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first_img11. InvernessGo here for: Lochs, Scottish food and Highland hospitalityThis traditional city, shouldering the banks of the River Ness, is the best place to base yourself for a weekend away exploring the Scottish Highlands and Lochs along the eastern side of Scotland. Hire a car in Inverness and go exploring the Black Isle and, of course, Loch Ness, both under thirty minutes drive from Inverness. In the city itself, enjoy gentle walks along the riverside, explore the city and take in a wee dram and some traditional Scottish music at the award-winning pub and music venue, Hootananny.Don’t miss: Leakey’s BookshopTwo-levels of second hand books and a roaring log fire is the perfect place to get lost in, come rain or shine. Titles on everything from cookery and travel to Scottish history and fiction are piled high.Where to stay:The Premier Inn Inverness Central – River Ness has everything you need for a comfortable, and affordable, night’s sleep. The riverside views are a bonus, and the proximity to routes in and out of Inverness make exploring that little bit easier.Search for hotels in InvernessWhere to eat:Castle Tavern does the best haggis, neeps and tatties in town. Or if you find yourself out on the road to the north, the Allangrange Arms in nearby Munlochy has all the trappings of a classic country pub with a modern twist and deliciously extensive menu.Fly to: Inverness Best weekend breaks in the UK:OxfordBrightonKeswickLiverpool ManchesterMany more 1. OxfordGo for: Parks and puntingOxford is home to acres of lush green parks running along the gentle waters of the River Cherwell. Hire a punt at Magdalen Bridge Boathouse and explore at your leisure. Back on land, wander through the City of Dreaming Spires and gaze in awe at the stunning colleges peppering the streets. Marvel at magnificent quads, peek at the university porters or just embrace your inner book geek by exploring some of the literary hotspots in the city.Don’t miss: The magnificent Bodleian LibraryAt the heart of Oxford is this stunning temple to literature. Second only to the British Library in size, it houses a collection of over 12 million titles. Take a tour or chill out in the cafe while you soak up the bookish atmosphere.Where to stay:If the idea of staying in one of the Oxford University colleges doesn’t take your fancy, try the quaint, centrally-located Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel on the High Street.Search for places to stay in OxfordWhere to eat:Make like an Oxford scholar and wander down to the Turf Tavern a cosy courtyard pub hidden away down a cobbled lane. Small but with a solid menu, it’s the perfect place for fresh British pub grub.Fly to: Birmingham or London HeathrowBook trains to Oxford 3. AlnwickGo here for: Golden sands and coastal castles.Northumberland is an underrated goldmine as far as beaches are concerned. With the rolling white dunes of Craster and Embleton a mere 20 minute drive away, Alnwick is the perfect base for a weekend of coast roads, beach-bumming and market-town explorations. Don’t miss: All of the castlesNorthumberland has a rich and varied history and is home to a number of stunning castles. Three of the best are the ruined majesty of Dunstanburgh, the Hogwarts-esq battlements of Alnwick Castle (where Harry Potter was filmed) and the kingly Bamburgh Castle towering over the Northumberland coastline.Where to stay:In Alnwick, opt for The Bondgate Boutique if it’s cosy luxury you’re looking for. If you’re a little further out from Alnwick, then the Percy Arms at Embleton has 7 golf courses on it’s doorstep, gorgeous gardens, an affordable price range and a cooked breakfast to die for. Get a great deal on hotels in AlnwickWhere to eat:If you’re in town try The Treehouse Restaurant with its log fires, twinkling lights and Northumbrian-inspired menu. If you’re out and about, The Greys Inn at Embleton offers a real North East welcome with it’s friendly locals, real ales and delicious menu.Fly to: Newcastle 4. NottinghamGo here for: Food, drink and cultureNottingham is often overlooked as a cultural hub, but with it’s intriguing industrial history and stunning architecture it definitely shouldn’t be missed. The chilled out Hockley area is packed with indie cinemas, bookshops and cafés just waiting to be explored. If you like a bit of European-style culture, head to the cute-but-funky Goosegate. For evening culture, catch a show at the Lace Market Theatre nestled in the heart of the city’s revitalised lace manufacturing district.Don’t miss: Old Market SquareIt’s the largest public space in the UK after London’s Trafalgar Square and the centre of the city. Marvel at the looming architecture of Nottingham City Hall, take a spin around and pick your direction. As the centre of the city, it’s the perfect spot to start exploring.Where to stay:Mere footsteps away from some of the best bars and pubs, the Lace Market Hotel boasts contemporary, chic design and chilled-out comfort. Search for cheap but chic hotels in NottinghamWhere to eat:For hipster-style with plenty of substance, try The Hockley Arts Club serving food created from locally sourced ingredients and a range of cocktails and beers. If it’s pub food and a decent pint you’re after, try The Angel, a microbrewery offering all you’ll need for a fun night ahead.Fly to: East Midlands Airport 5. SalisburyGo here for: Rolling hills and ancient monumentsSalisbury’s vast green fields and curving country roads make it the perfect retreat if you like a bit of heritage sightseeing. Stop off at the magnificent Salisbury Cathedral, home to an original copy of the Magna Carta and the tallest spire in England, before wandering through the market square. Tour Arundells, the home of former Prime Minister Edward Heath or head out of the city to explore Old Sarum, an Iron Age fort sitting on a lush hill high above the city.Don’t miss: StonehengeDefinitely make time to explore one of the most famous prehistoric monuments in Europe. This world famous prehistoric monument is just twenty minutes away from Salisbury by car, with regular bus tours also heading north to this magical site. Make the most of the late opening (until 7pm) in the summer months and revel in the beauty of a Stonehenge sunset.Where to stay:After a long day exploring, treat yourself to a couple of nights in the Best Western Red Lion Hotel. Centrally located and with a range of expertly furnished rooms to suit all visitors, it’s the best place to unwind after all that sightseeing.Find somewhere to crash after Stonehenge sightseeingWhere to eat:You can’t really do heritage without grabbing some grub in one of Salisbury’s oldest, and supposedly most haunted, pubs. Established in 1320 the Haunch of Venison is not only renowned for it’s wines and spirits, but also for it’s varied menu featuring, yup, a number of delicious venison dishes.Fly to: Southampton Need more UK travel inspiration? Read on:10 of the best beaches in the UKFrom pebble beaches and soaring white cliffs, to swathes of golden sands that look like something straight from the Med, here are 10 of the UK’s best beaches for you to bum around on.12 of the most beautiful villages in the UKBut there’s way more going on in these chocolate-box towns, which are perfect for family trips, walking holidays and days out. 10 top attractions in the UKFrom ancient stone circles and castles built on siege and turmoil, to dramatic modern museums and reinvented industrial sites, nowhere in the world showcases such diverse tourist appeal as the UK.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels, car hire and trains.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 7. BelfastGo here for: Outdoor action and adventurePass on a city break and head out to Belfast’s edges to see what adventures you can find among the green fields and jagged coastline. Try sailing on Strangford Lough, cycle the 24 miles from Belfast along the Lagan Towpath to Larne, or head out to Todd’s Leap and try your hand at everything from zorbing and archery to climbing and blindfold driving.Don’t miss: IslandmageeGo along the coast to Islandmagee for an adventurous, stunning walk along The Gobbin’s Path. Bridges stretch from cliff to cliff over open sea and caves gape in the rock face until the path ends with The Swinging Bridge and Gordon’s Leap. It’s a perfect adventure with fantastic scenery.Where to stay:For four star luxury try the Malone Lodge Hotel just minutes from Belfast city centre. If you want more of a countryside location, then check out Abbeydene House plonked right on the route that leads north to the Giant’s Causeway and with views out over the sea.Find cheap hotels in BelfastWhere to eat:Try The Dirty Duck pub in the Belfast’s Holywood area, boasting live music, real ales and a top-notch menu. Book in advance for the panoramic restaurant upstairs to enjoy views out over the coast while you dine.Fly to: Belfast 9. GlasgowGo here for: The best live music scene in ScotlandFrom punk to jazz, rock to pop, Glasgow is gig-goers heaven. From the all-weather headliners of Summer Nights At Kelvingrove Bandstand – a series of gigs throughout August this summer, featuring acts such as Texas, Tom Jones and Pixies – to Sunday afternoon jazz at The Three Judges, Glasgow is the place to go if you’re a lover of live music. Don’t miss: A gig at Barrowlands Ballroom.One of the most iconic music venues in Glasgow, boasting past performers such as Oasis, David Bowie, Pixies and Metallica, Borrowlands is the top spot for catching musical talent, new and old.Where to stay:A little bit luxurious, but still with that gritty Glasgow twist, the rooms at Grasshoppers Hotel right in the centre of Glasgow are just what you need to unwind after a hard day’s rockin’.Get a good deal on hotels in Glasgow hereWhere to eat:Where to start? There are lots of great food and drink options in Glasgow, but areas you might want to focus your attention on are Byres Road and Finnieston. The latter is an area of G-town fast becoming the place to be seen swigging craft beer on a warm summer’s eve – you hear it hear first! Top tip: La Vita Spuntini on Byres Road is a classic Italian restaurant with a delicious menu packed with firm favourites, and reasonable prices.Fly to: GlasgowBook trains to Glasgowcenter_img 10. Bourton-on-the-Water, CotswoldsGo here for: Cotswolds charm and a chilled weekendNicknamed the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’ thanks to its stone bridges and meandering curves of the River Windrush, Bourton-on-the-Water is the place to forget all of your troubles and indulge in a little rest and relaxation. Tree-lined banks await, begging to be strolled, while teahouses try to tempt you in with their mouth-watering cakes and endless pots of tea – take a book and watch village life go by. Whatever the season, the charming quietness of Gloucestershire makes for a fantastic weekend break filled with calm.Don’t miss: Bourton-on-the-water in winterDon’t think it’s all about the summer months! Bourton-on-the-Water is a glorious place to be in winter. Forget lush green trees and blue skies, this place is at it’s most charming with a dusting of snow, atmospheric fog, warm glowing streetlamps and (dare we mention it) a hint of Christmas in the air.Where to stay:There’s a plethora of homely B&B’s and guesthouses to choose from in this quiet village, but The Old Manse Hotel is a popular choice for its central location, gorgeous rooms and delicious breakfasts.Bag and hotel bargain in Bourton-on-the-waterWhere to eat:Get yourself a table at the Croft Restaurant and find out what the Cotswolds is all about, namely British classics (steak and ale pie, bangers and mash etc.) made with fresh local produce, enjoyed overlooking the river. Alternatively, try the new L’Anatra Italian Kitchen if you fancy something a bit more exotic.Fly to: Birmingham or Bristol and hire a car to make the most of those scenic country roads. 8. ManchesterGo here for: The best night out in the UKWhether you’re looking for chilled cocktails, pumping clubs or a pint down the local with your mates, Manchester is the place to be for a great night out. Weekends see the city come alive as revellers travel from across the country to sample the fine food, drink and cultural scene. Try The Font for cheap-as-chips cocktails, a huge range of craft beer and real ciders. For a club experience 5th Nightclub is the place to be with a range of nights to suit all tastes or the hit the Warehouse Project between September and December. Live music is well serviced by The O2 Ritz.Don’t miss: Soaking up some Northern soulManchester is a hub of galleries, museums and live music venues that are the perfect places to while away the weekend. Relax in the Manchester Art Gallery or grab a coffee from one of the many street-side cafés and chill through the daylight hours before settling on for some live music in various bars dotted throughout Manchester.Where to stay:Get yourself right in the heart of the city and hang your hat in The Light ApartHotel on the edge of Manchester’s trendy Northern Quarter.Search here and save on hotels in ManchesterWhere to eat:For good stomach-lining grub head to Red’s True BBQ housed in the impressive setting of the old Shipping Agent’s Building. For something a little more varied, explore the streets of Chinatown and stumble across something delicious.Fly to: ManchesterBook trains to Manchester 2. BrightonGo here for: Seaside nostalgia and modern coolOnce a seaside resort for British holidaymakers, these days Brighton is everything that’s hip and cool about beach holidays in Britain. If you’re looking for good nightlife, family fun and a very British experience this is the weekend for you. Also home to the UK’s most vibrant LGBT scene, it’s inclusive vibe makes everyone feel welcome.Don’t miss: Brighton PierStroll along the famous Brighton Pier with it’s bustle of rides and attractions, cafés and nostalgic seaside shops – even if it’s not the original pier, the shell of which you can see further along the beach. Fish and chips along the seafront is a must for anyone visiting Brighton.Where to stay:For a central location, reasonable rates and to be in spitting distance of the main attractions, try the Legends Hotel. Tipped as the UK’s finest gay hotel, you don’t get much more inclusive than this.Find hotels deals in BrightonWhere to eat:Nothing says seaside holiday like fish ‘n’ chips (see above for more details), so head to The Regency Restaurant one of the oldest and most established seafront eateries in the city. The varied menu also features pasta and meat dishes if fish isn’t your thing.Fly to: London GatwickBook trains to Brighton 12. LiverpoolGo here for: A luxury experience weekend breakNeed a weekend where you can just treat yourself for a couple of days? Liverpool is the perfect place to get some me-time. With it’s relaxed vibe, numerous shopping streets, excellent restaurants and buzzing nightlife, it’s a city that’ll leave you feeling like you’re really splurged.Don’t miss: A night at the Liverpool Empire TheatreIf you don’t fancy elbowing your way into the Cavern Club and standing shoulder to shoulder at a sweaty gig but still want a bit of culture, catch a show at the stunningly magnificent Liverpool Empire Theatre. The grandest theatre in the city, enjoy a musical, a rock concert and everything in between.Where to stay:Located on Liverpool’s Seel Street The Nadler Hotel is right in the heart of this vibrant city. A little slice of affordable boutique luxury, the modern rooms and suite options are the perfect choice if you want something a bit special.Look for a cheap hotel in LiverpoolWhere to eat:After a hard day shopping and exploring, treat yourself to dinner with a view at Panoramic 34 the highest restaurant in Liverpool offering views over the Mersey and the magnificent city below. For late-night cocktails, head to Red Door and let them impress you with bunsen burners, mixers and fizzing alcoholic magic!Fly to: LiverpoolBook trains to Liverpool 6. KeswickGo here for: Fresh air and stunning lake viewsKeswick is a small market town set slightly back from the magnificently vast Derwentwater. Forest trails, dizzying hills and still, perfect waters make this an ideal weekend retreat whether you’re after outdoor adventure or impressive scenery. Take a row boat out to explore Derwent Island and House, a still-inhabited eighteenth century home that’s only open to the public five days a year. If walking is more your thing, try a gentle hike up the modest slopes of Cat Bells.Don’t miss: A show at Theatre by the LakeNestled on the banks of Derwentwater and just a few minutes walk from Keswick, this quaint little theatre always has something worth watching. The recent addition of the Café by the Lake makes it the perfect spot to enjoy a view across the water if the weather isn’t playing ball.Where to stay:If a cosy B&B with a central location, reasonable rates and a drool-inducing cooked breakfast is what you’re after, look no further than Crossroads House right in the heart of Keswick.Pick the perfect spot to stay in KeswickWhere to eat:For top grub on-the-go, drop into The Old Keswickian and try their famous fish and chips. 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