Best places for weekend breaks in the UK

York, England

It’s not always possible to leave the country for a weekend break. Also, taking a holiday in the UK means you don’t have to worry about a passport, travel insurance, or delays at the airport. Here are some of the best places to take a break in the UK.

  1. York – this small but perfectly-formed city in the North of England is gorgeous to look at. Pay a visit to the Minster, walk around the city walls, or try one of the city’s many pubs. The Shambles is a gorgeous street with many lovely shops including York Ghost Merchants – complete your visit with a ghost walk taking in the city’s haunted past. Museum-wise, York Castle Museum and the Jorvik Viking Centre are must-dos.
  2. Newcastle – this north-eastern city is vibrant and exciting, and well worth a visit. Check out the Discovery Museum to learn about science and history, and visit the castle to explore the city’s medieval past. The Great North Museum is a great place to visit, and the Laing Art Gallery is perfect for art lovers. When you’ve exhausted all the cultural activities Newcastle has to offer, you can check out the city’s amazing range of shops.
  3. Bristol – this south-western city has a lot to offer. Animal lovers can visit Bristol Aquarium or Bristol Zoo, while culture lovers can visit the Museum & Art Gallery. Don’t forget to check out the world-famous Clifton Suspension Bridge, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
  4. Manchester – another northern city with a fascinating past and an exciting present. Food markets, the craft and design centre and the Northern Quarter are great for those with a bit of money to spend. The Lowry and the Imperial War Museum North are both perfect for those seeking culture.
  5. Stratford-upon-Avon – unlike the above cities, Stratford definitely qualifies as a town, and is most famous for William Shakespeare. Why not see a play at the Royal Shakespeare Company, or visit one of the houses owned by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust? Even if you’re not a fan of the Bard, however, there is still plenty to enjoy – such as the Butterfly Farm, Tudor World, the MAD Museum, or a boat trip along the river.

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