City Breaks

06 August 2020

Want to get away from it all but don’t have much time? A city break is the perfect way to enjoy a few days away from normal life whilst experiencing a new and exciting destination and everything it has to offer. From Roman remains to soaring skyscrapers, galleries and museums to exciting eateries, the UK has some fantastic cities waiting to be explored.

Belfast

This compact city is easy to explore and with an abundance of bars and restaurants, history and culture and some amazing green spaces around Victoria and Ormeau Park, there is plenty to enjoy. One of the best ways to see a window into Belfast's troubled history is on a Black Taxi Tour where a knowledgeable driver will give you a history lesson while taking you around some of the city’s most famous sights. Make sure to also take in the Cathedral Quarter, steeped in history but home to some of the best bars and restaurants in the city.

Good to know: Stay at the fabulous five-star Fitzwilliam Hotel, an elegant hotel in the very centre of the city. Offering good food, luxurious afternoon tea, and an ultra-chic bar with a lively atmosphere, this is the perfect spot from which to discover the city.

 

Manchester

Often remembered for its diverse and energetic music scene, this northern city has so much more to offer. The bohemian Northern Quarter is home to independent bars and record shops while the hipster Ancoats is known for being regularly named one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world. 

Discover MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry) with its 12 galleries and hands-on experiments or visit the National Football Museum, the perfect day out for any football fan.

Good to know: Try Hanging Ditch Wine Bar which is modelled on the ‘vinoteca’ concept with wines by the glass or bottle to drink in or take away.

 

Canterbury

Canterbury’s location in the heart of south-east Kent makes it the perfect base to explore the local area, with many attractions and coasts within a 30-minute drive. The beautiful seaside town of Whitstable is less than half an hour away and the traditional coastal Margate is less than an hour, which now boasts the Turner Contemporary Art Gallery. 

Within the city itself, there are plenty of green spaces to relax including one of the city’s gardens such as Westgate Garden or Dane John Garden, with its city views from the top of the historic mound. See the city from a different perspective from the comfort of a classic hand-built punt on the historic river Stour.

Good to know: The Falstaff offers an ideal base for exploring the city and, as a 15th-century building, offers period features galore. Stay in comfortable bedrooms and dine in the hotel restaurant which serves authentic pizzas and delightful afternoon teas.

 

Bristol

This buzzing city has centuries-old heritage juxtaposing its new wave of eccentric creative works from famous artists such as Banksy, which have earned Bristol the title of the street art capital of Europe. Must see’s include the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge and Brunel’s SS Great Britain or, for a taste of the city's modern homegrown talent, follow a Banksy walking tour.

Just 18 miles from Bristol, Cheddar Gorge is well worth a day trip where you can see the spectacular Gough’s Cave and visit the Lookout Tower which also includes a cliff-top walk and the Cheddar Man Museum of Prehistory.

Good to know: The beautiful Grade 2 listed Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel enjoys a fantastic location in the heart of the city. Access many popular attractions before heading back to your beautifully appointed room or enjoy cocktails in the hotel bar

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