L iving in the UK brings many advantages when it comes to travel. Unlike in some countries where interesting cities are few and far between, Britain is jam-packed with top-notch destinations that are really worth visiting. History, culture, architecture, landscape – they vary hugely between locations, despite the fact that they are relatively close, and so going for mini-breaks across the British Isles is a great weekend activity. Here are three top minibreak destinations that are blissfully easy to reach from London, yet offer variety, personality and plenty of fun:
Host to a diverse range of attractions, you might choose Newcastle for anything from the sporting legends to the nightlife in its city centre – restaurants, clubs, bars; there’s also great shopping, unbeatable traditional pubs, stunning modern architecture, great live music and a vibrant arts and culture scene. All this is also very close to miles of golden sandy beaches, and the impressive Angel of the North monument. Newcastle is a mix of old and new, and incredibly cheap flights are available from London, making it extra accessible.
This south coast gem has long been top of the list for weekenders. Known for its party hard ways, Brighton is a liberal, artistic place that boasts a mix of grandiose architecture (the Royal Pavilion), seaside tradition (the Palace Pier), and great shopping (the independent shops in the Laines). Less than an hour by train to London, Brighton is also very close to Gatwick Airport for those coming from further afield.
This beautiful Georgian town is top of the list for anyone who loves classical architecture, gardens, literature and relaxing. From its beginnings as a Roman town, Bath has always been famed for the restorative qualities of the waters, and remains to this day a brilliant destination for anyone who needs some R & R. The magnificent Georgian crescents and circuits are stunning, and the cities’ parks and gardens all add to the gentle atmosphere. There’s an extra bonus for anyone who is a fan of Jane Austen: she spent many years living here (although she didn’t enjoy it!) and several of her books are set in the area.
It’s easy to get stuck in one place and not making time to explore the country, but the major cities are so well connected by plane, train and motorway that there shouldn’t be any excuse not to discover the history, sights and culture of Britain.
Vivienne Egan writes for FHR – http://www.fhr-net.co.uk