Holidays at home are perfect if you’re looking for a last-minute trip, romantic escape or a fun family getaway. UK short breaks allow you to explore bustling cities, rural countryside and charming seaside resorts. Spend the time you would've spent travelling enjoying the beautiful sights, shopping, eating delicious food and making incredible memories with your loved ones.
Things to do
Looking to go on a city break, short escape or a weekend getaway? Why head for the airport when you can have a fantastic time away closer to home? For your next adventure, choose to stay in the UK and spend less time travelling and more time with your family, friends or partner. Whether you’re looking to discover rich history, enjoy mouthwatering food or have an active trip away in the beautiful British countryside, the perfect place for you is right on your doorstep.
On your next UK short break, go to a thrilling theme park for lots of exciting rides and amusements. There are lots of places to go to for an adventure, and with a range of activities they’re perfect for the whole family. Spend the day at the UK’s biggest theme park, Alton Towers, where you’ll find family fun or adrenaline-pumping experiences. Don’t forget to visit Drayton Manor for some of the scariest rides in all of the UK, or LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort which is perfect for big kids as well as little ones. There’s also Blackpool Pleasure Beach, home to the UK's only Nickelodeon Land.
Discover the history
One of the best things about weekend breaks in the UK is how much history is available up and down the country for you to explore. Do you love learning about times gone by? Choosing a location based on historical attractions will be a fantastic way to narrow down your options. If you’re staying in London, there are plenty of places to see, from King Henry VIII’s favourite estate and Hampton Court Palace to the Tower Bridge Exhibition, or Churchill’s War Rooms and Museums. You don’t need to go to the bright lights of a city to uncover some of the best historical sites with places like Stonehenge, Hadrian’s Wall and Warwick castle that are found in more rural locations.
Your UK city break doesn’t have to end when the sun sets. Whether you’re travelling to London, Manchester, Edinburgh or any other UK city, you’ll find pubs, bars and clubs to suit you. There are also secret bars, warehouse parties and rooftop bars to discover. After a long day of sightseeing, grab a cocktail and unwind in either a lively or more relaxed setting.
Want to experience something extra special? Arrange your trip away around some of the biggest social events of the year, like New Year’s Eve, St Patricks Day or bank holiday weekends for an epic night out. If you aren’t dancing the night away, there are plenty of other things to get up to, like enjoying a pint in a microbrewery, watch a film in a pop-up outdoor cinema or take a cooking class.
Eating, Drinking & Shopping
From tasty street food to Michelin-star dishes, there are so many different cuisines to indulge in. If you’re looking for a foodie hot spot, choose cities like Bristol, Glasgow or London. Looking to eat out for breakfast, lunch or dinner? You’ll find dozens of cafés and restaurants, making it hard to choose between where to go. With options for all taste buds, like afternoon tea with delicious cakes and sandwiches, authentic spicy curries and pub lunches of fish and chips, eating out tops the list of things to.
Weekend breaks in the UK aren’t complete without a shopping spree. You’ll find high street stores in most towns and cities across the country. In London, you’ll find the best stores in the West End, where designer boutiques and retails chains are around every corner.
If you’re hunting for an antique, Manchester’s Northern Quarter is the perfect place to find a vintage gem. Treating yourself to a new statement piece or buying some beautiful furnishings can be enjoyed no matter what time of the year it is. If you’re looking for something extra special, head for the bright lights of the city at Christmas time. You’ll find the streets full of stunning decorations and a jolly atmosphere when you buy some presents for your loved ones.
Notting Hill Carnival: Go to Notting Hill in London over the August bank holiday for fantastic vibes, parades, good music and tasty Caribbean food.
Theatre fans: The theatre is alive right across the whole of the UK, but London’s West End is home to world-class performances.
Sports enthusiasts: Get in the heart of the action and see your favourite Premier League game, the Motorsport Grand Prix, an England Test Match, a major Darts tournament or a Tennis Grand Slam.
Beach lovers: Take a stroll along the beautiful British coastline before tucking into a traditional seaside treat, fish and chips.
Language: The language spoken in the UK is English.
Currency: The currency used here is the Pound sterling (£).
Alternative transport: You can travel by train, bus or car throughout the UK easily. There are also specific routes where you’ll be able to catch a flight for your short break UK.
Tourist information: Further tourist information can be found here https://www.visitbritain.com/gb/en#R0qciXMffi6WGuk1.97.
Temperature: Average highs of 19°C in summer and 5°C in winter.
For warmer days, visit during June to mid-September. The UK has a temperate climate, with cold winters and warmer summers, although rain can be expected at any time.
Best time to go for UK weekend breaks is in spring and summer.
Train: Hop on a train for the chance to enjoy beautiful views of the countryside. It’s a brilliant way to start your UK short break.
Car: Driving a car is a great way to see more at a pace that suits you. Plus, it’s an easy way to travel when you’re planning a last-minute UK city break.
Buses: Buses come in all shapes and sizes around the major cities, towns and rural areas. Remember you can’t pay with cash on any London bus; you’ll need to use a contactless debit/credit card or buy an Oyster card before you get on board.
New Year’s Day Parade: Thousands of people and performers from all over the world gather to celebrate the New Year in the streets of London.
Glastonbury festival: Summer in the UK is jam-packed with incredible music festivals up and down the country. Make sure you attend the biggest UK festival, Glastonbury, for an unforgettable experience.
Edinburgh Fringe Festival: It’s the world’s biggest arts festival and is the place to be for stand-up comedy, dance, theatre, art exhibitions, circus, spoken word, opera and more.