With the UK experiencing one of the hottest summers for years, plenty of destinations are set to be tourist hot spots this summer. In our latest news release, we list the top ten staycation hotspots and some of the hidden gem branches to be discovered including St Mawgans village tea room and Post office in Cornwall to Caldey Island Post office in Wales.
Here’s a rundown of some of the staycation hot spots:
- Cornwall: Cornwall is famous for cream teas, so where more perfect to visit than St Mawgans village tea room and Post Office? There are homemade scones, fresh jam and cream on offer, and while you’re relaxing in the picturesque gardens, why not write a post card and send back to family and friends back home? They’ll wish they were there!
- Scotland: Visiting the Highlands and islands of Scotland? Try visiting Cairngorms National Park, where there’s a Post Office with some royal connections. The branch based in the Craithie visitor centre is just a stone’s throw away from the Royal Family’s Balmoral Estate – so why not pick up some handy guides and perhaps pocket a few stamps with the ‘Queen’s head’ design to commemorate your visit? Travelling further afield? Isle Ornsay Post Office is in an idyllic location on the Isle of Skye - with rolling fields as a backdrop, this branch isn’t to be missed, with a wonderful café offering tasty treats.
- London: Almost a third (31 per cent) of those questioned by Post Office Travel Insurance in 2016 said they were planning a city break in the UK and London is clearly the most popular choice. London also boasts five of the 10 most visited cultural landmarks in Europe. The Tower of London and Big Ben headed a list of the 20 most visited heritage attractions by respondents, along with Buckingham Palace (5th), the Houses of Parliament (6th) and St Paul’s Cathedral (10th). Amongst all of these famous landmarks are an array of our branches, including Mayfair where you may want to pop in and check your bank balance is healthy before hitting the exclusive shops.
- Yorkshire: If you happen to be staying in or around Yorkshire, you may find yourself wandering the Moors in search of a cash point before heading to the local pub to sample the local delicacies. Why not let the Post Office come to you? We have a number of mobile post offices that visit rural and remote locations – our Scarborough mobile van is driven by the friendly Gill Mitchell, who will be able to give you some great tips about places to visit.
- Devon: Ashburton Post Office includes a local library inside, so for those bookworms who love a good read on holiday, why not check out a book to take with you on those afternoon picnics - and you can even pay that bill you may have forgotten about in all the chaos of packing for your holiday!
- Wales: Caldey Island Post office can only by accessed by passenger boat – but it is well worth the trip. Located in a 12th century monastery, and including a museum, this branch offers the chance to explore some history in a beautiful tranquil location. The present name of Caldey is of Norse origin, meaning either ‘Island of the Spring’ (kelda/ey), implying that Viking sailors may have used the island as a source of fresh water, or - as held by some scholars - the less appealing ‘Cold Island’ (kaldr/ey) – although in this sunny weather, that’s hard to imagine! The branch is also close to the popular Tenby beach in Wales, so you can enjoy a paddle afterwards if you’re feeling brave.
- Lake District: After a souvenir of the Lake District pounds? Just off Lake Windermere is Bowness-on-Windermere Post Office which is one of 14 exchange points across the Lake District.
- Dorset: Dorset is home to wonderful golden beaches, Jurassic coastline and the beautiful Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. Boscombe East Post Office is not far from these attractions, with fresh sandwiches and slushies to keep the kids hydrated and cool. In addition, nearby Hengistbury Post Office sells buckets, spades and inflatables (including blow-up lobsters and stringrays!) - all the supplies needed for a family day at the beach.
- Norfolk: Bergh Apton Post Office, aside from providing Post Office services, also has a beautiful garden centre and restaurant, serving fresh home grown produce. If you need a souvenir to take home to the kids after a romantic break away in the countryside, Sheringham Post Office and toy shop is full of cuddly goodies to keep them entertained.
- Blackpool: Looking for a stick of rock or a colourful Blackpool tower memento? North shore Post Office is just off the pier in Blackpool and open until 10pm even on a Sunday. Need to top up your mobile phone too to text some pictures of the family braving the rollercoasters at Blackpool Pleasure Beach? Then you can do that in the branch too.