The UK has lots to offer and whatever kind of weekend break you’re looking for, whether it be shopping, clubbing or sightseeing, you’re sure to find it here! If you want a taste of different locations in the UK why not try and do as many short breaks as possible and spend a few days in several different towns and cities? Here are my favorite city breaks in the UK;
Cambridge might not have been the first thing that came into your head when thinking of a city to take a weekend break in, but don’t be fooled – this place has lots to offer! Every Sunday there’s an art and craft market in the Market Square so you can shop to your heart’s content. The university is home to some beautiful botanical gardens which display plants from all over the world and cover 40 acres of land! If you like military memorabilia why not pay a visit to the Imperial War Museum? You could even try your hand at punting on the river, but make sure not to fall in!
There’s more to this city than football and The Beatles in case neither of those things are your cup of tea. The Albert Dock is great for a moonlit walk and you might even be lucky enough to spot a celebrity there! There are many galleries and museums such as the Tate museum and the Thackray museum. For an evening out you’ll find a great array of restaurants as well as bars and clubs so there’s always somewhere to go for a quiet drink or a proper boogie. If you do want to find out more about The Beatles head to the museum where you’ll see lots of memorabilia and find out things you never knew about the Fab Four.
Cardiff is quite the trendy city! After the Millennium Stadium opened in 1999 it appeared to give the whole capital a morale boost! Cardiff is full of history so you’ll find lots of museums and historical buildings all around. Shopaholics can rejoice with the fact that there’s a pedestrianized street (Queen Street) featuring more than 600 shops! On your weekend break you could take a tour of the stadium, visit some bars to experience the live music scene and also visit Cardiff Bay, which is packed with cool places to eat and drink.
The city is surrounded by Victorian buildings so architecture fans will love it here. Glasgow is thought of as the centre of Scotland’s live music scene so visit a few bars such as King Tut’s and the Clutha to see what all the fuss is about. This city is also full of galleries and museums such as the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and the Glasgow Museum of Transport.
The Science Centre is also worth a visit as it brings science and technology to life in an educational yet fun way! In this city you’ll find a mixture of high street stores as well as designer boutiques which is perfect for fashionistas!
York is known as one of the most romantic cities with its quaint buildings and cobbled streets. It’s also home to York Minster, a gothic cathedral (the largest in northern Europe). You can go on ghost walks around the medieval streets or visit the city walls which were built in Roman times. The Jorvik Viking Centre is a must-see where you’ll find out what viking life was like 1,000 years ago! The streets are full of little shops where you can buy cool knick-knacks.
If you do visit any other these places let me know how you got on and what you enjoyed about them! Have fun!
Suzanne is an avid blogger who writes for many blogs including hungryhouse, the UK’s favourite online platform featuring takeaways across the country including restaurants in London, Nottingham and Glasgow.