Do people have lots of holidays where you live? Where do they go and what do they do? Read more to find out about holidays in the UK!

In the past, working people in Britain only had holidays on ‘holy’ (religious) days: Sundays, Christmas and Easter. Now most people have about four weeks’ holiday every year plus public holidays (also called ‘Bank holidays’).


British people usually have their holidays in summer, in July or August. Many working people take a two-week holiday during the summer. School children are on holiday from approximately the end of July to the start of September. A second holiday break in winter or in spring is also becoming more popular in the UK. In winter some people go skiing in Europe, and in spring, visits to cities such as Paris, Amsterdam or Barcelona are popular.


The most popular holiday locations for Brits include Spain, France, Greece and the USA. Lots of people buy a package holiday which includes flights and a hotel or an apartment. Cheap flights to warm places mean that many British people are able to spend two weeks a year relaxing in the sun abroad. Flights and package holidays are much cheaper during school term time and the British government is worried that some young people are missing school to go on holiday. Parents who take their child on holiday during term time can now pay a fine of up to 100 pounds.

UK holidays

British people also like to go on holiday in the UK: in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales. Warm weather and sun are not guaranteed in the UK of course! What can young British people do on a UK holiday? Here are a few examples – Alton Towers, in Staffordshire, is one of the top UK theme parks. It is famous for its terrifying rides and is very popular with teenagers. You can sign up to try their new rollercoaster ride on their website. The Eden Project is an environmental project in Cornwall, in the south-west of England. It has huge domes that contain thousands of plants from all around the world. As well as plants you can also see top bands play at the Eden Project. This year the Eden Sessions at the centre included Tim Minchin, Example, Frank Turner, Chase & Status, Plan B, Blink-182, Noah And The Whale and The Vaccines.


Taking your tent or caravan to stay on a campsite is popular, especially in the south of England. Newquay, in Cornwall, on the south coast of England, is a favourite camping area for families and for teenagers. Newquay has great beaches, with good waves for surfers as well as lots of nightlife. Wild camping means you take your tent, sleeping bag, food, water (and toilet paper!) and you find a quiet place to spend the night in the countryside or hills away from roads and houses. Wild camping is legal only in some parts of Britain.

Holiday resorts

A holiday resort provides accommodation, food and entertainment for all the family. Butlin’s holiday resorts first started in the 1930s and they are still popular today. Prices are low. A seven-day July summer holiday at the Skegness Butlin’s, on the east coast in England, costs about 130 pounds per person. There’s a massive indoor swimming centre with a wave pool and waterslides at the resort. Butlin’s ‘silent disco’ where you listen to music on wireless headphones and dance to your favourite tune (everyone dances to different music!) is a big hit with teens. Other activities aimed specifically at teenagers include Wii and Xbox challenges as well as beach volleyball.

Independent holidays

Some teenagers want to spend their holidays doing something without their family. A language exchange is one way to be more independent and improve language skills. A British teenager spends a week or two in a foreign country, staying with a family who has a son or daughter of the same age and practises the local language. Later the foreign teenager visits the UK to practise their English with the British family. Summer camps can be fun too. Do it 4 Real organises camps for 10–19-year-olds in the UK where young people can do quad biking, paintballing, film making and street dancing. There’s also a ‘Future leader’ camp for 17–19-year-olds where activities include leadership skills as well as raft building, archery, climbing and survival skills.

Are you going on holiday this year?

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Are you going on holiday this year? Where would you like to go? Tell us about your plans!


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Cfvdv 15 June, 2021 - 16:46

Well, I think going on holiday is very good and I like it so much. But if the pandemic continues me and my family will not go on holiday... But if I could go on holiday I would go to some place like Italy, Germany or UK.

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Arivelde 14 June, 2021 - 15:16

I don't think so, these last few years were difficult to all the word. Just now some places are getting "normal" again. So I think that my holidays plans need to wait a while, Greece, Switzerland, Italy, UK... all of them need to wait for my arrivel! One day I'll get there, and in so many other countries arround the world.

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Xausille 8 September, 2015 - 23:40

Unfortunately, I'm not actually going anywhere this year. However, I'm looking forward to Christmas holidays because it's when I'll go to Hungary with my uncle and his wife. We're not going to get there by plane or train but by car. This kind of traveling is much cheaper so we'll also be able to afford some more shopping that I can't help being happy about that. Our route will go through Belarus, Poland and Czech Republic. I'm literally can't wait until holidays come.

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marysik434 7 September, 2015 - 22:41

I often travelled with my mother in the past and by now moment I have been in many different countries such as UK, Grecee, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Hungary and so on.
Now I haven't opportunity to travel to other countries, because, as you know, dollar and euro are very highin comparison with the ruble, also I have some family problems. But nobody can forbid me to dream about future trips! :)
As my opinion, almost all European сountries are look like each other (it's only my opinion), and so I want to visit USA very much, especially as participants of language school or change student.

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AnnaSkver2308 7 September, 2015 - 21:45

My parents like traveling, so each year we choose one country to visit. Next summer I would choose Netherlands because I want to visit the city of Amsterdam. Amsterdam - city of freedom. That says it all :)

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AnnaV 3 September, 2015 - 19:42

I would like to go to Turkey with my parents. Also, I would like to go to the country to spend more time with friends. This summer I want to read more books. Want to get ready for school, to make it easier, but also how to take more academic year.

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JenniferK 3 September, 2015 - 19:16

I'd like to go this summer in St. Petersburg. I have been already there. St. Petersburg are very beautiful. This town has a lot of different sights. I also would like to go to another country. Example, I want to go to Greece or Italy because I love the sea very much. I also want to spend the summer at the countryside because I want to walk in the fresh air and eat delicious berries.

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SweetRobin3 6 April, 2014 - 15:12

this summer i will go to Moscow but i want to go to London
it's my big dream :D

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Fatime143 13 February, 2014 - 13:00

I am going to the village in this year.Different people have different ideas of how to spend their holidays.I like spend my summer holidays in the village.I like to see the beauty of nature.I like mountains,rivers and other.I have a wonderful time there.

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monikatoto 1 October, 2013 - 17:08

My holidays were in London. It was the first time when I was in foreign country, so I love it!

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Negar1995 7 September, 2013 - 09:04

i will go to north of my country. it has a big sea and some nice jungles. i love north. but its bad that its a little crowded!

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alisia_ledia 22 August, 2013 - 14:07

Hello everybody .... Greetings from Albania
Holidays are very important for us and we must enjoy them .....
Well, this year I went in Saranda ( Jal, Borsh ) .... Guysss u have no idea what a wondeful riviera is here in Albania .... Everything is perfect including here the magnificent sea, the place, the hotels, the food and of course the people.... Having fun with your family during holidays is awsome !!!
Making new friends, swimming, playing beach volley, going to the restaurants, dancing in a schiuma party ,,,,, I just love those momentss.... :D ^_^

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IvaParker 4 August, 2013 - 16:05

Yes i went for holidays this year i went with my family and cousin everything was amazing we went to the beach and mountain :)

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AnitaTahiri 24 July, 2013 - 14:40

In this holiday I'm going to visit Durres (Albania)...I like it a lot so I'm going to to have a wonderful time...I have visited Durres for 10 times but next year probably i will go to ulcin(macedonia) because I have heard that it is amazing ...

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alisia_ledia 22 August, 2013 - 14:09

Hey Anita.... How's u ? Durresi beach is a wonderful place.... Hope u had a wonderful time there .. :)

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Vlatko234 16 July, 2013 - 17:36

Yes I'm going to Montenegro with my parents because i'm still young to go with my friends in another country.I'm looking forward to going on holiday because i like to meet a new friends.I'd like to go in Croatia later if i have a free time and then i will go in Ohrid.Ohrid is city in my country.

Sorry guys if i have a spelling faults because i'm new here and i don't speak english very well but i want to learn this language:DD

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ellen 16 July, 2013 - 09:54

Hello Everyone.
I did my rest and came back.
It is very amazing trip.
I been a lot of city.
Maybe, this holiday my it is very nice holiday.

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Toma English 3 July, 2013 - 00:34

unfortunately , I'm not going anywhere because my studies starts early and In Ramadan we won't enjoy any summer resort
My last summer holiday trip was in 2010 ,, I went to Matrouh with my family -Matrouh is a city in Egypt which is famous about being a summer resort , it's also famous for it's beautiful climate in summer -
that trip was so enjoyable ,, we went to many beaches there , I liked it alot ^_^
Also Alexandria is an amazing summer resort ,but Alex is kinda like Cairo because it's the 2nd Capital of Egypt so it's full of people ,, but it's really amazing! ^_^
We also have the north coast which is full of resorts :)
I hope you come and visit them in summer ^_^
We have also got Winter Resorts , Like Luxor , Aswan ,Sharm el-Sheikh ,etc
they are many so I can't remember lots of names right now :D
Luxor and Aswan ,beside having warm climate in winter , they have got lots of the Ancient Pharaohs monuments ^_^ Temples ,huge statues , small statues ,etc
For more monuments >> Visit the Egyptian museum in Cairo , It has got lots of monuments that you'll like it ^_^
Really if you visited Egypt you'll like it ^_^

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katka 27 June, 2013 - 12:33

Probably I will go to Wien or Prague with my family. Last summer, we were in Budapest. It was great! And I really want to go to UK, to improve my English. I m saving up for it already! :)

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Klaudija 22 June, 2013 - 21:39

I wanted to go somewhere abroad but it is not possible in this year. I will go to Rabka for the fifth time in my life. It is in my country, so in Poland.

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Irena 22 June, 2013 - 19:08

I will go on holiday in Greece.It's a beautiful country,I can't wait.I really love Greece,and I'd also love to visit UK or Germany some day.I would love to see Stonehenge.

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farahmazin 19 June, 2013 - 09:38

Yesssss i will go to UK finallyyyy after ramadan i am very excited because i will visit UK for the first time and this is my first time to travel to such a country i love UK because it has a great history and i love the old buliding too :)

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Stela.M 16 June, 2013 - 23:08

wowwwww enxhi i hope u have a great time in paris...i have never been there but i d'love to visit paris once.....BTW i'm from albania too,but tis year,different from u ,i'm not going to paris,milano,berlin etc....i'm going o saranda and vlora....two wonderful cities in albania....i'm sure u know a lot about them....i hope u have a wonderful time there...

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hayaalhams 11 June, 2013 - 10:30

in jordan we have alot of places to visit in hplidays such as dead sea and aqaba beach etc ... so if you come to jordan and have enough money i am sure you will be happy

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