When you think of city breaks, your mind may wander to the Champs-Elysee or Las Ramblas. But you don’t have to board a plane to explore magnificent cities. We have some incredible urban beauties right here on our doorstep. If you’re planning your next trip for 2016, here are some of the best UK destinations to consider.
Liverpool has changed beyond recognition since it was crowded European Capital of Culture in 2008. Massive investment in the city and regeneration projects have made an incredible difference. Head for the centre and you’ll find all kinds of things to see and do. Shop up a storm at Liverpool One or head to the Albert Dock for an al fresco lunch.
Take a trip across the River Mersey and learn all about the city’s famous maritime history. Walk in the shadow of the Beatles with a visit to the iconic Cavern Club or join the passionate fans at the Kop at Anfield. You’ll find everything from budget chains to opulent luxury hotels in the heart of the city and a host of restaurants and bars to choose from. The Cavern Quarter is the place to be for a lively night on the tiles.
If you’re up or a good time and a taste of good old-fashioned Geordie hospitality, head for the North East. Newcastle is a thriving city with a large student population and a reputation for hosting unforgettable parties. The bars around the waterfront are packed most nights.
Away from the night scene, there are plenty of more sedate activities on offer. Visit the famous Angel of the North or take a tour around Jesmond Dene House. Search online for serviced apartments Newcastle if you’re travelling with friends or planning a stag or hen party.
If you’re looking for a romantic break or you’re a fan of history or literature, Bath is a great option. Here, you’ll be transported back to the days of Georgian grandeur and Roman dominance. Visit the famous Roman Baths and take a trip around the Jane Austen Centre.
Stroll along Royal Crescent and enjoy a picnic at Royal Victoria Park. Nearby Bristol is also well worth a visit. Enjoy some retail therapy at Cabot Circus and take a tour of the charming harbour. Climb aboard SSGreat Britain or visit the cuddly residents of Bristol Zoo.
No post about UK city breaks would be complete without a mention for London. This beautiful, bustling city has something for everyone. Just make sure you plan ahead if you’re venturing to the capital. Highlights include Buckingham Palace, the Natural History Museum, and the Tower of London.
Take a trip on an open top bus, or cruise along the River Thames. Stroll through Borough Market or watch the street performers at Covent Garden. Catch a show in the West End or sample some of the world’s best fine dining cuisine.
If you’re planning a city break, don’t research flights just yet. If you haven’t explored the UK, you may just find the perfect location on your doorstep.