11 Unusual Places To Stay in the UK

Despite being such a tiny island country in the UK we have such a huge wealth of diverse and exciting places to visit on our holidays or weekends away.

As staycations are become increasingly popular and it being a lot less hassle to travel just a few hours up the road, it’s really easy to have a fun, quirky, or relaxing holiday just by visiting another park of the UK.

So let’s move away from the generic hotels and boring B&Bs and let’s seek out the unusual places to stay in the UK.

Because travel is too short-lived to worry about the mundane. Yep.

11 Unusual Places To Stay In The UK

Converted Pullman CarriagesRailway HotelThe Old Railway Station Hotel Sussex

1. The Old Railway Station – Petworth, West Sussex 

This one is definitely for the train geeks like myself and is top of my unusual places to stay in the UK.

All of the guest rooms at The Old Railway Station hotel are in converted Edwardian train carriages, all situated at an old railway station built in 1892.

The waiting room is now the guest lounge and the platform makes for the summer breakfast area. It sounds delightful!

Petworth is a beautiful quiet village and the seaside is just a 30 minute drive away.

The Old Railway Station – * Book here *

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2. Titanic Houseboat – Liverpool

Unlike its namesake, this boat is thankfully still floating.

The Titanic houseboat is a modern and unusual way to enjoy your time in Liverpool. You hire the whole boat and it sleeps up to 9 people.

It’s moored right in the centre of Liverpool dock so you’re right in the middle of the city and all that is has to offer.

Titanic Houseboat * Book here *

Ettington Park Hotel WarwickshireEttington-Park

3. Ettington Park Hotel – Alderminster, Warwickshire

Ettington Park Hotel is a luxury gothic hotel situated in 40 acres of woodland. This hotel looks both sumptuous and inviting.

Apparently, this hotel is haunted which would make this super fun to visit at Halloween.

But if you’d like to go any other time of year there is plenty of activities to enjoy at the hotel or you can drive 10 minutes down the road to Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Ettington Park Hotel * Book here *


4. The Little Hide – York

Because glamping is here to stay. The Little Hide is a luxury, adults-only pod-style campsite just outside the beautiful city of York.

Go old-school and hire one of their bell tents, or choose one of the wooden huts for some home comforts in a camping setting.

All options include beds and bedding so you just rock up with your essentials and enjoy the fresh air of Yorkshire.

The Little Hide * Book here *

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5. Star Castle – Isles of Scilly

The thought of staying in a castle is pretty exciting as it is. Heading over to the Isles of Scilly, just off the South coast of Cornwall is equally exciting.

But this castle is the shape of a star! Yes, these things are important.

Star Castle is a 16th-century castle now converted into a family-run hotel complete with swimming pool, tennis courts and free golf.

Oh, and it’s dog-friendly so you can bring your pooch.

Star Castle * Book here *

Bressay Lighthouse ShetlandBressay Lighthouse

6. Bressay Lighthouse – Shetland

Quite possibly one of the most remote places you can stay in the United Kingdom, the Bressay Lighthouse has two self-catering cottages and each sleeps 6 people.

The Shetlands Islands offer a unique place to visit off the coast of Scotland. With an abundance of wildlife and miles of coastline the islands are great for walkers.

With the local population being outnumbered by birds, it would be a fascinating place to stay.

Bressay Lighthouse * Book here *

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7. Spring Park – Launceston, Cornwall

A small but perfectly formed quirky holiday campsite featuring a collection of vintage caravans (wagons) and a couple of huts (barns).

This family-run business offers personal service, high attention to detail and all in a beautiful  rustic setting in Cornwall.

This is definitely one for the style and vintage lovers out there.

Spring Park * Book here *

majestic-bus-herefordshireMajestic Bus Herefordshire Border

8. The Majestic Bus – Herefordshire

A lovingly converted 1960s Bedford Panorama bus that sleeps up to 4 people (you’re welcome to bring others with their own tent to pitch outside).

The Majestic bus is a quirky as it gets, with a cosy interior featuring a wood burner, and a purpose built bathroom just outside including a roll top bath.

It’s located 5 miles away from the Hay-on-Wye (famed for its literary festival) and set in unspoilt countryside. A great getaway just on the border of England and Wales.

The Majestic Bus * Book here *

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9. Malmaison Hotel – Oxford

Fancy staying in an old prison? Formerly a Victorian prison, the Malmaison in Oxford is now a luxury 4 star hotel. Some of the original features such as the cell doors have been retained.

Of course, staying in historic Oxford is a charming city break location, all with the quirks of staying somewhere unusual.

Malmaison Oxford * Book here *

Rye Windmill BBInside Rye Windmill

10. Rye Windmill Bed and Breakfast – Rye, East Sussex

A grade II listed windmill and one of the most famous landmarks in Rye.

Situated on the river and close to all that is quaint and perfectly English in East Sussex, this windmill is … well, it’s a windmill! Who wouldn’t want to stay in a windmill?!

Apart from the novelty aspect, this is a four-star B&B so you will be well looked after and can enjoy a well-deserved break.

Rye Windmill * Book here *

the ruin landmark trustthe ruin north yorkshire

11. The Ruin, Grewelthorpe

Why not staying in amongst the ruins of a Georgian folly and Romanesque ruin?

The Ruin is part of the landmark trust properties and is a cosy spot just for 2. It’s perched high up on a steep ledge so you’ll get incredible views across North Yorkshire.

The Ruin * Book here*

Phew! What a list of interesting and unusual places to stay in the UK. I’ve had so much fun researching this list that I now have an increased wanderlust to explore my country even more,

If anything I hope this list inspires you to look beyond your usual chain hotel of choice (not knocking them though, we do love those too) and find somewhere a little more ‘ooooh’ to stay on your next UK outing.

Happy travels!


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  1. We went to a wedding at Ettington House – isn’t it stunning? We stayed overnight since we’d come down from Glasgow for it. And were blown away by the architecture, gardens and general interior design. What a pity I had a raging cold at the time and had to forgo the swimming pool!

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