With the price of relaxing going up year on year, it’s no wonder many people are opting for a few weekend getaways, rather than one big holiday for two weeks in the summer. With city breaks, spa breaks, countryside breaks and breaks abroad to choose from, you really aren’t strapped for choice when it comes to getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. If you’re looking for some inspiration for a unique getaway in the UK or abroad, look no further…
- The Gower Peninsula
With breathtaking beaches for miles and plenty of places for history buffs to explore, the Gower Peninsula has campsites and holiday homes galore. Whether you spend your days walking along the coast, splashing in the sea or cosying up by the fire, this stunning destination is definitely one to add to your bucket list.
Just 6.5 hours away from the UK by Eurostar, this unique city in southern France is bursting with independent shops and contemporary galleries. Adventure through the older areas for a taste of traditional Marseille, and be transported back to today with the modern bars and open air cinema.
- The Cotswolds
Everywhere you turn in the Cotswolds could be on a postcard; the picturesque villages and towns are simply perfect. You’re able to combine the great outdoors with the luxury of a farmhouse spa if you wish, and there are quirky attractions around every corner, including model villages and motoring museums. With the River Eye to amble along, tea rooms and pubs a plenty, you can really take a break from modern life in The Cotswolds.
We’re taking it way back to the days of seaside holidays here, where everyone would pack into a car and live off fish and chips for the week. Many people don’t think to look on their own doorstep, but plenty of people still flock to Blackpool year on year for a taste of seaside life.
There’s so much to do; from the famous Blackpool Tower and everything it houses, to the Pleasure Beach and the beach itself. If it’s culture you’re after, The Grand Theatre plays host to some big names in the theatre world, and from September onwards, you can feast your eyes on the magical Illuminations. With hotels, restaurants and shops just seconds apart, you’ll never be stuck for somewhere to sleep, eat or shop. There’s never a shortage of Blackpool attractions, that’s for sure!
If it’s shopping that you want, Glasgow’s on the up and coming list as a city that’s making its mark on the UK. Once you’ve had enough of retail therapy, head to the Botanic Gardens or West End for a taste of Glasgow’s culture. Recent rejuvenation in the city means that the Finnieston area has plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from, as well as a few cigar rooms and whisky rooms to boot.
Amsterdam is the perfect mix of history and culture, traditional architecture, modern hustle and bustle and leisurely artistic strolls. Your few days in Amsterdam will be jam-packed, with vintage and antique shops, museums and historic buildings, so you’ll never be short of a full itinerary.
The gorgeous city of York is one you can visit time and time again, either as a couple, with friends or as a family unit. The city is overflowing with history, from York Minster to the castle, all the way to the Jorvik Centre and the Roman baths situated under a pub, you history heads can fill your boots! Whether you’re up for a bit of shopping, fine dining or bar hopping, York has everything and more.
Listen up Game of Thrones fans, this picturesque city was the main shooting location for King’s Landing! The terracotta rooftops and blue Adriatic are sure to spellbind you, as well as the fresh pilsner in the old town and the apothecary at the monastery. As well as lots of history, you can visit the Museum of Modern Art or take a cable car to the top of Mount Srdj. Beautiful, and interesting!