Travel may be uncertain this year, but right now a staycation is the best practice for safe and responsible travel. There are plenty of perfect weekend breaks in the UK to be had, but where should you go when there is so much choice? Take a look at where you could go and why!
Cardiff, the capital of Wales, is a perfect weekend break in the UK to escape. A smaller city than somewhere like London, you can explore Cardiff and surrounding areas and feel incredibly safe when returning back to a sense of normality. Now, the city centre is fitted with socially distanced walk ways, shops are safe, and people are sensible.
What to do in Cardiff?
If it’s just the city centre you want to explore, then a trip to Cardiff Castle is a must. A well preserved castle with its earliest links to the Roman period, Cardiff Castle is in the centre of the city and very easy to find. After a visit to the castle, take a walk just through the gates and visit one of the restaurants, which currently have outdoor seating on the now closed off street. After the castle, take a walk through Castle Arcade, equipped with many interesting businesses, such as coffee shops and clothing stores. Cardiff has many arcades with these interesting shops, so don’t just stop at this arcade. Castles not your thing? Then a short walk away is Cardiff Museum, which is free to enter. After the castle, take a walk through Bute Park.
Bristol, just a short ride away from Cardiff, is great for a weekend break. A bohemian town of stylish graffiti, harbour side views, and contemporary fashion, Bristol is exactly the place for an invigorating and interesting stay, and great for a weekend break in the UK!
What to do in Bristol?
Bristol has plenty to see and plenty to do. If food is your thing, you can go to Cabot Circus, where restaurants are aplenty. Follow that up with shopping at some of your favourite designer stores, and before you know it, the day has sped by. If independent businesses is what you’re after, take a walk through some of the graffiti stained streets, stopping at sustainable markets, hipster coffee bars, or independent clothing stores. Sightseeing wise, you could drive across the Clifton Suspension Bridge, or walk across it, before climbing the walking route to emerge above the bridge, where you can get fantastic views of the water below. You could even go Bansky sightseeing, on one of Bristol’s many tours, or go and visit SS Great Britain.
There is so much to see in Scotland, it’s hard to make up your mind on what to do first. While places like the Highlands would make an epic road trip, there are still some great places to escape to for the weekend. Just dress for the occasion – Scotland tends to me cooler than most other places.
What to do in Scotland?
If you want to see Edinburgh, you could do the most touristy thing of all: see Edinburgh castle. Pretty hard to miss perched on an extinct volcano, the castle is stunningly imposing. Close to everything, Edinburgh castle leads you through the royal mile, past the museum of Scottish writers, and down to Princes Street, supposedly an inspiration for Diagon Alley. Edinburgh not your thing? Why not consider Glasgow, where galleries, museums and cathedrals go hand in hand with shopping and delicious food. And if that isn’t your thing, go exploring for possibly one of the most famous legends: the Loch Ness monster. If interesting stunning landscapes are part of your weekend breaks in the UK desires, then Scotland should be your top priority!
On a warm day, Cornwall looks like you’ve transported yourself to the south of France. A perfect seaside destination, you can get breathtaking views of the sea. Cornwall can be a surfers paradise, so get your wet suit on and go out to the wild, safely, of course. A weekend break in Cornwall, UK, is perfect!
What to do in Cornwall?
If legendary ruins are your thing, Tintagel Castle is a must see. Once belonging to Richard, 1st Earl of Cornwall, it now is a popular tourist attraction, bringing many people to the peninsula of Tintagle Island. You could also visit St Ives, perfect for surfers, beach lovers, and families.
Social distancing is important, and Brighton not be the best place to avoid the crowds. The beach, a huge attraction to those coming to Brighton, is almost guaranteed to be busy on a hot summers day, or bank holiday. But as the weather cools, the beach will naturally become emptier, and so Brighton should be something to be considered.
What to do in Brighton?
Brighton’s beach may be the main thing to see and enjoy, but Brighton is more than just its seaside attraction. Sure, a day at the pier may be fun, but why not consider seeing the Royal Pavilion, a grade II former royal residence. Why not experience 360 degree views at the British Airways i360 viewing tower? You can even see the English channel!
Lockdown may have got you feeling like you want to be out there again. You want to escape the crowds, travel responsibly and safely, and feel like you’re at peace again. New Forest is the perfect destination for escaping the way life has become.
What to do in New Forest?
A national park, New Forest brings nature to you. With cycle tracks, walking routes and wildlife such as deer, New Forest will bring you peace. You can stay in the trees, explore quaint villages, or visit Hurst Castle, as well as a wildlife park, where you might see some lynxes.