Top 5 UK Destinations for a Weekend Getaway

Sometimes a weekend away is all we need to cure the travel bug (for a short while anyway!). The UK may be a small place, but it certainly packs in a lot of amazing multicultural cities. Looking for some weekend break inspiration? Find out our top 5 UK destinations for a weekend getaway below!

London

London – the UK’s most iconic and most visited city. It’s not hard to see why. The city is full of rich history and culture. One of the best things about visiting London is that you can make the trip as glamorous or as budget friendly as you like. There are some amazing luxurious hotels, including The Ritz, Shangri-La Hotel and The Savoy, but there’s also a number of quality budget friendly hotels too. London is a huge city but for most people, a weekend break here is enough. Any longer and you’ll get caught up in the manic city rush! It’s the sort of weekend getaway that would suit everyone, with too many visitor attractions to count on two hands and some of the finest bars and restaurants in the country.

Top visitor attractions

  • The London Eye
  • The Houses of Parliament
  • Theatre shows in the West End
  • Buckingham Palace

Edinburgh

As Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh is the best city to visit and Scotland and is definitely one of the best destinations in the whole of the UK. Edinburgh is actually the second most visited city in the UK, accounting for around 2.2 million inbound visits. The Old Town is the most bustling area of the city, packed with visitors and lined with centuries-old buildings – Scotland’s crown jewels, Edinburgh Castle at its heart. The New Town, on the other hand, is lined with high-street stores on Princes Street and more upscale boutiques on George Street. In a normal year, Edinburgh’s most exciting seasons are both Summer and Winter. The iconic fringe festival takes place throughout August, whilst Christmas festivals take place for six weeks during the Winter period.

Top visitor attractions

  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Edinburgh Dungeons
  • Palace of Holyrood
  • National Museum of Scotland

Manchester

Some say that Manchester is a mini-London, but we have to disagree. The city is unique in its own way. Manchester is fairly small and it’s very easy to get from A to B thanks to the tram system that operates through most of the city centre and a little beyond. The city is made up of several districts, each has a unique and exciting vibe. The Northern Quarter is arguably the most famous and hip area of the city as it’s full of street art, quirky cafes and lively bars. Then, there’s Canal Street, also known as the Gay Village, an area that has long been associated with the gay community and is at the heart of Manchester’s iconic annual Pride Festival. Manchester is home to many fascinating museums where visitors can learn a lot about the city, including Manchester Museum, Manchester Art Gallery, the Museum of Science and Industry and the Imperial War Museum North.

Top visitor attractions

  • The Trafford Shopping Centre
  • Manchester City Football Club
  • Media City
  • Manchester Museum
  • The Lowry

Belfast

As the capital and largest city of Northern Ireland, Belfast is also the region’s most visited city. Belfast has a rich history and at one point was classed as one of the most dangerous cities in the world due to sectarian conflict known as The Troubles which took place during the 1970s and 1980s. But its past has made it the interesting and cultural city that it is today. The Black Taxi Tour is an excellent way to learn about the city’s past as it takes you around Belfast to both sides of the famous Peace Wall. Belfast is also of course the city where the ill-fated Titanic was built. Titanic Belfast is the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience and can be found near the city centre.

Top visitor attractions

  • The Titanic Experience
  • Belfast Castle
  • City Hall
  • Crumlin Road Gaol
  • The Giant’s Causeway

Cardiff

Not only is Cardiff the capital of Wales, the city is also Europe’s youngest capital. Cardiff lies to the south of the country and has a population of around 362,750. The city is a multicultural haven with so much to see and do which makes it such an appealing destination to tourists. The city has even been voted as Europe’s third best capital city to live in. The Museum of Cardiff is the ideal place to learn about the history. Situated in the very heart of the city is Cardiff Castle, another historical gem that documents 2,000 years of history. Cardiff Bay is where you’ll find many of the city’s bustling bars and restaurants. The bay is Europe’s largest waterfront development and is now a modern and lively social hub.  There’s certainly enough to keep visitors on their toes for more than a weekend in Cardiff!

Top visitor attractions

  • Cardiff Castle
  • Cardiff Bay
  • National Museum of Cardiff
  • Wales Millennium Centre

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