The list of the top 25 most chilled out staycation locations in the UK has been revealed.

Camper rental company PaulCamper identified the most stress-free locations with the Gloucestershire town of Cirencester earning the top spot.

Bourton-on-the-Water in Gloucestershire came second with Tunbridge Wells, Kent in third place.

Big hitters like Southampton, Exeter, Canterbury, Oxford, Cambridge and Dover all made the list, but didn’t get into the top 10.

PaulCamper analysed a number of factors including tourist figures, green space, average rainfall and Covid cases.

Steven Hagenah, UK Country Lead for PaulCamper, said: “Staycations are bigger than ever, and after so long stuck indoors and juggling video calls, social media and TV streaming, there’s no better time to hit the open road, and explore the great outdoors.

Echo: Cirencester was ranked as the most stress-free location (Malc McDonald/Geograph)Cirencester was ranked as the most stress-free location (Malc McDonald/Geograph)

“Plus, with the kids going back to school right now is the perfect time for grown-ups to get away and chill out.

 “These stress-free locations offer the best opportunity to truly unwind, de-stress and enjoy the peace and rejuvenating effects of clean air, green spaces, low traffic and feeling safe.”

Here’s the full list.

What are the top 25 most stress-free UK staycation locations?

  1. Cirencester, Gloucestershire
  2. Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire
  3. Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent
  4. Rye, East Sussex
  5. Aviemore, Highland
  6. Bicester, Oxfordshire
  7. Whitby, Yorkshire
  8. Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
  9. Maidstone, Kent
  10. Southampton, Hampshire
  11. Canterbury, Kent
  12. Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
  13. Poole, Dorset
  14. Warwick, Warwickshire
  15. Inverness, Highland
  16. Exeter, Devon
  17. Hastings, East Sussex
  18. Watford, Hertfordshire
  19. Torquay, Devon
  20. Winchester, Hampshire
  21. Oxford, Oxfordshire
  22. St Ives, Cornwall
  23. Dover, Kent
  24. Salisbury, Wiltshire
  25. Windsor, Essex


Echo: Bourton-on-the-Water came second on the list (Colin Smith/Geograph)Bourton-on-the-Water came second on the list (Colin Smith/Geograph)

There were also certain stress-free factors that individual locations ranked best in:

Least populated - Mallaig, Highland

Fewer tourists - Cirencester, Gloucestershire

Happiest - Aviemore, Highland

Fewest cars on the road - Winchester, Hampshire

Clean air - Edinburgh, Scotland

Great parks and gardens - Oxford, Oxfordshire

Least rain - Maidstone, Kent

Least humid - Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire

Low Covid cases - Rye, East Sussex

Low crime rates - St Ives, Cornwall