If you’ve not got a summer holiday booked this year – don’t panic! We’ve put together some of our favourite places to take a city break in the UK, the perfect way to do a last minute and low cost getaway.
The great thing about a ‘staycation’ is you can drive, get the train or bus to most places. That means you can keep costs down, save energy and reduce carbon emissions while not having to worry about cramming your luggage into one small bag or your toiletries into 100ml bottles!
Scotland’s capital and a beautiful city to explore. Steeped in history and packed full of charming bars and restaurants, there is something for everyone in Edinburgh. Take a tour through Mary Queens Close or hit the shops, not just on Princes Street and George Street, but in the Grassmarket too, where you’ll find lots of boutiques and niche offerings. To really get the best of Edinburgh visit in August during the festival, when there are hundreds of shows on every day.
As Scotland’s largest city there is never a dull moment in Glasgow. It’s known for having a vibrant music scene and there are also lots of picturesque landmarks to visit. The Botanic Gardens are perfect for a sunny day or climb up to the Necropolis, a fascinating Victorian garden cemetery adjacent to Glasgow Cathedral. Tucked away in the West End is Ashton Lane, with its cobbled street and fairy lights, it’s a great setting to find somewhere to grab food or drinks.
Home to some of the UK’s best bands, football teams and nightlife, Manchester is a city with a constant buzz around it. There are lots of sights to see and some beautiful architecture. Check out the Art Gallery and Castlefield Urban Heritage Park, or if you’re a football fan you could take a tour of the Etihad Stadium or Old Trafford. Come night time, head to the Northern Quarter or Deansgate, both packed with bars and restaurants.
The Welsh capital and full of fun things to see and do. Cardiff Castle sits right in the city centre so you can balance your shopping with a culture hit. The city is also home to Bute park, and as one the UK’s largest parks, it’s perfect on a sunny day. From Bute park you can jump on a water taxi over to Cardiff Bay, where you’ll find lots of restaurants and bars to indulge in.
A visit to the Big Smoke is a must do at some point. Home to the world of theatre, music venues and attractions, there is never a dull moment in London. Hit the main landmarks such as the London Eye, Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace and Big Ben. Get your legs working and explore by foot or buy a ticket for a bus tour. There are endless options of places to go out at night; there’s always lots going on in the East End, Soho and Camden.