Whether planning a family trip, a romantic escape, a solo expedition or a group getaway – city breaks within the UK can often provide as much adventure and culture as any abroad escape. We are all quite guilty of not classing jet setting in the UK as a ‘holiday’ or a ‘real break’, but you can find some really amazing city breaks within your home country at a fraction of the cost of a holiday abroad.
Always said you’ll visit a particular city yet never do? Now’s the time to get it booked and whisk yourself and/or your loved ones away with you. Who knows? You may even fall so in love with the place that you want to move there.
Here’s our guide to the best cities to suit any type of getaway within the UK.
Family Trip: Cornwall
Cornwall is a perfect destination for any family holiday, and offers plenty of culture, cuisine and adventure to suit all members of the family. Whether a family with older children, or young parents with toddlers – Cornwall provides fun for all the family. From tasty Cornish pasties to surfing lessons; the seaside town offers lots to see and do. Cornwall is home to many an attraction, including the Eden Project, Newquay Zoo and Bodmin Museum, so if you’re looking for plenty of fun-filled activities to fill up your weekend – check out Day Out SouthWest who offer a one-stop info guide with everything you need to know to make your visit to the South West fun for all the family!
Romantic Escape: Windermere
Windermere is a picturesque little getaway in the heart of the beautiful Lake District, offering stunning views and scenic ‘scapes all year round. Windermere offers a romantic getaway for any honeymoon, anniversary or weekend-for-two, and offers a range of attractions, lakeside restaurants and quality hotels to enjoy with your loved one. Whether it’s feeding the birds, renting your own rowing boat or just enjoying a picnic by the lake; Windermere is the ideal destination for a relaxing country escape. Check out Lonely Planet for great things to see and do whilst in the Lakes!
Solo Expedition: Edinburgh
Edinburgh is the ideal UK destination for any brave explorer wanting to experience a little culture on their solo getaway. Edinburgh offers a bit of everything for the independent visitor; if the arts and theatre is your thing – visit the Festival Theatre or King’s Theatre for a top line-up of unmissable shows and productions. For the brave holidaymaker, Mercat Tours offer a variety of different tours that invite you to discover the underground history and vaults of both historical and haunted Edinburgh. Edinburgh offers lots to see, do, and explore, so check out Time Out Edinburgh for a full list of exciting options for your solo getaway.
Group Getaway: Bristol
Bristol is the ultimate creative city, and is the ideal destination for any group getaway or old-friend meet-up. With its array of day and night attractions, Bristol really is a city that should be on everyone’s ‘to visit’ list. Relax on one of the many boat-bars along the harbour or lounge in a public park surrounded by architectural beauty; Bristol really is the perfect combination of traditional and contemporary styles. The nightlife is varied, and there really is something for everyone, both day and night. Check out Visit Bristol for a full line-up of Bristol’s events and festival dates.
We have only mentioned a few of the most exciting and unique cities in the UK, but it’s clear to see that you really don’t have to travel miles to discover new cultures and experiences. Next time you’re struggling to find a good last-minute deal abroad, consider visiting a UK destination instead. We are sure you’ll be surprised, and you’ll save some pennies!