The best UK fishing holidays

There’s no need to grab the passport and head abroad fishing – Britain has lots of places to take a break in 2024

by Aidan Bordiuk |
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It's that time of year when we begin dreaming of better weather and a much needed summer holiday! When we’re fed up with the cold and wet, warmer climes overseas are appealing. But with money still tight, have you ever thought about staying in the UK and combining your trip away with a spot of fishing?

The British fishing holiday business is buoyant, offering everything from lakeside lodges to boats, and meeting the needs of the everyday pleasure angler right through to the hardened carper.

There are no border checkpoints, no passports needed, no delayed flights. Jump in the car and within a few hours you’ll be there, with a whole world of fishing to explore!

There are some breathtaking places to fish in the UK, like Loch Lomond.

Parkdean Resorts

The real giant of the British holiday park scene, Parkdean have dozens of locations around the UK, most of which are in coastal settings, offering the opportunity of both coarse and sea fishing! With Over 66 locations throughout the UK there is sure to be one that will appeal to you and your family.

The majority of locations have places to eat, bars, entertainment and activities to ensure your stay is never boring, even when you've retired from the lakes for the day. Even the dog won't have to miss out, as many destinations are pet friendly too!

White Acres Holiday Park
Price: From £32 per night

Perhaps the most famous Parkdean site is White Acres in Cornwall, which has welcomed tens of thousands of anglers through its doors since opening in the 1990s. With fish-packed lakes and great on-site facilities, it was designed firmly with anglers in mind.

There is plenty of entertainment and things to do for you and your family during the evening. Those who prefer a bit of competition with their angling can enjoy regular resident matches and earn some bragging rights at the bar and restaurant afterwards.


  • Exceptional fishing on offer.
  • Plenty of lakes to choose from.
  • Well stocked tackle shop.
  • Evening entertainment.
  • Bar and restaurant onsite.
  • Close to Newquay and other coastal towns and beaches.
  • Clean, safe surroundings.
  • Accommodation is spacious and well laid out.


  • Bar and facilities can get busy during peak season and fishing festivals.

Price: From £42 per night

If you are looking for a family holiday with fishing for you and activities for your partner or kids, then Warmwell is the perfect resort. It caters for everyone, allowing you to fish as much as you like without the rest of the family getting bored!

On-site, there are two well stocked lakes with plenty of carp to 30lb and lots of other species like roach, bream and big perch. The lakes are prolific, so you should get plenty of action, making Warmwell a great place to introduce people to fishing. Well designed platforms and swims ensure everyone is safe and comfortable during their session, too.

For the non anglers there are plenty of activities to get up to such as the ski slope, virtual reality arcade, gym, golf, climbing walls and water activities. The choice is endless and is sure to give you plenty of time alone on the bank, should you want it.


  • Well stocked lakes onsite.
  • Carp up to 30lbs and plenty of other species.
  • Tackle shop.
  • Lots of activities to do for kids.
  • Dog friendly, woof park included.
  • Bar and restaurant.
  • Close proximity to Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove on the Jurassic Coastline.
  • Weymouth centre a few miles away.


  • Not for the anglers who prefer solitude.

Price: From £38 per night

Parkdean Southview resort has two lakes filled with a mixture of coarse species, whether you're a novice or seasoned angler, bites will not be hard to come by here. There are plenty of activities and places to eat as well as loads of other day ticket fisheries within close proximity should you want to try somewhere different during your stay.


  • Fishing onsite.
  • Prolific lakes.
  • Dy ticket venues nearby if you fancy a change.
  • Loads of activities to do when not fishing.
  • Pet friendly.
  • Close to the coast.
  • Sleep between 2 and 8.


  • A permit is required to fish the lakes at an extra cost (around £40).

Away Resorts

Away Resorts have some great fishing on offer at certain parks and, as they have venues all over the country, there should be one somewhere close to your ideal UK destination. The fishing on offer at some of the resorts is fantastic, with top venues including Woodlands Lakes, a once premier match fishery now under private control for residents to enjoy during their stay.

With lots to do for anyone accompanying you who may no be into fishing, Away Resorts makes a great getaway for anglers alone or with friends and family.

Woodland Lakes Lodges
Price: From £44 per night

Back in the late 1990s, Woodland Lakes near Thirsk was one of the most popular match fisheries in the UK. Since then, the venue has branched out to now offer family holidays in lodges and cabins under the Away Resorts name.

A dozen lakes offer plenty of pegs to explore, topped off with great facilities in the tackle shop, sports bar and Waterside restaurant. You’re also not that far away from the coast or York City Centre, should you want to leave the resort and do some sight seeing.


  • 13 well stocked lakes with mixed coarse fish.
  • Tackle shop.
  • Near the coast for sea anglers.
  • Waterside Restaurant is great.
  • Close to the historic York City Centre.
  • Spa and pool facilities.
  • Hot tub lodges available.
  • Accommodate 2-8 people.


  • Not as many facilities for kids as some other resorts.

Tattershall Lakes
Price: from £62 per night

Tattershall Lakes could be described as a lakeside paradise with everything an angler could want from a fishing holiday. Situated within a country park boasting no less than eight lakes, you can enjoy as much fishing and water-sports as you want in idyllic surroundings.

The accommodation is fantastic, with many lodges offering lakeside views and hot tubs, it is definitely more of a luxury fishing holiday compared to slumming it in a bivvy for a week! Numerous bars and restaurants will ensure don't go hungry. Activities are plentiful too, should you be accompanied by non-anglers.


  • Plenty of lakes to fish.
  • Great accommodation options.
  • Various events and entertainment on offer.
  • Loads of activities for non-anglers.
  • Hot tubs with certain accommodation.
  • Idyllic location.


  • Can get busy in the height of summer.

Holiday Cottages
Price: from £19 per night

If you don't fancy the busier holiday parks or want to tailor your holiday to suit your angling and family's needs, then booking a Holiday Cottage gives you an almost unlimited amount of options. With over 6,000 cottages to choose from across the UK with fishing on-site or within close proximity, you have the opportunity to stay on various river like the Wye, Thames and Severn or close to commercial fisheries or big natural waters in the Lake District.

Booking a cottage also gives you flexibility during your stay, allowing you to book something that will please everyone accompanying you, or just find the perfect retreat for your own fishing escape. Some of the more secluded cottages allow you to leave and return at the often unsociable hours us anglers move in, without upsetting anyone else.


  • Over 6000 cottages with lakes onsite or fishing nearby.
  • Cottages all over the UK.
  • Options available for every angler, regardless of discipline.
  • Pet friendly stays.
  • Options of hot tubs, pools, beaches and restaurant within close proximity (location dependant).


  • Distance to fisheries can vary, so do check beforehand.

Oak Lodge at Bridge Farm Fishery
Price: From £90 per night

Bridge Lake Farm and Fishery is a haven for keen anglers, with the lovely Oak Lodge available to rent for a break. Boasting a breath-taking setting in the lush, rolling Oxfordshire countryside, whilst the lake itself is home to a number of carp, some which are over 20lbs. The Let is situated directly on the lake so if you enjoy your angling, you can't really get much closer than a lake touching your door!

The property has a hot tub and fire pit to relax in on an evening, and within a short drive are plenty of National Trust estates to explore if you need a break from the fishing.


  • Cottage is situated on the lake.
  • Carp to 30lbs.
  • Hot tub.
  • Fire pit.
  • Well kept accommodation.
  • Perfect break for couples.


  • No pets or children allowed.

Sykes Cottages Fisherman's Lodge
Price: From £40 per night

The Fisherman's Lodge in Essex is the ideal family retreat for those who enjoy the outdoors. Situated on a large farm overlooking the countryside, you will be surrounded by wildlife whilst in total peace and quiet. There is a lake right outside the cottage that is stocked with all the usual species from carp to roach and is great for beginners and veterans of the sport alike.


  • Fishing lake on the doorstep.
  • Well maintained cottage.
  • Picturesque views.
  • Sleeps upto 4 people/2 bedrooms.
  • Wifi included.
  • Very well reviewed.


  • You will need a car to get anywhere locally.

Haven Holidays

Another famous name in the sector, Haven has plenty of sites to check out. With many located close to the coast, sea anglers are catered for, while coarse fishing fans have their own dedicated lakes literally on the doorstep.

golden sands
Price: From £19 per night


Golden Sands is a very popular holiday park, located on a beautiful stretch of the Lincolnshire coastline, where the fishing can be prolific if you're into your sea angling. For coarse anglers, you have two well stocked lakes containing carp, tench, bream, plus smaller silvers. All have easy access and comfortable swims to fish, with the majority of the vans and lodges only a short walk away.

As with most sites, there is plenty to do outside of angling, with an indoor pool, beachfront, bars and an adventure village everyone will be catered for.


  • Situated on the coast.
  • On site fishing.
  • Book with £30 deposit.
  • Pool facilities.
  • Family friendly.
  • Dog friendly.


  • The lakes aren't the biggest and they don't have really big fish in.

Orchards Holiday Village
Price: From £15 per night

Situated in Clacton-on-Sea, Orchards Holiday Village is the perfect family fishing getaway. Ideal for both coarse and sea anglers alike, with the lake on-site holding carp to over 30lbs as well as numerous other species. The various coastal marks close to to park are great for flatfish, bass and smooth hounds, depending on time of year.

When you're not fishing there is a nine-hole golf course, swimming pools, various eateries as well as historical site-seeing areas in nearby Colchester (15 miles), not to mention various entertainment facilities in Clacton-on-Sea and Brightlingsea.


  • Situated on the coast.
  • On site fishing.
  • Ideal for sea anglers.
  • Bussling towns nearby.
  • Book with £30 deposit.
  • Pool facilities.
  • Family friendly.
  • Dog friendly.


  • The coarse lake onsite is only around an acre so can get busy.

The National Trust
Price: From £29 per night

You may never have thought of this behemoth of antiquity offering fishing, but with hundreds of cottages on its sites, there’s loads of places to wet a line!

Often situated deep in the countryside, there’s access to waters that few others get to fish – the Sternsmill Cottage near Bridgnorth being the perfect example of that. Part of the Dudmaston Estate, the mighty River Severn is very close-by, with pegs that only those staying in the cottage can fish.

Norfolk’s Blickling Hall Lake is well-known for its great bream fishing, and you can stay just yards away, surrounded by stunning scenery. Then there’s Ripon’s Abbey Stores cottage with the Rivers Swale, Ure and Nidd in close proximity for some classic clear-river chub and barbel fishing!


  • Private cottages.
  • Very unique locations.
  • Often picturesque surroundings.


  • On site fishing is very limited .

Boating break

For something completely different why not hire a canal/river boat and enjoy all that the UK waterways have to offer from a completely different perspective. Not only will it immerse you into the boating community but you will find new areas to fish and enjoy everyday. If you choose one of the busier waterways like the Thames, there will be loads to do, places to eat and things to see every time you moor up. The fishing is awesome, too!

Leboat holiday
Price: From £80 per night

If you've always fancied the idea of owning a boat or cruising along the British waterways, why not hire one from Le Boat? A boat allows you to explore the towns and cities along rivers like the Thames at a slower pace, and you can do as much or as little traveling as you wish. The more you move, the more you'll see and experience. Often, it exposes you to far more than just staying at a resort or hotel would.
Being on the water also allows you to scope out areas to fish, and being surrounded by the water all day is every angler's dream. Not only that, but you can get up close and personal with spots some anglers don't get to fish. Le Boat offers cruises starting around Oxford and London on the Thames, the South Downs National Park, and Scotland.


  • Something completely different.
  • Access to areas of the river/canal un-fishable normally.
  • New experiences for you and your family/friends.
  • Lots to see and do along the bank (depending on location).
  • You can moor up for the day and go and explore.
  • Plenty of varied fishing on offer.
  • Visit various landmarks and places of interest.


  • Driving of the boat will be required, but most find it fun and enjoyable.

Anglers Paradise is set in over 250 acres which is abundant with wildlife and the location is ideal for exploring the whole of the West Country. They are also only a 25 minute drive away from some of the most beautiful Beaches with some fabulous walks.

Clean, comfortable luxury accommodation. All the villas are finished to the highest standard, designed to accommodate 2-9 people.

Something for everyone from a great children's play area to a fabulous games room and magnificent heated indoor swimming pool with sauna and jacuzzi … and much more!


  • Lots for the family to do.
  • Great fishing on offer.
  • Loads of lakes and species to choose from.
  • Secluded and quiet location.
  • Luxurious accommodation.


  • Can be quite a distance to drive, depending on where you're located.

What to look for in a fishing holiday

A holiday is one of the most subjective choices a person can make, regardless of whether you're an angler or not. People want different things from their holiday, but there are a few things everyone should consider before booking a fishing holiday. Will you be going alone, with fishing friends, or with family? This is important because it will dictate the type of accommodation you're looking for. If it's just anglers, a secluded cottage near the river would be perfect. But if you've got children, they might get bored, so a holiday park might be better.

The type of angling you enjoy will also play a big part in your holiday choice. There's little point in booking a holiday on the coast with only sea angling available if you prefer coarse fishing. Similarly, if you enjoy specimen carp fishing, a pond full of small silvers is probably not going to inspire you during your stay.

Frequently asked questions

What tackle do I need to take on a fishing holiday?

The tackle you take depends on how much fishing you're going to be doing, for which species, and whether or not you can buy things while you're there. If the accommodation has a tackle shop on-site, you can get extra bits when you arrive. However, if you are staying somewhere rural and it's unlikely you will be able to get anything, it's best to take everything you think you will need.

Are UK fishing holidays family friendly?

Fishing holidays can be as family friendly as you want them to be. Many of the parks and resorts in the UK offer excursions and activities for kids and other family members to do whilst you're on the bank. The lakes are generally well stocked too, so if you wanted to introduce your family to fishing, they are generally a great place to do so. With accommodation near by, they can easily retreat should they become overwhelmed or bored.

How much does a fishing holiday in the UK cost?

A fishing holiday, much like any holiday, can cost as much or as little as you want. Some resorts with on-site fishing lakes charge as little as £15 per night, but for more exclusive cottages and private-lake-hire, expect to pay much more. The experience can be tailored to your budget and what you want from the holiday.

Do I need to buy a fishing licence?

If you go fishing anywhere in England and Wales (except the sea) you will need a fishing licence, so make sure you have one. Anyone else who will be fishing over the age of 16 will need one too. Those between 13-16 still need a licence, but it's free of charge. Anyone younger than 13 can fish without one. You can buy daily, weekly and yearly licences depending on how frequently you go, visit: to find out more.

Author Aidan Bordiuk is an enthusiastic angler who enjoys all fishing disciplines from match fishing to beach casting. He is currently occupying the position of Commercial Content Writer at Angling Times.

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