Short breaks

They say a change is as good as a rest, but you can enjoy both if you seek out the pleasures of travel a little closer to home with a mini-break in the UK.

Whether you’re craving the thrill of the city or the breeze of the seaside, Britain is full of weekend idylls that will send you home after a couple of days feeling refreshed and reinvigorated, with another destination ticked off the bucket list.

What the UK lacks in predictable weather, it more than makes up for in charm, character and history – all ideal qualities for a short but well-earned break. Below are some of the UK’s best short break destinations to visit in a weekend.

City breaks

London

Discover when to visit and what you need to book before you arrive in the Big Smoke.

Edinburgh

The city’s beautiful buildings and surrounding scenery make it the perfect destination for a long weekend.

Bath

Discover when to visit the beautiful city of Bath and what things to do while you’re there.

Manchester

Find live music, a spot of culture, superb shopping or fantastic food all in Manchester.

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Family breaks

Family breaks

Family breaks

Anyone who’s ever had to find five passports, pack four suitcases and sooth a crying baby whilst on a plane knows that, sometimes, a break abroad can be anything but restful. Which is why a British weekend break is such a great family option.

Weekend breaks

Cornwall

Enjoy the golden sands, azure seas and sunny skies on a break in Cornwall.

Scotland

Scotland is a place of dramatic contrasts, breathtaking beauty, and a perfect weekend break destination.

Lake District

Revive yourself in the Lake District, where the English countryside is at its best.

Wales

Stunning coastline, soaring mountains and bustling cities mean that a break in Wales offers something for everyone.

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Beach breaks

In the UK, you’re never more than 80 miles from the sea, meaning you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to taking a beach holiday. For many, a beach break conjures up images of traditional seaside resorts with their pleasure piers, ice cream parlours and sticks of rock. However, with thousands of miles of stunning and varied coastline, the UK has so much more to offer.

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Theatre breaks

There’s little to beat the excitement you get when the curtain lifts on a show you’ve been dying to see. When you have a bit of free time, a theatre trip is the perfect opportunity to combine culture with leisure.

Romantic breaks

Variety is the spice of life, and a weekend away with someone special in one of Britain’s loveliest locations can freshen up more than just your outlook.

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