Where are the UK’s best city breaks?
With many of us still watching our wallets, holidaying within the UK is becoming an increasingly popular choice. While some of us just want to be beside the seaside, and others will spend a weekend rambling around one of Britain’s great national parks, there’s something to be said for a few days exploring the shops, pubs and museums of a city you’ve never set foot in before.
The cities of the UK offer a vast choice of culture, shopping, nightlife and history to rival anything you’ll find on the continent. If you’re booking UK hotels in the near future, here’s a quick guide to some of the city breaks we recommend.
Capital of Scotland and one of its biggest cultural hubs, Edinburgh makes for a fantastic city break. As well as the fantastic castle and wide selection of pubs and restaurants, Edinburgh is home to some of the world’s greatest festivals – from the dramatic madness of the Fringe to the more laid-back film and book festivals. However, even if there isn’t an event on in the city at the time, it’s still well worth a visit for its cobbled streets and Gothic grandeur – or even to challenge yourself with a walk up to Arthur’s Seat.
For a seaside break with a truly bohemian backdrop, you can’t beat the quirky charm of Brighton. The city has been a popular seaside resort for many decades, but it’s only comparatively recently that it has attracted a strong counter cultural vibe, becoming a clubbing and party capital as well as a great destination for a beach break. The Palace Pier and the sandy beach have everything you could want for a bit of relaxation, while the North Laine district is filled with crazy shops, cafes and venues.
Famous for its nights out, Newcastle is now almost as well-known for its thriving arts scene and many museums. See the sights of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, the Angel of the North and the Central Arcade, a beautifully-preserved Victorian shopping centre. If you’re travelling with kids, the Great North Museum is a must-see, as is the Seven Stories centre, which is dedicated to the art of children’s books. If you’re a keen walker, try the Hadrian’s Wall Path for an unbeatable combination of city, country and local history.