What’s your perfect weekend break? A relaxing countryside stay in a beautiful manor house hotel or a buzzy city break filled with sights, shopping and nightlife. Whatever your preference Blue Eye Travel have put together their top 6 country and city weekend break destinations.
To kick off our list we start with the UK’s capital city London. Explore the capital in style with a great range of hotels, spa breaks, shopping breaks or cultural trips. London weekends are great for sightseeing, with loads of iconic cultural landmarks just outside your door and with a transport system that can take you all across the capital it is easy to tick off lots of iconic and historical buildings in a short space of time. As well as landmarks, London has a massive art, food and cultural scene meaning that it has something to offer everyone. Many of the art galleries and museums are free meaning that to indulge your cultural side doesn’t have to cost you a penny! Once you’ve seen the sights and explored the likes of the V&A, Natural History Museum or the National, complete your break in style by hitting the West End and taking in one of London’s biggest new shows. Blue Eye Travel can offer excellent theatre breaks with a hotel, tickets and dinner included. For travelling to the capital from further afield there are some great options to travel by train on a rail break, meaning your tickets and hotel are pre-booked in one package meaning you don’t have to think about each individual element.
Enjoy Edinburgh, the historical capital of Scotland and its impressive pretty castle skyline. This vibrant city offers fantastic galleries and museums, world-class theatres and great shopping, making this destination a modern city with a traditional Scottish twist. Due to its location Edinburgh ticks a lots of boxes for a weekend break including excellent transport links with regular buses and trams running from the airport into the city centre meaning less travel hassle. If you travel by train to Edinburgh, the train station is located in the centre of the city and therefore perfectly placed to easily reach your city centre hotel. As we as all the normal city amenities, there are numerous things to keep you entertained such as The Royal Mile for shopping, Edinburgh Castle and The Palace of Holyroodhouse for the history and cultural buff. Venture out of the city to Arthur’s Seat located on the outskirts of the city for a chance to view the city from above after a beautiful walk to the top of the hill. Stay at the centrally located Grassmarket Hotel which is moments from the best attractions Edinburgh has to offer, from £27.50..
The city of York is easily one of the UK’s most popular short break destinations, with plenty to see, excellent transport links and culinary scene it’s easy to see why this city is so popular. York is a great city for those wanting to indulge in history with The Shambles and the Jorvik Viking Centre which are all within easy walking distance of most central hotels in York. With a Roman and Viking past York mixes the modern and old within its ancient walls with independent shops and eateries. The city boasts a thriving food and drink culture which includes many fine restaurants, bars, pubs and cafes meaning that the foodie within you will definitely be satisfied! Similar to Edinburgh, you can get out of the city it’s just a short drive from the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors, where you can visit a best way to country pub or two! A rail break from London, Cardiff, Manchester or Edinburgh is the best way to explore the city and stay at Grand Hotel & Spa it is just minutes from York Train Station and makes a perfect base for exploring the many attractions, sights and unique shops of the city.
With a stay in the Lake District you open up the opportunity to discover an area of outstanding beauty with inspirational countryside, breath-taking mountains, spectacular lakes, traditional market towns and numerous heritage sites. This area is the ultimate destination if you want to really explore the countryside with walks and fabulous scenery as the Lake District has 350 fells and around 80 lakes to enjoy. There is plenty to do other than walking including sailing on one of the lakes or explore the towns and villages in the national park, such as Kendal, Keswick, Grasmere, Windermere or travel a little further and visit the city of Carlisle. The Lake District is a great options for those looking to take their canine companion with them with endless countryside, cosy pubs and dog friendly accommodation there are plenty of options. You will need a car to get around so you can either travel up in your own car or travel by train and pick a car up from there. Stay at the Beech Hill Hotel on a 2 Night stay with the 1st Night Dinner + Windermere Cruise included from £129.00pp.
Crowned the cultural capital of the North West, Liverpool offers fine art galleries, museums and a great choice of hotels in Liverpool city centre. Soak up the culture at Liverpool’s UNESCO-listed Albert Dock comprising of the Tate Liverpool and The Beatles Story. No trip to Liverpool would be complete without following in the footsteps of The Beatles with a visit to The Cavern Club or take a guided Beatles tour and be sure to visit their statue located near The Albert Docks. As well as The Beatles, take a boat across the Mersey to take in the main sights along the river where you will see both the old and new elements that make up the riverside now. For those who love a spot of shopping, you’ll love Liverpool ONE which is a vast shopping area or if designer brands are more your thing then why not head to Cavern Walks. Stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa located in a beautiful, Grade II listed building with easy access to Liverpool ONE from £ £265.00pp.
The Cotswolds has to be one of the ultimate destinations for a country break. From chocolate box houses and villages, to cosy pubs, bustling cities, history and plenty of walks this area has something to offer everyone. Wherever you stay you are sure to be submerged in rolling countryside and quaint villages but it is best to stay in a hotel that is at least close to a village or town so that you can enjoy the local cuisine or a drink in the local pub. With a stay in Painswick you will be surrounded by a stunning Cotswold town but within a short distance you can reach the major cities of Gloucester and Cheltenham. Painswick is exactly half way along the Cotswold Way, which is a scenic walk or head up to Painswick Beacon, where you can see views for miles. If shopping is your bag then head to Bicester Village Designer Retail Outlet, Cirencester for its quaint streets filled with independent shops, and Cheltenham. For the history lover then head Gloucester Cathedral, the Corinium Museum in Cirencester or Chedworth Roman Villa. Stay at the beautiful 16th century Court House Manor Luxury B&B from £100pp.