visit close by including Badminton House, Highgrove House and Westonbirt Arboretum
    Great walks  -  The Cotswolds is great walking country and there are many routes close by the King's Arms
    Check prices

See all » 41 hotels in Cornwall

  • Treverbyn House 3 rooms from $98

    Padstow, Cornwall

    Under the same ownership for over 20 years, Treverbyn House is a well oiled machine. With just three rooms, each individually decorated with exposed wood floors, antique furnishings, fireplaces and impressive views. A famous Full English is served. The property is a short walk from Padstow Harbour.

    Surfing  -  Cornwall has the best surf beaches in the country. Harlyn Surf School caters for beginners and improvers.
    Local markets  -  Padstow Harbour, a traditional fishing town, is worth a wander.
    Sailing  -  Daily boat trips run from Padstow to Rock.
    Full of character
    Check prices
  • Artist Residence 23 rooms from $98

    Cornwall

    Eclectic hotel whose unique rooms have mural works by local artists, flat screen TVs; en-suites have free standing tubs and eco-friendly products. Breakfast room-come-gallery has recycled furniture and plenty of art. Walking distance to buzzy cafes and pubs. Chic, colourful and authentic.

    Active Holiday  -  Don your wetsuit and hit the waves, followed by a blustery coastal walk, bike ride and back for a hearty nights sleep
    Foodies  -  Nearby cookery schools offer foraging courses, and the town is peppered with lovely organic meat and produce shops
    Sights nearby  -  Fairytale island castle of St Michael’s Mount
    Surfing  -  At Sennen Cove where everything can be hired
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays
    Check prices

See all » 40 hotels in Devon

  • The Seagate 10 rooms from $104

    Appledore, Devon

    With views of the charming fishing village this 17th century inn is a great family stay. The decor hints at its nautical location with light palettes, blue stripes and cushions, as well as exposed beams and extra beds. The menu's emphasis is on fresh local fish, complemented with fine wines.

    Sailing  -  Whether for purpose or pleasure you can book a boat trip with 'Appledore Leisure Cruise and Fishing Trips'
    Great walks  -  Traverse part of the South West Coastal Path.
    Sights nearby  -  Powderham Castle is worth a visit.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Check prices
  • Kilbury Manor 5 rooms from $111

    Buckfastleigh, Devon

    A 7th century listed cottage situated to the south of Dartmoor National Park. Friendly, comfortable B&B with a beautiful garden. Large rooms with stylish decor - a mix of traditional and contemporary. Two are situated in the converted barn. The perfect place to relax and unwind.

    Country Escape  -  Proper country living - experience life in a true English rural idyll
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
    Check prices

See all » 118 hotels in Scotland

  • Caddon View 8 rooms from $69

    Peeblesshire, Borders

    A 19th century country guesthouse nestled in the village of Innerleithen. Eight individually designed rooms still retain many of their original features. Relax by the fireplace or enjoy the many outdoor pursuits. Only 30 miles from Edinburgh this is the ideal country bolt hole.

    Great walks  -  Caddon View is an excellent location for walks of all grades around Innerleithen from forest to hill walking over the Minch Moor
    Fishing  -  The River Tweed is famous for its salmon fishing but it also has an excellent run of sea trout
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
    Check prices
  • Brooks Edinburgh 46 rooms from $77

    Edinburgh

    Amazingly good value in not quite central Edinburgh. Clean, tidy, comfortable, friendly and for those on a budget a great find.

    Less £
    Sights nearby  -  Easy walk to the sights
    Check prices

See all » 107 hotels in London

  • Qbic Hotel 171 rooms from $90

    London

    Distinctive but simple, clean and modern hotel with quirky minimalist furnishings and good amenities. Appropriately arty spot from which to explore one of London's most cultured, multi-ethnic and inexpensively fashionable new areas.

    City  -  Well located in London
    Sights nearby  -  All of London's highlights are easilly accessible. Close to the trendy Brick Lane
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Quirky  -  An experience!
    Check prices
  • Church Street Hotel 31 rooms from $117

    London

    This wonderfully vibrant Mexican themed hotel is a shining light in Camberwell. Bright, cheerful rooms are full of character and thoughtful touches. Make sure you sample the to die for tapas, as well as the knockout cocktails in the Havana Lounge. A new wave of affordable and stylish hotels.

    Exclusive offer  -  London bargain
    City Style  -  A totally unqiue experience with quirky and meticulously thoughtout design, bold colours and unique charm.
    Value chic  -  Excellent value for money- top quality service, decor, cuisine and vibes for a reasonable price tag.
    Local markets  -  Borough Market on the weekend is a fantastic food heaven with stalls from all over Europe and places to catch a quick bite.
    Great walks  -  South London is full of parks, walk ways and beautiful buildings full of history.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Fodors, Good Hotel Guide
    Check prices

See all » 54 hotels in Wales

  • Hotel One Hundred 7 rooms from $63

    Cardiff

    Hotel One Hundred is a family owned and managed bed and breakfast in Cardiff City Centre. The hotel has seven clean, simple, fully en-suite bedrooms and offer a continental breakfast each morning. Great value just a short walk from all of the shops and attractions of Cardiff city centre.

    Learning  -  Ideal for guests visiting Cardiff University, Cardiff Sixth Form College, Cardiff School of Engineering.
    Sights nearby  -  The Millennium Stadium, The National Museum Of Wales
    Close to nightlife  -  In close proximity to Cardiff city centre
    Other Activities  -  Caerphilly Castle, Cardiff Castle
    Check prices
  • Llwyndu Farmhouse 7 rooms from $68

    Gwynedd

    Overlooking Cardigan Bay and at the foot of the Rhinog Mountains, Llwyndu Farmhouse is a cosy private hotel for Bed & Breakfast. The farmhouse provides comfortable accommodation in rooms full of character and quirkiness. Surrounded by natural beauty, this is ideal for the enthusiastic walker.

    Sights nearby  -  Ardudwy, north from Barmouth is rich in prehistoric and early settlements. Investigate burial chambers, forts and huts.
    Trekking  -  The Rhinogydd mountains just behind the farmhouse.
    Great walks  -  Enjoy stunning sunsets across Cardigan Bay.
    Local markets  -  Explore the nearby town of Harlech.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
    Check prices

See all » 48 hotels in Yorkshire

  • The White Horse and Griffin 10 rooms from $82

    Whitby (North Yorkshire)

    A 17th-century coaching inn, tucked beneath Whitby’s historic abbey, that creaks with character. Its ten quirkily shaped rooms mix original features with a cool, fresh look while the restaurant offers a bistro-style menu. Distinguished guests include the likes of Dickens and Captain James Cook.

    Fishing  -  The lively Whitby Harbour has seen fisherman come and go each day for centuries. Join in for a day.
    Local markets  -  Whitby Farmer's Market has a vibrant selection of local produce.
    Great walks  -  The North York Moors are all but on your doorstep.
    Sights nearby  -  Whitby Abbey is a historic must see.
    Check prices
  • The King's Head 6 rooms from $91

    Skipton, Yorkshire

    Traditional Yorkshire pub provides excellent food and accommodation. Situated in the Yorkshire Dales, this award-winning pub boasts recently renovated rooms with picturesque views, a guest library and a delicious modern British menu. A welcoming countryside retreat.

    Bar  -  Voted one of Britain's Best Pubs by Sunday Times
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Check prices

See all » 44 hotels in The Cotswolds

  • Cowley Manor

    nr Cheltenham, The Cotswolds

    A contemporary-chic manor house set on 55 beautiful acres, in the Cotswold countryside. Trendy rooms mix the best of both worlds, with original sash windows, high ceilings and fireplaces mixed with sleek handmade modern furnishings and bold colour combos. A sophisticated, fun country escape.

    Spa  -  Wide range of treatments using Green & Spring products.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor and indoor heated pools.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Great walks  -  55 acres of parkland surround the proerty with natural springs, lakes, and Victorian cascades.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet, Kiwi Collection, Small Luxury Hotels
    Check prices
  • The King's Arms 6 rooms from $111

    Didmarton, Gloucestershire

    The King's Arms is a traditional 17th century coaching inn in the heart of the Cotswolds. Stylish rooms with feature walls of George Stubbs paintings, antique furniture, four posters & cosy sheepskin rugs. Or cottages for groups or families. Great British pub food, real ale and excellent value too!

    Value chic  -  At the King's Arms stylish rooms which can be had for as little as £75 per night B&B.
    Local exploring  -  Ideal if you want to explore the wider Cotswolds.
    Sights nearby  -  A wide range of places to visit close by including Badminton House, Highgrove House and Westonbirt Arboretum
    Great walks  -  The Cotswolds is great walking country and there are many routes close by the King's Arms
    Check prices

See all » 41 hotels in Cornwall

  • Treverbyn House 3 rooms from $98

    Padstow, Cornwall

    Under the same ownership for over 20 years, Treverbyn House is a well oiled machine. With just three rooms, each individually decorated with exposed wood floors, antique furnishings, fireplaces and impressive views. A famous Full English is served. The property is a short walk from Padstow Harbour.

    Surfing  -  Cornwall has the best surf beaches in the country. Harlyn Surf School caters for beginners and improvers.
    Local markets  -  Padstow Harbour, a traditional fishing town, is worth a wander.
    Sailing  -  Daily boat trips run from Padstow to Rock.
    Full of character
    Check prices
  • Artist Residence 23 rooms from $98

    Cornwall

    Eclectic hotel whose unique rooms have mural works by local artists, flat screen TVs; en-suites have free standing tubs and eco-friendly products. Breakfast room-come-gallery has recycled furniture and plenty of art. Walking distance to buzzy cafes and pubs. Chic, colourful and authentic.

    Active Holiday  -  Don your wetsuit and hit the waves, followed by a blustery coastal walk, bike ride and back for a hearty nights sleep
    Foodies  -  Nearby cookery schools offer foraging courses, and the town is peppered with lovely organic meat and produce shops
    Sights nearby  -  Fairytale island castle of St Michael’s Mount
    Surfing  -  At Sennen Cove where everything can be hired
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays
    Check prices

See all » 40 hotels in Devon

  • The Seagate 10 rooms from $104

    Appledore, Devon

    With views of the charming fishing village this 17th century inn is a great family stay. The decor hints at its nautical location with light palettes, blue stripes and cushions, as well as exposed beams and extra beds. The menu's emphasis is on fresh local fish, complemented with fine wines.

    Sailing  -  Whether for purpose or pleasure you can book a boat trip with 'Appledore Leisure Cruise and Fishing Trips'
    Great walks  -  Traverse part of the South West Coastal Path.
    Sights nearby  -  Powderham Castle is worth a visit.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Check prices
  • Kilbury Manor 5 rooms from $111

    Buckfastleigh, Devon

    A 7th century listed cottage situated to the south of Dartmoor National Park. Friendly, comfortable B&B with a beautiful garden. Large rooms with stylish decor - a mix of traditional and contemporary. Two are situated in the converted barn. The perfect place to relax and unwind.

    Country Escape  -  Proper country living - experience life in a true English rural idyll
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
    Check prices