Five of the best city breaks in the UK
From the creative quarters of Birmingham to the gorgeous Georgian architecture of Bath, we take a look at some of the most stylish city stays to enjoy a weekend away.
Boasting a myriad of fascinating attractions, including the spectacular Edinburgh Castle and Arthur’s Seat, as well as Scotch whisky tasting experiences and upmarket shops, there’s something for everyone in Scotland’s much-loved capital. Discover hidden historical gems as you wander the picturesque streets and long lanes of the Old Town, a popular hub which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site back in 1995.
With a distinctly quirky charm, Bristol is home to colourful streets, iconic street art and an array of independent bars and restaurants. Explore the affluent area of Clifton, just a stone’s throw from its very own Suspension Bridge, where you’ll find stylish boutiques alongside brunch hotspots and a gorgeously restored Victorian shopping arcade. For more of a bohemian vibe and a buzzing nightlife scene, head to Gloucester Road or Stokes Croft and choose from an array of diverse establishments.
Nestled between medieval walls, this popular Northern city is an effortless blend between old and new, with plenty of things to see and do, from enjoying a delectable afternoon tea at local institution, Betty’s Café Tearooms, to exploring the cobbled streets that inspired JK Rowling when writing Harry Potter. Whilst you’re there, be sure to take a trip to the Shambles, a beautifully preserved medieval shopping street lined with a selection of wonderful independent shops.
Well-known for its gorgeous Georgian architecture, this quintessentially British city is a firm favourite for UK staycations. Steeped in Roman history yet thriving with plenty of contemporary establishments to dine and imbibe, Bath is the perfect combination of rich history and modern-day culture. Your trip wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Roman Baths, one of the most exceptional historic sites in Europe.
Despite its reputation as the UK’s ‘second city’, Birmingham has certainly come through the ranks in recent years, with exciting new openings happening weekly, alongside well-established city favourites. Whether you’re checking out the creative hotspots of Digbeth and Jewellery Quarter, dining in style at one of a variety of Michelin-star gems or enjoying some retail therapy in the expansive city centre, you’ll be spoilt for choice in this friendly and welcoming city.
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