Global stars choose UK for breaks

From Wales to Windemere - International celebrities are choosing UK breaks. They used to hide away in exclusive hangouts and major cities around the world - but now it seems international celebrities are increasingly holidaying here in the UK. And while London remains the nation’s most likely place for a good star spot, new research by Post Office(R) Travel Services shows that an increasing number of celebrities from the worlds of film, TV and music are choosing to holiday in all manner of UK destinations.

High profile UK residents such Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow and Sir Paul McCartney regularly holiday in the British Isles - while US mega stars such as Jennifer Aniston, Justin Timberlake and Tom Cruise are also attracted to the delights of the United Kingdom.

Harrison Ford also make the most of what the British Isles have to offer.

  The top 10 UK celeb spot locations, according to the Post
  Office(R), are:

  1) London - Claridges, The Dorchester, Covent Garden Hotel  


Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Kylie Minogue      

  2) The Cotswolds - Barnsley House  

Jennifer Aniston, Sir Paul McCartney, Brad Pitt          
3) Cornwall - St Mawes, Rock  

Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Claudia Schiffer            
4) Wales - Bryn Howel Hotel, Llangollen, Browns Hotel

Harrison Ford and Calista , Flockhart, Bill Clinton, Liz Taylor

5) Surrey - Pennyhill Park Hotel, Bagshot    

Cameron Diaz, Jack Black
6) Somerset, Babington House

Johnny Depp, Jack Nicholson
7) Manchester, Lowry Hotel

Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel  

8) Edinburgh - Point Hotel

Kylie Minogue, Matt Groening    

  9) Belfast - The Culloden, Hatfield House  

Tim Robbins, Bill Murray, Colin Farrell, Michael Palin

  10) The Lake District, Windermere, Samling

Nicole Kidman, David and Victoria Beckham

And these celebrities aren’t alone in choosing the UK as a holiday destination: research by the Post Offic shows that over three quarters of people in the UK are planning a domestic holiday over the next 12 months.

Of those planning a UK holiday, 39 per cent said it’s because there are so many great things to do here. Just under 30 per cent feel it is less hassle to holiday here than abroad - and a further 19 per cent choose the UK because “it’s cheaper”.