Unusual Holidays and Places to Stay

Pictured above: No Man’s Fort, in between the Isle of Wight and Portsmouth

We all appreciate the good night guarantee at a Premier Inn, but sometimes we all yearn for something a little different… a unique experience with memories that will last for years.

Cue Historic UK’s directory of Britain’s weird, wonderful and totally unique places to stay! From lighthouses to old railway carriages, we’ve scoured the country for the best that eccentric Britain has to offer.

The properties listed below are a mix of bed and breakfasts, hotels and holiday cottages, and we’re always on the lookout for more. If you do have a suggestion for a unique place to stay then drop us an email via our contact us page.

Featured Places to Stay

The Shooting Lodge

The Acton Scott Estate, Acton Scott, Shropshire.

Sleeps 11. Approached by a track that winds through fields and woodland, The Shooting Lodge dates to the mid 18th century. Restored to an excellent standard, it offers a large oak framed banqueting room for relaxing and entertaining. Cottage Code: RNP.

  • Open Fire
  • Quirky
  • Pet friendly
  • 18th Century

The Old Toll House

Coalport, nr. Ironbridge, Shropshire.

Sleeps 4. Set in the heart of Ironbridge Gorge, birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, this former toll house offers the ideal base from which to explore this world famous Heritage Site. No less than 7 museums reveal the fascinating history of the site. Cottage Code: 30125.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Quirky
  • Pub nearby
  • Pet friendly
  • 18th Century

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Christ’s College Cambridge

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. CB2 3BU.

First established in 1437, Christ’s College moved to its present site and was re-founded in 1505 by Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII. An oasis of calm in the heart of the city, it now offers adults only accommodation in one of the most historic buildings in the UK.

  • 15th Century

Knights Glamping at Leeds Castle

Knights Glamping at Leeds Castle, Leeds Castle, Kent. ME17 1PL.

Experience the life of a medieval knight before battle… under the cover of canvas with a difference… this night’s accommodation comes complete with a luxurious four poster bed and crisp cotton bedding. Each tent offers stylish furnishings and your evening feast can be served from the cast iron griddle over the open fire pit.

  • 20th Century

Mingary Castle

Mingary Castle, Kilchoan, Acharacle, Ardnamurchan PH39 4LH

Lovingly renovated, the 13th century Mingary Castle stands proudly atop its own rocky outcrop above the Sound of Mull. The former seat of the Clan MacIain, it now offers just four individual suites, each with well-appointed bathrooms and four poster beds. Enjoy fine dining in unique surroundings.

  • 13th Century

The Chapel

Kilnsey, nr. Skipton, Yorkshire.

Sleeps 2. With picturesque walks from the door, this delightful former chapel is set within the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Steeped in history, it has been carefully converted to provide romantic holiday accommodation for two. Cottage Code: 30483.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Quirky
  • Pub nearby
  • Pet friendly
  • 18th Century

Queen Charlottes Orangery

Queen Charlottes Orangery, 93a Sydney Place, Bath, Somerset.

A unique place to stay in a wonderful setting. Centrally located 8 minutes stroll on the level to the historic centre, the Roman Baths and Pump Room. The Orangery was once part of the home for a period of Queen Charlotte, the wife of George III.

  • 18th Century

Wizards Thatch Luxury Suites

Wizards Thatch Luxury Suites, Alderley Edge, Cheshire, SK9 7BG.

Dating back over 400 years, Wizards Thatch features three self-contained Luxury 5 Star Suites. Ideal for a romantic break or for professionals seeking a truly unique experience, lie back and relax in one of the largest four-poster beds in Cheshire.

  • 16th Century

Yellow Sub

Yellow Sub, Albert Dock, Liverpool City Centre, Merseyside, L3 4AS.

Set in the heart of Liverpool’s historic Albert Dock area, enjoy the unique experience of a stay on this Beatles and 1960’s Mod culture themed houseboat. Filled with film and music memorabilia, this exclusive use 3 bedroomed houseboat can sleep up to 8.

  • 20th Century

The Old Lock-Up

The Old Lock Up, North End, Wirksworth, Derbyshire, DE4 4FG.

The building where prisoners once slopped out with buckets now offers the last word in luxury and elegance.

  • 19th Century

The Salty Monk

The Salty Monk, Sidford, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 9QP.

This quirkily named B&B has a fantastic historical pedigree as a former Salt House belonging to Benedictine Monks! Enjoy extremely well appointed en-suite accommodation, a 2 AA rosette restaurant offering contemporary British cuisine and an onsite spa!

  • 16th Century

Roch Castle

Roch Castle, Roch, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire.

Roch Castle is a stunning Norman castle in Wales offering guests luxury, elegance and quality. Recently restored, this thirteenth century castle offers bed and breakfast accommodation in 6 beautiful bedrooms. Private dining by arrangement.

  • 13th Century