Living in the UK we’re lucky that we can get to the other end of the country in just a few hours, and this opens up a whole world of possibilities for a weekend break. Even if you live on the south coast it is still feasible to head to Scotland for a few days’ getaway, and whether you drive or use public transport the journey is never too difficult (you can fly from London to Scotland, too).
So if you have a long weekend coming up and want to get away with the other half, where should you visit? We’ve come up with a few ideas to get you started.
If you’re looking for beautiful countryside and plenty of history Cheshire is the place to go. For families it is the ideal spot because there are so many outdoor activities that people of all ages can get involved in from cycling and walking to horse back riding through the rolling hills. If you fancy experiencing the sites of Cheshire by road there are plenty of local Chester car rental companies such as County Rental available.
Cornwall and Devon
The south-east has a truly unique atmosphere and is perfect in spring and summer weekends for those who want the best possible chance of some sunshine. Explore the beautiful fishing towns or try your hand at surfing or numerous other water sports. There are also plenty of beautiful forests and moorland to explore.
Essex might not be top of the list when you consider UK weekend breaks but there is more to the county than Vajazzles. Think endless beaches, seals and fresh oysters. For romance, and a potential backdrop for a proposal, head to Layer Marney Tower near Colchester, England’s tallest Tudor gatehouse.
Visit the New Forest for award-winning, well, everything. Ramble your way through forests and across streams, meet acorn-snuffling pigs and head out on horseback.
Try Winchester for the stunning cathedral with its intricately carved limestone wall.
Isle of Wight
For unrivalled peace head over to the Isle of Wight. It’s a truly charming island and home to red squirrels. The pace of life is relaxed, so if you need to get away from the rat race this could be the ideal place.
If variety is the spice of life then Lancashire is definitely the place to live it up.
For a city break visit Manchester for a taste of history, first-class shopping, trendy bars and all manner of theatre shows. Its museums house some of the best collections in the UK, and the art displays are sure to spark the imagination.
For something completely different head up to Morecambe. This traditional seaside resort is easily accessible from Lancaster and although the heyday is long gone there are still plenty of fish, chips and seagulls.
If walking and climbing is your thing then head right into the highlands and explore some of the highest and most impressive peaks in the country. There are plenty of attractions around the counties – Edinburgh Castle is a must-see – and you will also be blessed with everything from breath-taking gardens, bleak but beautiful moorlands and lakes galore.
The Sussex coast really does it have it all. Visit bohemian Brighton, try tempura cod, explore the Cathedral cities of Canterbury and Chichester or relive the Battle of Hastings. Take it easy in Eastbourne, paddle on the beach at Bognor, or expand your brain cells at any of the mass of museums and heritage centres.
This guest post was contributed by Holly Powell on behalf of Inglewood Manor Cheshire Weddings (www.inglewoodmanor.co.uk).