North Yorkshire - the UK's staycation capital

Posted 20/06/2018 by: Reeds Rains

Beach houses on Scarborough beach hut

New research has named four North Yorkshire towns in the top 10 most popular for a UK staycation.

The trend for Brits to stay on UK shores, rather than travelling abroad for their holidays, is on the rise according to Sykes Holiday Cottages, who analysed 2017 booking data.

The coastal towns of Whitby, Filey, Scarborough and Pickering were amongst the 10 most popular locations. 

Graham Donoghue, chief executive of Sykes Holiday Cottages, said:

"Those living in Yorkshire and the Humber have open countryside and the famous North York Moors up their sleeve, so the area is proving a popular hotspot with staycationers.

"It's impressive that so many of Yorkshire's seaside towns have made the list and it's a great vote of confidence in the region's hospitality.

"This staycation boom is also good news for the region economically too. Raising the profile of the region's success will only help to inspire more people to explore its towns and villages."

Those looking to buy property for the purpose of renting out as a holiday let will do well to consider these popular North Yorkshire towns...


With its rugged coastline, spectacular cliffs and fishing port charm, Whitby has long been a major tourist hotspot. The town boasts a heritage coastline, historic swing bridge, Grade II listed East and West piers and of course Whitby Abbey, a setting for Bram Stoker's Dracula.

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The popular coastal town is constantly regenerating itself. Scarborough's 11th century castle separates the seafront into two bays. The south bay offers the harbour, sandy beach, amusements and Spa complex. The north bay has traditionally been more peaceful with Peasholm Park, the Sea Life Centre, Miniature Railway and the recently re-opened Open Air Theatre. The north and south bays are linked by the marine drive, an extensive Victorian promenade.

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A market town and gateway to the North York Moors with bustling independent shops and markets, and a plethora of popular tourist destinations on its doorstep. 

See all properties for sale in Pickering, listed by Reeds Rains Malton.


Located north of Bridlington on the North Yorks coast, Filey is a little off the beaten track compared to Whitby and Scarborough. The small, quiet town is full of beautiful Edwardian architecture, and a beach covered in soft golden sands. Nature lovers will return again and again to nearby Flamborough Head to see thousands of nesting and diving seabirds.

See all properties for sale in Filey, listed by Reeds Rains Scarborough.