Best Places To Go For UK City Breaks

There’s an abundance of beautiful places to visit throughout the UK.

A city break is the ideal opportunity to soak in the sights and sounds of some of the most vibrant cities that are right on your doorstep. One of the best things about going on a city break is knowing you’re not too far away from anything, whether that be a quaint restaurant or a vast array of shops, you’re always going to be occupied.

It’s important to find some comfy, stylish accommodation when visiting your chosen city, ideally in the heart of the buzzing atmosphere. Your city break can be whatever you make it, whether you’re shopping, relaxing, or immersing yourself in some rich city history.

With that being said, we’ve compiled a list of the best places to go for UK City Breaks to make your life a little easier. Follow this simple guide and you’ll have an unforgettable city break.

Liverpool

Known as the European Capital of Culture, Liverpool is a beautiful with great food and wonderful sights, there’s so much to explore in this city, all within a very easy reach. Whether you’re a raging Beatles fan and fancy a trip to The Beatles Story, or want to take a trip to the Cavern Club on Mathew Street where The Beatles performed over 300 times, it’s safe to say you’ll never be bored in this city.

Liverpool is absolutely bursting with culture, perfect for music and theatre fans. This city has been home to more number 1 singles in the UK than any other, including well-known names such as Cilla Black, Billy Fury, and Frankie Goes To Hollywood. There are so many fantastic venues to catch a live show too; The M&S Bank Arena is an absolutely huge venue featuring tons of well-known artists. If you prefer a more intimate setting, Liverpool Philharmonic on Hope Street is a must visit, not only for its class acts but its stunning aesthetic too.

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Not forgetting Football! Liverpool has two Premier League football teams, Liverpool FC and Everton FC, separated by Stanley Park and a big part of the city! It can be difficult to get match tickets, but it’s definitely worth taking a stadium tour at Anfield or Goodison Park.

Leeds

This city is definitely worth a visit if you’re after a food and drink filled city break. The third largest city in the UK and known as the unofficial capital of Yorkshire, Leeds is filled with beautiful parks and gardens, delicious restaurants and bars, and an amazing selection of shops.

When visiting Leeds, why not take a stroll through Roundhay Park to admire the pretty lake, or go and check out some intriguing pieces of art at The Henry Moore Institute. With over 16 free galleries to explore and more listed buildings than any other English city outside of London, you’re pretty much surrounded by culture when visiting here.

 

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This vibrant and creative city has so much energy with a thriving independent food scene you won’t find in any other city. Leeds is known for its love of street food and many food festivals, if you visit this city you’re bound to give your taste buds a treat. There’s a vast array of stunning historical architecture within the city, but if you want to venture out, you’re not too far away from the Yorkshire Dales for a scenic brisk walk.

Edinburgh

From secret gardens to magnificent castles, there’s always something to do in Edinburgh. When visiting here, not only are you surrounded by historic buildings and quaint side streets, but also a large amount of green space too, perfect for walking.

The historic fortress Edinburgh Castle dominates the skyline of the capital city, and is a must see when visiting. Not forgetting the world’s largest arts festival Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which spans over 25 days and has featured more than 55,000 performances.

 

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It’s so easy to move around this colourful city on foot, it even has a tram system and frequent buses with so many fascinating tours on offer. There’s a huge selection of pubs and bars along Rose Street and Princes Street and you’ve got to try a spot of haggis at The Kenilworth whilst visiting.

London

There’s always a reason to visit London! No matter what you’re interested in, there will always be something for you in this vibrant city. London is absolutely bursting with activities; you’ll be spoilt for choice when visiting the capital city.

Why not take a trip to the West End, London’s equivalent to New York’s Broadway to watch some theatre, or head to the bustling Oxford Street to hit the shops. With so many famous sites to see such as Big Ben, the London Eye, Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey, you’ll be blown away by London’s famous historical architecture.

London has some lovely green spaces too, which may come as a surprise to some. Whether you want to explore the pretty Royal Parks such as St James and Hyde Park or head to the north of the city and take a trip to Hampstead Heath, there’s a lot of lovely walking spots to keep you occupied.

Immerse yourself in the many restaurants London has to offer from Michelin-starred restaurants to quirky restaurants, this city has got it all. Grab yourself a traditional afternoon tea at The Ritz and a Sunday roast and enjoy your city break in London!

Cambridge

Famed for its world-class university, the quaint city of Cambridge is filled with beautiful sights and lots of history. The city itself is in a very central location, less than an hour from London and is generally very easy to get around on foot. The beautiful Great Ouse flows through the city, dotted with punts and small boats, why not give it a try when visiting?

Take a trip to Cambridge Market for a spot of shopping, filled with second hand books and vinyl, or treat yourself to some beautiful hand made jewelry. The city also has some delightful green spaces to relax in, so much so, you wouldn’t think you were just an hour away from London! The Cambridge University Botanic Garden is a spectacular 40-acre garden filled with luscious green grass, plants and flowers.

You can truly dine in style in Cambridge with a huge amount of delicious eateries. Visit Mill Road for a taste of culture, or Midsummer House, a Victorian themed venue, for a truly unique dining experience.

Brighton

Sun, sea, and shopping? What more could you want in a city! Over the years Brighton has become renowned for its famous pier, filled with fun amusements and sweet treats to bring out your inner child.

If you’re looking to put a creative edge into your shopping, you’ve got to visit The Brighton Lanes, filled with independent shops and boutiques; tourists travel from high and low to shop here. There’s also a great range of vintage shops here as well as some mesmerising jewellery shops.

 

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Known as “London’s Beach”, Brighton is a very cool place to visit, it’s also one of Britain’s most popular gay destinations with a large resident gay population. Why not check out The Brighton Festival with a ton of art, music, theatre and dance. In August you’ll see one of the largest pride events in the world descend on Brighton.

Rest assured, a city break in colourful Brighton would be an unforgettable one, filled with delicious food, friendly people, and a fabulous selection of shopping and sites.